Global competition for manufacturing productivity and proﬁtability has generated vast new frontiers, introducing new, innovative strategies, tools and technologies. Manufacturing engineers are at the forefront of inventive ways to improve quality, reduce inventory, and curtail cycle time by focusing on design- and product- realization processes. Graduates of this online Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering, implement effective manufacturing methods, such as Total Quality Management, Just-In-Time Manufacturing, and Total Quality Control. Students emerge as experts in new production-control systems, lean manufacturing, and activity-based costing.
NOTE: Please refer to the Course Catalog to view course descriptions by course number if information is not listed below.
The admissions requirements for this program are parallel to the on-campus requirements. View the Manufacturing Engineering, MS admissions requirements.
Required Core Courses (12 credits)
- Production Science MN-GY 7893
- This course reviews just-in-time and synchronous manufacturing methods. It analyzes the basic dynamics of factories to understand the importance of congestion and bottleneck rates on cycle time and inventories. Analytical models are developed to study variability and randomness introduced by breakdown, setups and batching. Simulation studies are used to provide data on performance of transfer lines.
- Quality Control and Improvement MN-GY 6113
- This course provides students with a solid foundation in the cost of quality, quality assurance and quality management. Emphasis is placed on the basic tools of quality control such as control charts and their use, the concept of “out of control,” acceptance sampling, variables and attributes charts, and producer’s and consumer’s risk. This course uniquely demonstrates the power of teams of people with different expertise to improve quality. A course project is required.
Prerequisite: MA-GY 6513 Applied Statistics I (Data Analysis) or equivalent. Also listed as IE-GY 6113.
- Design for Manufacturability MN-GY 7923
- This course introduces concepts and techniques for economical, functionally sound and high-quality product design for manufacture. The emphasis is on designing for easy robotic and manual assembly, and on using plastics effectively to reduce manufacturing costs. Managerial and organizational approaches and case studies of successful designs are reviewed.
Also listed as IE-GY 7923.
- Supply Chain Engineering MN-GY 7993
- Students in this course gain an understanding of how companies plan, source, make and deliver their products with a global competitive advantage. The course stresses the engineering components in developing an integrated supply chain that covers the entire manufacturing enterprise. It looks at the supply-chain infrastructure and the velocities of different models. The focus is on understanding and detecting the constraints of the infrastructure and the lowest common denominator of the information system used. Students also gain an understanding of logistical networks and the optimizing of the various traffic and location alternatives. Synchronization of supply and demand is examined in detail, looking at variability in both processes with the objective of maximizing throughput and capacity, emphasizing partnering, e-commerce and the bullwhip effect. Finally, the course establishes global performance measurements that compare companies in different industries.
Also listed as IE-GY 7993.
9 Credits with Either IE or MN Designation Elective (course selection optional)
- Target Costing MN-GY 7503
- Target Costing is a disciplined process for determining and realizing a total cost at which a product with specified functionality must be produced to generate the desired profitability at its anticipated selling price. This course presents both the theoretical foundation and the practical application of Target Costing methodology to the product-realization process. The topics include basic accounting, principles of Target Costing, the Target Costing Process, quantifying the customer requirements, defining the product feature set, price forecasting, experience curves, cost- functionality tradeoffs and implementation check lists. The course includes a hands-on design project in which teams of students will apply the principles of target costing to design a new product.
- Lean Manufacturing MN-GY 7873
- This course provides an overview to the basic principles, and theories of lean manufacturing which involves identifying and eliminating non-value-adding activities in design, production, and supply chain management. Students will learn an integrated approach to efficient manufacturing with emphasis on synchronized product, quick changeover, cell design, visual factory, value stream, one-piece flow and learn metrics.
- Basics of Supply Chain Operations Management MN-GY 7953
- Supply chain operations seeks to integrate and accelerate the flow of materials, information and cash, throughout the process of supplying goods or services. Supply chain operations optimizes the efforts of suppliers, manufacturers, warehouses, distributors, retailers and customers to create an efficient and robust process. On the service side the same concepts prevail with the suppliers, institutions, providers, administrators and customers. All businesses are part of a supply chain, and understanding and realizing this relationship leads to economies of time, material, money and improved customer service
- Electronics System Manufacturing MN-GY 7963
- In this course, students understand that the physical design and manufacturability of modern electronics systems results from tradeoffs involving partitioning, electrical performance, cooling and mechanical stresses. Design parameters are derived to study the tradeoffs, along with specific examples from reverse-engineering studies. The current status and future directions of lowcost, high-volume manufacturing technologies are examined.
Elective 9 Credits
Please speak with your academic advisor for qualifying courses.
Degree Requirements: 30 Credits