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Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering (M.E.M.E.)

Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing is fundamental for making people's lives better and create value for a society. You will acquire capabilities to make manufacturing processes more efficient and sustainable.

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+1 905.525.9140 x 20477
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Future Student Information

Overview

Application Deadlines

September 2020 admission:
Online portal opens Nov. 16, 2019
Deadlines for: 
Domestic applicants - July 15, 2020
International applicants - June 1, 2020

January 2021 admission:
to be announced

International applicants are encouraged to apply early as the visa application process may take 3 months.

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)
Canadian: $2,815.83 CAD/term (3 terms)
International: $11,000 CAD/term (3 terms)

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2020-2021)
Canadian: $2,815.83 CAD/term (3 terms)
International: $11,550 CAD/term (3 terms)

Students enrolled in multiple academic years ( e.g. January admission) pay the fees corresponding to these years.

Manufacturing is an exciting career

Build a successful career in the manufacturing industry anywhere in the world. If you love to design and operate resource-efficient manufacturing plants this is the program for you.

The manufacturing sector offers many career opportunities for engineers in discrete manufacturing (e.g. from consumer products to aircraft),  and in process industries (e.g. from petrochemicals to food production). Our program builds on Ontario’s deep history of high-quality manufacturing.

Develop capabilities to improve operation of any type of manufacturing facility (e.g. statistical analysis of plant data) and augment that by adding courses specializing in process industries or in discrete manufacturing.

Available are either a project-based option (6 courses plus project) or course-based option (8 courses).

Discrete Manufacturing focus

Develop capabilities to design and operate traditional and additive manufacturing, experiment with different materials, use robots, and monitor and manage production for automotive, aerospace, machinery, household products and other discrete manufacturing industries.

Process Industries focus

Develop capabilities to design and operate process plants, monitor and control their operation in chemicals, polymers, pharmaceuticals, and other process industries.

Biomanfacturing & Biotechnology

 Canada’s biotechnology industry is growing rapidly and will need skilled people to drive continued growth. If you’re passionate about working in producing health biotechnology, medical devices, agriculture, and industrial biotechnology, you can choose to focus your degree on these areas.

Whichever of these three areas you choose as the focus for your manufacturing engineering education, you will find a rewarding experience while you complete your master's degree and an exciting career pathway ahead of you.

Is this program for you? 

Do you have a background in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or have another technical background and a strong interest in working within the manufacturing industry? We encourage you to consider your application for this program.

If your interests are in automation and smart systems, you may want to learn more about our Master of Engineering, Systems & Technology program. 

From the bleeding-edge tech we have at our disposal to the supportive professors, mentors and a multicultural student base, this program has it all. What's more, you can customize your learning to create the best springboard to launch your career.

—Prasanna Venkatesh, M.E.M.E. '18

 

Apply

Deadlines

September 2020 admission
Online portal opens November 16, 2019
June 1, 2020
- International applicants. 
July 15, 2020 - Domestic applicants.

January 2021 admission 
to be announced

  

International applicants are encouraged to apply early as the visa application process may take 3 months.

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Application Checklist

Step 1: Click on the link above to open your application with McMaster University

Step 2: Pay the application fee ($110)

Step 3: Register for your online interview on Kira Talent along with payment ($60)

Step 3: Gather the required documents

  • Your current resume or CV including academic and professional experience
  • Your clearly written Statement of Interest (This is a letter explaining your interest in the program)
  • Recent IELTS or TOEFL scores (within the last 2 years) required for international students. Minimum IELTS score 6.5 overall (minimum requirement 5.5 in reading and writing and 6 in listening and speaking). Minimum TOEFL score is 88. Note that if your medium of instruction was English and this is documented on your transcripts, you do not need to submit an ELP test.
  • Transcripts from all post secondary institutions you have attended
  • Complete Contact information for 2 Academic References (to be included in the on-line application). Only institutional (i.e. university) email addresses will be accepted as credible references
  • Only submit your application once all the above documents have been uploaded and you have provided contact information for your references

Step 4: Complete your online interview on Kira Talent after you have submitted your application. (Step 3 must be completed in full.)

Step 5: You will be contacted if there are any issues with your application. Please do not email about the status of your application. You will be contacted with a decision whether your application is accepted or rejected.

Step 6: Once you receive an offer and have accepted it, you are required to pay a deposit of $500. (This is non-refundable if you withdraw your acceptance or do not attend.)

*No additional documents should be uploaded as they will not be reviewed*

**Please note that applications cannot be reviewed until all documents have been uploaded, the referees have responded and online interview has been completed. All applications must be completed before the international or domestic deadline to be considered.**

Tuition & Fees

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)
Canadian: $2,815.83 CAD/term
International: $11,000 CAD/term

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2020-2021)
Canadian: $2,815.83 CAD/term (3 terms)
International: $11,550 CAD/term (3 terms)

Students enrolled in multiple academic years ( e.g. January admission) pay the fees corresponding for the academic year the term is within.

Other Fees:

  • Application Fee: $110.00
  • Online Interview Fee (Kira Talent): $60.00
  • Non-refundable deposit upon acceptance: $500.00

 

Admission Requirements

Prior degree: STEM Degree, B average in last two years of study (20 technical courses), equivalent to a McMaster 8.0 GPA out of 12

The Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering is aimed at highly motivated students seeking advanced training in the broad area of Manufacturing. Application for admission to the program may be made through the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology. The program accepts full-time and part-time students - see the Program Structure section for details.

In addition to the general requirements for entry into a graduate program in Engineering, students must hold an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with at least a B average (equivalent to a McMaster 8.0/12 GPA) in the penultimate and final years.

Candidates may be enrolled on a full- or part-time basis. Full-time students will complete the degree in twelve consecutive months of study. Students are admitted for September. Part-time students will normally be expected to complete the program in 28 months.

McMaster students may receive advanced standing for up to two courses (note that a maximum of two 600-level courses can count towards a SEPT graduate program) with the approval of the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

 

Discrete Manufacturing

If you're interested in pursuing a career in discrete manufacturing - producing a variety of goods to be packaged and shipped locally or globally, you may choose this focus for your studies.

There are two pathways towards the degree:

  • 6 courses + project
    • 1 professional development course
    • 3 to 4 core courses
    • 1 to 2 elective courses
  • 8 courses
    • 1 to 2 professional development courses
    • 4 to 6 core courses
    • 1 to 3 elective courses

Each concentration area has a set of recommended elective courses.  Students wishing to take an elective course outside of the recommended electives need to obtain a permission from their graduate advisor.

Professional Development courses, common to all streams in MEME, are listed below:

  • Engineering Communications
  • Practical Project Management for Today’s Business Environment
  • Leadership for Innovation
  • Design Thinking

Discrete Manufacturing Course List

Core courses:

  • Manufacturing systems
  • Lean Six sigma for Engineers
  • Discrete Manufacturing Processes I
  • Discrete Manufacturing processes II
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Advanced robotics
  • Sustainable manufacturing processes

Recommended elective courses:

  • Properties and processing of composites
  • Multivariate Statistical Methods for Big Data Analysis and Process Improvement
  • Solids modelling
  • Industrial Automation

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology strives to offer a full complement of courses every academic year; some of the course listed here are currently being reviewed. Their offering is subject to the pending internal approval.

Process Engineering

If you are pursuing a career in chemical and petrochemical, steel production, food production or any number of other process manufacturing industries, you may choose to focus your studies on Process Engineering. 

There are two pathways towards the degree:

  • 6 courses + project
    • 1 professional development course
    • 3 to 4 core courses
    • 1 to 2 elective courses
  • 8 courses
    • 1 to 2 professional development courses
    • 4 to 6 core courses
    • 1 to 3 elective courses

Each concentration area has a set of recommended elective courses.  Students wishing to take an elective course outside of the recommended electives need to obtain a permission from their graduate advisor.

Professional Development courses, common to all streams in MEME, are listed below:

  • Engineering Communications
  • Practical Project Management for Today’s Business Environment
  • Leadership for Innovation
  • Design Thinking

Process Engineering course list

Core courses:

  • Lean Six sigma for engineers
  • Process design for control and operability
  • Process design and integration for minimal environmental impact
  • Sustainable manufacturing processes
  • Multivariate Statistical Methods for Big Data Analysis and Process Improvement
  • Industrial components, networks and interoperability
  • Systems modelling and optimization

Recommended elective courses:

  • Model predictive control and its implementation
  • Polymer processing
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Fundamentals
  • Machine Learning : Classification Models
  • Neural Networks and Development Tools
  • Deep Learning and Its Applications

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology strives to offer a full complement of courses every academic year; some of the course listed here are currently being reviewed. Their offering is subject to the pending internal approval.

Biomanufacturing & Biotech

 

There are 2 pathways towards the degree:

  • 6 courses + project
    • 1 professional development course
    • 3 to 4 core courses
    • 1 to 2 elective courses
  • 8 courses
    • 1 to 2 professional development courses
    • 4 to 6 core courses
    • 1 to 3 elective courses

Professional Development courses, common to all streams in MEME, are listed below:

  • Engineering Communications
  • Practical Project Management for Today’s Business Environment
  • Leadership for Innovation
  • Design Thinking

Biomanufacturing and Biotechnology Course List

Two Required core courses:

  • Biomanufacturing
  • Multivariate statistics for operations improvement

Additional core courses:

  • Biotechnology regulations
  • Biomaterials and biocompatibility
  • Advanced biotechnology
  • Membrane based bioseparation
  • Bio-inspired engineering

Recommended elective courses:

  • Biomedical engineering I
  • Biomedical engineering II
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Bioinformatics
  • Lean Six Sigma for Engineers

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology strives to offer a full complement of courses every academic year; some of the course listed here are currently being reviewed. Their offering is subject to the pending internal approval.

Facilities

Rapid Prototyping lab (ETB 122)

The lab is equipped with 3D printers and machining equipment. You will develop your skills and comfort working with these tools to make your design vision into an operational prototype in metal or plastic.

Tools and equipment accessible in the lab include:

  • 3D Metal Printers
  • CNC lathe and router
  • PCB soldering station
  • 3D Polymer Printers
  • Laser cutter for plastic sheets
  • Bench scale tools including a drill press, band saw, etc.

 

MARC Facility (McMaster Automotive Resource Centre, Located at 200 Longwood Ave.)

Students in the M.Eng. Manufacturing Engineering program can access this facility by appointment. The space can be used for prototyping in course and project work. The SEP 762 Prototyping tools and methods course uses the MARC facility.

Tools and equipment accessible in the lab include:

  • CNC lathe and router
  • PCB soldering station
  • 3D Polymer Printers
  • Bench scale tools including a drill press, band saw, etc.

 

Workstation Labs for CAD Design (MARC 266)

Houses workstation computers that can be accessed for CAD design and modelling simulation. Access is based on scheduled availability.

 

 

 

CAD/CAM computing network

Accessible within the ETB 524 studio space. This network supports engineering computing and 3D prototyping via your laptop. This allows you to use your laptop as an interface, while outsourcing the "heavy lifting" of highly detailed design work to a mainframe server.

Industry Partners & Projects

Stackpole International

Project: Deploying an Industry 4.0 Non-Destructive Testing solution to improve the reliability and throughput of product inspection.

Challenge: Stackpole International, a leader in manufacturing automotive parts using powder metallurgy, engaged a group of our students in a project to develop a new solution for their Non-Destructive Testing work cell. The system they were using was stand-alone and they saw opportunities to improve reliability and connectivity with their production line network. Students analyzed different technologies comparing open-source with commercial packages and custom hardware with off-the-shelf. Students finally developed, built and deployed the new work cell into the partner’s facility.

Canadian National Railway

Project: Re-designing a condensate blowdown valve assembly on to operate in the extreme cold of Canadian winters

Challenge: Students identified that the design of blowdown valves on trains were inadequately designed to cope with extreme cold weather, resulting in significant delays during the coldest parts of the year. Moisture freezing inside blowdown valves caused brakes to lock in place. The built-in electrical heaters affixed to the valve assembly was not thawing the ice, requiring maintenance crews to use portable heaters and manually de-ice the valves. Students in the program analyzed the system and proposed a solution to redesign the valve assembly so that it could operate in colder temperatures than existing vales.

Westhill Innovation Inc.

Project: Powering transportation refrigeration systems using solar power collected from the top of trailers.

Challenge: Westhill Innovation identified an opportunity to reduce emissions produced while powering refrigeration units and they engaged a group of students to help design a solar panel solution for truck trailers. Truck drivers are mandated to take rest periods while on the road, and while resting they must power refrigeration units using the truck’s diesel engine. By developing a system that allows solar panels to be mounted to the top of a transport trailer, the 425 square feet of space on the roof can charge a battery bank that will power the refrigeration unit and allow drivers to turn off their engines while parked. In the future, this technology could greatly extend the range of electric trucks and feed into the power grid when the trailers are parked for loading and unloading.

Edson Packaging Machinery Ltd.

Project: Developing a Fully Automated Picking and Packaging Solution

Challenge: Edson Packaging Machinery sought our student’s help to develop a robotic solution that could recognize between 1000s of products and identify the those bought by a single customer and place them into one box for shipment. The solution students worked on with Edson would also include a system to create and seal customized box sizes for e-commerce orders, minimizing the need for excess packaging. The final objective of these solutions would be that they need to operate quickly and accurately.

Other recent and notable partners include:

  • Arcelor-Mittal Dofasco
  • Linamar
  • Magna
  • Hamilton Community Energy
  • Toyota
  • Honda
  • General Motors

See our complete list of current and past partners.

Co-op and Experiential Learning

Co-op is an optional component of the Master of Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering program. McMaster established its graduate student co-op program in 2017, seeing it grow rapidly. Employers are quickly embracing it as a mechanism for recruiting talent and expertise.

There are several steps you must complete before you begin applying to co-op positions. Firstly, ensure you enrol in the Graduate Co-op Prep Course ENG 701 in September. You will also need approval from your program chairperson before accepting a co-op placement. Speak with Co-op and Career Services if you have any questions.

If you intend to find a co-op placement remember that it is competitive, much like any job search. Start early and put in consistent effort throughout the school year to make connections and grow your network.

Here are some tips for finding your co-op position:

  • Attend as many career events throughout the school year – and try to speak with the employers who attend. Events are posted in OSCAR plus and require you to register as an attendee.
  • Search OSCAR plus for posted co-op opportunities. Hundreds of openings are offered by employers in a year and some of them might be right for you. Apply to any that look like a good fit – make sure you keep your resume current so you can apply as they’re posted.
  • Find opportunities to network with professionals in your field. Look for networking events, become active on LinkedIn, make meaningful connections and schedule information interviews. Whenever you meet someone new, ask them if they can recommend anyone else you should speak with.
  • Reach out to your existing network. This could be family, friends from your time in undergraduate studies who are now employed, or really anyone you have an established relationship with who works for a company that operates in your field.

Employers

If you’re an employer interested in hiring graduate students for a co-op term connect with our co-op office to discuss listing your open opportunities.

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