Rochester Institute of Technology

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Manufacturing Engineering Technology BS

Program Overview

This program's major thrust is on advanced manufacturing, emphasizing automated manufacturing and computer integrated manufacturing, with technical concentrations in design and assembly modeling, design for manufacture and assembly, data acquisition and instrumentation, quality control, lean six sigma, manufacturing management, plastics processing and electronics packaging. The subjects covered in the core curriculum include traditional and non-traditional manufacturing processes, materials technology, computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, controls for manufacturing automation (PLC), microprocessors, robotics, electrical and electronics principles, surface mount electronics packaging fundamentals, quality control, engineering economics, and production and operations management. The uniqueness of this program is in its combination of technical and management courses at the undergraduate level and also its emphasis on project based hands-on practical education.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science Degree (5 year)


  • Approximately 30 students

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Students are required to complete 4 co-op work assignments. Students are available for two 6-month periods. Typical co-op periods run from February-August and June-December.

Salary Information

Co-op:     $19.00                     $15.00 - $25.50
BS:           $57,500

Student Skills & Capabilities

This program is designed to provide the skills necessary for applying both today’s and tomorrow’s advanced manufacturing technologies.  These skills are enhanced by a full co-op program in manufacturing industries.  Throughout the academic program, a large measure of practice-based, hands-on laboratory experiences related to manufacturing engineering is provided.
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Design, Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Materials Technology
  • Statics and Strength of Materials
  • Fluid Power Systems
  • Traditional and Non-traditional Manufacturing Processes
  • DFMA
  • Electrical Principles
  • Automation Control Systems
  • Surface Mount Electronics Packaging (SMT)
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Quality Engineering
  • Lean Production and Supply Chain Operations
  • Production & Operations Management
  • Engineering Economic Analysis and Decision Making
  • Production Systems Design and Development
  • Interpersonal and Team Skills


The Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Equipment & Facilities

Nine industrial robots, three CNC machines, two vision systems, two model FMS systems. Fully automated electronics manufacturing & assembly lab specializing in surface mount technology donated through industry support. Students also have access to:
  • Design, Analysis and Rapid Prototyping Laboratory
  • Metrology Laboratory
  • Manufacturing Processes Laboratory
  • Materials Testing Laboratory
  • Plastics Processing and Testing Laboratory
  • Thermo-fluid Sciences Laboratory
  • CompactLogix and ControlLogix PLC Laboratory (Rockwell Automation)
  • Failure Analysis Laboratory
  • Complete Machine Shop with CNC Equipment and Welding

Nature of Work

Manufacturing engineers typically review production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows, and other information to understand methods and activities in manufacturing and services; figure out how to manufacture parts or products, or deliver services, with maximum efficiency; develop management control systems to make financial planning and cost analysis more efficient; enact quality control procedures to resolve production problems or minimize costs; work with customers and management to develop standards for design and production; design control systems to coordinate activities and production planning to ensure that products meet quality standards; confer with clients about product specifications, vendors about purchases, management personnel about manufacturing capabilities, and staff about the status of projects.

Manufacturing engineers focus on how to get the work done most efficiently, balancing many factors—such as time, number of workers needed, available technology, actions workers need to take, achieving the end product with no errors, workers' safety, environmental concerns, and cost.

Their versatility allows manufacturing engineers to engage in activities that are useful to a variety of businesses, governments, and nonprofits. For example, manufacturing engineers engage in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, conduct quality assurance activities to help businesses keep their customer bases satisfied, and work in the growing field of project management as industries across the economy seek to control costs and maximize efficiencies.  (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Training / Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in engineering or engineering technology 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

Employment of manufacturing engineers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. This occupation is versatile both in the nature of the work it does and in the industries in which its expertise can be put to use. In addition, because manufacturing engineers’ work can help with cost control by increasing efficiency, these engineers are attractive to employers in most industries, including nonprofits.

Because they are not as specialized as other engineers, manufacturing engineers are employed in a wide range of industries, including major manufacturing industries, hospitals, consulting and engineering services, and research and development firms. This versatility arises from the fact that these engineers’ expertise focuses on reducing internal costs, making their work valuable for many industries. For example, their work is important for manufacturing industries considering relocation to domestic sites. In addition, growth in healthcare and changes in how care is delivered will create demand for manufacturing engineers. Firms in a variety of industries are seeking new ways to contain costs and improve efficiency, leading to more demand for these workers. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)


Manufacturing (Industrial) engineers held about 223,300 jobs in 2012. About 69 percent of jobs were in manufacturing industries and another 13 percent were in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector, primarily in architectural, engineering, and related services. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Alstom, Annapolis Micro Systems, Axcelis, Borg Warner, General Electric, General Motors Corp, G.W. Lisk Co, Harris, Hexcel Corp., IEC Electronics, Intel, Liberty Pumps, Mettler-Toledo, Precision Castparts Corp, QuEST Global, Robert Bosch, Southco, TRW.

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 Engineering Technology 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
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