Rochester Institute of Technology

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Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration MS

Program Overview

The MS degree in Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration is a multidisciplinary degree offered by the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (College of Applied Science and Technology) in collaboration with the College of Business and the College of Engineering.  This advanced degree is for people with the desire to understand the many facets of systems integration. The program is designed for individuals who wish to achieve competence in the effective integration of computing, design, manufacturing, quality, and management functions within a manufacturing enterprise. 

All students enrolling in the program are required to satisfy the mandatory core courses and select a concentration in Product Design, Automation, Electronics Packaging, or Quality. The subjects covered in the core curriculum include courses on written communication, design of experiments, system fundamentals, six sigma, cost management and project management. The uniqueness of this program is in its technical concentrations and also its emphasis on project based hands-on education. 

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Science


  • Approximately 70 full & part time students. 30% are part time students.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Optional. Students are available for 6 months of co-op and additional time on Curricular Practical Training (CPT), if needed.

Salary Information

Co-op:     $23.00                     $15.00 - $29.00
MS:         $68,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

Student skills are influenced by undergraduate preparation.  Graduate work enhances the student’s ability to pursue and achieve competence in the many facets of system development and integration. Special skills include (based on concentration):
·          Design of Experiments
·          Process Improvement
·          Six Sigma for Design & Manufacturing
·          Product Development
o    Robust engineering
o    Concept Design and Critical Parameter Management
·          Advanced Manufacturing & Automation
o     Software Integration for automated assembly
o    Use of robotics  for automated assembly
o     Design for manufacturing and assembly
o    Controls for manufacturing automation
o    Surface Mount Electronics packaging, materials and processes
o    Data acquisition & system integration
·          Operations and Technology management
o    Project management
o    Operations management
o    Supply Chain management
·          Electronics Packaging Assembly and Reliability
·          Quality Engineering
·          Advanced Mechanics
·          Advanced Materials Engineering

Equipment & Facilities

State-of-the-art: Industrial Robots, Automation Work Cells, Control Systems for Manufacturing Automation, Additive manufacturing, Spray Atomization, Advanced American Packaging Corporation Center for Packaging Innovation, Computer Aided Engineering/Simulation, and a fully automated Surface Mount Electronics Manufacturing & Assembly lab. All equipment is housed in the 157,000-square foot Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies building—university/industry/government collaboration designed to boost the competitiveness of U.S. Manufacturing firms in the global marketplace.

Nature of Work

Systems software engineers work for companies that configure, implement, and install complete computer systems. These workers may be members of the marketing or sales staff, serving as the primary technical resource for sales workers and customers. They also may be involved in product sales and in providing their customers with continuing technical support. Since the selling of complex computer systems often requires substantial customization for the purchaser’s organization, software engineers help to explain the requirements necessary for installing and operating the new system in the purchaser’s computing environment. In addition, systems software engineers are responsible for ensuring security across the systems they are configuring. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Training / Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs. College graduates with a degree in a physical science or mathematics occasionally may qualify for some engineering jobs, especially in specialties in high demand. Most engineering degrees are granted in electrical, electronics, mechanical, or civil engineering. However, engineers trained in one branch may work in related branches. For example, many aerospace engineers have training in mechanical engineering. This flexibility allows employers to meet staffing needs in new technologies and specialties in which engineers may be in short supply. It also allows engineers to shift to fields with better employment prospects or to those that more closely match their interests. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Outlook

Expanding electronic data-processing systems in business, telecommunications, government, and other settings continue to become more sophisticated and complex. Growing numbers of systems software engineers will be needed to implement, safeguard, and update systems and resolve problems. Consulting opportunities for computer software engineers also should continue to grow as businesses seek help to manage, upgrade, and customize their increasingly complicated computer systems. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Titles

Associate Quality Engineer, Operations Test Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Field Sales Engineer, Leadership
Development  program


Computer software engineers and computer programmers held about 1.3 million jobs in 2008. Approximately 514,800 were computer applications software engineers, about 394,800 were computer systems software engineers, and about 426,700 were computer programmers. Although they are employed in most industries, the largest concentration of computer software engineers—almost 32 percent—are in computer systems design and related services. Many computer software engineers also work for establishments in other industries, such as software publishers, government agencies, manufacturers of computers and related electronic equipment, and management of companies and enterprises. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Airxchange, Alstom Transportation, American Axle & Manufacturing, Bendix, Benteler Automotive, Corning, Cummins, BorgWarner, General Dynamics Electric Boat, General Motors, Gleason Works, LSI Solutions, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Robert Bosch, SpaceX, Teredyne, Tesla Motors, TIMET, ZF TRW, U of R – Lab for Laser Energetics, UTC Aerospace, Vuzix, Wegmans.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Maureen Arquette, the career services coordinator who works with the Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Maureen Arquette, Assistant Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5081
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