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Manufacturing Engineering Systems (2002-2003)

Admission | Courses | Program | Requirements

Department Chairperson: Thomas G. Bridge
Graduate Committee Chairperson: Ralph Dirksen, 309/298-2388
Department Office: Knoblauch Hall 135
Department Telephone: 309/298-1091 Fax: 309/298-1061
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Location of Program Offering: Macomb only

Graduate Faculty

  • Professors
    • Darvin A. Bloemker, Ed.D., University of Missouri–Columbia
    • Thomas G. Bridge, Ph.D., University of Missouri–Columbia
    • Dennis Carson, Ed.D., University of Illinois
    • William Cupples, Ed.D., West Virginia University
    • Jerry Pat Spicer, Ed.D., University of Georgia
  • Associate Professors
    • Ralph Dirksen, Ph.D., Ohio State University
    • Garrett D. Hunter, Ph.D., Purdue University

Associate Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professors
    • Don W. Creger, M.A., East Tennessee State University
    • Rafael Obregon, M.S., Western Illinois University

Program Description

The Department of Engineering Technology offers a Master of Science degree in manufacturing engineering systems. The program is designed to prepare manufacturing professionals to be knowledgeable about world-class manufacturing systems. The program provides advanced course work in manufacturing strategies, agendas, and quality control. In addition, the program addresses principles of world-class organizations and restructuring of manufacturing practices, which include, but are not limited to: simultaneous/concurrent engineering practices, just-in-time manufacturing, material requirements/resources planning, and product and process simplification with value analysis/value engineering.

The program permits advanced course work for those persons having baccalaureate degrees in a variety of related technological fields (manufacturing, engineering, industrial, and production are a few examples). For those persons actively engaged in manufacturing production management positions, this program offers an opportunity to research technical and scientific developments in advanced manufacturing systems. Other professionals who find it necessary to develop technical knowledge and skills from disciplines as diverse as computer science, industrial engineering, and business administration can benefit from the program.

The program enables the University to assist individuals in industry who wish to advance into positions of increased responsibility in the area of manufacturing systems. The program permits those in industry to keep abreast of changes in technology and enables those with a technical background to have manufacturing experience at the graduate level prior to, or while, being employed full-time.

The courses offered by the department are highly relevant to advanced manufacturing with the computer being utilized as an integral problem-solving tool. Manufacturing course work includes technology-centered learning experiences in the departmental manufacturing laboratories. Experiences include automation, CAD/CAM, CNC, robotics, measurement, and process control. These experiences help students connect theories and principles learned in courses to real-world professional practice. The opportunity to participate in industrial work experiences (manufacturing internship), to pursue independent studies, and to perform independent research, coupled with graduate laboratory courses, provides a balanced program of studies that may be designed to meet the individual needs of the student. A significant portion of all course work within the department involves technical writing at required industry standards.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree with a major in manufacturing engineering technology, engineering technology, industrial technology, industrial education, technical education, engineering or similar field from an accredited institution is required. It is expected that the candidate will have completed basic technical courses. The Graduate Record Examination is not required.

The Master of Science in Engineering Technology degree program is also open to graduates from the liberal arts, science, mathematics, education, and other fields. Students who have been awarded a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and who have had less than 32 hours of course work in the technical areas may enroll in a two-phase program. Phase One consists of obtaining a total of 32 hours of Engineering Technology courses as proposed by the student and adviser and approved by the Departmental Graduate Committee. Phase Two is the completion of the program as outlined below.

Degree Requirements

All students must complete the general requirements and the additional requirements of one of the three degree plans listed below. The capstone experiences, which culminate each degree plan, include either a thesis or an expository paper, along with an oral presentation to the graduate faculty.

  • General Requirements
    • Graduate Core
      • ENGR 545 Process Quality Control: 3 s.h.
      • ENGR 548 Automated Industrial Production I: 3 s.h.
      • ENGR 549 Automated Industrial Production II: 3 s.h.
      • ENGR 581 Workcell Integration: 3 s.h.
      • ENGR 590 Research Techniques in Technical Areas: 3 s.h.
      • Approved ENGR Electives: 6 s.h.
    • Other Requirements
      • File a degree plan after completion of nine semester hours in the program
      • Satisfy any undergraduate deficiencies. Undergraduate deficiencies may
        be taken P/F, but must be completed before graduation
    • Select one of the following degree completion plans:
      • Thesis Plan
        • Graduate Core: 15 s.h.
        • Graduate Electives (minimum of six semester hours from ENGR): 12 s.h.
        • ENGR 601 Thesis: 3 s.h.
        • ENGR 602 Professional Certification or ENGR 603 Comprehensive Exam : 0 s.h.
          TOTAL PROGRAM: 30 s.h.
      • Professional Internship Plan
        • Graduate Core: 15 s.h.
        • Graduate Electives(minimum of six semester hours from ENGR): 12 s.h.
        • ENGR 593 Internship in Manufacturing Systems: 3 s.h.
        • ENGR 602 Professional Certification or ENGR 603 Comprehensive Exam : 0 s.h.
          TOTAL PROGRAM: 30 s.h.
      • Independent Research Plan
        • Graduate Core: 15 s.h.
        • Graduate Electives(minimum of six semester hours from ENGR): 12 s.h.
        • ENGR 592 Independent Research: 3 s.h.
        • ENGR 602 Professional Certification or ENGR 603 Comprehensive Exam : 0 s.h.
          TOTAL PROGRAM: 30 s.h.

Students will have an option to include (with prior ENGR graduate adviser approval) up to 12 semester hours of (500-level) courses from either the College of Business and Technology, or Departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics, and other pre-selected courses. No more than one-third of the degree plan may come from outside the department.

The independent studies (ENGR 580) or research (ENGR 592) courses may not be taken until the student has been admitted to candidacy. When registering for ENGR 601, work must be completed within the calendar year. Exceptions may only be granted prior to registration by the Departmental Graduate Committee.

Course Descriptions

406G Production Drawings and Tool Design. (3) Jig and fixture design, welding and machine drawings, utilizing sketching, board drawings, and computer aided drafting. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisites: ENGR 101 or 105 and 207.

407G Advanced Computer Aided Drafting. (3) The study of graphic representation, using computer aided drafting and Auto CAD software to produce two-dimensional and three-dimensional industrial drawings and designs. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: ENGR 207 or permission of the instructor.

408G Computer Illustration and Animation. (3) Application of computer techniques used to create technical illustrations and animations for manuals, documents, assembly instructions, and demonstrations using digital models, rendering, and animation methods. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: ENGR 407.

412G Digital Image Manipulation. (3) The use of digital image manipulation equipment in creating special effect images. Emphasis will be placed upon advanced color theory, color separation, and digital enhancement. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Prerequisite: ENGR 312.

413G Graphic Illustration. (3) A study of composition systems, and illustration software with emphasis upon operational skills and techniques used in typesetting, layout, paste-up, and composition. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Prerequisite: ENGR 211, basic typing skills.

414G Imposition and Image Transfer. (3) Trapping, stripping and imposing images for presswork will be the focus of this course. Emphasis will be upon supervised experience in a graphic communication lab. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Prerequisite: ENGR 211.

415G Printing Production Management. (3) The study and application of estimation and production practices in the publishing industry. Emphasis will be on methods, planning, production, estimating, and techniques characteristic of the publishing industry. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab. Prerequisite: ENGR 312.

416G Production Printing. (3) In-plant production techniques are utilized throughout this course allowing the opportunity to view and practice the fundamental methods used in the printing industry. One hour lecture, 4 hours lab. Prerequisites: ENGR 217 and 312, or instructor approval.

417G Electronic Desktop Publishing II. (3) Advanced work with Quark Xpress and other publishing programs. Emphasis will be upon advanced design and layout techniques. Class projects include forms, booklets, flyers, brochures, and other multiple page documents. Scanners, digitizers, laser printers, and other advanced equipment will be utilized. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: ENGR 217 or permission of the instructor.

418G Graphic Presentations. (3) This course will focus on the utilization of multimedia programs using both authoring and presentation technologies. Students will create and present subject matter related to business and technology fields of study utilizing conventional and electronic delivery systems. Two hours lecture, 2 hours lab. Prerequisite: 6 s.h. of approved ENGR courses or consent of instructor.

446G Material Science. (3) The study of metallurgy, plastics, and ceramics with emphasis on properties, structure, testing, and heat treatment for the design, manufacture, and failure analysis of materials. Stress, strain, and deformation tests will be included. Two hours lecture, one hour lab.

448G Industrial and Construction Occupational Safety and Health. (3) A study of the federal OSHA Act as it applies to industry and construction. Beyond federal regulations, the course includes accident prevention plans, safety education, and documentation preparation.

449G Production Systems. (4) The study and application of the concepts of industry via a hands-on simulation. The student will experience the interrelated functions of industry by selecting, designing, planning, and producing a product or service. Prerequisite: ENGR 241, and graduate standing in ENGR.

450G Workshop in Industrial Education and Technology. (1–3)

468G Computer Programming of Multi-Axis Machine Tools. (3) The study and application of computer programming for numerical control of multi-axis machine tools. Prerequisite: ENGR 367.

472G Industrial Electronics. (3) A course to provide instruction in control systems, types of controls, types of electrical switching, types of electrical generation devices, types of motors, and types of electrical wiring, illumination, and temperature controls as they apply and are used in industry. Prerequisite: ENGR 372, or permission of the instructor.

477G Process Controllers. (3) Microprocessor and electronic programmable controller architecture and programming as used in the automation of machines and controls. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: ENGR 385 or permission of instructor.

482G Fundamentals of Computer Aided Design. (3) The application of computer aided design techniques utilizing industrial software within a minicomputer and workstation environment. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: ENGR 207.

483G Fundamentals of Computer Aided Manufacturing. (3) The theory and application of minicomputer-based computer aided manufacturing, utilizing Unigraphics II software in the production of industrial products. Prerequisite: ENGR 482.

486G CAD Design for Manufacturing. (3) An advanced study of computer aided design and manufacturing emphasizing industrial standards and CAD/CAM processes. Laboratory experiences will include design for manufacturing in two and three dimensions and solids. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: ENGR 482.

487G Auto ID and Industrial Networks. (3) Study of methods and systems used to automatically identify objects and transmit the information throughout a facility. Topics include bar coding, magnetic stripe, radio frequency, data communications, EDI standards, and systems integration. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: junior standing.

522 Seminar in Vocational Instruction Practicum (V.I.P.). (1–4, repeatable to 8) Off-campus work experience in business and industry for teachers, counselors, or administration employed in public school vocational education. Written weekly reports required. Final report required at the end of the practicum including an implementation plan. Degree candidate may receive credit for degree programs only with the permission of the Departmental Graduate Committee and the student’s adviser. Prerequisite: Open only to V.I.P. program participants. Permission of the instructor.

545 Process Quality Control. (3) The use of statistical quality control tools to include attribute and variable data to control, troubleshoot and improve manufacturing processes. Design of experiments will be included.

548 Automated Industrial Production I. (3) A comprehensive study of advanced activities, elements, and principles of computer integrated manufacturing, including group technology (GT), manufacturing resource planning (MRPII), just-in-time (JIT), Kanban, computer assisted process planning (CAPP), computer aided engineering (CAE), and other appropriate implementation and manufacturing management practices.

549 Automated Industrial Production II. (3) A comprehensive study of the determination of appropriate levels of manufacturing automation based on economics and productivity. This course will study elements of work simplification, control system, sensors, flexible manufacturing system (FMS) and simulations, as well as automatic identification practices.

550 Industrial Workshop. (1–3)

569 Computer Programming for Contoured Machine. (3) The study and application of computer programming for numerical control of contoured parts. Prerequisite: ENGR 367 and not open to students with prior credit in ENGR 468.

573 Computer Aided Decision/Management Applications. (3) The use of computer applications to design, monitor, and/or enhance manufacturing processes, facilities, and maintenance operations. Students will solve case studies using various manufacturing management software programs to include process simulation and MRP-II/ERP. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

580 Independent Study. (2–3, repeatable to 6) Topics for independent study include (section 1) drafting technology; (section 3) graphic arts technology; (section 5) industrial education; (section 7) industrial wood technology; (section 9) fluid power technology; (section 11) automotive technology; (section 13) metals technology; (section 15) electronics technology; (section 17) computer-aided technology; (section 19) manufacturing technology. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy and approval of the graduate adviser.

581 Workcell Integration. (3) A study of workcell integration using fixtures, robots, conveyor systems, programmable logic controllers, sensors and production machines to produce products. Prerequisite: ENGR 477, or permission of instructor.

584 Integration of Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing. (3) Concepts and practices in the fields of CAD/CAM. This course involves laboratory experiences in the integration of computer aided design tools with manufacturing system components. Developmental focus will be from CAD/CAM workstations to machining components.

590 Research Techniques in Technical Areas. (3) Application of various research techniques in technical subjects. Practice in selection, and reporting of industrial research.

592 Independent Research. (3) This course will be designed by the student for independent study. Approval of a written proposal must be obtained prior to registration. The independent research may involve; a) industrial techniques, materials, or processes; b) teaching or teaching techniques. All independent research will be presented upon completion in written form to the Graduate Committee and orally to graduate faculty and graduate students in the department. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy and approval of the Graduate Committee.

593 Professional Internship in Manufacturing Systems. (3) Off-campus work experience in a pre-approved manufacturing site or research facility. During the internship, the student will be able to demonstrate her/his ability to analyze, integrate, organize, and manage a manufacturing system. Prerequisite: Completion of Engineering Technology master's core courses, an additional 12 semester hours of approved course work, and a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

601 Research in Engineering Technology-Thesis. (3, repeatable to 6) Independent research and study on a selected and approved problem. A written thesis will be presented to the Departmental Graduate Committee.

602 Professional Certification. (0) Students will present evidence of current professional engineers license or professional certification from SME/MECI, APIC or other department approved certification. Graded S/U.

603 Comprehensive Exam in Manufacturing Systems. (0) The student will complete a written comprehensive examination covering contemporary topics in manufacturing systems. The exam content will reflect course work and all other material covered during the student's master's program. The exam will be graded S/U. The exam will be offered once each term. The student may repeat the exam. Prerequisite: Completion of engineering technology master's core courses, an additional 12 semester hours of approved course work, and a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

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