Redefining the Classroom

Manufacturing engineering technology (MfgET) is a multi-disciplinary field that integrates knowledge from areas of study such as science, math, computers, mechanical engineering, electronics engineering, management and economics. MfgET is a profession that gives you the expertise to develop tools, processes, machines and equipment to make quality products at a reasonable cost. The profession also involves working with and coordination of people from several other fields. In addition to providing a strong background in the fundamentals of manufacturing engineering technology, the program places an emphasis in the application of computer systems to modern manufacturing. This includes topics such as robotics, computer-aided design (CAD), programmable logic controllers (PLC), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).

The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program is a full four-year BS degree. Although it is not as mathematically rigorous as the Mechanical Engineering program, it does share a few courses with it and is quite rigorous compared to other many similarly titled programs elsewhere. Students in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program have the opportunity to use their technical electives to obtain a minor in Robotics Technology, and graduates have excellent job prospects.

Why Student Choose LSSU

  • Since a typical LSSU engineering technology class has about 15 students, you will have the chance to work closely with your instructors, all of whom are full-time faculty members, rather than graduate student assistants. The small class sizes also promote interaction in the lecture and the laboratory with other students and with your instructor.
  • Recognizing that learning comes through doing as well as listening, the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program is designed to include a significant amount of practical engineering technology experience. Accordingly, the core of the curriculum contains 19 engineering and engineering technology courses, of which 16 contain a laboratory component. Additionally, nearly all technical elective courses also contain laboratory components. Some courses also include a term design or research project, providing further opportunity to learn through experience.
  • The core of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology curriculum emphasizes practical applications such as solid modelling (CAD), manufacturing, production, control via PLC’s, and basic robotic technology. The technical elective portion of the curriculum also provides the opportunity for additional study in robotics via the Robotics Technology minor.
  • All LSSU engineering and engineering technology students participate in a senior project. Our senior projects span two semesters during the senior year and are usually sponsored by an industrial customer. A typical senior project team is comprised of four or five students having various engineering and engineering technology majors. The team works directly with their customer to complete the project. Skills such as leadership, team work, financial budgeting, project management, technical writing, presentations, and design reviews are just among the many soft skills that are honed through this experience. It prepares the engineering technology students for a future in industry.


The Bachelor of Science, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, degree program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,


Program Objectives, Outcomes, and Enrollment Data


Recent graduates of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program have worked for Gentex, Precision Edge, Applied Manufacturing Technologies, JR Automation, and Michigan Rod, to name a few.

"JR Automation has hired three graduates from Lake Superior State University just this year and now employs 14 LSSU graduates. Applied Manufacturing Technologies in Orion, Michigan is another RIA member with 16 LSSU graduates working in robotics." -- CBS Report Finds Job Opportunities at Dow Linked to Robotics

Technical Areas

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
  • Industrial Automation
  • Manufacturing
  • Packaging
  • Robotics


  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemical
  • Defense Contractors
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical
  • Renewable Energy
  • Transportation

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