Get started thinking about the future now.

Use this major map to explore possibilities and plan for success in five overlapping areas of career and academics.

Choose your year below, then see what you can do when you:

  • Learn. Develop the knowledge and skills to complete your major.
  • Engage. Contribute to the campus and the community.
  • Network. Build a foundation of professional connections.
  • Transform. Make a positive impact in a diverse world.
  • Prepare. Plan for life after graduation.

The map just offers suggestions - you don't have to do it all.

First Year

Learn:  What foundational courses should I be taking?

  • ENGR 126, Engineering Computer Graphics
  • ENGR 250, Principles of Engineering Materials
  • ME 230, Thermodynamics
  • ME 265, Applied Mechanics
  • IMSE 317, Engineering Probability and Statistics

Engage: What kinds of activities and organizations can I explore?

  • Join Talent Gateway - UM-Dearborn’s unique online community where you can complete challenges, earn points, and connect your experience with your courses and professional goals
  • Check out all the opportunities offered by the Office of Student Life

Network: What are important topics in my field?

Transform: What are the challenges and the strengths in my community?

Prepare: What are the career options for people with my major?

Second Year

Learn: How do I build on foundational courses?

  • IMSE 382, Manufacturing Processes I
  • IMSE 4425, Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • IMSE 4675, Six Sigma & Statistical Process Improvement
  • IMSE 4795, Production, Inventory Control and Lean Manufacturing
  • IMSE 4825, Industrial Controls
  • IMSE 4835, Computer Aided Process Design & Manufacturing

Engage: What activities and organizations will help me develop professional skills?

Network: How do I connect with faculty and students with similar interests?

Transform: What are the challenges and strengths of the Detroit Metro area?

Prepare: What resources are available on campus to help me develop the professional skills I will need?

  • Develop your “academic toolkit” through numerous Seeds of Success workshops through the Office of Student Life
  • Meet with your professors to discuss your skills and possible career options
  • Find out about co-ops and internships and whether your job qualifies for credit
Third Year

Learn: How do I gain expertise in my major?

By taking additional courses in manufacturing processes or systems design

  • IMSE 4815, Manufacturing Processes II
  • ENGR 350, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • IMSE 488, Metal Forming Processes
  • IMSE 381, Industrial Robots (4 credits)
  • IMSE 4585, Simulation in Systems Design (4 credits)
  • IMSE 4745, Facilities Design

Engage:  How can I grow as a leader on campus?

Network: How can I broaden my professional relationships?

  • Submit your best paper or research to an undergraduate student journal
  • Attend SME and IISE regional and national conferences and meetings

Transform: How can I prepare to effectively solve local and global challenges?

Prepare: What practical things should I do to further my career options?

Year Four

Learn:  How do I finish strong?

  • Complete a two-semester capstone design project wherein students are assigned an open-ended problem from an area in the manufacturing or service industry. Students are asked to design or redesign a complete, feasible system addressing all the important aspects of operation and realistic practical constraints.

Engage:  How can I mentor others to be leaders on campus?

  • Create a new club or student organization

Network: How can I demonstrate my readiness for the next steps?

  • Make sure your applications for graduate or professional schools are complete with a writing sample and personal essay
  • Do targeted networking with alumni working in careers of interest and ask questions about job opportunities and the interview process
  • Request letters of recommendation from faculty who know your work

Transform: How can I add to the strengths of my community, the region, and the world?

  • Contribute to global learning initiatives on campus
  • Add a minor or certificate program to your degree

Prepare: How do I make the best use of university resources to launch my professional next steps?

  • Apply to jobs or future education, or make plans for other adventures
  • Visit Career Services for advice with job searching and interviewing, resumes, and graduate school applications
  • Explore possible graduate program opportunities at UM-Dearborn
  • Register for postgraduate entrance exams (for example, GREMCATLSAT) if you plan on graduate school
Where could I go after graduation?

After graduation you can find an employment in wide variety of engineering industries, including automotive, aerospace, semiconductor, medical devices, and defense.

Here are the job titles of some our recent graduates:

  • BSE-MfgE ’16 - Industrial Engineer, Warren Truck Assembly Plant, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • BSE-MfgE ’15 - Manufacturing Process Quality Engineer, General Motors
  • BSE-MfgE ’13 - Manufacturing Engineer, Rolls-Royce

How to use this Major Map

Use the map on the interior portion of this brochure to review possibilities and plan for success in the five areas listed - Learn, Engage, Network, Transform, Prepare. The map gives options so you can select what best matches your interests and goals. Start thinking about your future now and build a path throughout your UM-Dearborn career that will prepare you for success.

College is a time for discovering your passions — figuring out who you are and what drives you. UM-Dearborn offers more than 100 majors and minors, so you can find a program that is right for you. We are committed to cultivating a campus community that acknowledges our similarities and celebrates our differences. On campus you’ll find a range of support services and offices that provide the programs you need to be successful both academically and personally.

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