Manufacturing Engineering Technology Associate Degree

Program Code: 106233

A skilled workforce is needed in the manufacturing/production operations and/or manufacturing/production services for the design and development of new products, production systems, processes, operations, services, quality control, continuous improvement, lean principles, manufacturing competitiveness, and sustainability. As a Manufacturing Engineering Technology associate degree graduate, you're prepared for a career as a technologist to apply the fundamentals of materials selection, tooling, assembly and automation to the solution of manufacturing and production related activities.


Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the manufacturing sector as a technologist in Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Productivity Improvement or Continuous Improvement, assisting engineering and management in the design and production of products as efficiently as possible.


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• One year high school algebra or one year advanced math (Geometry, Algebra II, or Trigonometry) or equivalent passed with a “C” grade or better in each semester.
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020
Green Bay
Sturgeon Bay

Application Checklist

Manufacturing Engineering Technology is an Associate Degree. Students following the study plan below will complete the Manufacturing Engineering Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-806-135 COLLEGE CHEMISTRY ...covers measurement, chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, atomic structure, gas laws, thermochemistry, chemical bonding and solution chemistry. (Prereq: 2.6 GPA AND Alg 2 or equiv w/C or better; OR Accuplacer Reading score greater/equal to 80 AND Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Accuplacer Elem Alg score greater/equal to 61; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 17 AND ACT Math score greater/equal to 21; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-623-170 ENGINEERING MATERIALS - INTRO ...exposure to engineering materials, their properties, and behavior. Topics will include: material types, material testing, mechanical properties, heat treatment and materials selection. (Prerequisites: 10-804-197, College Algebra & Trig w Apps OR 10-804-195, College Algebra w Apps AND 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps OR 10-804-114 Tech Math 1B)
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-804-197 COLLEGE ALGEBRA & TRIGONOMETRY WITH APPLICATIONS …those skills needed for success in Calculus and many application areas on a baccalaureate level. Topics include the real and complex number systems, polynomials, exponents, radicals, solving equations and inequalities (linear and nonlinear), relations and functions, systems of equations and inequalities (linear and nonlinear), matrices, graphing, conic sections, sequences and series, combinatories, and the binomial theorem. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Coll Level Math greater/equal to 63 AND Rdg greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 24 AND ACT Rdg greater/equal to 16; OR C or better in Inter Alg-contact academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-606-116 CAD (COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING)-INTRODUCTION ...CAD terminology, drawing preliminaries, basic inquiry and setting commands, layer setting and manipulation, basic drawing and display commands, basic edit commands, and plotting, using AutoCAD software.
10-620-170 ROBOTICS - INTRODUCTION TO ...introductory study of the application, operation, programming and troubleshooting of industrial robots.
10-623-171 FUNDAMENTALS OF PLASTIC MATERIALS PROCESSING ...polymer materials and properties, material testing, product design and evaluation, processing methods, machine setup and operation. Course requirements include a trip to UW-Stout for lab work. (Prerequisite: 10-623-170, Engineering Materials-Intro)
10-623-175 CASTING AND JOINING PROCESSES...welding of metals, ceramic and plastic. Brazing and soldering of appropriate metals, setup and operate welding equipment. Thermal effects and destructive testing. Evaluation of adhesives and mechanical fasteners. Welding codes and ASTM standard comparative processing cost. (Prerequisite: 10-623-170, Engineering Materials-Intro)
10-623-104 CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT FUNDAMENTALS ...successful management of cultural change relative to continuous improvement; overview of the current state, workforce processes and culture. Learn how to change, sustain the behavior of individuals, the team as a foundation of ongoing improvement and strive to be the best. Learn Lewin’s Model, PDCA Cycle, Force Field Analysis, Kotter’s Eight-Step Model, Six Sigma, Value Stream Mapping, Root Cause Analysis and other tools. Use success factors to make a model for implementing a sustainable change while honing the thinking process to enable, deploy and support ongoing small and big changes.
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-804-198 CALCULUS 1 ...analyze and graph algebraic expressions, especially conic sections. Develop an intuitive understanding of limits, derivatives and integrals. Apply the derivative and the integral to certain physical problems. (Prereq: Accuplacer Coll Lev Math greater/equal to 103 AND Reading greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math greater/equal to 28 AND Reading greater/equal to 16; OR C or better in Coll Alg & Trig OR Interm Alg & Trig-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-623-166 MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP ...the application of theory, skills, and techniques in the manufacturing engineering profession. (Prerequisite: instructor approval)
10-420-174 MATERIAL REMOVAL AND FORMING PROCESSES ...machine tool concepts providing an operational knowledge of machining and metal forming processes. Analysis and application of primary and secondary processing methods for the manufacture of products. Measurement principles and practice applied to inspection and process control. Development of process designs appropriate for product specifications. (Prerequisite: 10-623-170, Engineering Materials-Intro)
10-606-211 MECHANICAL AUTOCAD FUNDAMENTALS ...fully dimensioned orthographic mechanical drawings; section and asuxiliary views, mechanical assembly drawings, advanced layer management. (Corequisite: 10-606-116, CAD-Intro with a "C" or better and 10-606-119, Sketching, Technical)
10-664-102 AUTOMATION 3: PLC ...basic programmable logic controller programming and troubleshooting.
10-664-103 AUTOMATION 4: PLC ...troubleshooting a PLC system, applying Event Sequencing, developing PLC applications, applying timer instructions and counter instructions. (Corequisite: 10-664-102, Automation 3: PLC)
10-664-104 AUTOMATION 5: PLC ...application, troubleshooting, and implementation of program control, math and data move instructions, analog I/O modules, and producing a PLC program from specification. (Corequisite: 10-664-103, Automation 4: PLC)
10-623-117 STATICS ...essential elements of statics. Includes vector mechanics, coplanar and non-coplanar force systems, resultants, distributed loads, free-body diagrams, equilibrium conditions, trusses and frames, joints-method of sections, and force of inertia.
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
10-420-169 COMPUTER AIDED MANUFACTURING ...effects of product mix and demand patterns on manufacturing system design and selection of process control methods. Introductions to quick changeover strategies, reprogrammable automation, numerical control, robotics and other computerized processing techniques. (Prerequisites: 10-420-174, Material Removal/Form; 10-606-211, Mech AutoCAD, Fundamentals)
10-623-167 ENGINEERING ECONOMY ...using source and application of funds; cost control, valuation, depreciation, replacement theory and taxation to analyze and assist in making management decisions. (Prerequisites: 10-804-197, College Algebra & Trig w Apps OR 10-804-195, College Algebra w/Apps AND 10-804-196, Trigonometry w/ Apps; proficiency with advanced functions of Excel strongly recommended)
10-182-111 LEAN OPERATIONS ...develop knowledge skills, process of lean operations management/JIT, quality management, quality control, continuous improvement methodologies, statistical process control chart interpretation, material handling and production logistics.
10-182-112 LEAN MANUFACTURING ...develop knowledge skills process of lean manufacturing/JIT environment, systems approach, productivity attainment, line balancing, kaizen, Kanban, 5S system, value stream mapping, human resource development and lean operations management. (Corequisite: 10-182-111, Lean Operations)
10-623-118 DYNAMICS ...kinematics of particles, rigid bodies and systems. Analysis of position, velocity and acceleration. The relationship between the motion of bodies and forces or torques. Study of particles and rigid bodies subject to translation, rotation and general planar motion using Newton's laws of motion, work-energy methods, impulse-momentum methods, and mechanical vibrations.(Prerequisite: 10-623-117, Statics)
10-606-210 SOLIDWORKS FUNDAMENTALS, ASSEMBLIES AND DRAWINGS ...Terminology; software operation and interface basics, creating basic models, casting and forging models, revolved a swept features, SolidWorks drawing environment, completely dimensioned orthographic drawings; model troubleshooting. (Corequisite: 10-606-119, Technical Sketching)
10-664-105 AUTOMATION 6: PLC ...programming a PLC system to operate a discrete and analog process adhering to a functional specification or timing diagram. (Corequisite: 10-664-104, Automation 5: PLC)
10-804-181 CALCULUS 2 ...continuation of Calculus I covering integration techniques, indeterminate forms, improper integrals, techniques of integration, applications to the physical sciences, first order linear differential equations, Infinite series including Maclaurin, Taylor, and Fourier. (Prerequisite: 10-804-198, Calculus I with a "C" or better)

Program Outcomes

• Characterize how lean culture and tools can help an organization achieve operational excellence.
• Apply proper engineering principles in design.
• Utilize computer-aided applications in design and manufacture of products and processes.
• Demonstrate the principles of material selection and application.
• Apply automation principles for design and control of manufacturing processes.
• Program Objectives
- Graduates will ...
- Be employed in the manufacturing industry
- Participate in life-long learning and engage professional growth
- Provide problems-solving skills in a team environment within manufacturing


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• Students who choose to take Physics, Calculus and Chemistry courses at other higher education institutions must be aware of prerequisite requirements and must meet with the Academic Advisor of Manufacturing Engineering Technology prior to course entry.
• Students should have an aptitude for science and mathematics. Students should take as many upper level math and science courses in high school as possible, including algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus, physics and chemistry.
• Students must have an acceptable Academic Skills Assessment College Math score (63 or higher) or equivalent assessment, or have completed or tested out of 10-804-118, Intermediate Algebra w Apps, before taking the following first semester program courses: 10-623-170, Engineering Materials 10-804-197, College Algebra & Trig w Apps, 10-806-135, College Chemistry.
• Students must have completed one year of high school Chemistry (with lab component) within the past five years with a "B" or better, OR 10-806-134, General Chemistry, before taking first semester course, 10-806-135, College Chemistry.
• Students will also need to have mastered basic computer skills in Windows, Word and Excel including file creation and management.
• Students must have experience with manual drafting or sketching or need to take 10-614-113, 2D Essentials prior to or concurrent with 10-606-116, CAD-Intro.

Study Abroad Opportunities

• The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit