College of Engineering, Computer Science & Construction Management

BS in Sustainable Manufacturing


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: Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Metals Processing and Polymer/Plastics Processing. The Manufacturing Technology Program is professionally accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) and the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF).


The mission of the SMFG program is to educate students on the technical feasibility of manufacturing systems while considering the environmental responsibility and economic viability of the manufacturing system. We will provide an educational experience for the students to evaluate options in a global context that minimizes the impact of manufacturing activities on people, the environment, and resources, while understanding the underlying economics of producing goods. 

Goals & Objectives

The goals of the SMFG program are to provide a robust education for students in the areas of manufacturing of metals, plastics, robotics, and automation. The education will also include an education in key business principles of management, safety, supply chain economics, operations management, and environmental issues.

Student Learning Outcomes

Our SMFG graduates should demonstrate:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and science to manufacturing systems.
  2. An ability to apply manufacturing concepts in a capstone manufacturing project application.
  3. An ability to integrate contemporary computer applications and process automation, including the use of sensors, actuators, and controllers to automate machines and processes.
  4. An ability to understand the economic, technical, and societal issues involved in manufacturing.
  5. An ability to successfully function as team members in a manufacturing laboratory setting.
  6. An ability to communicate technical matters effectively in oral form.
  7. An ability to communicate technical matters effectively in written form.
  8. An ability to communicate technical matters effectively in graphical form.
  9. An ability to demonstrate project management, quality assurance methods, supply chain management.
  10. An understanding of the fundamental behavior of materials and the testing techniques used to determine material properties.
  11. An understanding of contemporary manufacturing processes, particularly for parts consisting of manufacturing materials.