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Manufacturing Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): Engineering Technology

Why Choose Manufacturing Technology?

The Manufacturing Technology program is the only manufacturing technology program in Michigan and one of a few in the country that offers two individual career pathway concentrations. Prospective students have a choice of Manufacturing Processing Technology, or Manufacturing Tooling Technology.

You will develop a solid technical foundation through the application of processing technology and tooling operations. You will learn to apply relevant calculations, work in a parametric environment, utilize precision metrology equipment, plan machining processes, specify tooling, equipment requirements, interpret CAD data, and utilize manual and CNC machining equipment. Two CNC courses take you through 2-D manual G-code programming, 2-D and 3-D programming, and 3-D CAD/CAM programming.

All courses feature project-based learning in well-equipped facilities. Lab time alone accumulates to nearly 1,000 hours of applied experience. Course projects focus on manufacturing processing, problem solving and take you through the costing, designing, building, setup, tryout and troubleshooting of manufacturing processes and tooling operations.

This program provides an excellent foundation for any manufacturing-related career. Graduates often use it as a stepping stone to a related bachelor?s degree program.

Career Opportunities

Because nearly every manufacturing industry requires skilled professionals with a solid foundation in manufacturing processing and tooling operations, graduates of the Manufacturing Technology program are in high demand and have an array of options to choose from upon graduation.

The Manufacturing Technology degree is designed to prepare students to enter industry directly. Many of the career opportunities include: tooling operations, machining operations, manufacturing and engineering operations, computer programming operations, CNC operations, and general manufacturing applications. The program provides students with laboratory projects, career based education, and specific industrial skill sets.

With additional experience and/or education, graduates can move into occupations such as Process Engineer, Tooling Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Project Engineer, and Technical Instructor, as well as, all levels of management. Graduates, who decide to continue their education can stay at Ferris and, within two additional years, earn a bachelor's degree in one of many related programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the College of Technology is open to high school graduates who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. Among first-time students in our technical programs, the average high school GPA is 2.8, and the average ACT composite score is 20.

Students entering the Manufacturing Technology program must be high school graduates with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Admission to the technology sequence requires a minimum ACT math sub score of 19 and MATH 115 placement.

Students may qualify for college credit while still in high school. Contact your counselor or the Manufacturing Technology program coordinator (231-591-2511) for details, or visit our homepage at www.ferris.edu/mfgt.

Transfer student must have a 2.0 cumulative gpa and be eligible to start in MATH 115.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-associate.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Manufacturing Technology program at Ferris leads to an associate in applied science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

Ferris State University
College of Engineering Technology
1009 Campus Drive - JOH 200
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2890

Ferris State University
Manufacturing Program Office
915 Campus Drive - SWN 108
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2511

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Core Technical Courses

Intro to Material Science
4
Computer Apps 1 for Tech
2
Theory of Prod Machined Comp
3
Overview of Prod Machined Comp
1
Basic CNC Programming
2
CNC Machine Operation
1
Basic Metrology
1
Advanced CNC Programming
2
CNC System Utilization
1
Parametric Modeling
2
Manufacturing Technology Tooling Concentration
Prod Machined Comp
2
Theory of Prod Fix Assemblies
3
Prod Fixture Assemblies
3
Theory of Prod Metalform Tool
2
Prod Metalform Tooling
2
Plastics Technology for MET
2
Prod Plastic Mold Tooling
2
Manufacturing Technology Process Concentration
Select from the following courses.  Other Technical courses are accpetable with advisor approval.
12 minimum
Electrical Fundamentals
3
Controls for Automation
3
Database Design-Implementation
3
Introduction to Visual Basic
3
Fluid Power With Controls
2
Mgmt Metrics & Decision Making
3
PLTS 110
Array
Plastics Technology for MET
2
Introduction to Welding
2
PLTS 121
Array
Communication Competence
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
English 1
3
English 2
3
or
Industrial and Career Writing
3
Quantitative Skills
Intermediate Algebra
3
Trigonometry
3
Adv Algebra-Analytical Trig
4
Scientific Understanding
Intro to General Chemistry
4
or
Introductory Physics 1
4
Cultural Enrichment
Cultural Enrichment Course
3
Social Awareness
Social Awareness Course
3
Ferris State Univ Seminar
1
Note: FSUS 100 is for first year only
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