Department of Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems
If you enjoy working with your hands and your head to make things—and to make them better—Western Michigan University's manufacturing engineering technology program may be for you. Manufacturing engineering technologists implement the designs for products by bringing together people, raw materials, processes and capital to solve manufacturing problems and create efficient production systems.
As a manufacturing engineering technology student at WMU, you will study math and basic sciences with materials and manufacturing processes, productivity techniques, computer applications and robotics, and product design. You will also practice communicating your ideas orally and in writing. A degree in this field will enable you to work in manufacturing planning and operations, tooling and systems design, process and product development, quality assurance, technical training and supervision.
On the job you may research new types of robot grippers in a laboratory setting, evaluate a product for production possibilities, introduce closed-loop control into the assembly of plastic components, improve machine tools, supervise an automobile production line, bring automation to a foundry, train technicians to apply a computer-aided design system, or diagnose and correct malfunctions in laser welding equipment.
Once you set foot in one of our classrooms or laboratories, you will quickly realize that WMU's Parkview Campus is one of the most professional learning environments in North America, built to help your transition from college to business or industry. Also, if class size concerns you, manufacturing engineering technology students usually attend classes of only 16 to 20 students, which helps you take advantage of our faculty's expertise, experience, and connections to local business.
Beyond the classroom
As a manufacturing engineering technology student at WMU, you will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on projects with local industry, qualify for our departmental scholarships, and become a member of the Sunseeker solar racing team. WMU's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences also has more than 25 student organizations open to you, including the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, Theta Tau-Pi Beta Chapter and National Society of Black Engineers.
After you graduate
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in manufacturing engineering technology are working as:
- Project coordinators
Among the companies they work for are:
- American Axle
- Johnson Controls International
- General Motors
- Daimler Chrysler
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