Manufacturing organizations are responsible for creating the vast array of products used in our modern world. The process of creating products starts with the identification of a need followed by a systematic sequence of engineering activities that include the design of the product, the manufacturing processes, the equipment and tooling, and the production systems necessary to produce the final product.
Western's Manufacturing Engineering program develops industry proficiencies with the help of intensive laboratory components spread throughout its courses. Through laboratory experiences, students learn to apply theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to solve practical, application-based problems in manufacturing.
The Manufacturing Engineering curriculum is based on the Society for Manufacturing Engineering's Four Pillars: Materials & Manufacturing Processes; Product, Tooling, & Assembly Engineering; Manufacturing Systems & Operations; and Manufacturing Competitiveness. Students in the Manufacturing Engineering program choose an emphasis in CAD or Robotics, and the subsequent courses are designed through close collaboration with a committee of industry experts, preparing graduates to be professionally competitive upon graduation.
Beyond the Classroom
Students have various opportunities to participate in undergraduate research with faculty members. Additionally, students can choose to work on projects with industry partners as part of their coursework. Faculty and students have worked with companies such as Zodiac Aerospace and Hexcel. You can read about recent projects here.
Recent Student Internships:
- Boeing: Manufacturing Intern
- SpaceX: Lean Manufacturing Intern
- S & C: Research and Development Intern
- Terex: Materials Intern
- Zodiac Aerospace: Interior Architecture Intern
- Zetec: Manufacturing Engineering Intern
Careers and Graduate Studies
Manufacturing Engineers need to be both critical thinkers and applications, or hands-on, oriented. Manufacturing Engineers can be employed in any company that creates a product, and may be involved at any point in product development from design and plant operations, to maintenance and management. Competency in a broad range of technologies in areas such as metals fabrication, polymer processing, CAD/CAM, CNC, machine and tooling design, automation and controls, robotics, quality control, and Lean Manufacturing will provide great flexibility in career choice. The ability to work in and lead teams comprised of other engineers, technologists, scientists, and technicians allows for career advancement in management. Manufacturing Engineers are also capable of innovation in design and manufacturing that can lead to patenting and start-up companies. The Manufacture and Supply Chain Management program in the College of Business and Economics is ranked number six in the world by Supply Chain Management World.
Manufacturing Engineers work in almost every industry, on every kind of product, including toys, food, automobiles, aircraft, spacecraft, computers, and electronics. They can also work for themselves (start-up, consulting), or in the private or public sector (e.g. the Department of Defense, NASA).
Employers of Recent Western Graduates:
- Aeroject: Manufacturing Engineer
- Altair Advanced Industries: Manufacturing Engineer
- Genie Industries: Manufacturing Engineer
- General Motors
- Heath Tecna: Mechanical Engineer/Interior Architecture
- Korry Electronics: Mechanical Designer
- Physio Control
- Space Exploration Technologies: Production
- Zodiac Aerospace: Tool Designer
- Operation, Improvement, and Maintenance of Production Systems
- Programming of Automation (Robots, CNC Machine Tools, CMMs)
- Modeling & Analysis Using CAD/CAM/CAE
- Design & Fabrication of Products
- Tooling, and Equipment