Manufacturing engineering integrates highly diverse and exciting technologies and disciplines, such as design, robotics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), manufacturing systems and control, and green manufacturing, into a comprehensive educational program. If a new product or system is needed, it is the manufacturing engineer who will work on the team to design and produce it efficiently, economically, safely, and in an environmentally benign manner. Consequently, manufacturing engineers are in high demand in US industries and throughout the world.
Manufacturing engineering often affords the opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration, with applications across all other engineering fields. Graduates completing the program are well prepared to enter industry or proceed directly to graduate study in specialized research in manufacturing engineering or related fields such as management and patent law. Many graduates build on their understanding of both the production process and its economic aspects to pursue careers in management and consulting.