Manufacturing a brighter future

In the design lab or on the production floor, our Manufacturing Engineering Technology majors are the ones that make things happen – the applied expert between the engineer and the craftsman.

Our program prepares students for exciting careers in research and development, engineering, materials testing, quality control and more. With three different emphasis areas in Metal Casting, Design, and Advanced Manufacturing, you can choose classes that fit your goals and interests.

As a student, you’ll have the chance to work in our outstanding facilities, including: a full production lab, our internationally recognized Metal Casting Center, and the UNI Additive Manufacturing Center, which is a recognized world leader in research and development in the additive manufacturing industry.


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Find out More About Manufacturing Engineering Technology

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Department of Technology
University of Northern Iowa
Industrial Technology Center 25
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0392

Phone: (319) 273-2561

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Advanced Manufacturing

The automation and production concentration gives special emphasis to the content areas of manufacturing processes, production management and computer-aided manufacturing.


With a concentration in computer-aided drafting and design, students receive training in engineering analysis, product research and development, as well as mathematics, science, computer programming, manufacturing management, industrial materials and processes.

Metal Casting

The metal casting program is one of thirty programs across the nation that have been recognized for excellence in cast metals education by the Foundry Educational Foundation. Students learn from respected professionals in the metal casting field. Program activities range from conventional green sand molding to near net shape solidification processing.


Manufacturing Engineering Technology at UNI

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I worked at the UNI Metal Casting Center for four years, and helped design, build and test metal casting materials, processes and molds, which were used by private companies and the U.S. military.

Maria Alverio
MET graduate


Manufacturing engineering technicians and technologists are employed in a wide range of industries, including major manufacturing, consulting and engineering services, research and development firms, and wholesale trade. Common careers in the field include:

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Operations
  • Product Specialist
  • Quality Assurance
  • Systems Technician
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Facility Supervisor
  • Quality Engineer


UNI is a top institution for Manufacturing Engineering Technology, with a focus on industry-centric, applicable learning experiences to our coursework. Typical MET career track courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Automated Manufacturing: Learn concepts of flexible and fixed automation systems, basic integrated automation with machine tools, CNC parts programming for milling and turning operations along with computer simulation, CNC machine tool controller simulation, and lab activities.
  • Technical Drawing and Design: Fundamentals of product design process; development of engineering drawings, geometric constructions, multi-view projections, section views, and auxiliary view using 2D drafting software. Use of 3D CAD techniques for design of parts/components.
  • Technical Writing for Engineering Technologists: Instruction and practice in writing definitions and descriptions of technical mechanisms and processes; using style and form appropriate for technical documents ranging from reports and proposals to manuals in the fields of engineering and technology.
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Connecting you with Industry

The UNI Department of Technology has forged strong connections with industry partners in Iowa, including big-name companies such John Deere, Collins Aerospace and Garmin. In an average year, nearly 150 employers from around the state, and the Midwest, come to campus to visit with our students, and recruit them for full time positions.