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

Module aims

  • To provide sufficient knowledge and understanding of the operations of an advanced manufacturing machining facility to equip individuals to be ready to participate.
  • Convey the origins, purpose and objectives of Lean, and provide a practical explanation of the diagnostic and improvement action tools used in all industries. 

ECTS units:  6    
Contributing to Course Elements: 6 to ME3-LCTVS or ME4-LCTVS

Learning outcomes

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

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Be conversant with the vocabulary, documentation and operations of a product manufacturing environment.
  • Understand the evolution of modern product manufacturing industry since 1900.

Skills and other attributes

Practical skills

  • Produce a CAM program, suitable tool list and machine setting documentation for a 2 axis or 3 axis CNC machining task.
  • Select the appropriate cutting tools for a particular metal cutting application based upon feature geometry and workpiece material.
  • 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.

Transferable skills

  • Be familiar with the principles of Lean and 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:
    • Review of manufacturing evolution in 20th Century.
    • Current trends in world manufacturing and planned UK strategy.
  • Manufacturing Technology:
    • Understanding of the CNC machine technology enabling machine selection to meet production requirements.
    • CAM programming using DelCam and providing support documentation.
    • Study of metal cutting tools and their applications to enable appropriate selection from commercial on-line catalogues
    • The design and selection of metrology equipment.
    • Review of the strengths & constraints in the practical application of SLM (Selective Laser Melting) Additive Manufacturing.
  • Manufacturing Planning & Control:
    • The operating structure of a typical product manufacturing factory.
    • Determine product operation lead times.
    • Apply a costing model to a factory and production.
  • Lean Manufacturing:
    • The origins and objectives of the Lean philosophy.
    • The range of Lean process tools used in the identification and removal of waste, including: Muda, Kaizen, Cell Manufacturing, JIT, KanBan, SMED, 5S, Poke Yoke, Value Stream Mapping and Theory of Constraints (Bottlenecks).
  • Quality
    • The history and evolution of Total Quality Management, ISO 9000 and Six Sigma methods to provide modern product quality assurance.
    • The concept of process variation & process capability, and the use of Statistical Process Control to monitor processes.
  • Process Improvement:
    • Explanations and applications of Root Cause Analysis and Failure Mode Effect Analysis, in the analysis and improvement of manufacturing processes.
    • The history, benefits and application of Total Preventative Maintenance within manufacturing companies.


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

  • Duration: Autumn and Spring terms (21 weeks)
  • Lectures: 1 hour per week
  • Tutorials: 1 hour per week (most weeks)
  • Industrial co-operation:

2 x industrial factory visits (all day) – limited to 30 places.

1 x attendance to Manufacturing exhibition – no limit.

  • Projects: Group Project, working in self-selected teams of 5.


Summary of student timetabled hours












Other (design, lab, computing etc.)





39 + Project work (not timetabled)

Expected private study time

2 hours per week for most weeks

4-6 hours in week 7 to learn basics of DelCam

8-10 hours/week in weeks 13-16 for coursework.

Plus addition for exam revision.


Written examinations:

Date (approx.)


Pass mark

This is a CLOSED BOOK Examination of 1.5 hours duration.  Test paper contains TWELVE questions, EIGHT in Section A and FOUR in Section B.   Attempt ALL questions from Section A and THREE questions from Section B, both sections carry equal marks.





Submission date

Max. mark

Pass mark

This is a group activity for 5 people to investigate and conclude a complete solution to a manufacturing task, including machine and tooling selection, method and CAM programs and manufacturing documentation.




Review and written comments available on request

2nd half of Spring term




Review and written comments available on request






WebPA Peer Assessment will be applied to the marking of the coursework activity, which can adjust marks by up to +/- 10% of the original allocated mark, e.g. +/-6% on 60%.

Module leaders

Mr Graham Gosling