Product design and manufacturing engineering focuses on all the processes needed to develop products, from design and planning to production and delivery of finished products. To this end, this branch of engineering involves a wide range of topics, such as ergonomics, needs identification, manufacturing processes, robotic systems, materials selection, programmable controllers, industrial engineering, and vision systems.
Students who select the product design and manufacturing engineering major prepare themselves for a variety of engineering careers and fulfill the educational requirements for taking the Fundamentals of Engineering professional examination before graduation.
The junior and senior years of the product design and manufacturing engineering program build upon the foundation courses to provide greater depth in engineering science, engineering design, and the focused areas of product design and manufacturing engineering. Students complete required and elective courses distributed in product design materials and manufacturing processes; process, assembly, and product engineering; manufacturing competitiveness and manufacturing systems design.
Integral to all four years of the program is a “design and build” educational philosophy incorporated through extensive laboratory and project activities as preparation for professional practice. Students engage in design at all levels of the curriculum. At each level they must realize their designs and proceed with testing, validation, and redesign. This approach allows students to experience many real world constraints such as project economics, project planning and scheduling, environmental considerations, manufacturability/producibility of the designs, laboratory and product safety, and product reliability.
The product design and manufacturing engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org/.
Program Educational Objectives
Graduates of the product design and manufacturing engineering program are expected within a few years of graduation to:
- Demonstrate technical competency in their careers
- Function effectively in an industrial or academic environment
- Engage in professional development
- Shape their professions and societies
Student Outcomes and Assessment
The graduate will demonstrate
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs;
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- an ability to communicate effectively;
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context;
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
- a knowledge of contemporary issues;
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
- an ability to design manufacturing processes that result in products that meet specific material and other requirements;
- an ability to design products and the equipment, tooling, and environment necessary for their manufacture;
- an ability to create competitive advantage through manufacturing planning, strategy, quality, and control;
- an ability to design manufacturing systems including the ability to analyze, synthesize, and control manufacturing operations using statistical methods; and
- experience in manufacturing laboratory or facility environments including an ability to measure manufacturing process variables and develop technical inferences about the process.