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

Engineering Management Technology (UEM)

Bachelor of Science

If you enjoy working in a team-based, technical environment and if you want to be a leader, Engineering Management Technology (UEM) may be for you. Engineering managers improve the performance of systems, ensure the quality of products, and design better ways of making things.

Engineering Management Technology combines math, chemistry, physics, electronics, computers, and accounting, with communication, team building, and the importance of the human dimension in the workplace. A degree in this field will enable you to work in supply chain management, the health care industry, manufacturing, or technical sales and purchasing. You may be employed as a product planner, a project manager, or in quality control, and work closely with engineers and corporate leaders.

UEM Research

The skills of our recent graduates contribute to the success of organizations such as:

  • Steelcase
  • Mann + Hummel (plastics)
  • Hi-Lex (automotive)
  • Stryker

In this field you will have the opportunity to use specialized labs to study ergonomics, information technology, plant layout, and material handling at the state-of-the industry Parkview Campus designed to promote the future success of our students.

Program Minors

Minors are encouraged as a way of differentiating yourself from others applying for the same position or as a way to build expertise that will enhance your job performance is a given discipline. The IME Department offers five minors that would help students meet this goal.

UEM Students

This Program was Nationally Recognized as the Second Runner-Up for the 2006 Founders Award by the American Society for Engineering Management

Consider This

Once you set foot in one of our classrooms or laboratories, you will quickly realize that the Parkview Campus is one of the most professional learning environments in North America , built to help your transition from college to business or industry.

Also, if class size concerns you, engineering management students usually attend classes of only 16 to 20 individuals, allowing you to take advantage of our faculty's expertise, experience, and connections to local business.

At WMU our goal is to produce job-ready graduates, and our UEM students exemplify this. You may specialize in a variety of areas including healthcare, computer aided design, integrated supply management, plastics, automotive systems, or metal casting. Also, you will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on projects with local industry, qualify for our departmental scholarships, become a member of the Sunseeker solar racing team, or join one of our student societies such as the Society of Plastics Engineers.

A Student's Perspective

"Western Michigan University has provided the most enjoyable college experience, not only academically but also socially. WMU has a beautiful engineering campus with hands - on labs, interactive classrooms, advanced learning technology, and an extremely helpful faculty. Joining a student chapter has allowed me to meet other students in my major and contribute back to WMU and the greater Kalamazoo area. I am extremely proud to be graduating from WMU with a degree in Engineering Management Technology. The faculty and staff at WMU have provided me with the necessary knowledge and skills essential for a successful career."

-Ashley Ford, 2007, B.S. in Engineering Management Technology

Engineering Management Technology Objectives

PEOs define the skill-set that graduates of a program should be able to use throughout the early portion of their career (2-5 years post graduation). It is expected that Engineering Management Technology alumni will be able to:

  1. Manage projects, people, and resources effectively.
  2. Plan, design, analyze, implement, and improve cost-effective manufacturing/service systems.
  3. Build and use management tools to analyze and solve problems effectively and make decisions from a systems perspective.
  4. Communicate effectively in verbal, written, and graphic forms.
  5. Pursue professional growth and interact effectively in work environments.

Engineering Management Technology
Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are those abilities and understandings that students gains from classes and activities during their academic career. Engineering Management Technology graduating seniors should possess the following:

  1. An appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of their disciplines.
  2. An ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.
  3. An ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments, and apply experimental results to improve processes.
  4. An ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to program educational objectives.
  5. An ability to function effectively on teams.
  6. An ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  9. An ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities.
  10. A respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues.
  11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Curriculum 2013-2014


Semester I - Fall (15 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 1020 Technical Communication (Prof. 1) 3
  IME 1420 Engineering Graphics 3
  IME 1500 Introduction to Manufacturing (Area VII) 3
  MATH 1180 Precalculus Mathematics (Prof. 3) 4
  Area VIII* Health and Well-Being 2

Semester II - Spring (15 Credits)

  Course Credits
  CHEM 1100 General Chemistry 1 (Area VI) 3
  CHEM 1110 General Chemistry 1 Lab (Area VI) 1
  MATH 1220 Calculus I (or MATH 1700) (Prof. 4) 4
  PHYS 1130 General Physics I (Area VI) 4
  PHYS 1140 General Physics I Lab (Area VI) 1
  CS 1021 Intro. to Engineering Computing I: Spreadsheets 1
  CS 1023 Intro. to Engr. Computing III: Computer Programming 1

Semester III - Fall (14 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 2610 Engineering Statistics 3
  PHYS 1150 General Physics II 4
  PHYS 1160 General Physics II Lab 1
  ACTY 2100 Principles of Accounting I 3
  ECON 2010 Principles of Microeconomics (Area V) 3

Semester IV - Spring (16 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 2460 Introduction to Computer-Aided Design 3
  IME 2001 Applied Electricity/Electronics 3
  IME 2810 Statics and Strength of Materials 4
  ME 2500 Materials Science 3
  Area II* Humanities 3

Semester V - Fall (16 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 3020 Engineering Teams: Theory and Practice (Area V) 3
  IME 3050 Work Analysis 3
  IME 3150 Work Analysis and Design Lab 1
  IME 3160 Report Preparation 3
  IME 3200 Engineering Cost Analysis 3
  Approved Technical Elective 3

Semester VI - Spring (15 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 3120 Systems Decision Making 3
  IME 3260 Operations Planning and Control 3
  IME 3280 Quality Assurance and Control 3
  MGMT 3520 Human Resource Management 3
  Approved Technical Elective 3

Semester VII - Fall (17 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 4020 Supervision of Industrial Operations 3
  IME 4120 Industrial Systems Management 3
  IME 4910 Multidisciplinary Senior Proposal (Prof. 2) 2
  Approved Technical Elective 3
  Approved Technical Elective 3
  Area I* Fine Arts 3

Semester VIII - Spring (16 Credits)

  Course Credits
  IME 4040 Plant Layout and Material Handling 4
  IME 4920 Multidisciplinary Senior Project (Prof. 2) 2
  IME 4930 Multidisciplinary Senior Project Consultation 1
  Approved Technical Elective 3
  Area III* United States: Culture and Issues 3
  Area IV* Other Cultures and Civilizations 3
  Total Credits = 124  

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* At least one of these courses must be at the 3000-4000 level.

NOTE: A grade of "C" or better in gate courses (indicated in italicized type) is required for enrollment in upper division courses offered by the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. See the UEM academic advisor for approved technical electives.


To enter the Engineering Management Technology program, you should have completed in high school at least three and a half years of college preparatory mathematics, including trigonometry, and two years of basic science such as physics and chemistry.


To apply to WMU, write to:

Office of Admissions,
Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo , MI 49008-5211

Call 269-387-2000, or go to


The academic advisor, Mr. Joseph Petro, will work with you to ensure that you take the right sequence of courses and get maximum benefit from your studies at WMU.

To make an appointment with an advisor, call 269-276-3270
or stop by The Advising Office in E-102, Parkview Campus

Financial Aid

Information about financial assistance such as scholarships, employment opportunities, loans, and grants is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Write to Student Financial Aid,
Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo , MI 49008-5337

Call 269-387-6000, or go to

Career Placement

Career services helps WMU students and alumni in job search planning.
Call 269-387-2745, or go to

For More Information

For more information about Engineering Management Technology, write

Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Western Michigan University
Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo , MI 49008-5336

Call 269-276-3350, or Email

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Our Engineering Management Technology program is fully accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336 USA
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