What is Manufacturing Engineering Technology?

The discipline that is concerned with everything it takes to get from raw materials to finished product.

Manufacturing involves everything from processes to economics, materials to management, and much more...

What is Manufacturing Engineering Technology?

Manufacturing Engineering Technology is a nationally-respected program in BYU's School of Technology that prepares students for technical and management careers in manufacturing. Faculty members in the BYU manufacturing program have provided national leadership in various aspects of manufacturing education and key areas of manufacturing related technology.

Students are taught how to be leaders in the manufacturing industry. A large majority of graduates are offered management positions within 5 years of graduation, and these managers are best prepared by a combination of a technology background in manufacturing and a solid business education. This double emphasis is inherent in the manufacturing engineering technology program.

Manufacturing graduates receive an accredited, professional, four-year BS degree in Engineering Technology and can opt to take the classes required for a minor in Business Management.

How do I get into the program?

Admission to the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program is open to all BYU students.  You can declare Manufacturing Engineering Technology as your major in 242 CB.

What kinds of scholarships are available?

Some scholarships are available only to students within the major; others are available to potential majors. Applications are available in the School of Technology advisement center (see last bullet in answer to next question) and on the scholarships page.

How can I get more information?

To find out more about the manufacturing program at BYU, you can:

  • Continue exploring this web site.
  • Send an e-mail to Michael Miles.
  • Stop in at either the Snell Building advisement center (250 SNLB) or the Crabtree Technology Building main office (CTB 265). The CTB is located directly south of the Wilkinson Student Center, on the east side of the BYU campus. The Snell is across the street, to the east of the CTB. Visit our Facilities page for more information.

Is Manufacturing for me?

If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, you'll probably enjoy the manufacturing major:

  • Would you like to be more creative?
  • Would you enjoy managing people and machines to manufacture a product?
  • Do you enjoy science and/or business?
  • Would you like to be an entrepreneur in manufacturing?
  • Do you like to figure out how things work and fix them when they don't?
  • Do you enjoy making things with wood, plastics, metals or fiberglass?
  • Do you like to investigate and solve problems of businesses, manufacturers, systems, and materials?

What will I learn about?

BYU's manufacturing faculty have extensive industrial and academic experience. In addition to technically-enhanced classrooms, learning takes place in laboratories with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. A few of the major topics are:

  • How to plan and manage the manufacture of products.
  • How to organize a manufacturing enterprise for success.
  • How computers are used in automated manufacturing.
  • How to select engineering materials such as metals, plastics, ceramics and composites.
  • How processes convert materials into useful products.
  • How to make key decisions based on technical and business criteria.
  • How to integrate world wide manufacturing facilities.
  • How to produce quality products that delight the customer.

What would I do?

The professional responsibilities of manufacturing graduates may range from solving specific process problems to deciding where to build a new factory (and how to equip and staff it). Manufacturing Engineering Technology encompasses the research, planning, design and implementation of production facilities, machine tools, people and systems for the manufacture of discrete products of specified quality with a minimum expenditure of time, labor and materials.

Technology is the link between science and people, and manufacturing engineering technologists are leaders in technology and managers of innovation.

Some specific duties of new graduates:

  • Solve practical problems in manufacturing.
  • Design tools and fixtures used with manufacturing processes.
  • Manage people and money in projects and processes.
  • Write procedures for fabrication and assembly operations.
  • Improve the quality and efficiency of an existing production line.
  • Serve on a team to develop a new product, providing expertise on manufacturing questions, planning manufacturing operations and estimating production costs.

What about graduate work?

Manufacturing graduates have several possibilities for graduate work:

  • You may continue your technology education with a Master of Science degree in Technology offered in the School of Technology. This is a thesis program that usually takes from one to two years to complete. More information on the program is also available.
  • You will be prepared to study for an MBA degree which requires two years beyond the BS degree.
  • As the manufacturing program gives a broad-based general science background, you might move into a specialty field such as medicine, law or architecture.
  • There is a significant national demand for manufacturing educators at both 2- and 4-year institutions. Students are encouraged to pursue these career options which require graduate work. Several advanced degree options are available for those wishing to teach manufacturing engineering technology, including the MBA, Doctor of Education or PhD.

Where are the jobs?

Manufacturing graduates are in demand wherever manufacturing is found, which includes all states and most foreign countries. Salaries are at the top of the range for BS degree graduates. Some of the employers that have hired recent manufacturing graduates include...

Larger Corporations

Smaller Companies