Manufacturing Engineering

Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Technology

The baccalaureate programs in industrial engineering and manufacturing engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.  The baccalaureate program in manufacturing engineering technology is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

FACULTY Emeritus Professor Sverdlin; Professors Chen (chair), Emanuel, Krishnamoorthi, Kroll, Lin, Shareef, Tayyari; Associate Professor Saboury; Assistant Professors Li, Melton, Yoo.

The department offers three baccalaureate degree programs:

The department offers three minors:

The department offers master’s degrees in industrial engineering (M.S.I.E.) and manufacturing engineering (M.S.MF.E.). See the Graduate Catalog for information about these programs.

Programmatic Distinctions

In choosing a career option, the student should be aware of the respective functions of the engineer and engineering technologist. Generally speaking, the engineer conceives, designs, and advances the development of products and systems. On the other hand, the engineering technologist implements, maintains, and tests products and systems. The engineer creates new technologies while the engineering technologist applies existing technologies.

The distinction between industrial engineering and manufacturing engineering is one of breadth vs. depth. Industrial engineers are involved with the design, improvement, and management of technical systems. These systems may be located in service industries such as banks, hospitals, and government as well as in manufacturing industries. Manufacturing engineers are involved in the design, installation, and improvement of the production process and generally are limited to manufacturing industries.

The engineering student’s selection of humanities and social science courses provide a broad education consistent with the objectives of the engineering profession. Courses should be selected to provide both breadth and depth and not be limited to unrelated introductory courses. This objective can be met by taking two courses in the same department with at least one being at the 300 level or above. Students minoring in business are permitted to use ECO 100/221 and ECO 222 to meet this requirement.

The department works closely with industry and has an outstanding industrial & manufacturing engineering & technology department Advisory Council consisting of distinguished members from industry, government, and education.

Student Organizations

Student chapters of the American Society for Materials (ASM), American Society for Quality (ASQ), Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), American Foundrymen’s Society (AFS), and Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) are sponsored by the department to support and encourage the professional development of the students. The department is also a strong supporter of the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Honor societies for industrial engineering students (Alpha Pi Mu) and for manufacturing students (Beta Tau Epsilon) are also represented.

Manufacturing Engineering (B.S.Mf.E.)

Program Educational Objectives

Within five years into their careers, the graduates from the Manufacturing Engineering Program at Bradley University will have successful careers based on:

  • Demonstrated ability to recognize manufacturing business problems and implement effective solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead cross-functional teams in the design, implementation, and improvement of processes and systems.
  • Demonstrated professional development through continuous learning opportunities such as varied work assignments, graduate education, or professional associations.
  • Demonstrated involvement in service activities that benefit the profession or the community.

Student Outcomes

Manufacturing Engineering graduates will have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and science to manufacturing processes, materials, project management, and design of manufacturing systems, emphasizing discrete piece part manufacture;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data related to manufacturing processes, materials evaluation, and manufacturing systems;
  3. an ability to design, select, and control a manufacturing system and its components or processes to meet desired needs;
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams, an understanding of the concurrent approach to process and product development, and the ability to perform manufacturing project management;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve manufacturing engineering problems considering constraints, costs, benefits, and competitiveness of comparative processes and materials, through a hands-on approach;
  6. an understanding of the professional and ethical responsibilities of a manufacturing engineer;
  7. an ability to utilize modern tools and techniques to effectively communicate technical requirements and functionality in oral, written, and graphical forms;
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of manufacturing engineering solutions in a global and societal context;
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning;
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues facing engineers;
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for manufacturing engineering practice utilizing supporting technologies including design for assembly, design for manufacturability, computer aided design, computer aided manufacturing, and rapid prototyping.

Manufacturing Engineering Major (B.S.Mf.E.)

 Manufacturing engineers apply their knowledge of the sciences of materials, processes, and information to the design, integration, and advancement of products and systems of manufacture. They understand value-added concepts through effective transformation of materials into products.

The manufacturing engineer is responsible for research, development, design, planning, implementation, and operation of manufacturing systems. Throughout his/her professional career the manufacturing engineer is expected to progress from a technical strategist to operations integrator to manufacturing strategist. The manufacturing engineer works as a member of a team. His/her role encompasses not only technological factors but also human, economic, and environmental factors.

The manufacturing engineering program is designed to provide the student with a broad intellectual horizon together with a firm technical foundation necessary to meet future challenges in manufacturing engineering. The curriculum builds on a solid foundation of science and mathematics and combines a broad base of engineering sciences and their application to analysis, synthesis, and creative design.

Graduates from the program have a wide range of career options in industry, government, research, service, and entrepreneurship. Graduates may also choose to advance their education through post-graduate studies.

Students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in manufacturing engineering may refer to the graduate catalog where course work leading to the MSMFE degree is described.

Credit in the following courses must be obtained to meet degree requirements in manufacturing engineering. A minimum grade point average of 2.25 in IMET department courses must be achieved for graduation.
To meet the ABET requirements for humanities and social sciences, some general education courses must be selected according to an approved list. They may be taken in any sequence and not necessarily in the semester indicated. Other University general education requirements are satisfied by specific courses required below.

Freshman Year
First Semester

  • IME 101 Intro. to Industrial & Manufacturing Eng. - 1 hr.
  • IME 103 Computer Aided Graphics - 2 hrs.
  • MTH 121 Calculus I - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 110 General Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 111 General Chemistry I Lab - 1 hr.
  • ENG 101 English Composition - 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Social Forces Economics I - 3 hrs.
    17 hrs.

Second Semester

  • IME 110 Intro. to Computers and Computational Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 122 Calculus II - 4 hrs.
  • PHY 110 University Physics I - 4 hrs.
  • COM 103 The Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 112 Engineering Chemistry - 3 hrs.
    17 hrs.

Sophomore Year
First Semester

  • IME 301 Engineering Economy I - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 223 Calculus III - 4 hrs.
  • PHY 201 University Physics II - 4 hrs.
  • C E 150 Mechanics I - 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Human Values - 3 hrs.
    17 hrs.

Second Semester

  • IME 331 Fundamentals of Materials Science - 3 hrs.
  • IME 341 Introduction to MFG Processes - 3 hrs.
  • IME 386 Industrial and Managerial Engineering - 3 hrs.
  • C E 270 Mechanics of Materials - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 224 Differential Equations - 3 hrs.
    15 hrs.

Junior Year
First Semester

  • Concentration Core or MFE Elective I - 3 hrs.
  • IME 302 Introduction to Quality Engineering - 3 hrs.
  • IME 333 Materials Science Lab - 1 hr.
  • IME 395 Solid Modeling & Rapid Prototyping - 3 hrs.
  • IME 431 Materials Engineering - 2 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Western Civilization - 3 hrs.
    15 hrs.

Second Semester

  • IME 441 Manufacturing Processes I
    or IME 443 Materials Processing II - 3 hrs.
  • IMT 362 Metrology and Instrumentation - 3 hrs.
  • Concentration Core or MFE Elective II - 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Fine Arts - 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Social Forces - 3 hrs.
    15 hrs.

Senior Year
First Semester

  • IME 445 Computer Aided Manufacturing - 3 hrs.
  • Concentration Core or MFE Elective III - 3 hrs.
  • Technical Elective - 3 hrs.
  • E E 327 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering - 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Non Western Civ - 3 hrs.
    15 hrs.

Second Semester

  • IME 499 Senior Design Project - 4 hrs.
  • ENG 305 Technical Writing - 3 hrs.
  • Concentration Core of MFE Elective IV - 3 hrs.
  • Approved Technical Electives - 6 hrs.
    16 hrs.

Total hours: 127

Approved Electives–MFE

Six hours of technical electives should be taken during the last three semesters of the program and should be selected to emphasize an academic focus of interest. Three hours must be in engineering design. Electives must be approved by the students’ academic advisor.

Manufacturing Engineering Electives

  • Any 300-level or higher IME course not required in the program.
  • Any advisor-approved 300-level or higher IMT course.

Other Courses

  • Any civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering course (CE, EE, ME) numbered 300 or higher.
  • Any advisor-approved mathematics or science course not required in the program.

Lean Manufacturing Concentration (B.S.Mf.E.)

The Lean Manufacturing Concentration prepares students to meet the industry's increasing need for engineers who serve as facilitators for the lean movement toward excellence. In this concentration, students will develop skills to lead lean and six sigma teams to continuously improve processes, product design, and business acumen. Students will also develop skills targeted toward creating value, identifying problems, and eliminating waste in order to enhance market shares with higher profitability.

The unique courses for this concentration are:

  • IME 412 Design and Analysis of Experiments - 3 hrs.
  • IME 466 Facilities Planning - 3 hrs.
  • IME 481 Lean Production Systems - 3 hrs.
  • IME 486 Logistics & Supply Chain Systems - 3 hrs.

The courses listed in the following curriculum must be completed to meet the degree requirements in Manufacturing Engineering, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering with a Lean Manufacturing concentration.

To meet the ABET requirements for humanities and social sciences, some general education courses must be selected according to an approved list. They may be taken in any sequence and not necessarily in the semester indicated. Other University general education requirements are satisfied by specific courses required below.

Freshman Year
First Semester

  • IME 101 Introduction to Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - 1 hr.
  • ENG 101 English Composition - 3 hrs.
  • IME 103 Computer Aided Graphics - 2 hrs.
  • CHM 110 General Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 111 General Chemistry I Lab - 1 hr.
  • MTH 121 Calculus I - 4 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Social Forces - Econ. 100/121 - 3 hrs.
    17 hrs.

Second Semester

  • COM 103 The Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs.
  • IME 110 Intro. to Computers and Computational Analysis - 3 hrs. 
  • PHY 110 University Physics I - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 112 Engineering Chemistry or other science/math course - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 122 Calculus II - 4 hrs.
    17 hrs.

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • CE 150 Mechanics I - 3 hrs.
  • PHY 201 University Physics II - 4 hrs.
  • MTH 223 Calculus III - 4 hrs.
  • IME 301 Engineering Economy - 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Human Values - 3 hrs.
    17 hrs.

Second Semester

  • MTH 224 Elementary Differential Equations - 3 hrs.
  • CE 270 Mechanics of Materials - 3 hrs.
  • IME 331 Fundamentals of Material Science - 3 hrs.
  • IME 341 Introduction to Manufacturing Process - 3 hrs.
  • IME 386 Industrial and Managerial Engineering - 3 hrs.
    15 hrs.

Junior Year
First Semester

  • IME 302 Introduction to Quality Engineering - 3 hrs.
  • IME 333 Material Science Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • IME 395 Solid Model & Rapid Prototyping - 3 hrs.
  • IME 431 Materials Engineering - 2 hrs.
  • IME 466 Facilities Planning - 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Fine Arts - 3 hrs.
    15 hrs.

Second Semester

  • IME 362 Metrology and Instrumentation - 3 hrs.
  • IME 441 Advanced Manufacturing Processes I or
        IME 443 Advanced Manufacturing Processes II - 3 hrs.
  • IME 486 Logistics & Supply Chain Systems - 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Western Civilization - 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Social Forces - 3 hrs.
    15 hrs.

Senior Year
First Semester

  • EE 327 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering I - 3 hrs.
  • IME 445 Computer Aided Manufacturing Processes - 3 hrs.
  • IME 481 Lean Production Systems - 3 hrs.
  • **Technical Elective - 3 hrs.
  • **Technical Elective - 3 hrs.
    15 hrs.

Second Semester

  • ENG 305 Technical Writing - 3 hrs.
  • IME 412 Design and Analysis of Experiments - 3 hrs.
  • IME 499 Senior Design Project - 4 hrs.
  • **Technical Elective - 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Non-Western Civilization - 3 hrs.
    16 hrs.

Total 127

** Departmental policy regarding approved technical electives is available in the department office.

Process Engineering Concentration (B.S.Mf.E.)

The Process Engineering Concentration provides students with a strong set of knowledge and skills in product design, manufacturing processes, materials selection and design, automation, and manufacturing systems. Graduates will be able to successfully function in industries such as automotive, aerospace, and heavy equipment manufacturing.

The unique courses for this concentration are:

  • IME 325 Transport Phenomena - 3 hrs.
  • IME 441 Advanced Manufacturing Processes I - 3 hrs.
  • IME 443 Advanced Manufacturing Processes II - 3 hrs.
  • IME 447 Advanced Joining and Fabrication - 3 hrs.
  • IME 495 Design for Manufacturability - 3 hrs.

The courses listed in the following curriculum schedule must be completed to meet degree requirements in Manufacturing Engineering, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering with a Process Engineering concentration.
To meet the ABET requirements for humanities and social sciences, some general education courses must be selected according to an approved list. They may be taken in any sequence and not necessarily in the semester indicated. Other University general education requirements are satisfied by specific courses required below.

Freshman Year
First Semester

  • IME 101 Introduction to Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering – 1 hr.
  • ENG 101 English Composition – 3 hrs.
  • IME 103 Computer Aided Graphics – 2 hrs.
  • CHM 110 General Chemistry I – 3 hrs.
  • CHM 111 General Chemistry I Lab – 1 hr.
  • MTH 121 Calculus I – 4 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Social Forces Econ. 100/121 – 3 hrs.
    17 hrs.

Second Semester

  • COM 103 The Oral Communication Process – 3 hrs.
  • IME 110 Introduction to Computers and Computation – 3 hrs.
  • PHY 110 University Physics I – 4 hrs.
  • CHM 112 Engineering Chemistry or other science/math course – 3 hrs.
  • MTH 122 Calculus II – 4 hrs.
    17 hrs.

Sophomore Year
First Semester

  • CE 150 Mechanics I – 3 hrs.
  • PHY 201 University Physics II – 4 hrs.
  • MTH 223 Calculus III – 4 hrs.
  • IME 301 Engineering Economy – 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Human Values – 3 hrs.
    17 hrs.

Second Semester

  • MTH 224 Elementary Differential Equations – 3 hrs.
  • CE 270 Mechanics of Materials – 3 hrs.
  • IME 331 Fundamentals of Material Science – 3 hrs.
  • IME 386 Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering – 3 hrs.
  • IME 341 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes – 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Western Civilization – 3 hrs.
    18 hrs.

Junior Year
First Semester

  • IME 302 Introduction to Quality Engineering – 3 hrs.
  • IME 333 Material Science Laboratory – 1 hr.
  • IME 431 Materials Engineering – 2 hrs.
  • IME 395 Solid Model & Rapid Prototyping – 3 hrs.
  • IME  325 Transport Phenomena – 3hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Fine Arts – 3 hrs.
    15 hrs.

Second Semester

  • IME 362 Metrology and Instrumentation – 3 hrs.
  • IME 441 Advanced Manufacturing Processes I – 3 hrs.
  • IME 447 Advanced Joining and Fabrication – 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Western Civilization – 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Social Forces – 3 hrs.
    15 hrs.

Senior Year
First Semester

  • EE 327 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering I – 3 hrs.
  • IME 445 Computer Aided Manufacturing Processes – 3 hrs.
  • IME 495 Design for Manufacturability – 3 hrs.
  • **Approved Technical Elective – 3 hrs.
  • **Approved Technical Elective – 3 hrs.
    15 hrs.

Second Semester

  • ENG 305 Technical Writing – 3 hrs.
  • IME 499 Senior Design Project – 4 hrs.
  • IME  443 Advanced Manufacturing Processes II – 3 hrs.
  • **Approved Technical Elective – 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Non-Western Civilization – 3 hrs.
    16 hrs.

Total 127 hrs.

Technical Electives

** Departmental policy regarding approved technical electives is available in the department office.

BSMFE Combined with MBA Program

Undergraduate students in the manufacturing engineering program may combine their studies and earn an MBA degree in five and one-half years or fewer. Students may include most or all of the prerequisites for the MBA program as part of their required 127 undergraduate semester hours. Careful scheduling is required and should be coordinated with the student’s undergraduate advisor and director of graduate programs.