“The DEMS program gave me the tools needed to drive efficiency in the total value chain, from product engineering at the concept stage to manufacturing process design on the shop floor.” Dr. Ali Jammoul, Director, Global Chassis Engineering, Ford Motor Company


A master’s degree was once seen as the ultimate professional credential for engineering in manufacturing systems, yet today an increasing number of industry leaders recognize the depth and breadth of competence afforded through preparation at the doctoral level. Earning a doctoral degree can enhance your advancement potential in an increasingly competitive field.

Why LTU?

Lawrence Tech’s program offers you in-depth knowledge about materials, processes, systems, engineering system simulation, quality, productivity, economics, and technology management

“The DEMS program at LTU was a very invigorating experience and a great model of advanced engineering education. The intellectual atmosphere was truly an amplifier for imagination, curiosity, and productive inquiry.” Dr. Adel Khanfar Director, Product Development, U.S. Manufacturing Corporation

D-Manufacturing-Systems.jpgThe core courses are designed to help you sharpen your specialized skills and competencies. In Design of Experiments, you will study how to create the minimum number of experiments to obtain the maximum possible data. For the Manufacturing Systems Simulation course, you will focus on building mathematical models for manufacturing systems, while learning to foresee potential issues and their solutions, in order to optimize performance. Creating the best design systems to maximize reliability and manufacturing goals is the focal point of the Design for Reliability and Design for Manufacturability courses. And in Strategic Planning, you will strengthen the skills necessary to formulate successful strategic plans.

Lawrence Tech’s Doctor of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems is unique in three aspects:

  • The students are practicing engineers working full-time in the Detroit metropolitan area – one of the world’s leading and most technologically advanced manufacturing regions.
  • A required internship, similar to the medical profession, will engage you in the process of solving real-world manufacturing systems problems.
  • You will work closely with two advisors – an academic advisor, who imparts state-of-the-art knowledge about engineering principles, and an industrial advisor, who provides significant industrial experience and support.

D-Manufacturing-Systems3.jpgEngineering in Manufacturing Systems dissertation challenges you to utilize your high-level scholarship, engineering expertise, and ingenuity to find a solution to a real-world manufacturing systems issue at your assigned facility. Your advisors will work alongside you to ensure that a challenging blend of advanced technology and creativity forms the foundation of your research. Your solution should be a new manufacturing-related device, process, system, or software that represents an innovation in manufacturing systems engineering.


The Doctor of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems program consists of four segments designed to provide you with the knowledge necessary to achieve your goals.

Your 84-credit-hour program consists of:

Manufacturing Systems Core 24
EME 5253    Engineering Analysis I  
EME 5603    Engineering Systems Simulation
EME 6203    Manufacturing Processes
EME 6503    Manufacturing Productivity
EME 6703    Manufacturing Systems
EME 6403    Quality Control
EME 6803    Engineering Management
EME 7503    Process Control
Doctor of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems Core 15
EME 7103 Design of Experiments
EME 7203 Manufacturing Systems Simulation
EME 7303 Design for Reliability
EME 7403 Design for Manufacturing
EME 7603 Strategic Planning
Electives (select five) 15
Doctoral Dissertation 30
Total 84

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be engineering leaders who have the ability to identify society’s needs and the creativity to solve problems economically.

The Doctor of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems is designed for engineers with a high level of technical competence. All applicants must demonstrate strong potential for success based upon the following:

  1. Submission of the Application for Doctoral Admission;
  2. A Master of Engineering degree from an accredited college or university (minimum GPA of 3.4);
  3. Official transcripts of all completed college work;
  4. Three letters of recommendation;
  5. Resume;
  6. Essay outlining applicant’s goals in pursuit of the doctorate;
  7. Personal interview.

Get Started

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or admissions@ltu.edu.

For specific questions regarding the Doctor of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems, contact the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at 248.204.2550 or mechair@ltu.edu.