About the Program

The manufacturing engineering curriculum prepares manufacturing engineers to plan for, design, build, improve, install, and operate competitive production systems for discrete manufacturing. Students complete a minimum of 128 curriculum hours and receive a bachelor of science in engineering (BSE) degree in manufacturing engineering. The manufacturing engineering degree program at UM-Dearborn's College of Engineering and Computer Schience is offered in late-afternoon and evening classes.

Manufacturing engineers not only direct their attention to production systems, they also work together with design engineers to assure soundness of design and the consequent manufacturability of products. Manufacturing engineers thus add their expertise in manufacturing processes, systems, and technology to their understanding of engineering design. In the same way, they evaluate the capabilities of manufacturing processes and tools (including computer-aided tools) and interact with design engineers during the development of product specifications and tolerances.

Since so much of today's manufacturing is computer-aided, the manufacturing engineering program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn includes course work in programming, hardware controls, the multilayered control architecture of the integrated factory, and computer-based technologies. Also included are advanced courses in manufacturing processes, assembly, and product engineering; manufacturing productivity and quality; and manufacturing integration methods and systems design.

In the capstone senior design course, students complete a project dealing with the design of a manufacturing system to manufacture a product. In their project, students address practical manufacturing issues related to cost, esthetics, feasibility, reliability, safety, ethics, and human factors engineering.