Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.

The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.

Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook,  for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.

Manufacturing Technology and Management A

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide the knowledge and understanding of product machining to enable participation in CNC machine tool selection, CAM programming, cutting tool selection and the use of metrology.  In addition, to convey the purpose and objectives of lean and associated problem solving methodologies such as Muda analysis, value stream mapping, total productive maintenance and failure mode & effect analysis and use practical diagnostic and improvement tools such as 5S, PDCA cycles, SMED, Poke Yoke, Ishikawa diagrams and statistical process control. This is a level 6 version of the enhanced level 7 MTM module and students cannot take both for credit towards their final degree.

ECTS =  5

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this module, students will be able to:

1. Explain the vocabulary, documentation and operations of a product manufacturing environment.

2. Explain and discuss the evolution of modern product manufacturing industry since 1900.

3. Produce a CAM program, suitable tool list and machine setting documentation for a 2 axis or 3 axis CNC machining task.

4. Select the appropriate cutting tools for a particular metal cutting application based upon feature geometry and workpiece material.

5. Conduct studies using SPC and FMEA tools to analyse the output of a process and be capable of deducing whether there is an underlying problem within the process.

6. Explain the principles of Lean and be able to apply the relevant methodologies of a number of improvement tools applicable to both a manufacturing or a non-manufacturing activity and process.

Module syllabus

Introduction to Manufacturing

Manufacturing Technology

Manufacturing Planning & Control

Lean Manufacturing


Process Improvement


All students must be competent in SolidWorks CAD and have adequate knowledge of conventional machining methods (e.g. milling, turning and drilling) as provided in ME1 & ME2. 

Any non ME UGs must complete the on-line SolidWorks tutorials and review the ME1 CAD design lectures on Blackboard.  A self-assessment exercise for manufacturing knowledge is also provided on the MTM Blackboard pages.

Teaching methods

Students will be introduced to the main topics through lectures, supported by technology (PowerPoint, Panapto and Blackboard). During tutorials sessions you will become familiar with CAM programming using DelCam and the use of SPC and FMEA process analysis tools. Learning is also supported through a group project (teams of 5) undertaken in the second half of term 2 to investigate and conclude a complete solution to a manufacturing task, including machine and tooling selection, method and CAM programs and manufacturing documentation.


Assessment details        
      Pass mark   
Grading method Numeric   40%
Assessment type Assessment description Weighting Pass mark Must pass?
Examination 1.5 Hour exam 50% 40% N
Coursework 4 week group activity, report & presentation 50% 40% N

Module leaders

Mr Graham Gosling