The Sustainable Manufacturing Program's educational objectives are best framed in terms of the following goals for its graduates.
1. First and foremost, CSU, Chico sustainable manufacturing graduates understand how products are designed, produced, and tested, while meeting the business, environmental, and social responsibilities associated with the production and development of goods.
2. They have experience with and understand contemporary manufacturing processes, particularly for parts consisting of metals and polymers, based on applied math, science, and technology.
3. They have an appreciation for the individual, society, and human heritage, from both regional and global perspectives and they are aware of the relationship of their products to the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental, and societal.
4. They understand the fundamental behavior of materials and the testing techniques used to determine material properties.
5. They integrate project management, quality assurance methods, supply chain management, and the economic, technical, and societal issues involved in manufacturing.
6. They are familiar with contemporary computer applications and process automation, including the use of sensors, actuators, and controllers to automate machines and processes.
7. They are effective at communicating their ideas in oral, written, and graphical form.
8. They function effectively as team members.