Manufacturing Engineering

The baccalaureate programs in industrial engineering and manufacturing engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  The baccalaureate program in manufacturing engineering technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

FACULTY Professors Chen (chair), Emanuel (emeritus), Krishnamoorthi, Kroll (emeritus), Lin, Shareef, Tayyari; Associate Professors Li, Ness (emeritus), Saboury, Yoo; Assistant Professors Guo, Pope-Ford.

The department offers three baccalaureate degree programs:

The department offers two minors:

The department also 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 Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Foundrymen’s Society (AFS), and the Association for Operations Management (APICS) 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 Major (BSMFE)

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, and design of manufacturing systems
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, and to analyze and interpret data related to manufacturing processes, materials evaluation, and manufacturing systems
  3. An ability to design, select, implement, and control a manufacturing system and its components or processes to meet desired needs
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams and the ability to apply a concurrent approach and project management to process and product development
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve manufacturing engineering problems through a hands-on approach that considers constraints, costs, benefits, and comparative processes and materials
  6. An understanding of the professional and ethical responsibilities of a manufacturing engineer
  7. An ability to effectively communicate technical concepts through appropriate methods
  8. An understanding of the impact of manufacturing engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need to engage in lifelong learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues facing manufacturing engineers
  11. An ability to use the proper techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for manufacturing engineering practice utilizing supporting technologies

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 through manufacturing planning, strategy, quality, and control.

The manufacturing engineer is responsible for designing manufacturing processes to meet specific product design; and is able to design products and equipment, tooling, and facility for continuously improved manufacturing systems to create values and minimize total costs considering entire value chain. His/her role encompasses not only technological factors but also human, economic, and environmental factors, which makes the manufacturing engineer a great facilitator for team efforts in cross-functional teams.

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 or other related industries. The curriculum builds on a solid foundation of science and mathematics and combines a broad base of engineering tools and their application to analysis, synthesis, and control of manufacturing operations using statistical methods.

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.

To meet the degree requirements for graduation in manufacturing engineering, students must obtain credit in the following courses and must achieve a minimum grade point average 2.25 in IME courses.

Students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in manufacturing engineering may refer to the graduate catalog, which describes course work leading to the MSMFE degree.

Freshman Year
First Semester

  • IME 101 Introduction to Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - 1 hr.
  • IME 103 Computer Aided Graphics - 2 hrs.
  • ENG 101 English Composition - 3 hrs. W1
  • MTH 121 Calculus I - 4 hrs. QR
  • Global Perspective- 3 hrs. GP
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences ECO 100/221 - 3 hrs. SB
    16 hours

Second Semester

  • IME 110 Intro. to Computers and Computational Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • IME 341 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 110 General Chemistry I - 3 hrs. NS
  • CHM 111 General Chemistry I Lab - 1 hr.
  • COM 103 The Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs. OC
  • MTH 122 Calculus II - 4 hrs. QR
    17 hours

Sophomore Year
First Semester

  • IME 301 Engineering Economy - 3 hrs.
  • IME 331 Fundamentals of Materials Science - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 223 Calculus III - 4 hrs.
  • PHY110 University Physics I - 4 hrs. NS
  • Humanities - 3 hrs. HU
    17 hours

Second Semester

  • IME 311 Introduction to Engineering Statistical Methods - 3 hrs.
  • IME 386 Industrial and Managerial Engineering - 3 hrs.
  • IMT 362 Metrology and Instrumentation - 3 hrs.
  • CE 150 Mechanics I - 3 hrs.
  • PHY 201 University Physics II - 4 hrs.
    16 hours

Junior Year
First Semester

  • IME 333 Material Science Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • IME 395 Solid Modeling & Rapid Prototyping - 3 hrs.
  • IME 422 Manufacturing Quality Control - 3 hrs.
  • IME 431 Materials Engineering - 2 hrs.
  • CE 270 Mechanics of Materials - 3 hrs.
  • Concentration Core I - 3 hrs.
  • 15 hours

Second Semester

  • IME 445 Computer Aided Manufacturing Processes - 3 hrs.
  • Concentration Core II - 3 hrs.
  • Concentration Core III - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 305 Technical Writing - 3 hrs. W2
  • Technical Elective - 3 hrs.
    15 hours

Senior Year
First Semester

  • IME 441 Manufacturing Processes I OR
    IME 443 Manufacturing Processes II - 3 hrs.
  • EE 327 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 224 Elementary Differential Equations - 3 hrs.
  • Concentration Core IV - 3 hrs.
  • Fine Arts - 3 hrs. FA
    15 hours

Second Semester

  • IME 499 Senior industrial Project - 4 hrs.
  • Technical Electives - 9 hrs.
  • Multidisciplinary Integration - 3 hrs. MI
    16 hours

Total hours - 127

Two Writing Intensive-tagged courses are required (see advisor for a list of courses).

Concentration Core Courses (4 courses required) without declaring a concentration

  • IME 325 Transport Phenomena - 3 hrs.
  • IME 385 Introduction to Logistics & Supply Chain - 3 hrs.
  • IME 412 Design and Analysis of Experiments - 3 hrs.
  • IME 441 Manufacturing Processes I - 3 hrs.
  • IME 443 Manufacturing Processes II - 3 hrs.
  • IME 447 Advanced Joining and Fabrication - 3 hrs.
  • IME 466 Facilities Planning - 3 hrs.
  • IME 481 Lean Production Systems - 3 hrs.
  • IME 495 Design for Manufacturability - 3 hrs.

Technical Electives (3 courses - may also pick from Concentration not taken as part of Core)

  • Any 300-level or higher IME course not required in the program.
  • Any advisor-approved 300-level or higher IMT course.
  • Any civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering course (CE, EE, ME) numbered 300 or higher, or approved by advisor.
  • Any advisor-approved mathematics or science course not required in the program.
  • Any advisor-approved 300 or higher course from college of Business.

Manufacturing Engineering With Lean Manufacturing Concentration

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 385 Introduction to Logistics & Supply Chain - 3 hrs.
  • IME 412 Design and Analysis of Experiments – 3 hrs.
  • IME 466 Facilities Planning - 3 hrs.
  • IME 481 Lean Production 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.

Freshman Year
First Semester

  • IME 101 Introduction to Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - 1 hr.
  • IME 103 Computer Aided Graphics - 2 hrs.
  • ENG 101 English Composition - 3 hrs. W1
  • MTH 121 Calculus I - 4 hrs. QR
  • Global Perspective - 3 hrs. GP
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences ECO 100/221 - 3 hrs. SB 
    16 hours

Second Semester

  • IME 110 Intro to Computers and Computational Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • IME 341 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 110 General Chemistry I - 3 hrs. NS
  • CHM 111 General Chemistry I Lab - 1 hr.
  • COM 103 The Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs. OC
  • MTH 122 Calculus II - 4 hrs. QR
    17 hours

Sophomore Year
First Semester

  • IME 301 Engineering Economy - 3 hrs.
  • IME 331 Fundamentals of Material Science - 3 hrs.
  • PHY 110 University Physics I - 4 hrs. NS
  • MTH 223 Calculus III - 4 hrs.
  • Humanities - 3 hrs. HU
    17 hours

Second Semester

  • IME 311 Introduction to Engineering Statistical Methods - 3 hrs.
  • IME 386 Industrial and Managerial Engineering - 3 hrs.
  • IMT 362 Metrology and Instrumentation - 3 hrs.
  • CE 150 Mechanics I - 3 hrs.
  • PHY 201 University Physics II - 4 hrs.
    16 hours

Junior Year
First Semester

  • IME 333 Material Science Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • IME 395 Solid Modeling & Rapid Prototyping - 3 hrs.
  • IME 422 Manufacturing Quality Control - 3 hrs.
  • IME 431 Materials Engineering - 2 hrs.
  • IME 466 Facilities Planning - 3 hrs.
  • CE 270 Mechanics of Materials - 3 hrs.
    15 hours

Second Semester

  • IME 385 Introduction to Logistics & Supply Chain - 3 hrs.
  • IME 445 Computer Aided Manufacturing Processes - 3 hrs.
  • IME 481 Lean Production Systems - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 305 Technical Writing - 3 hrs. W2
  • Technical Elective - 3 hrs.
    15 hours

Senior Year
First Semester

  • IME 441 Manufacturing Processes I OR
    IME 443 Manufacturing Processes II - 3 hrs.
  • IME 412 Design and Analysis of Experiments - 3 hrs.
  • EE 327 Fundamental of Electrical Engineering - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 224 Elementary Differential Equations - 3 hrs.
  • Fine Arts - 3 hrs. FA
    15 hours

Second Semester

  • IME 499 Senior Industrial Project - 4 hrs.
  • Technical Electives - 9 hrs.
  • Multidisciplinary Integration - 3 hrs. MI
    16 hours

Total hours - 127

Two Writing Intensive-tagged courses are required (see advisor for list of courses.)

Technical Electives (3 courses - may also pick from Concentration not taken as part of Core)

  • Any 300-level or higher IME course not required in the program.
  • Any advisor-approved 300-level or higher IMT course.
  • Any civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering course (CE, EE, ME) numbered 300 or higher, or approved by advisor.
  • Any advisor-approved mathematics or science course not required in the program.
  • Any advisor-approved 300 or higher course from college of Business.

Manufacturing Engineering With Process Engineering Concentration

The process engineering concentration provides the graduates with a strong set of knowledge and skills in product design, manufacturing processes, materials selection and design, automation, and manufacturing systems. Graduates may be employed in industries such as automotive, aerospace, and heavy equipment manufacturers.

The unique courses for this concentration are:

  • IME 325 Transport Phenomena - 3 hrs.
  • IME 441 Manufacturing Processes I - 3 hrs.
  • IME 443 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 must be completed to meet degree requirements in Manufacturing Engineering, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering with a Process Engineering concentration.

Freshman Year
First Semester

  • IME 101 Introduction to Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - 1 hr.
  • IME 103 Computer Aided Graphics - 2 hrs.
  • ENG 101 English Composition - 3 hrs. W1
  • MTH 121 Calculus I - 4 hrs. QR
  • Global Perspective - 3 hrs. GP
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences ECO 100/221 - 3 hrs. SB
    16 hours

Second Semester

  • IME 110 Intro. to Computers and Computational Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • IME 341 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 110 General Chemistry I - 3 hrs. NS
  • CHM 111 General Chemistry I Lab - 1 hr.
  • COM 103 The Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs. OC
  • MTH 122 Calculus II - 4 hrs. QR
  • 17 hours

Sophomore Year
First Semester

  • IME 301 Engineering Economy - 3 hrs.
  • IME 331 Fundamentals of Material Science - 3 hrs.
  • PHY 110 University Physics I - 4 hrs. NS
  • MTH 223 Calculus III - 4 hrs.
  • Humanities - 3 hrs. HU
    17 hours

Second Semester

  • IME 311 Introduction to Engineering Statistical Methods - 3 hrs.
  • IME 386 Industrial and Managerial Engineering - 3 hrs.
  • IMT 362 Metrology and Instrumentation - 3 hrs.
  • CE 150 Mechanics I - 3 hrs.
  • PHY 201 University Physics II - 4 hrs.
    16 hours

Junior Year
First Semester

  • IME 325 Transport Phenomena - 3 hrs.
  • IME 395 Solid Modeling & Rapid Prototyping - 3 hrs.
  • IME 422 Manufacturing Quality Control - 3 hrs.
  • IME 333 Material Science Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • IME 431 Materials Engineering - 2 hrs.
  • CE 270 Mechanics of Materials - 3 hrs.
    15 hours

Second Semester

  • IME 441 Manufacturing Processes I - 3 hrs.
  • IME 445 Computer Aided Manufacturing Processes - 3 hrs.
  • IME 447 Advanced Joining and Fabrication - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 305 Technical Writing - 3 hrs. W2
  • Technical Elective - 3 hrs.
    15 hours

Senior Year
First Semester

  • IME 443 Manufacturing Processes II - 3 hrs.
  • IME 495 Design for Manufacturability - 3 hrs.
  • EE 327 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 224 Elementary Differential Equations - 3 hrs.
  • Fine Arts - 3 hrs. FA
    15 hours

Second Semester

  • IME 499 Senior Industrial Project - 4 hrs.
  • Technical Electives - 9 hrs.
  • Multidisciplinary Integration - 3 hrs. MI
    16 hours

Total hours - 127

Two Writing Intensive-tagged courses are required (see advisor for list of courses.)

Technical Electives (3 courses - may also pick from Concentration not taken as part of Core)

  • Any 300-level or higher IME course not required in the program.
  • Any advisor-approved 300-level or higher IMT course.
  • Any civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering course (CE, EE, ME) numbered 300 or higher, or approved by advisor.
  • Any advisor-approved mathematics or science course not required in the program.
  • Any advisor-approved 300 or higher course from college of Business.

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 MBA graduate program.