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    Cal Poly Pomona
  Feb 19, 2018
2017-2018 University Catalog

Manufacturing Engineering, B.S.: 194 units

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Offered by: College of Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department

The Manufacturing Engineering program contains a unique, well-balanced curriculum designed to prepare the student for a fast and productive entry into today's complex manufacturing environments. The program is one of only two of its kind in California and is well-received by the industrial community.  Manufacturing engineers plan, develop, and optimize the process and systems of production. They improve manufacturing productivity by developing better methods of assembling, testing, and fabricating systems and products.

Manufacturing Engineering students are given a solid foundation in production processes and techniques, properties of materials, computers and automation management, and professional communication. These building blocks are then combined and studied as manufacturing systems and then related to the most recent manufacturing technologies. Integrated sequences of courses are provided in: (1) Engineering Design Graphics; (2) Materials and Manufacturing Processes; (3) Process, Assembly and Product Engineering; (4) Manufacturing Productivity and Quality; and (5) Manufacturing Integration Methods and Systems Development. What makes the manufacturing engineering program unique is the fact that it is designed to help the students apply what they have learned through laboratory assignments, projects, field trips, trade shows, and co-op work. Students get laboratory experience in metal-removal processes, metal casting, forming and assembly, computer numerical control, robotics, and CAD/CAM.

Address: 3801 W. Temple Avenue
                 Building 17, Room 2353
                 Pomona, CA 91768
Telephone: 909-869-2555

Program Educational Objectives

Manufacturing Engineering graduates will:

  1. Enjoy successful careers in industry, research or academia.
  2. Continue to pursue knowledge and professional growth.
  3. Perform leadership roles by enhancing collaboration between engineers, scientists, professional and business people.
  4. Contribute as professionally, ethically, and globally aware members of society.
  5. Engage in the design and integration of materials transformation and production processes.
  6. Positively impact the financial performance of manufacturing enterprises.

The Student Learning Outcomes at the time of graduation are:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of foundational material in the sciences and communication arts. 
  2. Ability to design and conduct an experiment.   
  3. Understand system design concepts and approaches and how to assess the interaction between sub-systems.  
  4. Be able to successfully function on an interdisciplinary team. 
  5. Ability to identify problems and determine their root causes. 
  6. Knowledge of what constitutes professional and ethical behavior. 
  7. Demonstrate the ability to develop a mathematical model and disseminate it so others can understand it.  
  8. Understanding of diversity between cultures, countries, and groups. 
  9. Ability to recognize the need for and be able to pursue lifelong learning. 
  10.  Awareness and understanding of contemporary issues including organizations and resources that could be used for further enrichment. 
  11. Knowledge and ability to choose proper tools for design and problems solving. Effective use of software and other tools to design and solve problem
  12. Understand financial aspects of business organizations and make viable recommendations to management. 
  13. Professional employment upon graduation 

Manufacturing engineering graduates are in demand by all types and sizes of manufacturing companies because of their diversified training in traditional as well as new areas of manufacturing knowledge. The rapid growth of new technologies in computer-integrated manufacturing, robotics, lasers, rapid prototyping, artificial intelligence, and composites have opened a whole new world of opportunities for manufacturing engineers. The trend in industry is toward utilizing design engineers and manufacturing engineers as a team in order to produce more economical and functional products.

The department is fortunate in having an Industrial Advisory Council composed of professionals from local industry. The council assists the department in many ways; reviewing the program to assure its applicability, providing opportunities for student internships or summer work, acting as a source for new processes and techniques, and providing financial support either directly or through providing material and equipment. The council and the department have regular meetings each quarter to discuss the progress of the program.

The Manufacturing Engineering curriculum detailed below prepares the graduate to excel in today's highly technical industrial environment. The educational objectives reflect outcomes as assessed by employers, graduates, and the industrial community. Program emphasis is placed on developing competence in manufacturing engineering functions, written and oral communications, teamwork, and the ability to integrate complex, interdisciplinary, manufacturing systems.

Manufacturing engineering students are encouraged to join the student chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. They can also join student chapters of the American Foundrymen's Society and the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Eligible students may be invited to join Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering honor society.

The Manufacturing Engineering Program consists of 194 quarter units: 101-102 quarter units of Core Courses, 53 or 54 quarter units of Support and Directed Elective Courses, and 68 quarter units of General Education. 12 quarter units of upper division General Education must be completed at Cal Poly Pomona. The difference in the number of quarter units in Core and Support is caused by the student's choice of Fluid Mechanics or Thermodynamics.

Required Core Courses for Major: 97 units

Required of all students. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required in core courses for the major in order to receive a degree in the major.

Elective Core Courses: 4-5 units

Manufacturing Electives (Select with advisor approval).

Number of Elective units depends on ME 301  or ME 311  in the Required Support Courses.

General Education Requirements: 68 units

Students should consult the Academic Programs website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, please refer to the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

  Course Term Taken Grade
Area A. Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)
1. Oral Communication      
2. Written Communication      
3. Critical Thinking      
Area B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)
1. Physical Science      
2. Biological Science      
3. Laboratory Activity      
4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning      
5. Science and Technology Synthesis      
Area C. Humanities (16 units)
1. Visual and Performing Arts      
2. Philosophy and Civilization      
3. Literature and Foreign Languages      
4. Humanities Synthesis      
Area D. Social Sciences (20 units)
1. U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals
    a. United States History
    b. Introduction to American Government
2. History, Economics, and Political Science      
3. Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studies      
4. Social Science Synthesis      
Area E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-development (4 units)      

For an alternative and interdisciplinary way to complete some of their GE requirements, students may choose the Interdisciplinary General Education program, see below. 

Interdisciplinary General Education: 32 units

An alternate pattern for partial fulfillment of GE Areas A, C, D, and E available for students is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program.  Students should see an advisor for specific GE coursework required by their major.  Students must be exempt from or score at least 147 on the EPT to qualify for IGE.  Please refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for additional information.

How IGE fulfills General Education Requirements:

Year Completion of IGE Courses Satisfies GE Requirements
Freshman IGE 120 , IGE 121 , IGE 122   A2 as well as any 2 courses from C1-C3
Sophomore IGE 220 , IGE 221 , IGE 222   D1 (8 units) and D3
Junior IGE 223 , IGE 224   D2 and Area E

American Institutions: 8 units

Courses that satisfy this requirement may also satisfy GE Area D1.

American Cultural Perspectives Requirement: 4 units

Refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for a list of courses that satisfy this requirement.  Course may also satisfy major, minor, GE, or unrestricted elective requirements.

Graduation Writing Test

All persons who receive undergraduate degrees from Cal Poly Pomona must pass the Graduation Writing Test (GWT).  The test must be taken by the quarter following completion of 120 units for undergraduates.

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