B.S. Manufacturing Engineering

Turn your ideas into working products
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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UW-Stout's B.S. Manufacturing Engineering program will provide you with the knowledge and hands-on skills to put your company on the leading edge of a fierce economic climate. Manufacturing engineers are involved with the production process, from product design through post-sale service. As a member of a production team, you'll work with other professionals to design products using the automated systems that manufacture them. 

Manufacturing engineers are involved with the production process, from product design through post-sale service. / UW-Stout

We're the only undergraduate manufacturing engineering program in the UW System and one of about 25 in the country. Our graduates are experts in selecting materials, processing them into usable products and controlling automated production systems.

  • Hands-on experiences/laboratory experiences
  • Small class sizes
  • Focused manufacturing based curriculum that prepares students to work in regional industry
  • Well equipped lab spaces including machine shop, robotics lab, and plastics processing lab
  • Required co-op/internship experience
  • Strong connection with regional industry

Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.


The curriculum has been designed to prepare you to work with both traditional and cutting-edge manufacturing processes and technologies. As you progress toward your degree, both our cooperative education program and the nationally recognized Stout Technology Transfer Institute provide opportunities to learn through on-the-job experiences while you are still enrolled at the university.


100% of Our Graduates are Employed or Continuing Education

With the training our program provides, you'll become an expert on selecting the right materials, and you'll know how to process them into usable products. You'll understand how to control automated production systems with computers and utilize advanced technologies when appropriate. You'll benefit from learning in up-to-date facilities with laboratories specifically designed to promote understanding of the technologies involved in manufacturing.

"My final semester capstone project made me ready. It was the most time-consuming group project of my college career. However, because I was so passionate about the project and my field of study, it hardly felt like work to me. Now I feel confident to take on my first job after graduation."

-- Nick Richards
B.S. Manufacturing Engineering

Accredited undergraduate programs dedicated to manufacturing engineering are found at fewer than 25 institutions in the world. Stout's program is the only undergraduate program in manufacturing engineering in the UW System.

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Preparing for Manufacturing Engineering

As a student in the Manufacturing Engineering program, you must have an aptitude for science and mathematics. We encourage you to take as many upper-level math and science courses in high school as possible, including mathematics through algebra and trigonometry, plus physics and chemistry. Early development of computer skills is also very helpful.

Starting Out

Industry's manufacturing problems are not only technical in nature. They're also social and economic. As a manufacturing engineer, you must therefore have a broad education.

The first two years of your program will include English composition, communication, and other general education offerings, as well as mathematics, physics and engineering fundamentals.

As You Progress

Science and mathematics classes form the foundation for engineering science courses, and their application to analysis, synthesis and creative design.

As you work through the program, the courses will emphasize modern manufacturing techniques such as computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), robotics, and microprocessor control of manufacturing. You'll receive extensive laboratory experience in those and related areas, including computer-controlled manufacturing systems, statistical process control, electronic instrumentation, and materials processing and testing.

Objectives & Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives 

Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Manufacturing Engineering program are expected to:

  1. Establish themselves as engineers/professionals in their careers effectively and economically integrating technology, people, and processes
  2. Participate effectively in multidisciplinary teams in both leadership and fellowship roles, working with and valuing diversity.
  3. Engage in advanced study and/or effective life-long learning in topic areas relevant to professional advancement to enhance the quality of personal life in today’s global and social context.
  4. Solve complex problems relevant to modern manufacturing with principal emphasis on safety, quality, productivity and cost through continuous improvement and enterprise integration.
  5. Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate complex technological advances, issues, and professional details to a variety of audiences.

Student Outcomes

    The Manufacturing Engineering program develops graduates who have: 

    1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
    2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
    3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
    4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
    5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
    6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
    7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
    8. Demonstrated proficiency in materials and manufacturing processes.
    9. Utilize integrated process design, system design, and improvement in automation applications.
    Labs & Facilities

    UW-Stout has outstanding laboratory facilities available to students in the manufacturing engineering program. Fifteen individual labs cover more than 35,000 square feet. All of these facilities are used for manufacturing engineering courses. When compared with other engineering programs, UW-Stout has a tremendous amount of manufacturing lab space for undergraduate student use. Program laboratories include: 

    • Computer Aided Manufacturing
    • Computer Aided Design
    • Controls and Instrumentation
    • Metal Casting Foundry
    • Welding
    • Materials Testing
    • Metrology, Electronics
    • Ceramics
    • Plastics and Composite Processing

    Almost all lecture areas have state-of-the-art instructional media which include overhead digital projectors, DVD players and wireless internet access for students using their laptop computers.

    Career Opportunities

    Entry Positions

    Manufacturing engineers have rewarding careers in industry, government, research, service and entrepreneurship. The average starting salary for program graduates in 2015–16 was $60,000 a year. Graduate employment has been more than 92 percent for the past 11 years. Many companies consider manufacturing engineers good candidates for advancement to management positions.

    The demand for manufacturing engineers is good in manufacturing centers across the United States. Many American firms also have companies overseas, presenting graduates with international career opportunities.

    Employers (Partial Listing)

    • 3M
    • Ace Precision
    • Andersen Window
    • Bradley Corporation
    • CL&D Graphics
    • Classic Manufacturing
    • Clopay Building Products
    • Concept Engineering
    • Cummins Power Generation (Onan)
    • Curt Manufacturing
    • Dayco
    • Donaldson Company Inc.
    • Donatelle Plastics Inc.
    • Eaton
    • Elkay Manufacturing Company
    • Emerson Electric
    • Fastenal Company
    • Federal Mogul
    • Five Star Plastics
    • Flambeau Plastics
    • Flexmedics Corporation
    • Frito-Lay., Inc.
    • Gilman Engineering
    • Goodrich Aerospace
    • GPI Corp.
    • Greenheck
    • Greenheck Fan
    • Harley-Davidson
    • Hearth & Home Technologies
    • Hemerlus
    • Honeywell International
    • Hormel Foods
    • Hurd Millworks
    • HUSCO International
    • Hutchinson Technology, Inc.
    • IBM
    • International Paper, Inc.
    • John Deere
    • KI
    • Kohler Company
    • Kolbe-Kolbe Millworks
    • Kurt Mfg.
    • Laser Magic, Inc. 
    • LasX Industries
    • Lockheed-Martin
    • Lynch Machinery
    • Marquip Inc.
    • May Steel LLC
    • Mayo Clinic
    • McNeilus Steel Inc.
    • McQuay International
    • Medallion Cabinetry
    • Mercury Marine
    • Metallics Inc.
    • MRG Tool and Die, Inc.
    • Nestle
    • OEM Fabricators Inc.
    • Oildyne
    • Oshkosh Truck
    • Owatonna Tool Corp.
    • Parker Hannifin
    • Pemstar Inc.
    • Phillips Plastics Corporation
    • Plexus Corp.
    • Polaris
    • Prent Corp.
    • Quality Tool
    • Remmele Engineering
    • Rockwell Automation
    • Schaeffer Engineering
    • Scientific Molding Corp.
    • Semco Windows and Doors
    • SSI Technologies, Inc.
    • St. Jude Medical
    • Stratasys
    • Swiss Technologies
    • Tol-O-Matic
    • Trane Co.
    • Trostel
    • TRW Thermo King, Ingersoll-Rand
    • BAE Systems (United Defense)
    • United Gear & Assembly
    • Uponor-Wirsbo
    • W.L. Gore
    • Waukesha Bearing
    • Waupaca Foundry
    • Wausau Metals
    • Whirlpool Corporation
    Program Advisory Committee

    Program Advisory Committee Members

    Rajiv Asthana Professor UW-Stout
    Luke Atwood Project Engineer Advanced Molding Technologies  
    Corey Balts Manufacturing Technology Manager 3M Company 
    Dan  Bee Associate Professor UW-Stout 
    Christopher  Bendel Associate Dean UW-Stout 
    Glenn  Bushendorf Senior Lecturer UW-Stout 
    David Buye VP of Operations DiaSorin Inc
    Cory  Cauwels Advanced Systems Engineering Specailist 3M Company 
    Aislinn Cornell Project Engineer Advanced Molding Technologies  
    Paul  Craig Instrumentation Tech II UW-Stout 
    Andy Davis Manufacturing Engineer Anderson Dahlen, Inc.
    David  Ding Director, School of Engineering UW-Stout
    John  Dzissah Professor UW-Stout 
    Emily Fanucci Project Engineer Advanced Molding Technologies  
    Ben  Ferron Controls Engineer Eckert/PRI Robotics
    Daniel Freedman Dean, College of STEMM UW-Stout 
    Matt  Hafelel Professional in the Field  Silver Spring Gardens
    Curtis Hodgin Operations Engineering Manager  
    Jeff Kaiser President & General Manager F&M Plastics, Inc.
    Jordan Kaiser Manufacturing Engineer nVent
    Joseph Kannel Design & Drafting Supervisor Donaldson Company Inc.
    Matt Kirchner President LAB Midwest LLC
    Mitchell Johnson Manufacturing Engineer Trueline Inc.
    Ron  Malles Senior Manufacturing Engineer and Defrost Technology / Product Development  Pentair Corp.
    Jesse McConaughey Principal Sales Application Engineer Advanced Molding Technologies  
    Bob Meyer   Emeritus Chancellor and Emeritus E & T Department, UW-Stout
    Gregg Mizerk  President/CEO L. E. Phillips Career Development Center
    Andy  Myers Professional in the Field Hormel Foods
    Joe Nelson Project Engineering Supervisor Amcor 
    Dave Peterson Manufacturing Engineer Manager Ashley Furniture
    Bruno  Rahn Plant Manager  Hearth & Home Technologies
    Matthew Ray Professor UW-Stout 
    Patrick Rohlfing Manufacturing Engineer I Wabash
    Rich  Rothaupt Retiree UW-Stout 
    Alan  Scott Professor UW-Stout 
    Greg Slupe Assistant Professor UW-Stout
    Larry Stuttgen Automation Manager Loos Machine & Automation
    Paul  Thomas Advanced Systems Engineering Specailist 3M Company
    Grace Thoreson Student MfgE/ME UW Stout
    Olivia Trueblood Manufacturing Engineer Trueline Inc.
    Riley Watson Value Stream Supervisor II Andersen Windows Corp
    Vince Wheeler Mechincal Engineering Program Director UW-Stout 
    Steve  Zondlo Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering Manager Greenheck Fan Corporation

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