MECHENG 352 : Manufacturing Systems


2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An introduction to the procedures and technological aspects of a typical manufacturing system; basic concepts and practice of plant and work design, automation, CADCAM, planning and simulation; selected IoT technologies; and project-based introduction to the tools and techniques applied by professional engineers in a modern manufacturing setting.

Course Overview

Below is the detailed scope of the course:
  • Facilities and layout planning - The student will be able to describe the types of facility layouts utilised in manufacturing and their particular uses/reason for adoption. The student will have knowledge of the requirement for systematic approaches to layout design and be aware of two alternative systematic techniques.
  • Materials flow & materials handling - The student will be able to describe the equipment available to the manufacturing engineer for the safe and efficient movement and storage of raw materials and products.
  • Types of models, simulation uses and procedures, Probability and queuing. Use of simulation software - The student will describe the basic methods for analysing the behavior of queues, arrival and service rates and their distribution. The student will be able to explain the importance, use and design of models and simulations in manufacturing systems and posses a basic working knowledge of a standard simulation software package.
  • Industrial ergonomics and the work environment - The student will have a knowledge of the relevance of ergonomics in today's manufacturing industries and will develop the ability to identify and analyse situations where good ergonomic principles may be applied to improve work environments.
  • Computer-aided process planning and manufacturing, computer numerical control - The student will describe the place of CAPP and CAM/CNC technologies in manufacturing systems and explain the basic procedure of producing CNC code from an analysis of component requirements and available machine tools and cutters.
  • Production planning & scheduling, JIT & Lean Manufacturing - The student will name the issues involved in capacity planning, line balancing, inventory management and aggregate planning.
  • Reliability and failure - The student will be able to estimate typical failure rates for manufactured products and ways in which reliability of products and manufacturing systems may be increased cost effectively. 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically evaluate reliability and failure and compare various approaches to the maintenance schedule. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 3.1 and 3.2)
  2. Analyse mechanical drawing using industry standard software, and generate working NC code for its manufacture. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1 and 3.2)
  3. Formulate and explain a production plan and schedule bound by resource capacity to meet customer requirements utilizing industry standard finite resource scheduling tools. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1 and 3.2)
  4. Identify and analyse situations where good ergonomic principles may be applied to improve work environments. (Capability 1.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2 and 4.2)
  5. Understand and apply manufacturing simulation technologies and queueing theory to a medium-sized manufacturing enterprise utilising Simio simulation software. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1 and 4.3)
  6. Create a feasible manufacturing system layout, utilising Muther's technique from a basic description of requirements and organise effectively with peers in critiquing their solution. (Capability 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2 and 5.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 50% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Final Exam

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 36 hours of lectures, 10 hours of tutorials, 40 hours of reading and thinking about the content, and 64 hours of work on assignments and/or exam preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including computer labs and tutorials to complete and receive credit for components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.
Attendance on campus is required for the exam.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Health & Safety

Students are expected to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Health and Safety section of the Engineering Undergraduate Handbook.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 12/11/2021 11:25 a.m.