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Concentrations of the General Engineering Program

3. Manufacturing Systems

Manufacturing Systems Engineering is a field that combines principles from engineering, management, and computer science to design, analyze, and optimize manufacturing systems. It involves the application of engineering principles and techniques to enhance the efficiency, productivity, and quality of manufacturing processes. The students of the Manufacturing Systems concentration of the General Engineering program study various aspects of product development and manufacturing processes, including the design of production systems, the selection and optimization of equipment and machinery, the development of quality control methods, and the improvement of overall system performance. They learn to integrate different components of the manufacturing system, such as people, machines, materials, and information, to create a seamless and efficient production environment.

Key areas of focus in the manufacturing systems concentration include:

  1. Product Development: Designing manufacturing systems that meet the production requirements, considering factors such as product design, process selection, and capacity planning. This involves redesigning products for manufacturing and assembly, analyzing the flow of materials, determining the layout of the production facility, and optimizing the allocation of resources.
  2. Process Optimization: Optimizing manufacturing processes to improve productivity, reduce costs, and enhance product quality. This may involve applying statistical methods, simulation techniques, and mathematical models to identify bottlenecks, streamline operations, and eliminate waste.
  3. Automation and Robotics: Incorporating automation technologies and robotics into manufacturing systems to increase efficiency, reduce manual labor, and improve precision. This includes designing and programming robotic systems, integrating them into the production line, and ensuring their safe and effective operation.
  4. Quality Control: Developing and implementing quality control techniques to monitor and ensure product quality at various stages of the manufacturing process. This includes statistical process control, Six Sigma methodologies, and other quality management systems.
  5. Sustainable Manufacturing: Incorporating sustainable practices and lean manufacturing principles to minimize waste, reduce energy consumption, and improve overall environmental performance. This includes implementing strategies like recycling, energy-efficient technologies, and lean production techniques.

Manufacturing systems engineers often utilize computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and simulation tools to model and optimize manufacturing processes. They can find job opportunities in various industries and sectors that involve manufacturing processes, such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, consumer goods, robotics, pharmaceuticals, food production, and supply chain and logistics companies.