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Department of Manufacturing and Systems Engineering

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Department Chair: Rick Orr
Location: Engineering Technology Building, Room 214
Telephone Contact: Sheri Eddington, 801-626-6305
Professors: Mark Baugh, George Comber, Kelly Harward, Rick Orr, Kerry Tobin, Glen West; Associate Professors: Megumi Usui; Assistant Professor: David Wetzel; Instructors: Nicole Falkenberg, Taylor Foss, Samuel Hunter, Justin Knighton

Department of Manufacturing and System Engineering (M&SE) education focuses primarily on the aspects of science and engineering aimed at preparing graduates for practice in that portion of the technological spectrum closest to product improvement, industrial processes, and operational functions. The M&SE programs at Weber State prepare individuals for a wide variety of positions in industrial, manufacturing, production, product design and development businesses and industries. The study of engineering and engineering technology requires a knowledge of mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles in combination with a strong applications-orientation in support of engineering activities. The M&SE department offers a verity of AAS and BS degrees in the following engineering and engineering technology programs:

  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (BS) Manufacturing Engineering Technology (AAS, BS)
    • Concentration:
      • Production Operations and Control
      • Welding
      • Plastics and Composites
  • Product Design and Development: An Engineering Technology (AAS, BS)
  • General Technology (AAS)
  • Controls Technology (AAS)

The BS degrees in these programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Program Coordinator: Mary Foss
Location: Engineering Technology Building, Room 214
Telephone Contact: Sheri Eddington, 801-626-6305

Manufacturing Systems (process) Engineering is the branch of Industrial and Systems engineering that addresses the analysis and design of systems involving the human interaction with machines or nature.  Such systems are highly complex and require modeling of the variability introduced by the human element.  Operations are optimized and made more robust by incorporating these models into the overall system design. The focus of the Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE) is on the training of students in facility design and modeling / simulations, including material handling.

The Manufacturing Systems (process) Engineers is an eclectic professional that turn ideas into reality. They play key roles in the creation of almost every single product that you see or use, from biomedical to computers, from sport equipment to aerospace. The challenges of creating new processes and using new materials to meet future needs, relieving human drudgery by automating dangerous and onerous production processes, and forming and leading teams of engineering experts are all examples of a few of the numerous opportunities for which the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program prepares its students.

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Program Coordinator: Rick Orr
Location: Engineering Technology Building, Room 214
Telephone Contact: Sheri Eddington, 801-626-6305

The Weber State Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MFET) program has long been recognized as one of the outstanding manufacturing technology programs in the country. Students may choose among three concentration areas; Production Operations and Controls, Welding, or Plastics and Composites. The Production Operations and Controls Concentration is designed to prepare the student for professional employment in industry by giving them fundamental knowledge and skills in a broad range of manufacturing disciplines, manufacturing processes and automation. These include process selection and planning, tool and machine design, material selection and treatment, programmable logic controllers, mechatronics, robotics, Six Sigma, and lean manufacturing. State-of-the-art laboratories give students hands-on experiences with CNC machine tools, robotics, programmable logic controllers, systems integration and the latest in a variety of CAD/ CAM systems. Yearlong required senior projects have included industrial equipment, drones, crash simulators for the Utah Highway Patrol, electric vehicles, innovative products, computer integrated manufacturing cells and many fun projects that help students gain confidence in their abilities while gaining additional insight and skills in both teamwork and human relations.

The Manufacturing Engineering Technology Welding Concentration is designed to produce welding engineering technology graduates that are involved in the concept, design, engineering, and metallurgy of weldments and implementation of welding processes in any manufacturing or technical industry. The MFET Welding Concentration has six main areas of study: welding and manufacturing, design and structural, metallurgical, quality assurance, electrical, and management. Courses are designed to give students the background to solve welding related issues in a variety of industry settings. Students will learn how to set up welding quality systems with procedures and qualifications. Most classes have labs where students receive hands on training to complement the classroom instruction. Students complete a senior project with a team that brings together their experience and education.

The Manufacturing Engineering Technology Plastics and Composite Concentration prepares students for professional employment in the plastic/composite industry. Students will learn firsthand about the complex interdependence between plastic/composite process, materials, tooling, and part design. The design portion of the concentration will provide the knowledge and skills required to fulfill a number of career roles that focus on the product development process, which includes plastic part design. Another phase of this education delves into the differences between the many types of plastics as well as the properties which differentiate plastics from other materials. This emphasis will also expose the students to a wide variety of tooling from the many plastic disciplines. This includes injection, thermoforming, blow molding, extrusion dies and high/low tech composite molds. This exposure provides the students with a keen understanding of the function, construction, and multi-component interactions involved in well-constructed plastics tooling.

Product Design and Development: An Engineering Technology

Program Coordinator: Megumi Usui
Location: Engineering Technology Building, Room 214
Telephone Contact: Sheri Eddington, 801-626-6305

The Product Design and Development program prepares students to develop product design and development drawings.  3D models, reports, presentations, technical illustrations, interactive multimedia, and animations for industry. Students will develop their graphical skills, techniques, concepts, and management skills through exercises and projects. They will work in mechanical, electrical, and structural disciplines. Students will use calculators, computers, handbooks, and engineering reference materials while applying various mathematical concepts from geometry, algebra, and trigonometry.


Manufacturing & Systems Engineering Course Descriptions  


    Associate of Applied ScienceBachelor of ScienceEmphasis Option for Bachelor of Integrated Studies

       BIS emphases are also offered for most programs with a minor.

    Graduate CertificatePost Baccalaureate CertificateMaster of Science

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