The analysis, design, and implementation of world class manufacturing systems and their integration with functions of the production system for the manufacture of superior quality, low cost products. Topics include lean manufacturing, cellular manufacturing, integrated quality systems, Just-In-Time/Pull production control, and other current manufacturing strategies.
A detailed examination of competencies required of technology managers in contemporary manufacturing, with emphasis on integrating quality into all areas of the organization with the manufacturing system. Topics include quality management, manufacturing teams, safety and health management, total productive maintenance, vendor relationships, and other global manufacturing issues.
The theory and practice of using the computer to integrate the functional manufacturing areas into an effective system. Emphasis on computer interfacing, including hardware and software.
An examination of decision-making competencies required of manufacturing managers using current manufacturing system-modeling packages. Emphasis will be on solving manufacturing system problems consisting of labor, material, and equipment to predict future outcomes of various alternatives. Topics include computer simulation of manufacturing systems, computer simulation of materials handling systems, data collection, validation, output analysis, job shop applications, and line balancing.
A comprehensive course covering topics necessary for making effective manufacturing economic decisions with emphasis on using a computerized engineering economic decision packages for application of cost controls and budgeting. Topics include evaluation of alternative projects, make versus buy decisions, cost justification methods, cost of product tolerances, and replacement analysis.
A summary course of material processing & machining methods with an emphasis on planning and implementation of flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) and computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM). Topics include robotics & computer numberical control (CNC) systems, automated material handling and storage, and automated inspection.
The examination and analysis of administrative concepts and principles for organizing and managing the functional areas of safety and health within an organization, to include methods for improving management's safety effectiveness. Specifically, the course focuses on the application of behavioral principles to motivate safe workplace behavior.
This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of additive manufacturing (AM) techniques, commonly known as 3D printing. Students will learn process characteristics, economics, and practical applications of various AM processes and how they differ from legacy fabrication processes such as milling. Students will gain practical studio experience with AM using the latest technologies to fabricate products from virtual designs.
This course will focus on an advanced manufacturing systems technology topic of interest.
Students are directed in methods and techniques used in project development and management as they develop a proposal for completion of a project manufacturing systems technology.
Students complete an independent, comprehensive project integrating the functional areas of manufacturing systems technology. Students will be required to present a seminar outlining the project and submit a detailed technical project report.
Independent study of selected problems under the guidance of a member of the graduate faculty.