Manufacturing Engineering involves the understanding and co-ordination of design, production engineering and factory operations, all within human, market and financial contexts. Manufacturing has changed rapidly in recent years. Outdated factories are being replaced by modern, responsive facilities with appropriate technologies and a "team-based" approach to working. Industry is very keen to recruit engineers who combine a knowledge of the main engineering disciplines and an understanding of how they can be applied in an integrated and effective way.
The Manufacturing Engineering Tripos is a third and fourth-year course leading to the MEng. It emphasises a comprehensive systems view of manufacturing. Numbers are limited to 45 to allow small group teaching with a strong industrial input. During the final year, students undertake a series of factory-based visits and assignments around the UK.
External examinations are taken in accountancy and languages: German and Japanese are offered amongst others. The course ends with a tour of overseas manufacturing operations, highlighting the increasingly international nature of manufacturing.
This may be an attractive option for individuals who see themselves pursuing an industrial career in professional engineering and management rather than research and development.