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Manufacturing Career Cluster

8057 Manufacturing Engineering I (one credit fall semester) 

8058V Manufacturing Engineering II (one credit spring semester) 

Prerequisite: Principles of Applied Engineering, Algebra II or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II 

Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in an additional course credit at MCTC Grades: 11-12​

This hands-on simulation based program deals with theory and application that includes analysis, research, design and development of systems, processes, machines, tools, and equipment in manufacturing. Students have the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical fabrication, AC/DC systems, and apply those learned processes to a simulated manufacturing environment. Students are introduced to how Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Numerical Controls (CNC), and robotic technologies are utilized in Manufacturing. 

Manufacturing Engineering I & II are advanced courses for the Manufacturing career cluster. 

Manufacturing Engineering II is an FHSPE third math credit option. This course can be taken for elective credit only by students who have earned credit for another course identified as an FHSPE third math credit option.

8059V Practicum in Manufacturing Engineering (two credits) 

Prerequisite: Manufacturing Engineering I & II 

Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in an additional course credit at MCTC Grade: 12

The Practicum is a capstone experience to give students a practical application of Mechatronics, Computer Numerical Controls (CNC), robotic technologies, and manufacturing processes. Students will focus on applying previously studied manufacturing knowledge and skills to real world and simulated manufacturing environmental issues. 

Practicum is an advanced course for the Manufacturing career cluster.

What is a Manufacturing Engineering?

Manufacturing Engineering can broadly be defined as the branch of Engineering that focuses on the set up, continuous improvement, and operations of the manufacturing process. 

A sample of their daily job tasks may include but are not limited to:

  • Product Design

  • Discover and Implement the most efficient technologies to use in manufacturing

  • Planning and design of processes

  • Continuous quality control improvement

  • Maintain/Manage the manufacturing environment

  • Oversee operations of plant or manufacturing unit.

What kind of careers can Manufacturing Engineering lead too?

This course prepares you with hands-on learning and skills to better understand the manufacturing process.  Future Engineers and Machine Technicians alike will benefit from the course curriculum that focuses on Mechatronics and Mechatronics Engineering.  Career paths for this discipline will vary on your level of knowledge and ability, but one might work in:

  • Engineering design

  • Mechatronics Engineering

  • Process control

  • PLC or Programmable Logic Control (machine automation)

  • Plant Management

  • Materials Handling

  • Maintenance technician

  • Robot programming

  • Robot integration

  • CNC machinist

  • CNC programming

  • Quality Assurance

What will we learn in class?

We will learn using a computer module based form of instruction accompanied with hands on trainers.  We use Amatrol curriculum and equipment to focus around Mechatronics.  Topics include:

  • Hydraulics (oil controlled cylinders, valves, pumps, fittings)

  • Pneumatics (air controlled cylinders, valves, regulators)

  • Mechanical Fabrication (fasteners, tooling)

  • Mechanical Drives (gear, belt, drives, soft foot etc)

  • Metrology (precise measurement)

  • Thermal Science (refrigeration concepts, thermal expansion)

  • AC/DC Electrical Systems

  • Electrical Control systems (and, nor, nand, nor logic)

  • Computer Control Systems (PLC control)

  • Mechatronics (Tying everything together in one system)

Practicum in Manufacturing students can return to continue in

  • FANUC CNC turning center control (Certification available)

  • FANUC CNC machining center control (Certification available)

  • FANUC Robotic Arm control (Certification available in Handling Pro)

Certification in Autodesk software is also available for both 1st and 2nd year students depending on incoming skill level

  • AutoCAD

  • Autodesk Inventor

  • Revit

See additional resources below:

What Do Manufacturing Engineers Do?

O*net Online – Manufacturing Engineers Statistical Data

What Can I Do With My Manufacturing Engineering Technology Major?

Indeed - Learn About Being a Manufacturing Engineer

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