Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

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.

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 Titles

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

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
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603