Graduate Studies

Manufacturing Engineering Systems 2011-2012

Admission | Courses | Program | Requirements | Profile

Chairperson:  C. Ray Diez
Graduate Committee Chairperson: Ralph Dirksen, (309) 298-2388
Office:  Knoblauch Hall 135
Telephone: (309) 298-1091 Fax: (309) 298-1061
Location of Program Offering: Macomb

Graduate Faculty

  • C. Ray Diez, D.I.T., University of Northern Iowa
  • Thomas L. Erekson, Ed.D., University of Illinois
  • Garrett D. Hunter, Ph.D., Purdue University

Associate Professor

  • Ralph Dirksen, Ph.D., Ohio State University

Assistant Professor

  • Hong Liu, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Associate Graduate Faculty
Associate Professors

  • Kevin Hall, Ed.D., Illinois State University
  • Brent Payne, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Assistant Professors

  • Denise Gravitt, Ph.D., Indiana State University
  • Seongchan Kim, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • Rafael Obregon, M.S., Western Illinois University
  • Roger Runquist, Ed.D., Illinois State University
  • Charles Weiss, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  Program Description 

The Department of Engineering Technology offers a Master of Science degree in manufacturing engineering systems. The program is designed to prepare manufacturing professionals to be knowledgeable about world‑class manufacturing systems. The program provides advanced course work in manufacturing strategies, agendas, and quality control. In addition, the program addresses principles of world‑class organizations and restructuring of manufacturing practices, which include, but are not limited to: simultaneous/concurrent engineering practices, just‑in‑time manufacturing, material requirements/resources planning, and product and process simplification with value analysis/value engineering.

The program permits advanced course work for those persons having baccalaureate degrees in a variety of related technological fields (manufacturing, engineering, industrial, and production are a few examples). For those persons actively engaged in manufacturing production management positions, this program offers an opportunity to research technical and scientific developments in advanced manufacturing systems. Other professionals who find it necessary to develop technical knowledge and skills from disciplines as diverse as computer science, industrial engineering, and business administration can benefit from the program.

The program enables the University to assist individuals in industry who wish to advance into positions of increased responsibility in the area of manufacturing systems. The program permits those in industry to keep abreast of changes in technology and enables those with a technical background to have manufacturing experience at the graduate level prior to, or while, being employed full‑time.

The courses offered by the department are highly relevant to advanced manufacturing with the computer being utilized as an integral problem-solving tool. Manufacturing course work includes technology-centered learning experiences in the departmental manufacturing laboratories. Experiences include automation, CAD/CAM, CNC, robotics, measurement, and process control. These experiences help students connect theories and principles learned in courses to real-world professional practice. The opportunity to participate in industrial work experiences (manufacturing internship), to pursue independent studies, and to perform independent research, coupled with graduate laboratory courses, provides a balanced program of studies that may be designed to meet the individual needs of the student. A significant portion of all course work within the department involves technical writing at required industry standards.

  Admission Requirements 

A bachelor's degree with a major in manufacturing engineering technology, engineering technology, industrial technology, industrial education, technical education, engineering or similar field from an accredited institution is required. It is expected that the candidate will have completed basic technical courses. The Graduate Record Examination is not required.

The Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Systems degree program is also open to graduates from the liberal arts, science, mathematics, education, and other fields. Students who have been awarded a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and who have had less than 32 hours of course work in the technical areas may enroll in a two‑phase program. Phase One consists of obtaining a total of 32 hours of Engineering Technology courses as proposed by the student and adviser and approved by the Departmental Graduate Committee. Phase Two is the completion of the program as outlined below.

  Degree Requirements

All students must complete the general requirements and the additional requirements of one of the three exit options listed below. The capstone experiences, which culminate each exit option, include either a thesis or an expository paper, along with an oral presentation to the graduate faculty.

Students must file a degree plan after completion of nine semester hours in the program and satisfy any undergraduate deficiencies. Undergraduate deficiencies may be taken P/F, but must be completed before graduation.

I. Core Courses: 27 s.h.

MES 545 Design of Experiments (3)
MES 548 Automated Industrial Production I (3)
MES 549 Automated Industrial Production II   (3)
MES 581 Workcell Integration (3)
MES 590 Research Techniques in Technical Areas (3)
Directed Electives (A minimum of 6 s.h. must be from MES courses) (12)

Students will have an option to include (with prior MES graduate adviser approval) up to 12 semester hours of (500-level) courses from either the College of Business and Technology, or Departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics, and other pre‑selected courses. No more than one‑third of the degree plan may come from outside the department.

II. Select one of the following exit options: 3 s.h.

A.Thesis Plan

MES 601 Thesis (3)
MES 602 Professional Certification (0)
MES 603 Comprehensive Exam (0)

B.Professional Internship Plan

MES 593 Internship in Manufacturing Systems (3)
MES 602 Professional Certification (0)
MES 603 Comprehensive Exam (0)

C.Independent Research Plan

MES 592 Independent Research (3)
MES 602 Professional Certification (0)
MES 603 Comprehensive Exam (0)


The independent studies (MES 580) or research (MES 592) courses may not be taken until the student has been admitted to candidacy. When registering for MES 601, work must be completed within the calendar year. Exceptions may only be granted prior to registration by the Departmental Graduate Committee.

  Course Descriptions

Engineering Technology (ET)

482G Fundamentals of Computer Aided Design. (3) The application of computer aided design techniques utilizing industrial software within a minicomputer and workstation environment. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: MET 207

Manufacturing Engineering Systems (MES)

515 Engineering Technology: Research Design, Visualization, and Dissemination. (3) The development of a foundation and strategy for using digital and conventional applications for implementing research documentation and scholarly dissemination in engineering technology.

545 Design of Experiments. (3) The use of statistical quality control tools to include attribute and variable data to control, troubleshoot and improve manufacturing processes. Design of experiments will be included.

548 Automated Industrial Production I. (3) A comprehensive study of advanced activities, elements, and principles of computer integrated manufacturing, including group technology (GT), manufacturing resource planning (MRPII), just‑in‑time (JIT), Kanban, computer assisted process planning (CAPP), computer aided engineering (CAE), and other appropriate implementation and manufacturing management practices.

549 Automated Industrial Production II. (3) A comprehensive study of the determination of appropriate levels of manufacturing automation based on economics and productivity. This course will study elements of work simplification, control system, sensors, flexible manufacturing system (FMS) and simulations, as well as automatic identification practices.

550 Industrial Workshop. (1–3)

573 Computer Aided Decision/Management Applications. (3) The use of computer applications to design, monitor, and/or enhance manufacturing processes, facilities, and maintenance operations. Students will solve case studies using various manufacturing management software programs to include process simulation and MRP-II/ERP.

580 Independent Study. (2–3, repeatable to 6) Topics for independent study include (section 1) drafting technology; (section 3) graphic arts technology; (section 5) industrial education; (section 7) industrial wood technology; (section 9) fluid power technology; (section 11) automotive technology; (section 13) metals technology; (section 15) electronics technology; (section 17) computer‑aided technology; (section 19) manufacturing technology. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy and approval of the graduate adviser.

581 Workcell Integration. (3) A study of workcell integration using fixtures, robots, conveyor systems, programmable logic controllers, sensors and production machines to produce products. Prerequisite: MET 477 or permission of the instructor.

590 Research Techniques in Technical Areas. (3) Application of various research techniques in technical subjects. Practice in selection, and reporting of industrial research.

592 Independent Research. (3) This course will be designed by the student for independent study. Approval of a written proposal must be obtained prior to registration. The independent research may involve; a) industrial techniques, materials, or processes; b) teaching or teaching techniques. All independent research will be presented upon completion in written form to the Graduate Committee and orally to graduate faculty and graduate students in the department. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy and approval of the Graduate Committee.

593 Professional Internship in Manufacturing Systems. (3) Off-campus work experience in a pre‑approved manufacturing site or research facility. During the internship, the student will be able to demonstrate her/his ability to analyze, integrate, organize, and manage a manufacturing system. Prerequisites: Completion of Engineering Technology master's core courses, an additional 12 semester hours of approved course work, and a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

601 Research in Engineering Technology-Thesis. (3, repeatable to 6) Independent research and study on a selected and approved problem. A written thesis will be presented to the Departmental Graduate Committee.

602 Professional Certification. (0) Students will present evidence of current professional engineers license or professional certification from SME/MECI, APIC or other department approved certification. Graded S/U.

603 Comprehensive Exam in Manufacturing Systems. (0) The student will complete a written comprehensive examination covering contemporary topics in manufacturing systems. The exam content will reflect course work and all other material covered during the student's master's program. The exam will be graded S/U. The exam will be offered once each term. The student may repeat the exam. Prerequisites: Completion of engineering technology master's core courses, an additional 12 semester hours of approved course work, and a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

Graphics Communication (GCOM)

412G Digital Image Manipulation. (3) The use of digital image manipulation equipment in creating special effect images. Emphasis will be placed upon advanced color theory, color separation, and digital enhancement. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Prerequisite: GCOM 312.

414G Advanced Image Transfer and Printing Processes. (3) The study of advanced printing and image transfer systems and processes. Emphasis will be upon supervised experience in a graphic communication lab. Prerequisite: GCOM 313.

415G Printing Production Management. (3) The study and application of estimation and production practices in the publishing industry. Emphasis will be on methods, planning, production, estimating, and techniques characteristic of the publishing industry. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab. Prerequisite: GCOM 312.

417G Electronic Desktop Publishing II. (3) Advanced work with electronic desktop publishing programs. Emphasis will be upon advanced design and layout techniques. Projects include multiple page documents, forms, booklets, and brochures. Integration of work from multiple software programs will also be stressed. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisites: GCOM 217 and 313, or permission of the instructor.