During the fall term, students take four courses—a total of 48 units. The following are required unless similar prior classes can be demonstrated:
Introduction to manufacturing systems and manufacturing processes including assembly, machining, injection molding, casting, thermoforming, and more. Emphasis on the relationship between physics and randomness to quality, rate, cost, and flexibility. Attention to the relationship between the process and the system, and the process and part design. Project (in small groups) requires fabrication (and some design) of a product using several different processes (as listed above).
Statistical modeling and control in manufacturing processes. Use of experimental design and response surface modeling to understand manufacturing process physics. Defect and parametric yield modeling and optimization. Forms of process control, including statistical process control, run by run and adaptive control, and real-time feedback control. Application contexts include semiconductor manufacturing, conventional metal and polymer processing, and emerging micro-nano manufacturing processes.
Provides ways to analyze manufacturing systems in terms of material flow and storage, information flow, capacities, and times and durations of events. Fundamental topics include probability, inventory and queuing models, forecasting, optimization, process analysis, and linear and dynamic systems. Factory planning and scheduling topics include flow planning, bottleneck characterization, buffer and batch-size tactics, seasonal planning, and dynamic behavior of production systems.
Provides an overview of management issues for graduate engineers. Topics approached in terms of career options as engineering practitioner, manager, and entrepreneur. Specific topics include semantics, finance, starting a company, and people management. Through selected readings from texts and cases, focus is on the development of individual skills and management tools. Requires student participation and discussion, term paper.
* For the blended degree program, Fall classes are replaced by redeemed credit from the MicroMasters Principles of Manufacturing credential. Students pursuing the blended degree begin on-campus classes in the spring semester. See https://micromasters.mit.edu/pom/ for more information.
January Term (IAP)
In addition, in January, students begin their Group Projects in Industry. They may also participate in other activities during this Independent Activities Period.
During the spring term students take three courses and a seminar (a total of 42 units), and work on their Group Projects (9 Units).
Focuses on decision making for system design, as it arises in manufacturing systems and supply chains. Students exposed to frameworks and models for structuring the key issues and trade-offs. Presents and discusses new opportunities, issues and concepts introduced by the internet and e-commerce. Introduces various models, methods and software tools for logistics network design, capacity planning and flexibility, make-buy, and integration with product development. Industry applications and cases illustrate concepts and challenges.
Covers modern tools and methods for product design and development. The cornerstone is a project in which teams of management, engineering, and industrial design students conceive, design, and prototype a physical product. Class sessions employ cases and hands-on exercises to reinforce the key ideas. Topics include: product planning, identifying customer needs, concept generation, product architecture, industrial design, concept design, and design-for-manufacturing.
Project-centered subject addressing transformation of ideas into successful products which are properly matched to the user and the market. Students are asked to take a more complete view of a new product and to gain experience with designs judged on their aesthetics, ease of use, and sensitivities to the realities of the marketplace. Lectures on modern design process, industrial design, visual communication, form-giving, mass production, marketing, and environmentally conscious design.
Covers a broad range of topics in modern manufacturing, from models and structures for 21st-century operations, to case studies in leadership from the shop floor to the executive office. Also includes global perspectives from Asia, Europe and North America, with guest speakers from all three regions. Explores opportunities for new ventures in manufacturing. Intended primarily for Master of Engineering in Manufacturing students.
2.THG Graduate Thesis - 9 Units
Students also begin their thesis project in the spring. This thesis project continues through the summer term, when students participate in industry-based group projects. This full-time project gives students a chance to apply their understanding of manufacturing fundamentals to real problems and make real-world improvements in process, material flow and logistics.
Additionally, students must choose one of the electives from the following list:
2.071 Mechanics of Solid Materials
2.120 Introduction to Robotics
2.372J Design and Fabrication of Microelectromechanical Systems
2.391J Nanostructure Fabrication
2.734 Engineering Systems Development
2.753 Development of Mechanical Products
2.77 FUNdaMENTALS of Precision Product Design
*or other relevant Mechanical Engineering elective approved in consultation with MEng Advisor.
2.THG Graduate Thesis - 24 Units
The key activity of the summer term is the Group Project. The full time work in industry and thesis project culminate in mid-August. Students receive their Degree in the mid-September and are elegible to walk in the commencement ceremony the following June.
Overload and Cross Registration:
MIT and the MEng program do not impose an upper credit limit taken beyond the required curriculum outlined above. Students make register any open graduate subject, or in some cases with instructor or departments approval, in any of the five MIT schools. Based on our previous experience, students are encouraged to only register for the Fall reguired classes, and if desired, undertake "overload" classes in the Spring semeser. These subjects cannot be used substitute the required MEng subjects. Students will discuss these options when they meet on registration day with the MEng program office to discuss for orientation, including registration plans.
In the Spring semester, MEng students are eligible to "overload" by cross-registering for academic subjects offered at the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences or one of Harvard's professional schools, and must abide by the rules of both MIT and Harvard. Make note of key dates, by school, on the Harvard Academic Calendar. Remember that you must meet the earlier of MIT’s or Harvard’s cross-registration and add/drop/change deadlines. Cross-registered subjects will not be approved by the program office if these subjects conflict with meeting times of the required MEng curriculum. Cross-registered subjects cannot be used substitute the required MEng subjects.
During the summer semester students are not eligible to register for any classes beyond their required thesis subject, 2.THG.