Manufacturing engineering encompasses all aspects of manufacturing products—designing everything from the mechanical and electrical components of the products, to automated assembly processes, to the supply chain that gets materials to the factory. Companies must produce their products at a competitive cost, so a successful manufacturing engineer has an understanding of business and economics in addition to hands-on technical skills. Manufacturing engineering is becoming increasingly sophisticated: researchers in the field are currently working to develop such things as fuel cells, robotic systems, green manufacturing processes and micro-electromechanical devices and systems.
What Do Manufacturing Engineers Do?
Many of our graduates immediately find work in the manufacturing industry. In addition, our undergraduate students are often accepted into graduate engineering programs (such as the College’s Master of Science in Product Design and Manufacture (New for 2017/18) MBA programs and law school (typically with the intention to study patent law).
Common job titles among our graduates include:
- Manufacturing engineer
- Process engineer
- Project manager
- Consulting analyst
- Quality engineer
Graduate Programs & Research Opportunities
Boston University is a pioneer in the field of manufacturing engineering and offers several master’s degree options through the Mechanical Engineering Department, including a distance learning program. Housed within the Mechanical Engineering Department, the Manufacturing Engineering program includes research in:
- Global Product Development
- Manufacturing Operations Management
- Systems and Operations Research
- Automation and Control in Manufacturing
- Engineered Materials and Processes
- MEMS/Microelectronics Fabrication
- Sensors & Instruments
- Lean Supply Chain Design
Where Do Our Alumni Work?
- General Electric
- Pratt & Whitney
- Boston Scientific
- Apple Computer
- Miller Brewing Company
Why Study at BU?
Boston University has a long history of educating manufacturing engineers. Our Department of Manufacturing Engineering—now part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering—was the first department of its kind in the country. Undergraduate students who concentrate in manufacturing engineering gain a valuable blend of business knowledge and hands-on engineering design experience. They create product prototypes with state-of-the-art 3D printers and can opt to complete their capstone design projects in real-world industry settings.
We offer a range of options for graduate study, including a Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering, a dual MS/MBA program and concentrations in global product development, microelectronics fabrication, manufacturing operations management and several other specialties.
Concentration in Manufacturing Engineering
This four-course, 16-credit concentration emphasizes product design and practical topics, such as green manufacturing, materials and systems, MEMS and computer-aided design.
MS/MBA in Product Design and Manufacture
This dual degree program with Questrom School of Business prepares recent graduates or practicing professionals who are committed to careers in industry to assume leadership positions in manufacturing management.
Master’s Degree Internship Degree Option: Engineering with Practice
The Engineering Practice designation, when added to an MS or MEng degree, recognizes the power of combining rigorous academic coursework with supervised real-world research or industrial applications.
LEAP: A Master’s Program for non-Engineers
A unique program that enables students without an undergraduate engineering degree to earn a master's degree in engineering.
New M.S. | Product Design & Manufacture
The Master of Science (MS) degree in Product Design and Manufacture is designed to train modern engineers to generate compelling new ideas—as well as the passion and leadership skills to translate those ideas into the practical design and mass production of innovative and cost-effective new products.