Manufacturing engineering is primarily a branch of mechanical engineering, but is also influenced by electrical engineering, industrial engineering, and computer engineering. Today’s manufacturing systems include complex automation processes to increase throughput and quality.
Branches of Manufacturing Engineering
While the discipline of manufacturing engineering can cover a wide area, and many engineers have specific specialties in their industries, some of the major branches of manufacturing engineering include:
Manufacturing Engineering Education
Some engineering schools may have separate manufacturing engineering degrees and departments, while others may include manufacturing engineering as a study area within mechanical engineering. Students who are looking to become manufacturing engineers generally start their education with a strong base in mathematics and physics, and may potentially have some computer science courses.
Mid-level courses may include materials, robotic systems, logic systems, and kinematics. Advanced courses may include: high level control courses, design for manufacturing, production planning, mechatronics, and advanced materials courses.
Manufacturing Engineering Professional SocietiesThe Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the primary professional society for manufacturing engineers, with members in over 70 countries. Other societies exist that focus on specific industries, such as the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE).
Larger organizations such as the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) have divisions dedicated to manufacturing engineering as it relates to mechanical engineering as a whole. All of these societies have student chapters at most engineering schools.