What Is a Manufacturing Engineering Degree?
By studying manufacturing engineering, students will gain a thorough knowledge of how engineering processes govern the manufacture of different products. You will learn analytic, design and practical skills which will help you understand the whole manufacturing process. Practical and theoretical teaching means that graduates of manufacturing engineering can work across a diverse range of careers.
What do I study?
You will study a broad programme of mathematics, physics and product design. You will also study subject-specific topics such as thermodynamics, electronics and automation. Lab and practical research will be supported by classroom based theory. Additionally, you will be taught CAD and modelling; which will enable you to analyse current methods of manufacture and experiment with new ones.
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Year one focusses on consolidating knowledge of physics, mathematics and product design theory. This includes electronics, materials and dynamics. You will be taught in both classroom-based lessons and during lab work. You will start to learn skills in modelling and CAD. A large portion of the first year’s work is an integrated project which brings together lab-work, theory and computer modelling.
During year two you will study manufacturing systems: quality, design and control. You will learn how manufacturing engineering can provide answers to industry’s most pressing problems such as efficiency and waste. You will study automation during the second year, too: building upon the first year’s computer modelling lessons. During this year you will learn important practical skills, too, including health and safety.
During the third year you will study advanced manufacturing and materials. You will learn professional skills such as leadership, project management and reporting. You will complete an individual project which will include a large element of self-directed CAD and modelling analysis. You will be given the option to spend some time on placement in industry and can decide whether to take an additional Master’s year.
If you decide to take an additional Honors/Master’s year, you will study advanced materials and mechanics alongside other engineering disciplines. Optional modules include resource management and reverse engineering. You will be expected to undertake a supervised project into an area of your interest which will constitute the majority of your work for the year.
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