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Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Design Engineering

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Program Overview

Learn how to collaborate with a team in understanding the theories and practical application of manufacturing design engineering by enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Design Engineering. You’ll use state-of-the-art, computer-aided tools and simulation modeling techniques to design complex engineering devices while developing a realistic awareness of product life cycles and engineering systems. You’ll explore the impact of human factors such as ergonomics and safety issues required in engineering systems, products, and services design.

Throughout the manufacturing engineer degree program, your team will study actual production and design problems to develop useful and effective manufacturing systems. The program develops communication skills and provides the global and team awareness needed to succeed as a manufacturing design engineer.

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Course Details

Preparation for the Major

  • 11 courses; 43.5 quarter units

PrerequisiteMTH 12A and MTH 12B, or Accuplacer test placement evaluation

Examines higher degree polynomials, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry and matrix algebra needed for more specialized study in mathematics, computer science, engineering and other related fields. Computer and/or graphing calculator use is highly recommended.

Prerequisite2 years of high school algebra and MTH 204, or MTH 215, or MTH 216A and MTH 216B

Non-calculus based general physics course for earth and life science majors. Study of force, laws of motion, heat, fluid mechanics, electricity, magnetism, light (optics) and modern physics.

PHS 104A Introductory Physics Lab (1.50)

PrerequisitePHS 104, or PHS 171 for science majors

Non-calculus based general physics lab course for earth and life science majors. Laboratory experiments and exercises will include data analysis and evaluations of measurement. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following: force, gravity, laws of motion, fluid mechanics, electricity, and light (optics).


PHS 130A Physics Lab for Engineering (1.50)

Non-calculus based general physics lab course for Master of Science in Environmental Engineering online program. The course includes interactive illustrations, explorations, and problems in major parts of General Physics: Kinematics, Dynamics, Electric current and Optics.

Recommended PreparationMTH 204, or MTH 215, or MTH 216A and MTH 216B

Fundamentals of inorganic and organic chemistry, including bonding and basic types of reactions. An introduction to nuclear, biological and environmental chemistry. Basic principles and calculations of chemistry with emphasis in the areas of atomic structure, molecular structure and properties, equilibrium, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction and kinetics.

CHE 101A Introductory Chemistry Lab (1.50)

PrerequisiteCHE 101, or CHE 141 for science majors

This laboratory course will complement the student’s knowledge of chemistry with demonstrations and experiments.


CHE 120A Intro to Chemistry Lab for Eng (1.50)

PrerequisiteCHE 101

An online-only laboratory class that introduces engineering students to the fundamentals and procedures of chemistry laboratory. Open only for students in the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, and is not a substitute for the course CHE 101A.

PrerequisiteMTH 215

Introduction to the latest version of Auto CAD software for two- and three-dimensional modeling, engineering graphics and technical drawings.

PrerequisiteMTH 215

An examination of the major mathematical tools for engineers and scientists.

PrerequisiteEGR 220

Introduction to the key topics in strength of materials with focus on applications, problem solving and design of structural members, mechanical devices, and engineering systems.

PrerequisiteMTH 215

A study of fundamentals of direct and alternating current, basic circuit theory, three-phase circuits, transformers, electrical generators, and motors.

PrerequisiteMTH 215

(Cross-listed and equivalent to MTH220) Focus on differential and integral calculus with applications. Topics include limits and continuity, derivatives, standard rules of differentiation including chain rule, exponential and logarithmic forms, curve sketching, definition of anti-derivatives; integration rules including substitution and by parts, coverage of Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and a brief exposure to numeric integration. Students may not receive credit for both CSC 208 and MTH 220.

PrerequisiteCSC 208, or MTH 220; EGR 220

Introduction to the theory and applications of probability and statistics. Topics include data and numerical summary measures, fundamental concepts of probability, conditional probability, random variables, common distributions, quality and reliability and statistical inference (estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression). The emphasis is on developing problem solving skills and application to business, social sciences and engineering.

*May be used to satisfy a general education requirement.

Requirements for the Major

  • 15 courses; 64.5 quarter units

Course focuses on basic principles and new developments in the legal aspects of architectural, engineering and construction processes. Coverage includes contractor licensing, professional design services, liability, intellectual property, and competitive bidding.

PrerequisiteCSC 208, or EGR 220

The scientific approach to problem solving through analysis and design are presented using modern computer science and engineering examples. Critical thinking and communication skills will be used to interpret and present results from real-world case studies where computers were used to solve scientific problems.

PrerequisiteEGR 320 with a minimum grade of C. The laboratory experiments in EGR 320L build on the content covered in EGR 320 (mechanical, electrical, and thermodynamics problem solving concepts).

Using hands-on computer tools, the scientific approach to problem solving through analysis and design is applied in this laboratory course. Results from these hands-on activities will be interpreted and presented both on an individual basis and in a team environment. Critical thinking and communication skills will be used to interpret and present results of scientific investigations.

PrerequisiteEGR 219

Introduction to simulation modeling and analysis, model development, intermediate and detailed modeling, modeling issues and techniques.

PrerequisiteMTH 215

Economic Analysis for decision making with emphasis on rate of return, net present value, benefit-cost and multi-objective evaluation methods. Cost estimation and alternative analysis.

PrerequisiteEGR 219

Introduction to the computer aided design package SolidWorks for mechanical design applications, modeling and analysis.

PrerequisiteEGR 219

Introduction to the industry-standard engineering language provided by MATLAB latest versions for computation, analysis, and visualization, with emphasis on engineering graphics applications.

PrerequisiteEGR 219; DEN 411 with a minimum grade of C. Student must have a working knowledge of the basics of SolidWorks to be successful in DEN 420; DEN 417 with a minimum grade of C. Student must have a working knowledge of the basics of MatLab to be successful in DEN 420

Advanced topics on three-dimensional parametric modeling tools, features and functions of SolidWorks with emphasis on mechanical design solutions, standards, simulation and techniques.

PrerequisiteEGR 225

An introduction to the thermal, bonding, usage and machining characteristics of materials and manufacturing processes used in the production industry. The course introduces the basic concepts of manufacturing and emphasizes quantitative analysis of manufacturing processes and the relationships between material properties and the variables of manufacturing processes.

PrerequisiteMTH 215

Consideration of human characteristics in the requirements for design of the systems, products and devices. Human-centered design with focus on human abilities, limitations and interface.

PrerequisiteMTH 215

An introduction to reliability engineering with emphasis on practical applications and the mathematical concepts. Cover mechanical, electronic and software failure mechanisms, design and testing.

PrerequisiteMTH 215

This course focuses on analytical and empirical tools that allow designers and manufacturing engineers to predict the manufacturing and assembly cost estimates for optimized design.

PrerequisiteMTH 210, or CSC 220

An introduction to the concepts, methodologies and practices of the concurrent engineering design environment for effective and efficient integration of products, systems and manufacturing processes.

Introduction to the concepts of making the design and analysis of engineering experiments more effective and efficient. Coverage includes advanced techniques to analyze experimental results, Taguchi’s robust design strategy, combination designs, and Qualitek-4 software for automatic experiment design and analysis.

This course focuses on project management concepts and definitions, network scheduling techniques, strategic planning, risk management, cost control, and project implementation.

Engineering Senior Project

  • 2 courses; 9 quarter units

PrerequisiteEGR 440 and satisfactory completion of courses as specified by Lead faculty

A culminating capstone experience involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in program studies. This is the first course in a two course sequence. Students will be working in teams and doing research leading to preliminary development of a final project product.

PrerequisiteDEN 496A

A continuation of DEN 496A. In this second part of the senior capstone project, students implement the designed project and present the prototype or results in a written capstone report and in an oral presentation.

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Design Engineering, students must complete at least 180 quarter units, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level and 45 of which must be taken in residence, including the research project classes, and a minimum of 69 units of the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the total units for the degree. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Combine knowledge and practices needed to work on engineering projects that require innovative and interdisciplinary skills
  • Utilize product reliability and design optimization concepts in engineering applications
  • Apply state-of-the-art computer-aided engineering tools and engineering graphics techniques and methodologies
  • Integrate engineering project management standards for efficient and competitive design of engineering products and processes
  • Apply the concepts of engineering experiment design and analysis
  • Analyze human factors, ergonomics, and safety issues as part of the requirements for design of engineering systems, products, and services
  • Analyze a production problem and design and/or develop a manufacturing system
  • Develop oral and written communication skills appropriate for engineering professionals
  • Demonstrate global awareness and team skills needed in manufacturing design engineering


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