Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 1500 - Introduction to Manufacturing

Catalog Description:

Analysis and application of a broad range of modern manufacturing techniques utilized in industry. Exploration of production methods as influenced by historical impact, materials, processes, productivity, ethics, and social/environmental concerns. The global challenges to product design, performance, quality, and economic considerations will be investigated.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)

Prerequisites by Topic:

Basic science and mathematics. Students should have a natural curiosity about manufacturing as it relates to their field of study.

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Understand the scientific principles behind the processes and materials employed in product manufacturing.    


Understand the basic elements of manufacturing management.    


Understand the fundamentals of advanced technology systems as they apply to product manufacturing and the associated cost challenges and benefits. g*  

G1: Provides content that is factually correct supported with evidence and properly documented.

Be able to analyze material and process choices during and after the product design cycle.    


Be familiar with current literature and Internet sources concerning the social and environmental impact of manufacturing. j*  

J2: Applies knowledge that considers professional societal, and/ or global impact.

Understand the historical significance of science and technology as it currently applies to global manufacturing economies.      
Be able to make ethical choices about rights and responsibilities. i*  

I4: Demonstrates knowledge of professional codes.

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Schrader, George F. Manufacturing Processes & Materials 4th. Ed.,
ISBN 0-87263-517-1, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Dearborn, MI.,, 1-800-733-4763.


Termini, Michael J. The New Manufacturing Engineer Dearborn, MI. Society of Manufacturing Engineers. 1996

Wright, Kenneth Paul 21st Century Manufacturing upper Saddle River, NJ. Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2001

Moody, Patricia E., et al. The Technology Machine New York, NY. Simon & Schuster, 1999

Kibbe, Richard R. Machine Tool Practices 7th edition Upper Saddle River, NJ, Prentice-Hall, Inc. 2001

Course Coordinator:

Fred Sitkins
Western Michigan University
F-231 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3375

Revision Date: Summer 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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