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Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing

BS Sustainable Manufacturing

About the Program

Sustainable Manufacturing is an integrated field of study that combines technical feasibility with environmental responsibility and economic viability.  The relative advantages and disadvantages of each process will be examined through lectures, discussion, and research, as well as experience in hands-on laboratories with industrial-grade machinery.  It is a practical, applications oriented, hands-on program that prepare students for a variety of manufacturing careers ranging from management of manufacturing facilities to research and development to technical sales.

Design for manufacture, material selection, life cycle assessment, environmental and quality standards will be emphasized while health and safety, project management, and sustainable practices will be embedded in every aspect of the curriculum.

Students will learn to anticipate the implications of decisions and 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.  The identification of alternatives in design, materials and process is stressed and allows informed trade-off decisions to be made.

Typical enrollments for the sustainable manufacturing program are approximately 65 fulltime students. Graduates in this field earn on average $68,500 annually.

For information contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Joseph Greene at 530.898.4977.


Members and teachers of the Sustainable Manufacturing program

ATMAE LogoThis program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE),701 Exposition Place, Suite 206, Raleigh, NC 27615, telephone: (919) 635-8335 and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).