Manufacturing Engineering

Why Manufacturing Engineering Suits You The Best?

Are you a tinkerer? Do you like to observe how things are built and enjoy hands on activities? Do you like to see new products, new processes, and new materials being developed and utilized? Do you want to be part of products built in America to prospect? If so, you are the best candidate to be a leader in manufacturing engineering.

What Do Manufacturing Engineers Do?

Manufacturing Engineering is one of the newest and most dynamic engineering disciplines, and is closely connected to the cohesion of engineering innovation and business operation. Today’s Manufacturing Engineers design, develop and coordinate integrated systems used for efficiently producing and servicing high quality and economically competitive products. Manufacturing engineering is the only engineering discipline that deals with the entire production process from product design, manufacturing, facility planning, and quality assurance through after-sale service. The success of Manufacturing Engineers is making a significant impact on the United States’ ability to compete in a global marketplace.

What Skills Are Needed?

Manufacturing Engineering is an integration of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering. It gives students both a rigorous training in product design, manufacturing processes, automation and material science, and an in-depth study of quality control, Design of Experiment, Lean Manufacturing and supply chain management. Our students not only know how to design and make things well, but more importantly, are capable of making things efficiently and cost effectively.

Where Can You Work After Graduation?

Bradley’s Manufacturing Engineering graduates currently hold leadership positions in companies such as The Boeing Company, Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Co., Ford Motor Company, Motorola, and Hewlett Packard. These graduates have an average starting salary exceeding $62,000 per year (in 2013).

Why study Manufacturing Engineering at Bradley?

  • The key courses in the Manufacturing Engineering program at Bradley are: Six Sigma, Lean Production System, Design for Manufacturability, Supply Chain Management, Computer Integrated Manufacturing System, Automated Manufacturing Processes, Material Engineering, and Rapid Prototyping.
  • The curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning with the newest technologies, such as Computer Integrated Manufacturing System, CNC turning and milling centers, EDM, WaterJet, Injection Molding, FARO CMM, CMM, and 3D printing, housed in the Manufacturing Laboratory for new Generation Engineers funded with a $2 million from the Department of Army.
  • The strength of our Manufacturing Engineering curriculum is offering project-based courses that blend theory with practice in our labs or with industrial partners.


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Pre-requisite Flow Chart

MFE program pre-requisite flow chart

Course Descriptions

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Course Syllabi

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Enrollment Information

The Number of Students in Fall 2014 : 47
The Number of Graduates in Academic Year, 2013-2014 : 5

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. recognition of the need to engage in lifelong learning.
    10. 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.