The Manufacturing Engineering degree at NDSU was started in the 1997-1998 academic year. NDSU is one of only nineteen universities to offer such a degree. By implementing a separate degree in manufacturing engineering, students receive an education focusing on the tremendous opportunities available in the manufacturing industry.
The first two years of the curriculum include fundamental courses in chemistry, math, engineering science, and manufacturing. Courses in statics, dynamics and strength of materials provide understanding of how mechanical components interact. The last two years focus on advanced content in engineering science, manufacturing, and materials. The manufacturing engineering program has a "practice-based" approach and uses both laboratories and industry projects to make manufacturing "real" to students. In addition, students are encouraged to take advantage of cooperative education opportunities whenever possible to gain industrial experience to complement their academic studies.
Manufacturing Engineering is a good choice for people who have both aptitude and interest in fabrication of components and production of all types of consumer goods. This career field is all about "How it's made"-- from automobiles, tractors, and airplanes, to electronic products, to recreational products, sports equipment and toys, to foodstuffs. Manufacturing engineers are employed in every industry that produces goods of some kind.
Manufacturing engineers may focus on the interaction between work piece and tool as process scientists or process engineers. They may act as production engineers and concentrate on integrating the many different processes and parts necessary to make up finished products. Or, as manufacturing systems engineers, they may take a very wide view of the manufacturing enterprise, including its supply chain, distribution channels, financial structure and resource management. In every particular focus, manufacturing engineers are the people who design the processes through which products are made with the required functionality, to high quality standards, in the quantities needed, available when and where customers prefer, and at the best possible price.
At graduation, Manufacturing Engineering students are well positioned to select career employment in any manufacturing industry. Graduates are actively recruited by companies that produce agricultural and construction machinery and vehicles, complex industrial apparatus, recreational vehicles, airplanes, household goods, building products, and both industrial and consumer electronics. Manufacturing Engineering graduates generally begin their careers designing processes and production systems or directly managing some phase of manufacturing.
Manufacturing Engineering Options
Students majoring in Manufacturing Engineering may prepare for specific career choices by careful use of the four technical electives included in the MfgE major. It is suggested that students confer with their academic advisor for assistance in choosing the most appropriate optional courses. The MfgE major requires that students select 6 credits of approved elective courses, and these may be selected in the following special interests:
- Electronics manufacturing
- Process engineering
- Production and manufacturing systems engineering
CEA Honor System: All work in this course must be completed in a manner consistent with NDSU University Senate Policy, Section 335: Code of Academic Responsibility and Conduct (http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/policy/335.htm) and the CEA Honor System available at http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/ndsu/cea/