Digital Manufacturing Technology

The Degree Program Where Computer Science is Applied to Manufacturing & Automation

Digital Manufacturing Technology is one of the few academic programs in the country where people can earn the degree they need to pursue a fulfilling career in the changing world of automation. It is the ideal degree for students who want to pursue the field of manufacturing and automation. According to the Wall Street Journal, within the next three years, American manufacturers are on track to employ more college graduates than workers with a high-school education or less as part of a shift toward automation.

The Digital Manufacturing program can prepare you for this dynamic and evolving field. Below are some of the courses that students with an interest in Digital Manufacturing Technology will need to complete their degree requirements. Digital Manufacturing Technology is the perfect major for students interested in careers as quality engineers, manufacturing engineers, and systems design and integration engineering.

CIT 100 Technology Foundations (4)
prerequisite – none
Introduction to resources and skills necessary for success in academic studies and ultimately careers. Defining and solving technical problems, using software for analysis and communication, analytical and computational problem-solving techniques, basic laboratory skills including simple troubleshooting techniques and safety practice. Course projects integrate teamwork, global and societal concerns, and professional ethics.

CIT 120 Organizational Leadership for Next Generation Industries (3)
prerequisite – none
Survey of individual and organizational behavior concepts and principles providing a foundation for leadership in next generation technology organizations. Focus on behaviors necessary for effective organizational leadership, including concepts of work in a technology-rich environment.

CIT 480 Technology Capstone I (3)
prerequisite – Senior Standing
Introduction to and development of skills needed to define, design and develop technology solutions, with emphasis on planning and designing alternatives that meet cost, performance and user-interface goals. Project planning, scheduling, and management techniques; comparison of design approaches. Course projects integrate teamwork, global and societal concerns, and professional ethics.

CIT 485 Technology Capstone II (3)
prerequisite – CIT 480
Students use skills gained in their studies to design and implement an acceptable solution to an industry-based problem.

DMT 125 Materials and Processing Applications (3)
prerequisite – Prior or concurrent election of PHY 143 or PHY 153
Overview of structures, properties, processing and applications of materials commonly used in industry. Development of problem-solving skills in areas of materials selection, evaluation, measurement and testing.

DMT 230 Manufacturing Project Management (3)
prerequisite – none
Introduction to project management, an ad hoc technique for accomplishing specialized missions or work, such as research and development studies, consulting projects, reorganizations efforts, implementation of total quality management, installation of new equipment, advertising campaigns, construction or other one-time efforts. A leadership approach to project management, includes team development and team selection.

DMT 250 Digital Manufacturing I: Manufacturing Systems (3)
prerequisite – DMT 125
Survey of manufacturing processes and tools commonly used to convert cast and molded, formed and joined materials into finished products, including fundamentals of material removal, measurement, statistical quality control, assembly processes, process planning and optimization, CNC programming and automated manufacturing.

DMT 260 Electronic Systems (3)
prerequisite – none
Survey of key electrical and electronics systems, their basic performance and applications. DC fundamentals including sources, resistance, Ohm’s and Kirchhoff’s Laws with simple circuits; AC systems including transformers and reactive elements, power production and distribution, filtering, motors and relays. Computer systems including microprocessors and ability to write and read digital and analog data; analog systems including diodes, transistors, IC amplifiers, and analog-digital and digital- analog conversions. All topics combine in the control of motor speed.

DMT 280 Introduction to Robotics (3)
prerequisite – CSC 122
Hands-on introduction to fundamental concepts of robotics; comparison and contrasts of robot applications. Students gain experience in programming articulated robots for industrial applications, demonstrating knowledge and skills in robotics, robot classifications, robot programming, end-of-arm tooling, safety considerations, automation sensors, robot and system integration, and fundamentals of kinematics.

DMT 300 Quality Management for Next Generation Industries (3)
prerequisite – IOE 200
Introduction to the application of statistical and probability tools to develop, implement and maintain effective quality assurance in technology and service systems. Systems approach to product or service quality from inception to disposal; factors affecting variation in quality; concepts and implications of quality from a global business environment.

DMT 310 Technology Integration I: Bar Codes to Biometrics (3)
prerequisite – CSC 122
Foundations for automatically capturing data in a system. Introduction to technology used in automatic identification and data capture systems, including bar codes; radio frequency identification, smart cards, and biometrics. An immersive semester project examines integration of these technologies using advanced problem solving.

DMT 330 Human Factors for Technology Systems (3)
prerequisite – DMT 230
Foundations for examining the intersection of people, technology, policy and work across technology systems. Topics include the evaluation, analysis and design recommendations for improving the safety and efficiency of human-technology interactions.

DMT 340 Economics of Digital Manufacturing Systems (3)
prerequisite – MTH 118
Examination of techniques of economic analysis for systems technologists, engineers, and leaders who evaluate and determine the financial attractiveness of multiple alternatives.  Emphasis on economic feasibility and applying time value of money concepts to cost-volume-profit decisions. Topics include present worth, rate of return, benefit-cost, payback, break-even analysis, depreciation, economic optimization, and decision-making under uncertainty.

DMT 360 Predictive Maintenance (3)
prerequisite – DMT 250
Investigation of the importance of effective maintenance planning and execution for efficient and economical operation of service or technology systems. A systems approach to maintenance planning, maintenance in technology systems viewed from reliability and productivity perspectives. Semester-long team based research project typically required.

DMT 370 Digital Manufacturing II: Manufacturing Automation and A/I (3)
prerequisite – DMT 250
Automation applications in manufacturing and the impact of computer-based systems on a manufacturing company, including practices and issues related to the application of computer-integrated manufacturing. Emphasis on CAD, CAM, CNC, robotics, industrial control elements, PLCs, and computer-based process controls.

DMT 400 Design of Experiments (3)
prerequisite – IOE 200
Introduction to statistical design of experiments, examining differences between single, multivariate and factorial experimental designs. Introduction to concepts of optimization and response surface methodologies; focus on interpreting and communicating experimental results.

DMT 410 Technology Integration II: Machine – to – Machine Communication (3)
prerequisite – DMT 310
Hands-on lab use of automatic data capturing for direct communication between and control of sensors and machines. Introduction to technologies used in automatic machine to machine (M2M) communication systems with emphasis on various levels of communications between shop floor computers, PLCs, robots, and automatic identification equipment; database technology used as an integration tool. Students demonstrate knowledge, skills and advanced problem solving in an immersive semester project examining integration of these technologies.

DMT 440 Facilities Planning and Material Handling (3)
prerequisite – At least junior standing
Introduction to integrated materials-handling systems and facilities planning with a systematic approach. Students demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills of automatic identification, common material handling equipment used in manufacturing, and simulation of material flows.

DMT 445 Product Design and Development (3)
prerequisite – EGR 165, DMT 250
Treatment of design and development issues such as customer needs, planning for design, concept generation, evaluation, selection, design for manufacturing, prototyping, and industrial design. Integrated methodologies examine marketing, manufacturing and cross-functional teams. Includes concurrent engineering projects utilizing CAD systems.

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