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Manufacturing Engineering Overview - Preparation - Day In The Life -
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Manufacturing engineering graduates may work in any field that produces goods -- from automobiles and boats and airplanes, to electronic products to educational toys, to food and clothing. They must have strong analytical stills and be detail oriented. In additi
on, they must work well in team situations as they are often called upon to work in a group setting with other engineers and with others outside of engineering. 

Manufacturing Engineering Programs
A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs.
A degree in manufacturing engineering might include the following types of courses: engineering materials, circuits and electromagnetics, linear algebra, device control, quality engineering, and marketing. It is important to select a program that is accredited in manufacturing engineering.

Admission Requirements
Admissions requirements for undergraduate engineering schools include a solid background in mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus) and science (biology, chemistry, and physics), and courses in English, social studies, humanities, and computer and information technology. Bachelor's degree programs in engineering typically are designed to last 4 years, but many students find that it takes between 4 and 5 years to complete their studies. In a typical 4-year college curriculum, the first 2 years are spent studying mathematics, basic sciences, introductory engineering, humanities, and social sciences. In the last 2 years, most courses are in engineering, usually with a concentration in one branch. For example, the last two years of a manufacturing engineering program might include advanced content in engineering science, manufacturing, and materials.

Internships and Coops provide students with a great opportunity to gain real-world experience while still in school. Many universities offer co-op and internship programs for students studying Manufacturing Engineering. Click here for more information.

Courses of Study
Students specializing in Manufacturing Engineering will study computer-aided design and manufacturing, along with production and quality control.  Student will review the economics of manufacturing and learn about fabrication and assembly.  They will likely take courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, statistics, computer science, and mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering. Specific courses in statics, dynamics, and strength of materials provide manufacturing engineering students an understanding of how mechanical components interact. Manufacturing Engineers usually develop skills that span many engineering disciplines, with an eye toward focusing their expertise in the manufacturing process.

Accredited Programs
Students interested in a career in Manufacturing Engineering should consider reviewing engineering programs that are accredited by ABET, Inc. If you choose to attend a program that is not ABET accredited, you should be sure that the university is regionally accredited

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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