Sep 23, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-12 
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-12 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Manufacturing Engineering

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John A. Patten, Chair
Main Office:  C-245 CEAS (Parkview Campus)
Telephone:  (269) 276-3246
Fax:  (269) 276-3257

David Meade
Joseph Petro, Jr., Advisor
Kimberly DeVries, Advisor

WMU Regional Locations:

WMU - Battle Creek
Kendall Center
50 W. Jackson
Battle Creek, MI 49017-3505
(269) 965-5380 or (269) 387-6293

WMU - Lansing
Lansing Community College University Center
MC 8200W
210 West Shiawassee Street
Lansing, MI 48901-7210
Telephone:  (517) 483-9728 or (269) 387-6291
Fax:  (517) 483-9746

WMU - Muskegon
Stevenson Center for Higher Education
Muskegon, MI 49442-1742
Telephone:  (231) 777-0500 or (269) 387-6292 

WMU - Southwest
2785 E. Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Telephone:  (269) 934-1500

The Department of Manufacturing Engineering offers a curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Manufacturing). The goal of this curriculum is to develop students who have the ability to take a product design or concept and implement the manufacturing process. The curriculum includes mathematics, general education subjects, the basic sciences, the engineering sciences and specially designed courses for manufacturing engineering. The curriculum has extensive coverage of materials, manufacturing processing, and tool design. Background is also provided in engineering mechanics, industrial engineering, electrical/electronics/computers and manufacturing management.

Manufacturing engineers work in industries to design, develop and implement processes to manufacture products. Manufacturing engineers can be found working in a broad range of industries such as automotive, aerospace, appliances, food processing, furniture, metal working, plastics, paper, and other industries. The manufacturing engineer might be expected to troubleshoot a manufacturing problem, to layout a manufacturing line, to write purchase specifications for manufacturing equipment, to implement automation equipment or to supervise production operations. The intent of this program is to prepare students for a diverse role in a manufacturing enterprise.

This curriculum was designed with the aid of an industrial advisory committee. This committee included a wide range of manufacturers and represents their collective thinking as to what a modern-day manufacturing curriculum should include. Manufacturing engineers are in great demand as industries compete in the global marketplace. This degree program is one of only a few manufacturing engineering degrees offered nationwide.

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