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Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration MS

Program overview

The master of science in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration is a multidisciplinary degree designed for individuals who wish to achieve competence in the effective integration of the manufacturing, design, quality, and management functions found in many manufacturing enterprises. Students elect a concentration in automated manufacturing, electronics packaging, management systems, product development, or quality management.

The program is offered by the department of manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology in collaboration with the Saunders College of Business and the industrial and systems engineering department and the Center for Quality and Applied Statistics within the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Curriculum

The program consists of 36 semester credit hours and is comprised of core courses, a concentration, electives, and a capstone project, thesis, or comprehensive examination. Students may be required to take additional prerequisite courses depending on their background and elected concentration. The program director may approve the waiver of courses in the prerequisite group from graduation requirements, depending on students’ academic and employment backgrounds. Full-time students are eligible for two co-op blocks (three months for each block) after completing two semesters of study.

Electives

Students in the thesis option will take one elective; those in the capstone project option will complete two electives, and those in the comprehensive examination option will complete three electives. Courses selected must be any course from another concentration, any course from another graduate program (if approved by the program director and faculty member teaching the course), and any independent study course if approved by the student’s program director

Manufacturing and mechanical systems integration (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MFET-650 Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals 3
CQAS-670 Designing Experiments for Process Improvement 3
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
  Concentration Courses 6
CQAS-682 Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals 3
ACCT-703 Accounting for Decision Makers 3
MFET-788 Thesis Planning 3
Second Year
DECS-714 Project Management 3
  Concentration Course 3
MFET-790 Thesis 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Manufacturing and mechanical systems integration (capstone project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MFET-650 Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals 3
CQAS-670 Designing Experiments for Process Improvement 3
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
  Concentration Courses 6
CQAS-682 Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals 3
ACCT-703 Accounting for Decision makers 3
Second Year
DECS-714 Project Management 3
  Concentration Course 3
  Elective 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   MFET-797    Capstone Project  
   CQAS-683    Lean Six Sigma Project  
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Manufacturing and mechanical systems integration (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MFET-650 Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals 3
CQAS-670 Designing Experiments for Process Improvement 3
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
CQAS-682 Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals 3
ACCT-703 Accounting for Decision Makers 3
  Concentration Courses 6
Second Year
DECS-714 Project Management 3
  Concentration Course 3
  Electives 6
MFET-795 Comprehensive Examination 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Concentrations

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
Automated manufacturing
ISEE-710 Systems Simulation 3
MFET-670 Manufacturing Automation Controls 3
MFET-685 Robots and CNC in Integrated Manufacturing 3
Electronics packaging  
MFET-655 Electronics Packaging Fundamentals 3
MFET-765 Advanced Concepts in Electronics Packaging 3
TCET-740 Fiber Optics Telecommunications Technology 3
Management systems   
MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3
MGMT-742 Technology Management 3
  Operations and Supply Chain Management 3
Product development
MCET-620 Robust Design and Production Systems 3
MCET-670 Concept Design and Critical Parameter Management 3
MCET-720 Product and Production System Development and Integration 3
Quality management  
CQAS-621 Statistical Quality Control 3
CQAS-741 Regression Analysis 3
MCET-620 Robust Design 3

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution in the field of engineering, engineering technology, computing, or business. Students with degrees in other disciplines will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Applicants with a lower GPA will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be admitted on a probationary basis. These students will have to secure a B or better average in the first three graduate courses to be considered for full admission.
  • Have completed college-level course work in computer programming, and probability and statistics.
  • Submit two professional recommendations.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Submit a clearly written, one-page statement of purpose.
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79-80 (Internet-based) is required. International applicants must also submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). A score of 1,200 (V&Q) and an analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher are required. Applicants with low GRE scores may be admitted conditionally; but may be required to take additional English language tests and, if required, English language courses along with a reduced MS program course load.

Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Manufacturing engineer, project manager, software & technology engineer, operations manager, information systems manager, quality engineer, manufacturing consultant

Functions

Analyze and improve manufacturing methods; process and predict engineering systems design; database design; software engineering

Recent Employers

Harris Corporation, Xerox, Cimple, Hess Engineering, Eastman Kodak, McNeil Consumer Products Co., Pratt & Whitney


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