Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Science (5006)

Program Coordinator

Gregory K. Arbuckle, greg.arbuckle@wku.edu, (270) 745-2403

This program prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and advanced manufacturing technical skills in support of industrial operations. The major includes instruction in optimization theory, human factors, organizational behavior, industrial processes, industrial planning procedures, systems integration, quality, and project management.  Graduates achieve positions of leadership in business and industry while practicing innovation in the global marketplace.

Program Description

A minor or second major is not required. Course requirements for the major are shown below. Students should consult with an advisor in planning their course schedules and career goals.

Project Lead the Way

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) agrees to grant college level credit for secondary school students from certified Project Lead the Way (PLTW) schools who satisfy the following requirements:

First, students must complete the following two (2) PLTW courses with a grade of B or above and a 6 or above on the End of Course college credit exam: 1. Introduction to Engineering Design; and 2. Principles of Engineering

Second, students must complete two (2) of the following PLTW courses with a grade of B or above and a 6 or above on the End of Course college credit exam: Aerospace Engineering; Biological Engineering; Civil Engineering and Architecture; Computer Integrated Manufacturing; Computer Science and Software Engineering; Digital Electronics; Capstone Course – Engineering Design and Development

Third, students must meet the requirements for admission to Western Kentucky University and enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology program within SEAS. Finally, students requesting the credit must provide a written statement from the instructor of the PLTW program and the principal or guidance counselor, stating the student has successfully completed the program with the above specifications. In addition to the written statement, an official transcript should be submitted for verification.

If the previous four conditions are met, the following three (3) courses will be articulated to the student’s Western Kentucky University record:

MFGE 120Basic Electricity3
MFGE 205CADD for Manufacturing3
AMS EL-L (Lower Level Undergraduate Technical Elective)6
Total Hours12

Program Requirements (61 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

Technical Core Courses
Select one of the following Finance Selectives:3
Principles of Financial Accounting
Basic Marketing Concepts
Personal Finance
Principles of Economics (Micro)
Principles of Economics (Macro)
AGMC 371
AGMC 372
Agricultural Mechanics
and Agricultural Mechanics Laboratory
MFGE 120Basic Electricity3
MFGE 205CADD for Manufacturing3
MFGE 271Industrial Statistics3
SEAS 398Internship I1
or SEAS 401 Contemporary Issues in Architecture and Manufacturing
MFGE 490ASenior Research for Manufacturing Engineering Technology3
MFGE 328Robotics and Machine Vision3
MFGE 217Industrial Materials3
MFGE 227Introduction to Manufacturing Methods3
MFGE 342Manufacturing Operations3
MFGE 343Automated Systems3
MFGE 370Computer Numerical Control3
Total Hours37
Management Core
MFGE 310Safety in Industry3
MFGE 356Systems Design and Operation3
or MGT 314 Operations Management
MFGE 390Project Management3
MFGE 430Technology Management / Supervision / Team Building3
MFGE 371Quality Assurance3
MFGE 394Lean Systems3
Select a Communications Selective from the following:3
Advanced Public Speaking
Small Group Communication
Organizational Communication
Business Communication Fundamentals
Leadership Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Select a Business Law Selective from the following:3
Business Law
Management of Nonprofit Organizations
Total Hours24
Additional Program Requirements:
PHYS 231
PHYS 232
Introduction to Physics and Biophysics I
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics I
MATH 117Trigonometry (or higher)3
Select one combination from the following Chemistry Sequences:4-5
Fundamentals of General Chemistry
and Fundamentals of General Chemistry Laboratory
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
Total Hours11

Please consult with your advisor regarding courses within your major that can overlap with Colonnade Program requirements (such as CHEM 105/106 and CHEM 120/121 [E-NS/SL], COMM 349 [K-SY], ECON 202 and 203 [E-SB], and FIN 161 [E-SB]).  

Finish in Four Plan

First Year
MFGE 1203HIST 101 or HIST 1023
MFGE 2053MFGE 2713
ENG 1003Financial Selective3
CHEM 105
CHEM 106
4MFGE 2173
MATH 1173COMM 1453
 16 15
Second Year
MFGE 2273ENG 2003
MFGE 3713MFGE 3423
Colonnade - Social & Behavioral Sciences3MGT 301 or MGT 3333
PHYS 231
PHYS 232
4General Elective3
General Elective3Colonnade - Arts & Humanities3
 16 15
Third Year
MFGE 3283MFGE 3903
MFGE 3563MFGE 3103
AGMC 371
AGMC 372
3MFGE 3433
COMM Selective3MFGE 3703
Connections - Social and Cultural3Connections - Local to Global3
 15 15
Fourth Year
MFGE 4303MFGE 3943
Connections - Systems3MFGE 490A3
SEAS 3981General Elective3
ENG 3003General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 13 15
Total Hours 120

Career Opportunities

Graduates obtain employment in a wide variety of positions. Some job titles of graduates include: systems integrator, industrial engineer, production manager, production specialist, new product development engineer, manufacturing engineer, quality manager, quality engineer, production engineer, general manager, plant manager, operations manager, industrial trainer, project manager, continuous improvement manager, and technology educator.