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Manufacturing Minor

The manufacturing sector employs nearly 13 million Americans each year, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. Now more than ever, astute leaders are needed to take charge in an ever-changing industry. 

The University of Central Missouri can prepare you for a leadership or supervisory role, such as manufacturing manager or production supervisor, with the Manufacturing minor. Designed for aspiring professionals majoring in business- and technology-related degrees, the UCM Manufacturing minor pairs especially well with Engineering Technology and Management degrees.

A Manufacturing minor structured with flexibility in mind

UCM’s Manufacturing minor offers all classes on campus in Warrensburg, but some courses are available online to help you achieve your career goals. Put your learning into action and prepare for wherever your manufacturing-related career takes you.

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Online classes available

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Courses with fewer than 25 students

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What you will study

The manufacturing sector needs highly trained individuals to lead teams and oversee efforts throughout the industry. 

From computer-aided design to quality control, computer numerical control to process design, UCM’s Manufacturing minor will give you the know-how you need to effectively manage and run manufacturing facilities.

You’ll combine practice with theory in four core courses: 

  • Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
  • Engineering Material Science
  • Introduction to Manufacturing Processes
  • Machine Tool Technology

Once you’ve completed the core courses, you can personalize your minor with electives in AutoCAD Applications, Inspection and Quality Control, Robotics and Automation, Technical Writing and more. You’ll gain valuable added expertise and experience for your career in manufacturing.


Unique learning opportunities in manufacturing

From the classroom to the lab, you’ll have ample hands-on learning opportunities throughout the UCM Manufacturing minor program:

  • State-of-the-art facilities: As a UCM student, you’ll enjoy access to research and teaching labs equipped with cutting-edge learning technology. Students in our Manufacturing minor work in up to 15 different labs, including specialized automation and robotics, hydraulics and pneumatics, precision machining and rapid prototyping facilities.
  • On-campus student organizations: UCM is home to more than 185 diverse student organizations, giving you ample opportunities to enhance your learning as you connect and network with your classmates. Many of our Manufacturing minors join the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, which offers resources for manufacturers, promotes advanced manufacturing technology and supports the development of a skilled workforce here in Missouri and beyond.
  • Special projects: As a Manufacturing minor, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in the NASA Human Rover Challenge, a human-powered vehicle designed and fabricated by UCM students to traverse simulated lunar and Martian terrain.


What can you do with a minor in Manufacturing from UCM?

Each year, our Manufacturing minors typically enjoy a high success rate of finding jobs within six months of graduating. 

You’ll find UCM graduates with a Manufacturing minor working at Black and Veatch, Ford, General Electric, Honeywell and many other respected employers. After completing a bachelor’s degree to round out the Manufacturing minor, some of our graduates continue their education with an online graduate degree in Industrial Management from UCM. 

Explore your career options with a Manufacturing minor

What can you do with the knowledge and skills you gain from a UCM Manufacturing minor? Use our interactive tool below to explore career options, salary expectations and more.




Financial assistance options for Manufacturing students

At the University of Central Missouri, we have some of the lowest tuition and fees in the nation. We also offer many ways to help finance your college education, including grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs.

Visit the program page for your major area of study for information on program-specific scholarships. You can learn more by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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