Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Advanced

Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing plays a vital role in all aspects of our economy, from biotechnology to green energy, aerospace to automotive, pharmaceuticals to nanotechnology, and more. Innovations in technology are rapidly changing the way products are conceived, designed, fabricated, distributed, and supported.

Pursuing an education in advanced manufacturing at CSU will expand your knowledge of automation and simulation, manufacturing applications, and processing of materials. World class faculty lead four hands-on academic programs and will guide you through the understanding of engineering disciplines such as additive manufacturing, polymer composites, metal and ceramic 3D printing, and robot mechanics and controls. In addition, courses related to materials selection, digital product design and development, biotechnology, and integrated supply chains are available.

Academic Programs & Advising Contacts

UNDERGRADUATE

Undergraduate Concentration in Advanced Manufacturing

Earn an Undergraduate Concentration in Advanced Manufacturing when you complete 12 credit hours (four technical electives) of approved coursework. 

For information on courses and how to declare, download the guide in English or Spanish.

GRADUATE

M.E. Master of Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing Specialization

The Master of Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing Specialization is an on-campus or online degree program that provides students with the competencies, skills, and experience to advance in careers in the manufacturing industry. The curriculum includes courses in manufacturing processes and controls, factory systems and supply chains, business fundamentals and product development processes. The program is intended for professional students who have an undergraduate degree in engineering and are working in the manufacturing industry. This is a coursework-only degree program with no thesis requirement. 

Admissions criteria and requirements can be found here.

View course catalog here.

M.S. Mechanical Engineering with Master's Thesis in Advanced Manufacturing

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering conduct research under the supervision of a faculty advisor who is usually the Principal Investigator for a government- or industry-sponsored project. The student’s research, in conjunction with coursework and advanced manufacturing thesis credits, will culminate in an article for submission to a peer-reviewed journal and a final thesis. This degree is available on campus only.

Admissions criteria and requirements can be found here.

Details on program coursework and requirements can be found here

Graduate Certificate

Our Advanced Manufacturing Graduate Certificate provides students with the competencies, skills, and experience needed to advance their careers in the manufacturing industry. The certificate requires completion of 9 credits of 500-level and above graduate coursework. Students may apply for and complete just the certificate, or may apply for both the certificate and a degree program. The certificate is available on campus or online, and is intended for working professionals looking to stay competitive in their field, advance their knowledge, and obtain additional training. 

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or a related discipline
  • Prerequisites: Calculus 1, 2, and 3; Ordinary Differential Equations; Physics 1 and 2 (calculus based)
  • Strongly recommended 3.0 or higher GPA
  • International students must submit TOEFL or IELTS that meet our minimums

View course catalog here

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“My mechanical engineering degree from CSU gave me the needed foundation to build a fulfilling career in manufacturing. Thanks to the hands-on skillset I gained at CSU, I have the fundamental know-how that is crucial to bridging the gap between textbook and reality. I was able to enter the workforce immediately as a strong contender.”

- Kyle McGraw, Project Manager, Lincoln Electric Automation

ADVISING CONTACTS

Undergraduate Academic Advising Team

Connect with undergraduate academic advising here

Graduate Advising Contact

Connect with the graduate academic advisor here

Careers & Internships

Manufacturing forms the basis of wealth creation in the United States and around the world. The improvement of manufacturing processes is key to raising global standards of living. Education in advanced manufacturing can lead to employment at many diverse, tech-forward companies and industries from medical devices to consumer electronics and even parts for spacecraft.

Many Colorado manufacturing companies offer internships that lead to employment opportunities. Some that have participated in CSU’s internship program include Northrup Grumman, Ball Corporation, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Sierra Nevada, Raytheon Technologies, and Woodward.

Internship opportunities come and go on a rotating basis and are advertised through Handshake, or you can apply directly with the company. 

$94,515
Average industry salary of advanced manufacturing engineers in 2020 – Glassdoor​

Organizations, Programs and Clubs

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

CSU’s ASME chapter brings mechanical engineering students together in a professional community to promote the engineering discipline and ensure success through extracurricular activities.

“We provide students with exposure to professionalism through fun activities, industry tours, and PLI sessions. The key word here is fun! Professionalism is often put into a very rigorous setting whereas here we can embrace a less formal environment. Engineering is fun and that’s why we all do it!”

Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE)

CSU’s SAMPE chapter educates students and stimulates their interest in the fields of advanced materials and process engineering. The society serves as a means of professional networking for career opportunities, including opportunities for student researchers to present their results at conferences and symposia. Members also serve the community through joint volunteer activities and programs.

CSU Robotics

The purpose of Ram Robotics is to provide an initial point of contact with robotics industry leaders by organizing industry tours, hosting guest speakers, providing small-scale robotics design opportunities for students, and promoting participation in industry-related events.

Ram Robotics fosters a community where robotics enthusiasts and engineers can enhance their skills and obtain insight into the industry. Ram Robotics also functions as a gateway for students to participate in CSU’s NASA Robotic Mining Competition.

Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University is about using our knowledge of materials, energy, and health to solve society’s global engineering challenges.

Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University is about using our knowledge of materials, energy, and health to solve society’s global engineering challenges.

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