We’re driving innovation on the factory floors of the 21st century. Manufacturing engineers don’t just create new ways of producing things. We work collaboratively with designers to ensure the next big idea in manufacturing will be sound and feasible once it debuts on the factory floor.

Since so much of today’s manufacturing is computer-aided, this program includes course work in programming, hardware controls, integrated factory environments and computer-based technologies. And you’ll also cover the core disciplines, with advanced studies in lean manufacturing systems, manufacturing processes, assembly, product engineering and quality control.

Plus, as part of your capstone senior project, you’ll get a chance to design a manufacturing system for a real product — tackling all the cost, feasibility, safety and ethics challenges along the way.

What Will I Learn?

  • Ability to design manufacturing processes that result in products that meet specific material and other requirements
  • Ability to design products and the equipment, tooling, and environment necessary for their manufacturing
  • Ability to create a competitive advantage through manufacturing planning
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize, and control manufacturing operations using statistical methods
  • Gain manufacturing laboratory or facility experience and be able to measure manufacturing process variables and develop inferences about the process

Visit the University Catalog to learn more about required coursework for the Manufacturing Engineering major.

Making the Most of Your Major

There are opportunities to develop skills and connect with others interested in manufacturing engineering beyond the classroom. Check out the Manufacturing Engineering Major Map to get a more detailed, year-by-year view of how you can learn, engage, network and transform your community and prepare for life after graduation.

Get Involved

Join a professional organization, such as Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME), Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) and Human Factors and Ergonomics student chapters Explore UM-Dearborn student organizations on VictorsLink.

Get Real World Experience

Internship, research, and study abroad opportunities are available for manufacturing engineering students. Talk with your professors to learn more.

Plan for Life After Graduation

Manufacturing engineers work for a variety of engineering industries, including automotive, aerospace, semiconductor, medical devices, and defense.

Career Services offers assistance with job searching, resumes, interviews, or graduate school applications.

General Program Information

Department Contact Information

Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering
2340 Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex (HPEC)
313-593-5361

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