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Undergraduate Catalog

2012 - 2013

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Michael Miles, Chair
265 CTB, (801) 422-6300

Admission to Degree Program

Admission to the manufacturing engineering technology program is open to all BYU students.

Educational Objectives

  • Leadership — graduates will be able to develop a vision and lead a team or an organization to excellence in all of the areas listed below.
  • Professionalism — graduates will have high ethical values, exhibit good work habits and continuously develop relevant new knowledge and skills.
  • Creativity and problem solving — graduates will see manufacturing problems from multiple and new perspectives, generate alternative, innovative solutions and select and implement the best solution.
  • Management — graduates will be able to plan, organize, staff, and control manufacturing projects.
  • Materials — graduates will understand the physical and mechanical properties of engineering materials.
  • Processes — graduates will understand manufacturing processes and their applications.
  • Quality — graduates will be committed to quality and to continuously improving products and processes.
  • Systems — graduates will understand the dynamics of manufacturing systems and supply chains and how to effectively configure the optimum system for efficient manufacture and delivery.
  • Design — graduates will be able to design tooling/fixturing and contribute to the design of world-class products.
  • Communication — graduates will be effective two-way communicators.
  • Global awareness — graduates will be aware of the issues associated with off-shore manufacturing.
  • Human and environmental factors — graduates will understand manufacturing's impact on society and the environment.

The Discipline

Manufacturing is an exciting and rewarding discipline that has significant impact on a society's standard of living and economic independence. At BYU the manufacturing program is specifically oriented toward creating leaders in the industry.

Students in manufacturing learn creative and analytical skills that will enable them to quickly diagnose and solve manufacturing problems with insight from both engineering and management perspectives. They also develop interpersonal and communication skills that will prepare them to work as part of an engineering team and effectively interact with vendors, management, and production personnel. In addition, they receive hands-on training in modern lab facilities and learn to use computers to design, analyze, implement, and control manufacturing operations.

Manufacturing professionals are knowledgeable and skilled in the management, methods, technologies, equipment, and tooling needed to produce affordable products of high quality. They are able to effectively coordinate the procurement, installation, and start-up of production equipment as well as improve the productivity of existing operations. They are also able to coordinate manufacturing and supply-chain operation in a global setting.

The manufacturing engineering technology program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone (410) 347-7700. The program provides students with the option of obtaining a minor in business management. Students may take their electives in other areas of specialization as well. Graduates may further their technical and managerial skills by pursuing either a master of science in technology or a master of business administration.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in manufacturing are plentiful and rewarding. Leaders of industry often have manufacturing backgrounds. Typical entry-level job titles include manufacturing engineer, quality manager, process engineer, tool engineer, product engineer, quality engineer, production supervisor, and account manager (technical sales). New graduates are typically hired into technical positions but have the opportunity to move into management.

The job outlook for manufacturing graduates is bright and should continue to be strong into the future. When one considers that everything that does not exist as part of nature is the product of some form of manufacturing, it is easy to see that manufacturing is an integral part of our society and generates an ever-growing workforce. Progressive companies worldwide seek qualified individuals who can provide leadership in improving the quality and productivity of their manufacturing operations.

General Information

The manufacturing program is designed to provide simple transfer from local schools, including BYU—Idaho, Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), and Utah Valley University (UVU). Students transferring from these or other schools should meet with college and program advisors as soon as possible to evaluate transfer credits and plan their BYU curriculum.