MEEN40030 Manufacturing Engineering II

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will cover advanced topics in the broad area of manufacturing engineering. The objectives include (i) to provide context, structure and scope to the domains of manufacturing in general and manufacturing engineering in particular, (ii) to describe philosophical, analytical and empirical approaches to “problem analysis” and “solution synthesis” in manufacturing engineering, and (iii) to describe select manufacturing processes and technologies in depth as a basis for state-of-the-art process and process chain design, optimisation and development. The criteria for selection of specific topics from a broad range of possible topics in this field include (i) relevance to high end manufacturing in Ireland (high precision, high value adding manufacturing) and in developed / developing economies (ii) part of an integrated and systematic approach to the field (iii) represents high potential research into core and platform technologies in the field.

The following are the main lecture topics: an introduction to manufacturing and manufacturing engineering, historical manufacturing paradigms, lean manufacturing principles, tools and techniques, industry 4.0 with an emphasis on digital technologies (data analytics, data science and the ethical use of data and manufacturing technology), manufacturing standards, precision engineering and metrology in manufacturing, manufacturing systems (equipment and automation), surface finishing processes (abrasive machining etc.), additive manufacturing / 3-D printing, ultra-precision cutting and nano-metrology, electro-discharge machining (EDM), laser processing and micro-injection moulding.

All laboratories are carried out with reference to the School's current Health and Safety protocols. Students should follow these during all laboratory activities. Further information is available at and within the Brightspace resources for this module. The laboratory activity of this module will require students to work together in teams, and to communicate the activity of their team in a joint, consensus format.

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Learning Outcomes:

Explain the role and responsibilities of the manufacturing engineer including his/her relationship to other functions in the manufacturing organisation, to stakeholders in the external environment and to broader society. Describe the business context, the main drivers and performance measures for a manufacturing system. Describe and critically differentiate between the two main “manufacturing paradigms” developed in the 20th century (mass production and lean production). Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of “lean” principles, tools, and techniques as a basis for quality control, assurance, and continuous ongoing improvement in manufacturing. Describe the general relationship between product volume-variety, and other market drivers, and manufacturing system design including consideration of the optimum deployment of automation, system flexibility and re-configurability. Explain the vision of “industry 4.0”, with a particular emphasis on digital technologies (data analytics, data science) and the consequences for smart manufacturing systems of the future. Describe the role of standards in society, business, and industry in general.

Discuss and explain the design principles, metrologies and technologies used in high precision manufacturing systems. Explain and be capable of illustrating in a detailed manner the underlying fundamental mechanisms of “material removal” or “material addition” in selected conventional and non-conventional manufacturing processes. This will include the application of analytical treatments and development of models for select manufacturing processes.

Indicative Module Content:

Manufacturing / an Introduction
Manufacturing Paradigms (an historical view of manufacturing)
Lean Manufacturing (principles, tools and techniques)
Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing / Digital Technologies (Data Analytics and Data Science)
Automation, Flexible and Re-configurable Manufacturing Systems
Standards in Society and Industry
Precision and Ultra-precision Manufacturing
Finishing Processes (abrasive machining processes)
Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing
Micro-injection Moulding
Ultra-precision Cutting and Nano-metrology
Electro-discharge Machining (EDM)
Laser Processing
Chemical Mechanical Polishing (semiconductor industry)

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
task-based learning;
peer and group work;
critical writing;
lab/studio work;
enquiry & problem-based learning;
case-based learning;
student presentations, 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Examination: End of Semester examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Group Project: Group Technical Report and Presentation Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Course Reference Text:
Kalpakjian, S and Schmid, S.R. (2020). Manufacturing Engineering and Technology. 8th ed. Pearson, Print ISBN: 9780135228609, 0135228603, eText ISBN: 9780135247976, 0135247977

Recommended Reading:
Womack, J.P., Jones, D.T. and Roos, D. (1990). The machine that changed the world. 1st ed. Harper Perennial, ISBN 0-06-097417-6.

Supplementary Reading:
Tlusty, G (2000). Manufacturing Processes and Equipment. 1st ed. Parson, Print ISBN 0-201-49865-0.
Shaw, M.C. (2005) Metal Cutting Principles. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press.
Name Role
Dr Marco Castelli Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Andrew Dickson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Andrew Dickson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Denis Dowling Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Fengzhou Fang Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Vishnu Prasad Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Nan Zhang Lecturer / Co-Lecturer