Undergraduate Programs

Manufacturing Engineering Technology Curriculum

In addition to departmental requirements, students pursuing the area of study in manufacturing engineering technology are required to complete the NIU general education requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog. The following illustrates a suggested semester schedule for students in this area of study. 

Freshman (fall)

TECH 211 - Computer-Aided-Design  (3 credits)

MATH155 - Trigonometry (3 credits)

CHEM 110 (or CHEM 210T) - General Chemistry I (3 credits)

CHEM 111 (or CHEM 212) - General Chemistry Lab I (1 credit)

ENGL103 - Composition I (3 credits)

General Education Requirement #1 (3 credits)

16 total semester hours


Freshman (spring)

MATH 229 - Calculus I (4 credits)

ENGL104 - Composition II (3 credits)

TECH 265 - Basic Manufacturing Processes (3 credits)

General Education Requirement #2 (3 credits)

TECH 262 - Machine Production Processes (3 credits)

16 total semester hours 


Sophomore (fall)

MATH 230 - Calculus II (4 credits)

PHYS 250 - General Physics I (4 credits)

COMS 100 - Communications I (3 credits)

TECH 175 - Electronics and Electricity Fundamentals (3 credits)

TECH 175a - Electronics and Electricity Fundamentals Lab (1 credits)

15 total semester hours 


Sophomore (spring)

Manufacturing Process Elective #1 (3 credits)

General Education Requirement #3 (3 credits)

TECH 210 - Engineering Mechanics (2 credits)

TECH 212 - Engineering Dynamics (2 credits)

STAT 208 - Basic Statistics (3 credits)

TECH 295 - Manufacturing Computer Applications (3 credits)

16 total semester hours 


Junior (fall)

TECH 326 - Fluid Mechanics/Lab (3 credits)

TECH 393 - Properties of Materials (3 credits)

TECH 369  - Strength of Materials (3 credits)

ENGL 308 - Technical Writing (3 credits)

Tech 312 - Geometric design and Tolerancing (3 credits)

15 total semester hours 

Junior (spring)

Manufacturing Process Elective #2 (3 credits)

TECH 342 - Manufacturing Component Design (3 credits)

TECH 425  - Programmable Logic Controllers (3 credits)

Manufacturing System Elective #1 (3 credits)

TECH 443 - Engineering Economy (3 credits)

15 total semester hours


Senior (fall)

TECH 477 - Senior Projects I (1 credits)

General Education Requirement #4 (3 credits)

TECH 420 Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (3 credits)

Manufacturing System Elective #2 (3 credits)

TECH 391 - Industrial Quality Control (3 credits)

Manufacturing Process Elective #3 (3 credits)

16 total semester hours 


Senior  (spring)

TECH 478 - Senior  Project II (3 credits)

TECH 362 - Numerical Control Systems (3 credits)

TECH 423 - Automated Manufacturing Systems (3 credits)

General Education Requirement #5 (3 credits)

General Education Requirement #6 (3 credits)

15 total semester hours 


*The three manufacturing process electives may be taken from the following list:

TECH 260 - Metal Fabrication Processes

TECH 314 - Tool and Die Design

TECH 344 - Materials & Processes in the Plastics Ind.

TECH 345 - Plastic Molding Processes

TECH 364 - Advanced Numerical Control Programming

TECH 365 - Metrology

TECH 479 - Special Topics in Engineering Technology


*The two manufacturing systems electives may be taken from the following list:

TECH 334 - Hazard Control

TECH 401 - Ethics

TECH 402 - Industrial Training

TECH 404 - Industrial Supervision

TECH 409 - Internship

TECH 429 - Plant location, Layout, and Mat Handling

TECH 434 -  Human Factors in Accident Prevention

TECH 442  - Work Simplification

TECH 444 - Production Systems

TECH 482 - Industrial Safety Analysis

TECH 496 - Industrial Project Management