Today, ‘manufacturing and management’ is not just about physical products — it has just as much to do with services. At the same time, globalization means that a single product — such as a smartphone or a refrigerator — consists of a great many individual components, each of which may have been manufactured in a different part of the world. Therefore, engineers are needed to manage and develop companies’ production chains — from the choice of international suppliers to the introduction of new digital production forms.
As a manufacturing and management engineer, you can — for example — contribute to creating more competitive, responsible, and sustainable production by developing and optimizing companies’ processes and workflows.
What will you learn?
Manufacturing and Management is a multidisciplinary study programme that gives you an understanding of technology and business, as well as good communication and collaboration skills. You will learn to develop and optimize companies’ production processes and procedures, and you will gain insight into all the areas that make a manufacturing enterprise function well. You will therefore learn about production and about planning, project management, and resolving technical and logistic problems in the production process.
The focus can be on how information management is handled, or the introduction of new work processes and methods. You will also learn how to help employees work better together, for example through organizational and competence development.
Study programme structure
The study programme has four subject focus areas: management, technology, economics, and information technology. Semesters 1-4 consist of courses focusing on key subjects from the four areas and on interdisciplinary projects. For example, you have courses in organization and management, technology, LEAN, materials science, statistics and material strengths, as well as managerial economics. You will have regular assignments based on the theories and models you are learning about in the classroom.
You spend semester 5 doing an internship in a company, and in semesters 6 and 7 you fine tune your profile through electives. The study programme ends with your BEng project, which is often done in collaboration with a company.
As a manufacturing and management engineer, you typically work with workflow analysis, planning, and perhaps the introduction of new technology. For example, you can become a project manager, production manager, logistics manager, quality manager, or consultant.
A manufacturing and management engineer is typically employed in the pharmaceutical, engineering, or food industry or in trading and service companies, in public organisations, or in the consultancy industry.