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What is Integrated Manufacturing Systems?

Last Updated: 02/23/2024 and all information on this page is accurate and up-to-date

What is Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering?

The desire to improve manufacturing productivity and increased world market competition has created a need for improved manufacturing engineering systems. The Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Institute (IMSEI) at North Carolina State University has taken the lead in addressing this challenge. By integrating academic and industry people, resources and ideas, IMSE has created an institute that provides state-of-the-art manufacturing systems, research and education.

The manufacturing sector is constantly expanding and evolving to meet society’s needs. Innovation across all industries has accelerated the requirements for professional engineers to have a nimble skillset to compete in the world’s economies. The Integrated Manufacturing and Systems Engineering program fills this need by providing a high-quality educational experience to graduate engineers who have the opportunity to enhance these skills in an industrial experience and an intellectually challenging academic setting. 

IMSE is committed to providing a path for students to obtain industrial experiences. IMSE believes in the benefit so much that it requires students to obtain an internship/co-op to successfully complete the degree. The IMSE program is unique because students can complete their internships/co-ops during the academic semester. 

Why NC State IMSEI?

The NC State IMSE program uses faculty, course offerings and laboratory facilities within the traditional engineering, computer science, business, textiles and other departments to offer an independent master’s degree. The IMSE program understands that there is no one-size-fits-all model for your career, educational goals or industry demands. As a result, the program provides the flexibility to accommodate coursework that more closely meets your needs while meeting industry needs. 

The program is designed to help you:

  • Appreciate how different disciplines make an impact on manufacturing systems engineering.
  • Gain specific knowledge and develop skills in the areas of modern manufacturing technology.
  • Apply your knowledge to current research and application problems in manufacturing systems during an internship/co-op.

Where Do Our Alumni Work?

On average, graduates in the MIMSE program obtain full-time employment within three months of graduation, with an average salary of 70 – 80K.

A heat map of the United States showing the locations of IMSEI students employers where Seattle and Silicon Valley are the two largest areas for employment.
Where MIMSE students work throughout the US

Based on data collected between 2015 and 2023, the top three employers of MIMSE students are Amazon, Apple and Tesla. Other top employers include:

  • Lenovo
  • GKN Automotive
  • Johnson Controls
  • Micron
  • Shopify
  • Volvo