Manufacturing engineering and mechanical engineering have a strong synergy that is exploited fully in this degree course. Whilst machines and mechanisms are central to our traditional engineering industries, and an understanding of their nature continues to be essential for all Engineers, the broader commercial and manufacturing issues are of growing importance in today's global economy.
Manufacturing is involved in industries as diverse as food processing, pharmaceuticals and electronics as well as the more traditional sectors such as automotive and aerospace. Fierce global competition is creating an even bigger demand for graduate engineers who have a vital role to play in helping companies to compete in the worldwide marketplace by adopting innovative product designs and manufacturing processes.
The range of job opportunities for graduates is vast. In product design, manufacturing and mechanical engineers use tools such as CAD/CAM to ensure those products can be made at the lowest cost and highest quality. In manufacturing, they exploit the latest technology to design the processes, plan and control manufacturing, manage quality and continuously seek improvement opportunities.
Today's companies often buy a large proportion of their products from other companies and manufacturing and mechanical engineers are needed to seek out the best suppliers and work with them to improve their manufacturing processes. To operate in any of these roles successfully you need a solid foundation in engineering. You need to understand how products work, you need to understand a wide variety of manufacturing processes and you need to know how all these activities can be planned, managed and controlled to enable a company to succeed.