Manufacturing system engineering has taken on a great importance these days as products and processes become more complex. The rise of multinational outsourcing has also made the role of the manufacturing system engineer vital to the overall procedure in a manufacturing operation.
Manufacturing systems engineering is central to almost every product that reaches the market. Whether the item is a huge machine part, an automobile, or a small toy, the manufacturing systems engineer is involved in the choice of materials, the automation of processes, the creation of a manufacturing requirements document (MRD), and the recruitment and leadership of the various teams that will carry out the manufacturing process. The manufacturing systems engineer may create computer models and schemas of projects and procedures, keep track of the productivity levels in manufacturing processes, and do the on-the-spot problem solving that is needed to keep the process functioning.
The typical manufacturing systems engineering program includes an intense study of mathematics, applied and theoretical physics, chemistry, basics of engineering and materials, as well as a number of courses such as budget planning, leadership, communication, management, and team skills, designed to make the manufacturing systems engineer a valuable member of an administrative process team. Some programs also offer opportunities to participate in learning and research projects with real world implications.
Career opportunities for manufacturing system engineering graduates are on a steady expansion track. Most are in private industry, but there are no boundaries. Manufacturing system engineers are needed in government projects, educational systems, hospitals, environmental and consulting firms.
Publish date: February 10, 2011