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 most 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 cost estimates, utilize computer software to aid in solving manufacturing problems, formulate plant layout requirements, understand management control systems, justify and [INVALID] 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 selection of the machines themselves are all decisions that manufacturing engineers make as part of the total production process.
Graduates of this program enjoy excellent job placement and starting salaries averaging over $50,000.
Career 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 enjoy excellent job placement and starting salaries averaging over $50,000.
According to industry experts, there will be a 30 percent gap for manufacturing engineers by 2020 due to retirement, insourcing of manufacturing activities and the need for graduates that are knowledgeable of state-of-the art manufacturing practices.
The Ferris State University Manufacturing Engineering Technology program is a laptop program. Students entering the program need to have access to a laptop to perform class activities. The following is a list of specifications that your computer must meet to be able to utilize programmatic-specific software. Student financial aid is usually available to third-year manufacturing students for the purchase of a laptop computer. Students apply for financial aid subsequent to the purchase of their computer. Please contact the Ferris Financial Aid Office for details (231) 591-2110.
Students entering the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program can choose from the following options:
- Complete 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.
- Complete an A.A.S. degree in a manufacturing-based technology from another institution.
- Complete 57 semester hours of college work including general courses, technical courses and technical-related courses are acceptable.
- Students must have at least a 2.75 GPA in their A.A.S. major courses and a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
- Enter as a freshman and follow a customized academic track approved by the department.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Dean Krager, Program Coordinator
College of Engineering Technology
915 Campus Drive, Swan 108
Big Rapids, MI 49307 USA
Phone: (231) 591-2511 | Fax: (231) 591-2407