Why Choose Manufacturing Engineering Technology?
Did you used to drive your parents up the wall by taking things apart 'just to see how they were put together'? (Or do you still do this?) If so, Manufacturing Engineering Technology may be the program for you! Simply put, manufacturing engineers figure out how to make products—anything from tools to toys, cars to consumer goods, electronics to earthmovers.
Good manufacturing engineers can determine how to make their company's products better, faster, safer and less expensive than competitors can. These abilities are always in demand, and the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program at Ferris gives you the skills to command an excellent starting salary. You'll also get to work with state-of-the-art computers and equipment while you're here, plus get more valuable team and project experience than almost anywhere else.
Ferris students learn to identify and select materials based on production requirements and work closely with computer-aided design equipment (CAD/CAM). They conduct time studies, complete costs estimates, utilize computer software to aid in solving manufacturing problems, formulate plant layout requirements, understand management control systems, justify and select quality equipment and automated systems and design a total product manufacturing system. Students also receive on-the-job experience through an internship education program.
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Manufacturing engineers get involved on the ground level of the production of a variety of industrial and consumer goods and develop the expertise to see production through to completion. Their knowledge of process design, analysis, planning, supervision, manufacturing methods and equipment is used from start to finish. The location of every machine, the movement of each tool or part, the order of operation and the selection of the machines themselves are all decisions that manufacturing engineers make as part of the total production process.
Employment opportunities for Manufacturing Engineering Technology graduates are found across the entire spectrum of manufacturing industries. Specific entry-level positions include manufacturing engineer, process engineer, production engineer, tool engineer, industrial engineer and quality engineer. Graduates of this program typically enjoy high placement rates and starting salaries averaging around $50,000.
Students entering the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program must have completed a two-year program at Ferris in CAD Drafting and Tool Design Technology, Manufacturing Tooling Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Plastics Technology, Rubber Technology or Welding Technology. An A.A.S. degree in a manufacturing-based technology from another institution or 60 semester hours of college work including general courses, technical courses and technical-related courses is acceptable. Prospective students may elect to start as freshman, and follow a customized track into the B.S. program. Students must have at least a 2.75 GPA in their A.A.S. major courses and a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.
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Ferris State University
919 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280