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Manufacturing Engineering Technology

The MFET program focuses on the dynamic fields of automated manufacturing, systems integration, materials handling and manufacturing operations. The plan of study blends courses in mechanical engineering technology, electrical and computer engineering technology, computer graphics technology, and information systems with program-specific courses in automated manufacturing, operations planning and systems integration. Graduates are uniquely qualified to meet the automation challenges experienced by today's most demanding industries. MFET accomplishes this through experienced-based study in the application of computers in design, operations planning, manufacturing processes, process control, quality, project management, and machine and system integration.

A manufacturing system can encompass all operations from the design and order entry of a product to the shipment and billing of the product. If implemented effectively, the system can lead to significant cost reductions and better quality. The MFET curriculum concentrates on the study of individual subsystems including control systems, materials handling systems, planning systems, robotic systems, computeraided processing systems, automated inspection and identification systems, business systems, and their integration.

The B.S. degree program prepares graduates for employment opportunities in a multitude of industries and service areas that apply computer automation.

Purdue operates a unique, nationally recognized automated manufacturing laboratory with many state-of-the-practice capabilities. The facility is equipped with a fully functional, 1,400-square-foot integrated manufacturing system complete with industrial grade robots, CNC machine tools, programmable logic controllers, conveyor system and various supporting peripheral technologies. This equipment and software enables students to gain first-hand experience with everything from the fundamentals of programming an individual piece of equipment or software to the more complex tasks associated with planning, programming and implementing a fully integrated system. The facility supports the educational objectives of the program and promotes interdisciplinary manufacturing development and discovery.

The MFET program provides graduates with the solid technical foundation necessary to ensure their success in a wide variety of employment opportunities. Program graduates are able to fill a wide variety of positions, ranging from the application of computer automated manufacturing equipment and software to the programming and development of a fully integrated manufacturing system. Graduates excel in positions related to manufacturing engineering, process/control systems design, automated equipment engineering, layout and material handling, automated systems engineering and development, production engineering, manufacturing systems implementation, manufacturing systems integration, and technical sales.

Graduates of the MFET program are in great demand by such firms as CIM Systems, CTA Integration, Cornerstone Controls, Caterpillar, Dell Computers, Depuy, Eli Lilly, Ethicon, Ford Motor Company, Guide Corporation, General Motors, Honda of America, TRW, Rockwell Automation, Saturn, Shuttleworth and other companies.

The B.S. manufacturing engineering technology program at West Lafayette is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, Maryland 21202-4012. Telephone 410-347-7700; Fax 410-625-2238; email tac@abet.org; website www.abet.org.

Credit Hours Required for Bachelor's Degree: 124

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) (3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry)
(5) MA 15900 (Pre-Calculus) (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(3) MET 14400 (Materials and Processes II) (3) MA 22100 (Calculus for Technology I)
(3) TECH 12000 (Technology and the Individual) (3) MET 14300 (Materials and Processes I)
    (1) MET 16200 (Computational Analysis Tools in MET)
    (3) Humanities or social science elective
(14) (16)

Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) ECET 21400 (Electricity Fundamentals) (3) CNIT 17500 (Visual Basic Programming)
(3) MA 22200 (Calculus for Technology II) (3) MET 10200 (Production Design and Specifications)
(4) MET 11100 (Applied Statics) (1) MET 11300 (Mechanics Applications)
(2) Computer graphics selective (3) MET 24500 (Manufacturing Systems)
(3) Humanities or social science elective (3) MET 28400 (Introduction to Industrial Controls)
(3) Free elective (3) Physics selective
(18)   (16)  

Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) MET 23000 (Fluid Power) (3) ENGL 42100 (Technical Writing)
(3) MFET 34400 (Automated Manufacturing Processes) (3) MET 38200 (Controls and instrumentation for Automation)
(3) MFET 37400 (Manufacturing Integration I) (3) CNIT or CS selective
(3) Manufacturing graphics selective (3) Manufacturing selective
(3) Science selective (3) Statistics or quality selective
(15)   (15)  

Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) IET 45100 (Monetary Analysis for Industrial Decisions) (3) MFET 48100 (Integrated Manufacturing Systems)
(3) MFET 34800 (Industrial Robots and Motion Control) (3) TECH 33000 (Technology and the Global Society)
(3) MFET 44600 (Advanced Manufacturing Operations) (3) English or communication selective
(3) MFET 48000 (Project Planning for Integration) (3) Humanities or social science elective
(3) TECH 32000 (Technology and the Organization) (3) Technical elective
(15)   (15)