This multidisciplinary program is designed to prepare men and women to
meet the growing need for manufacturing professionals. The curriculum emphasizes
laboratory experiences organized to provide students with a working knowledge of
traditional and computer-aided design and production tools. The program
is built on a foundation of lower-division math, science, economics, and
manufacturing concepts. Upper-division manufacturing technology (MFGT)
classes integrate the foundation into a unified body of knowledge on the
management of materials, processes, costs, and personnel. In addition to
this core curriculum, the program currently offers a range of lab courses
in three high demand areas:
The Minor in Manufacturing is specially designed to complement business
and engineering majors.
The Manufacturing Technology Program is professionally accredited by the
National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) and the Foundry Educational
Job opportunities are available throughout the manufacturing sector-in
large and small, local and national organizations involved in the full
range of operations-from research and development through mass production.
Although the program is designed to educate students as technical managers,
graduates are employed in numerous capacities. Starting salaries for MFGT
graduates in 2001 averaged $49,800 per year for these representative entry-level
Quality Assurance Specialist
Many organizations actively support the program by sponsoring projects,
funding research, donating equipment and materials, and hiring students.
The programs partners are exemplified by the Manufacturing Technology
Advisory Board. Its twelve members provide direction and guidance from their
vantage point as senior managers in industry.
Student chapters of professional organizations play a key role in developing
well-rounded individuals with leadership, managerial, social, and technical
skills. The most active groups in the program are:
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
These student organizations arrange and sponsor guest speakers, field trips,
social activities, and professional certification exams. Manufacturing students
also compete and excel in regional and national design and fabrication
In addition to university-wide scholarships, Manufacturing students are
eligible for twelve to fifteen special scholarships each year. The individual
awards range from $100 to $1000 and are based on academic performance/improvement,
participation in activities, leadership qualities, and/or financial need.
On-campus work experience is available through a limited number of part-time
production jobs and sponsored projects in the programs labs. Many students
also take advantage of cooperative education/internship opportunities available
through the universitys Office of Experiential Education. These are full-time,
semester and/or summer positions with well-known companies. Participants
gain professional experience and earn salaries of $2500-$3500 per month
as well as upper-division elective course credit.