What is Manufacturing Engineering?
Manufacturing is a $290-billion business in Ontario, employing over one-million people directly and another one-million people indirectly. It plays a vital role in the Ontario economy, accounting for about 19 percent of all jobs in the province and 26 percent of Ontario’s gross domestic product.
Manufacturing Engineering deals with the engineering problems, opportunities and needs of the manufacturing sector.
What do Manufacturing Engineers do?
Manufacturing Engineers are usually involved in :
- setting up or improving the design, production and manufacturing of goods and products, and
- the development and application of advanced manufacturing processes and technologies such as robotics, automation and intelligent controls.
Manufacturing Engineers often interface with other engineers to help find ways to bring their designs to fruition, bearing in mind factors such as costs, quality, reliability, appearance, etc.
What types of careers do Manufacturing Engineers find?
Manufacturing engineers serve many sectors, ranging from aerospace and biotechnology to telecommunications, automotive, chemical, industrial and commercial product manufacturing.
Many engineering companies are involved in manufacturing. The Durham Region Manufacturing Association, for instance, represents well over 100 manufacturing companies just in the Durham region.
Growing industrial development in Ontario, coupled with current retirement rates, is increasing the need for manufacturing engineers over the next decade.
The Manufacturing Engineering program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills required for work in all areas of manufacturing, including product design, automation and control, and production. Graduates of our manufacturing engineering program will be highly qualified in the following areas:
- product design and development
- process design and control
- manufacturing system and facility design
- production planning and control
- operations analysis and management
- systems engineering and integration
- economic analysis and accounting
- engineering sales and marketing
- research and development
Manufacturing Engineering graduates will have the expertise to work productively as engineers and to manage effectively the work of others.
Graduates may also choose to pursue graduate studies or start their own business.
The range of companies that will potentially employ our Manufacturing Engineering graduates is large, and includes car and aircraft manufacturers, computer equipment companies, chemical manufacturers, medical equipment companies, electrical and telecommunications companies, etc. Consequently, we expect our Manufacturing Engineering graduates to be in high demand.
Developed in consultation with industry, the Manufacturing Engineering curriculum combines a solid grounding in fundamentals, with significant content in engineering sciences and engineering design. The Manufacturing Engineering program at UOIT is the only one in Ontario and one of only three in Canada.
Manufacturing Engineering is a multidisciplinary field, so our program offers an interesting roster of courses from a broad range of areas.
In the first year, you study mathematics, sciences, computing and technical communications — courses that represent the foundation building blocks of most engineering programs. In the second year, you cover basic engineering courses like thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, materials properties, electrical circuits, and the mechanics of solids. In third and fourth year, you study a range of applied and advanced manufacturing engineering courses including computer-aided design, integrated manufacturing systems, dynamics of machines, mechatronics, control systems, robotics and automation, and artificial intelligence in engineering.
State-of-the-art laboratories and facilities are being developed to support the program. We are particularly excited about our 10,000-square-foot Integrated Manufacturing Centre. The Centre is an efficient, fully functional, industrial grade, flexible manufacturing facility that showcases advanced manufacturing and automation technologies, and is capable of manufacturing a variety of products. The Centre includes automated manufacturing, storage, assembly, inspection and packaging.
Complementary studies including collaborative leadership, economics, and ethics and law for professionals, promote a broader understanding of the needs of society and technology's impact on it. Students gain technical expertise along with the understanding of business and humanities required for an integrated approach to manufacturing.
Engineering and Management Program
Students can choose to complement their technical studies in this engineering program with business and management courses by opting for the five-year Engineering and Management program that corresponds to this discipline.