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.
Manufacturing Program Objectives
Manufacturing Engineering graduates will:
- Enjoy successful careers in industry, research or academia.
- Continue to pursue knowledge and professional growth.
- Perform leadership roles by enhancing collaboration between engineers, scientists, professional and business people.
- Contribute as professionally, ethically, and globally aware members of society.
- Engage in the design and integration of materials transformation and production processes.
- Positively impact the financial performance of manufacturing enterprises.
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 198 quarter units: 75 or 76 quarter units of Core Courses, 54 or 55 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.