B.S. Manufacturing Engineering

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At UW-Stout, you'll get the knowledge and hands-on skills to put your company on the leading edge of a fierce economic climate. Manufacturing engineers are involved with the production process, from product design through post-sale service. As a member of a production team, you'll work with other professionals to design products using the automated systems that manufacture them. 

Our Manufacturing Engineering program prepares pragmatic manufacturing engineers who apply research and theory in the development of marketable products and efficient processes. / UW-Stout

We're the only undergraduate manufacturing engineering program in the UW System and one of about 25 in the country. Our graduates are experts in selecting materials, processing them into usable products and controlling automated production systems.

  • Hands-on experiences/laboratory experiences
  • Small class sizes
  • Focused manufacturing based curriculum that prepares students to work in regional industry
  • Well equipped lab spaces including machine shop, robotics lab, and plastics processing lab
  • Required co-op/internship experience
  • Strong connection with regional industry
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100% of Our Graduates are Employed or Continuing Education

With the training our program provides, you'll become an expert on selecting the right materials, and you'll know how to process them into usable products. You'll understand how to control automated production systems with computers and utilize advanced technologies when appropriate. You'll benefit from learning in up-to-date facilities with laboratories specifically designed to promote understanding of the technologies involved in manufacturing.

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The curriculum has been designed to prepare you to work with both traditional and cutting-edge manufacturing processes and technologies. As you progress toward your degree, both our cooperative education program and the nationally recognized Stout Technology Transfer Institute provide opportunities to learn through on-the-job experiences while you are still enrolled at the university.

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Accredited undergraduate programs dedicated to manufacturing engineering are found at fewer than 25 institutions in the world. Stout's program is the only undergraduate program in manufacturing engineering in the UW System.

Preparing for Manufacturing Engineering

As a student in the Manufacturing Engineering program, you must have an aptitude for science and mathematics. We encourage you to take as many upper-level math and science courses in high school as possible, including mathematics through algebra and trigonometry, plus physics and chemistry. Early development of computer skills is also very helpful.

Starting Out

Industry's manufacturing problems are not only technical in nature. They're also social and economic. As a manufacturing engineer, you must therefore have a broad education.

The first two years of your program will include English composition, communication, and other general education offerings, as well as mathematics, physics and engineering fundamentals.

As You Progress

Science and mathematics classes form the foundation for engineering science courses, and their application to analysis, synthesis and creative design.

As you work through the program, the courses will emphasize modern manufacturing techniques such as computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), robotics, and microprocessor control of manufacturing. You'll receive extensive laboratory experience in those and related areas, including computer-controlled manufacturing systems, statistical process control, electronic instrumentation, and materials processing and testing.

Admissions Requirements

New Freshmen

  • Rank in the top 40 percent of your class (or for high schools that do not rank, earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum ACT math score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)
    or
  • have a minimum ACT score of 22 (or SAT equivalent) with a minimum ACT math score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)

Students who do not meet one of the academic requirements above will be admitted as Pre-Engineering and may qualify for the Engineering major by completing the appropriate courses at UW-Stout.

Transfer Students 

Only ONE of the following three need be met:

1. Both "Test A" and "Test B" below must be satisfied:

  • Test A 
    • have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)
      or
    • rank in the top 40 percent of your high school graduating class (or for high schools that do not rank, earn a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Test B
    • have a minimum ACT math score of 22

2. You have transferred either of the following Calculus courses with a grade of "B" or better (note: a grade of "B-" is not sufficient):

  • MATH-153: Calculus I  or  MATH-156: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

3. You have transferred the following sequence of courses with an earned cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:

  • MATH-153: Calculus I  or  MATH-156: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH-154: Calculus II  or  MATH-157: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • PHYS-291: Statics  or  PHYS-281: University Physics I
  • CHEM-135: College Chemistry I

If you do not meet any of the academic requirements above, but do meet the requirements for general admission to the university, you will be admitted to the university as Pre-Engineering. You may qualify for the engineering major by meeting either requirement 2 or 3 once at UW-Stout.

 
Objectives & Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives 

The Manufacturing Engineering Program develops manufacturing engineers who are:

  • In demand by manufacturing employers
  • Recognized for their ability to apply hands-on engineering expertise
  • Recognized for their leadership and interdisciplinary teamwork skills
  • Continuing to develop professionally

Student Outcomes

The Manufacturing Engineering program develops graduates who have: 

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • Proficiency in materials and manufacturing processes 
Labs & Facilties

UW-Stout has outstanding laboratory facilities available to students in the manufacturing engineering program. Fifteen individual labs cover more than 35,000 square feet. All of these facilities are used for manufacturing engineering courses. When compared with other engineering programs, UW-Stout has a tremendous amount of manufacturing lab space for undergraduate student use. Program laboratories include: 

  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Controls and Instrumentation
  • Metal Casting Foundry
  • Welding
  • Materials Testing
  • Metrology, Electronics
  • Ceramics
  • Plastics and Composite Processing

Almost all lecture areas have state-of-the-art instructional media which include overhead digital projectors, DVD players and wireless internet access for students using their laptop computers.

Career Opportunities

Entry Positions

Manufacturing engineers have rewarding careers in industry, government, research, service and entrepreneurship. The average starting salary for program graduates in 2015–16 was $60,000 a year. Graduate employment has been more than 92 percent for the past 11 years. Many companies consider manufacturing engineers good candidates for advancement to management positions.

The demand for manufacturing engineers is good in manufacturing centers across the United States. Many American firms also have companies overseas, presenting graduates with international career opportunities.

Employers (Partial Listing)

  • 3M
  • Ace Precision
  • Andersen Window
  • Bradley Corporation
  • CL&D Graphics
  • Classic Manufacturing
  • Clopay Building Products
  • Concept Engineering
  • Cummins Power Generation (Onan)
  • Curt Manufacturing
  • Dayco
  • Donaldson Company Inc.
  • Donatelle Plastics Inc.
  • Eaton
  • Elkay Manufacturing Company
  • Emerson Electric
  • Fastenal Company
  • Federal Mogul
  • Five Star Plastics
  • Flambeau Plastics
  • Flexmedics Corporation
  • Frito-Lay., Inc.
  • Gilman Engineering
  • Goodrich Aerospace
  • GPI Corp.
  • Greenheck
  • Greenheck Fan
  • Harley-Davidson
  • Hearth & Home Technologies
  • Hemerlus
  • Honeywell International
  • Hormel Foods
  • Hurd Millworks
  • HUSCO International
  • Hutchinson Technology, Inc.
  • IBM
  • International Paper, Inc.
  • John Deere
  • KI
  • Kohler Company
  • Kolbe-Kolbe Millworks
  • Kurt Mfg.
  • Laser Magic, Inc. 
  • LasX Industries
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • Lynch Machinery
  • Marquip Inc.
  • May Steel LLC
  • Mayo Clinic
  • McNeilus Steel Inc.
  • McQuay International
  • Medallion Cabinetry
  • Mercury Marine
  • Metallics Inc.
  • MRG Tool and Die, Inc.
  • Nestle
  • OEM Fabricators Inc.
  • Oildyne
  • Oshkosh Truck
  • Owatonna Tool Corp.
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Pemstar Inc.
  • Phillips Plastics Corporation
  • Plexus Corp.
  • Polaris
  • Prent Corp.
  • Quality Tool
  • Remmele Engineering
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Schaeffer Engineering
  • Scientific Molding Corp.
  • Semco Windows and Doors
  • SSI Technologies, Inc.
  • St. Jude Medical
  • Stratasys
  • Swiss Technologies
  • Tol-O-Matic
  • Trane Co.
  • Trostel
  • TRW Thermo King, Ingersoll-Rand
  • BAE Systems (United Defense)
  • United Gear & Assembly
  • Uponor-Wirsbo
  • W.L. Gore
  • Waukesha Bearing
  • Waupaca Foundry
  • Wausau Metals
  • Whirlpool Corporation
MFE Advisory Board

2018 MFE Advisory Board

  • David Ding, Program Director
  • Rajiv Asthana, Professor, CSTEM, Engineering & Technology Dept.
  • Dan Bee, Lecturer CSTEMM, Engineering & Technology Dept.
  • Christopher Bendel, Associate Dean, CSTEMM
  • Devin Berg, Associate Professor, CSTEMM, Engineering & Technology
  • Chuck Bomar, Dean, CSTEMM
  • Glenn Bushendorf, Senior Lecturer, CSTEMM, Engineering & Technology Dept.
  • Cory Cauwels, Professional in the Field, 3M
  • Paul Craig, Professional in the Field, Delkor
  • John Dzissah, Professor, CSTEMM, Operations & Management Dept.
  • Ben Ferron, Professional in the Field, Parker Hannifin Corporation
  • Derek Foley, Manufacturing Engineer, Arconic
  • Glenn Gehring, Professor Emeritus, UW-Stout, Eng and Tech Dept.
  • Matt Hafelel, Professional in the Field, Silver Spring Gardens
  • Brian Jennerjahn, Professional in the Field, Jennerahn Machine Inc.
  • Jerome Johnson, Professor, CSTEMM, Eng. and Tech. Dept. 
  • Kirk Kiel, Professional in the Field, Bosch Automotive
  • Tom Lacksonen, Professor, CSTEMM, Operations and Management Dept. 
  • Ron Malles, Senior Manufacturing Engineer and Defrost Technology / Production Development, Pentair Corp.
  • Andy Meyers, Professional in the Field at Hormel Foods
  • Gindy Neidermyer, Associate Dean, CSTEMM
  • Heidi Rabenek, Outreach Program Manager, Discovery Center
  • Bruno Rahn, Plant Manager Home & Health Technologies
  • Matthew Ray, CSTEMM, Chemistry Dept. 
  • Dean Schley, Professional in the Field, Alignex
  • Kurt Schnapp, Lead Engineer, Elkay Wood Products
  • Alan Scott, CSTEMM Physics Dept.
  • Wei Shi, CSTEMM, Engineering & Technology Dept.
  • Scott Springer, Professor, UW-Stout, Eng. and Tech. Dept.
  • Chris Stephany, Sr. Engineering Manager, Arconic
  • Paul Thomas, Professional in the Field, 3M Company
  • Steve Zondio, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering Manager, Greenheck Fan Corporation
Prior to the start of my Senior year, I had accepted a full-time job offer.
Riley Watson B.S. Manufacturing Engineering
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