Bachelor of Science in Engineering | School of Engineering and Applied Science
What is Manufacturing Engineering?
Manufacturing engineering involves designing, analyzing, and applying manufacturing methods and processes so that quality products can be produced at a competitive cost. It is the manufacturing engineer who is most responsible for the efficient production of quality products. Manufacturing engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering disciplines and is making a significant impact on the United States' ability to design and manufacture a high-quality product that competes in a global marketplace.
Miami's program in manufacturing engineering is one of only 24 such programs in the nation to be accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Miami student passage rates on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam (the first of two exams for professional licensure) are significantly above the national average. In recent years, Miami's senior manufacturing engineering students have achieved over a 95 percent passage rate on the FE exam.
Industry has a pressing need for manufacturing engineers because the technology required to manufacture products has become increasingly sophisticated. Businesses need people who can use computers to design and manufacture products in ways that increase productivity, improve quality, and reduce costs.
What are the features of Miami's program?
The CIMS (Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Systems) Laboratory is an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art lab environment that provides Miami students with advanced technologies and methodologies.
Hands-on laboratory experience
Students receive in-depth laboratory experience in materials, testing, computer graphics, statistical process control, microprocessors, CAD/CAM, and process and product design.
The ratio of students to faculty in our department is small (22 students per faculty) resulting in small classes and ensuring close interactions with faculty.
Open-ended/team-oriented projects that often lead to multiple solutions are integrated throughout the four-year program.
To gain practical work experience in an area related to manufacturing engineering, you can participate in our summer intern program or in our co-op program. Interns have a single work assignment and complete the degree in four years. Co-op students alternate periods of school with periods of employment and complete the degree in five years.
Miami offers laboratory experience in CAD/CAM, robotics, computer graphics, computer-controlled manufacturing systems, statistical process control, microprocessors, electronic instrumentation, and materials testing. Facilities also include equipment dealing with precision measurements, manufacturing processes, digital controls, and automatic control systems.
Are there special admission requirements?
There are no additional admission requirements for this program.
What courses would I take?
Engineering science courses are fundamental to all engineering disciplines. Static and dynamic modeling, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and electric circuit analysis are some of the areas studied. Manufacturing engineering courses give you an in-depth study in modern methods of designing and manufacturing quality products. These courses prepare you to select appropriate materials, processes, and methods to manufacture a quality product at a competitive cost.Engineering design is integrated throughout the curriculum. You learn to develop engineering thinking, which combines art and science, intuition and logic, and observation and experimentation. You will come up with a solution for an engineering problem, investigate the process and raw materials needed, and build a working model.Senior Design Project represents the culmination of design integration within the curriculum. This is a capstone, year-long experience in which seniors select and complete open-ended projects, many of which involve working with industry. Students work in teams, select and define a manufacturing problem, conduct research, develop and evaluate solutions, present chosen designs, and implement the final design. Past projects for local industries and businesses have included designing a quality control lab and work stations for the disabled.
What can I do with this major?
Our graduates typically work as manufacturing engineers in such areas as quality control, tool design, production engineering, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), or plant facilities engineering. After gaining industrial experience, graduates might enter the field of technical management as a production engineer, quality control manager, manufacturing engineer, operations manager, plant manager, or project engineer.
Our placement records consistently show that more than 90 percent of the program's most recent graduates are placed in positions appropriate to their major. Entry-level salaries for these graduates are among the highest at Miami University and are comparable to salaries of engineering graduates nationwide.
Graduating seniors are encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, the first of two examinations that lead to becoming a licensed professional engineer.
Who can I contact for more information?
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
56 Engineering Building
Oxford, OH 45056