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B.S. Manufacturing Systems Engineering


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Manufacturing Systems Engineering at CSUN

Manufacturing Systems Engineers play key roles in creation of almost every single product that you see or use, from clothing to computers, from automobiles to space-shuttles, from frozen foods to toys. The challenges of creating and using new materials to meet future needs, the challenges of relieving human drudgery by automating dangerous and onerous production processes, the challenges of forming and leading teams of engineering experts; all are examples of a few of numerous opportunities for which the Manufacturing Systems Engineering program prepares its students.

Manufacturing Systems Engineering majors at Cal State Northridge receive a solid, broad-based education. Among the many topic areas in the basic curriculum are mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering materials, electrical circuits, engineering mechanics and engineering economy.

More advanced courses are designed to ensure student intellectual growth and expertise in the following five areas:

  • the design and manufacture of products
  • the design of manufacturing systems
  • materials and manufacturing processes
  • the management of production processes and resources
  • measurement and inferences regarding manufacturing process variables

Individual and team assignments on projects and in laboratories provide students with numerous opportunities to develop their technical, design, leadership, communication, management, and team skills. Special program features include opportunities to participate in the Facilities Design Community Service-Learning Project, the Manufacturing and Processes Learning Enterprise project, Solutions Center project, and the Materials Engineering Undergraduate Research Program.

In senior capstone design, Manufacturing Systems Engineering students are responsible for a major design-build robotics project, as a part of which they mentor high school students in a community service-learning mode. Senior design students also use the real world as their basic laboratory, by executing projects in local industry. Projects have included design and development of a CD-ROM counter, design of an improved packaging process for industrial adhesives and polymers, plant layout design for the production of a medical patient monitor, development of CAD and rapid prototyping models for a new product, and development of an ISO-9000 quality assurance system.

Small classes are taught by a group of dedicated professors who among them hold several outstanding teaching and faculty awards, are recognized for their technical publications and work in engineering professional organizations, and have many years of actual engineering and management experience in industry to share with their students.

Manufacturing Systems Engineering students have opportunities to participate in student chapters of professional societies such as SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering) and SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers), as well as interdisciplinary student organizations in the College, such as Tau Beta Pi, the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Additional information about the undergraduate program is available in the CSUN catalog.





  • MSE 499 Independent Study


  • MSE 696 Directed Graduate Research (CR/NC only)
  • MSE 697 Directed Comprehensive Study (CR/NC only)
  • MSE 698 Graduate Thesis or Project
  • MSE 699 Independent Study