The Mechanical & Manufacturing Systems option prepares students for technical and engineering support positions in industry.  The program builds on a strong foundation of mathematics and science, with application of computers to design mechanical systems and manufacturing processes using Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Machining (CAM), and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools.  The program also prepares students with skills in system automation including robotics, programmable controls, and process controls.

What Will I Study in this Major and Option?

Students enrolled in the mechanical and manufacturing systems option will learn how to make manufacturing processes faster, more efficient and cost-effective, while producing better products.  A hands-on approach is utilized to teach students how to work with engineers in the design phase of product and process development.  This is accomplished through the use of real-world laboratory equipment and industrial projects. Additionally, students’ coursework will have a balance of theoretical and practical applications in:

  • quality control
  • manufacturing processes
  • mechanical design
  • computer aided engineerin
  • fluid power
  • robotics
  • automation
  • computer integrated manufacturing

A broad core of technical course work is presented in detail from conventional turning and machine operations to the latest applications and principles of computer-aided design using

  • advanced manufacturing processes
  • robotics
  • machine design
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • 3-D design modeling and analysis
  • integrated automation systems
  • materials flow and handling systems
  • quality control and improvement systems
  • advanced techniques in
    • production
    • planning
    • control in manufacturing

The introduction and application of manufacturing trends and innovations are reinforced throughout the program by integrated laboratory experiences.

Program of Study

Mechanical and Manufacturing Systems Curriculum
University Studies Curriculum

In certain instances, specific University Studies courses are required for a degree. Courses are updated regularly, so be sure to meet with your advisor to design your academic plan.

Curricular Activities

In the MechanicalManufacturing Systems option, students will learn:

  • Automated Manufacturing Systems (AMS), flexible manufacturing cell development, including assembly robots, vision systems and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) systems.
  • Manual and Computer-Aided Manufacturing utilizing equipment including manual and CNC Bridgeport mills and lathes, EDM machine, plastic injection molding, blow molding, extrusion, metal arc and ultrasonic welding, casting and sand blasting, manual manufacturing tools, and break and sheer for sheet metal torching.
  • Material testing including tensile, compressive, hardness, torsion, plastics, etching, and impact.
  • Three different families of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) including: PLC-5, SLC500, AND Micrologix, as well as, human-machine interface such as Panelview and RSView.
  • Theoretical and experimental concepts and use of test equipment in the area of industrial electronics.
  • Applications of hydraulic/pneumatic systems with PLC control.
  • How to use a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) for scanning and quality inspection.
  • The use of computers and computation tools involving complex industrial problems.  Students make extensive use of state-of-the-art computers and software such as FeatureCAM, SolidWorks, RS Linx, RS Logix 5, RS View 32, Panel Builder 32, PCDIMS, Automation Studio, and FactoryCAD.
  • Production and planning control, using an enterprise resource planning package, SAP R/3 (Systems Applications and Products).

Career Opportunities

  • Designer Draftsman
  • Design Engineer
  • Die Cast Manufacturing Engineer
  • Engineering Applications Analyst
  • Engineering Tech.
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Estimator
  • Plant Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Design Engineer
  • Production Manager
  • Production Supervisor
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Engineer