About the Program
The Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute is at the forefront of a revolution in America's manufacturing economy - the use of smarter, leaner factories to develop and produce innovative new products, materials, and techniques. This multi-disciplinary degree will prepare students for leading-edge careers in the Advanced Manufacturing sector.
The Advanced Manufacturing Sciences (AMS) baccalaureate degree is a multi-disciplinary major that emphasizes both theoretical and practical applications, providing students with a solid foundation in core skills, knowledge and dispositions to facilitate expertise in advanced manufacturing professional positions.
The major requires a core set of courses, selection of a concentration, and selection of AMS Approved Electives so that each concentration becomes an extended major. The AMS bachelor's degree is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.
The core of the AMS program is comprised of a set of courses that are integral to the goal of preparing students as manufacturing professionals in a variety of industry sectors. The required core courses are designed to provide students with a targeted skill set based on the following core competencies: subtractive manufacturing skills (CNC machining & inspection), additive manufacturing skills (including an opportunity to receive a Stratasys Certification), computer-aided design skills, quality assurance skills, soft skills including critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, leadership and communication, math skills, computer skills including manufacturing data protection, technical writing skills, and basic electronics skills.
The student will choose a concentration in which to specialize:
- Aerospace Concentration
- Industrial Design Concentration
- Mechanical Engineering Technology Concentration
- Operations Management Concentration
To assure a breadth of relevant content knowledge, students will select elective courses from the list of AMS Approved Electives. These are all relevant courses selected from the contributing departments. Elective courses address content areas such as Aerospace studies, Engineering Law, Foundations of Information Systems and Problem Solving, basic Computer Science courses, Mathematics, Electronics courses, Design Thinking, Product Usability and computer modeling courses, Manufacturing Engineering and Physics courses.
- Design - Apply scientific, mathematical, and technological knowledge and skills to effectively solve manufacturing problems.
- Processes - Analyze and interpret results of standard tests and measurements to improve manufacturing processes.
- Materials - Analyze and interpret results of standard tests and measurements to select manufacturing materials.
- Equipment & Tools - Implement proper and safe use of manufacturing equipment and tools.
- Communication - Demonstrate effective written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments.
- Critical Thinking - Analyze and evaluate information gathered by observation, experience, and reasoning and integrate and apply to inform decisions and actions.
- Teamwork - Demonstrate the ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.