Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering


Engineering, Industrial.




Manufacturing engineering plays an important role in the Canadian economy. However, progress made in improving the manufacturing engineering programs at the university level in Canada has fallen behind compared to what in other developed countries such as Germany, United States and Japan. In order to improve the competitiveness of the Canadian manufacturing industry, it is necessary to reinforce the manufacturing engineering education programs, especially the undergraduate programs. The objectives of this thesis are to find the limitations of the Canadian manufacturing engineering education programs and accordingly, to propose improvement. The thesis begins with a general review of some manufacturing engineering programs in other countries around the world. Then a study of the current status of manufacturing engineering education in Canada, with a focus on the undergraduate manufacturing engineering education in Ontario, is reported. The needs of current and future Canadian manufacturing industry and the functions of manufacturing engineers in the future are discussed. Finally, in order to solve the problem of the lack of hands-on experience in the existing programs, a proposal of a Manufacturing Engineering program with a Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Laboratory is presented.Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2001 .Z55. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 41-04, page: 1172. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2001.