The goal of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program is to become the leading source of manufacturing graduates, and to provide manufacturing knowledge for the state of Kansas, the region and the nation. The program will continue to generate graduates who quickly become valuable resources and leaders in their companies. The students, faculty and staff will be actively engaged in modern educational methods and applied research through interactions with industry, government agencies, and the community.
The graduates of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program work in all segments of manufacturing and industry throughout the world. Many companies recruit on campus and at annual career fairs both on and off campus. Our Manufacturing graduates are highly sought after for a variety of positions. One of the tools we employ to assure quality is our Senior Project or Capstone experience. This two semester, year long sequence is a design and build exercise with real world relevance. This helps assure that our graduates leave Pittsburg State University with tangible skills and are very competitive in the marketplace.
The Manufacturing program is housed in the Kansas Technology Center. It provides modern classroom and laboratory facilities including: Welding, Fabrication, Metal Casting, Material Analysis, Machine Tools and CNC Laboratories. The courses in Manufacturing Engineering Technology emphasize application more than theoretical development and enhances classroom studies with hands-on, high-tech laboratories. A dedicated space is also provided for seniors to work on their Capstone projects.
Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program Educational Objectives
Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program graduates will:
1. be sought after and employed by local and regional industry.
2. demonstrate the technical skills to support industry needs and/or solve technical problems.
3. demonstrate the knowledge and skill to operate across the breadth of the manufacturing engineering technology discipline.
Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program Student Outcomes
Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program students will demonstrate:
a. an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools to support design, analysis, manufacture, and test of mechanical systems.
b. an ability to apply fundamental principles of math and science, current theoretical knowledge, and adapt to the rapidly changing applications of engineering and technology.
c. an ability to evaluate and improve product performance by conducting, analyzing and interpreting experiments.
d. ingenuity and resourcefulness in the design, modification and improvement of manufacturing systems, components, or processes.
e. teamwork to support the conceptual design, development, analysis, and manufacture (implementation) of a product (or process).
f. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve technical problems associated with the design and manufacture.
g. the ability to support information exchange (vs. communicate) on technical and project management topics through data files, reports and presentations.
h. an understanding of the need for and participation in continuing education and enhancement of professional knowledge.
i. awareness of professional, ethical and social responsibilities as it applies to careers in engineering technology.
j. a consideration for diversity and an idea of how their decisions could impact professional, societal, and global issues today and in the future.
k. a commitment to getting a job done right, on time, and with a vision of improvement for the next generation product or process.
l. the ability to use castings in appropriate applications.
m. the manufacturing machining ability to develop and deploy a CNC machining process including tooling selection and CNC program creation utilizing CAD/CAM software.
Scholarships and Awards
Student achievement is recognized through the annual awards process within the College of Technology. A number of scholarships are available, provided by both the University and private funding. Scholarships are awarded through the department by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), The Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF), and several other supporting organizations.
Many students choose to participate in student organizations such as the American Foundry Society (AFS), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Members of these organizations have the opportunity for scholarships and the opportunity to attend seminars of major companies, such as the Foundry Education Foundation sponsored College Industry Conference in Chicago, IL.
Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC)
The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program maintains an Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) composed of leaders from local and national industries. This committee meets twice a year to advise the program on industry trends and to provide feedback to students on their Capstone projects. The current roster of this committee includes representatives from such companies as AGCO, Bombardier, Caterpillar, Ducommunn, Honeywell, General Motors, and many others.