Manufacturing Engineering Major
Manufacturing Engineering is a good choice for people who have both aptitude and interest in production of goods for improved living standards for the general populace. This career field is all about the production of goods—from automobiles and tractors and airplanes—to electronic products, recreational products, sports equipment, books 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 concentrate on integrating the many different processes and parts necessary to make up finished products as production engineers. 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.
Every day, manufacturing engineers make decisions about technology, machinery, people, and money. The preparation for the excitement and challenge of modern manufacturing requires students to master the mathematics and applied science common to all engineering disciplines. They then will master the fundamentals of process engineering and production engineering so that they may apply these principles to production of any type of goods.
Graduates of the Manufacturing Engineering program will be able to:
1. Solve problems relevant to modern manufacturing industries, with principal emphasis on process engineering and production engineering, as well as selected aspects of process science and the manufacturing enterprise.
2. Design competitive manufacturing processes and production systems, integrating machinery, technology, people and money, with appropriate consideration for environmental factors, health and safety, sustainability and ethical, economic, social and political issues.
3. Engage in effective learning in topics and areas relevant to professional advancement and to enhancing the quality of personal life.
4. Participate effectively in multi-disciplinary teams in both leadership and fellowship roles.
5. Effectively communicate complex technological concepts, issues and professional details to a variety of audiences.
Manufacturing Engineering Areas of Emphasis
Students majoring in Manufacturing Engineering may prepare for specific career choices by careful use of the two technical electives and the three engineering science requirements included in the Manufacturing Engineering major. It is suggested that students confer with their academic advisor for assistance in choosing the most appropriate optional courses. These topical areas are also available for post-graduate study, leading to Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering degrees.
Manufacturing Sequences for Non-Majors
Most industrial enterprises engage in the production of some sort of goods in some way and to some degree. Students majoring in other disciplines can enhance their career value by expanding their knowledge of process engineering and production engineering.
For students majoring in other engineering disciplines or in the agricultural or physical sciences, the technological foundations of manufacturing can be acquired through Manufacturing Processes I (IME 330), Process Engineering (IME 430), and Production Engineering (IME 431). Also, engineering majors from other disciplines may elect to acquire more depth in electronics manufacturing (IME 427) and plastics and composite manufacturing (IME 432, 435).