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A manufacturing engineer supplies his or her efforts towards the creation of products, processes and technology. Manufacturing Engineers have the task of improving manufacturing processes to be better, faster and cheaper. A professional in this field constantly reviews the allocation of resources, analyzes the productivity and seeks methods to maximize production while reducing costs.
Manufacturing continues to be a mainstay of the American economy, accounting for almost 20 percent of our gross domestic product and 17 percent of employment. Because of increased global competition, U.S. manufacturers are turning to automation and computerization to maintain their edge. The result is a decline in the demand for manufacturing operators, fabricators and laborers, but a growth in demand for specialty occupations, such as engineers who understand the new technologies.
In response to the growing demand from manufacturers in Missouri and across the nation, the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) has developed a master-degree program in manufacturing engineering that is accessible through the Internet. Many people working in industry will be able to benefit from this program by participating through distance education and flexible scheduling. This program is the only master-degree program of its kind in Missouri and is among the first in the nation.
The manufacturing interdisciplinary program will provide two degree options - a master of science degree and master of engineering degree. Both degree programs will be offered in the traditional format as well as through the Internet, so that students can access the lectures anywhere at any time. The master of science degree will be a research-oriented program, requiring a thesis, while the master of engineering degree will be a practice-oriented, non-thesis program. Both degree programs consist of a total of 30 hours, including 12 hours of core courses in the areas of Materials and Manufacturing Processes; Process, Assembly and Product Engineering; Manufacturing Competitiveness; and Manufacturing Systems Design. The features of this program include: