The laboratories of the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering program emphasize student use of industrial equipment. Students use machinery, containers, handling tools, measuring tools, and furnishings like those in real work environments, not benchtop models. This is key to preparing our students for professional engineering practice.

Advanced Machining Laboratory

The Advanced Machining Laboratory consists of state of the art computer numerically controlled machine tools and non-traditional machining processes.

Basic Machining Laboratory

The Basic Machining lab provides experiential learning exercises in the operation of lathes, mills and drill presses for the manufacture of machine components. Students learn firsthand that Boring is a material removal process and not a description of a college lecture. The laboratory is available to student teams for the manufacture of prototypes for IME capstone courses and ME capstone courses. Undergraduate students use these machines to mentor high school students on US FIRST robotics teams.

Computer Simulation Laboratory

Industrial Engineers work extensively with systems. Many of these systems can be simulated using specialized software. Analysis of the output informs decisions made by IEs.

Control Systems Laboratory

The Control Systems Laboratory, also known as the Rockwell Automation Laboratory, is an instructional laboratory used to teach students to control systems using tools from simple relays to advanced programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

Design for Manufacture and Assembly Studio

The Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFM/A) studio was created in July 1989 to provide a focal point for the creative concept development, process plan evaluation, assembly plan evaluation and DFA analysis in the DFM/A course. The DFM/A studio provides a unique toy shop display arena for the good and bad product concepts that are currently in the market or were previously in the market. Many previously designed, horrible products, find a home here after students perform manufacturability analysis on them.

Ergonomics Laboratory

In the Ergonomics Laboratory students learn the basics of human performance. The focus is on performing tasks at work.

Failure Analysis Laboratory

Kettering University has one of the very few failure analysis laboratories in the U.S. meant for use by undergraduate students. Students examine parts, assemblies, and other goods which have failed during use. The cause is documented and engineering reports are created for the customers.


The foundry lab provides hands-on experience in Lost Foam Casting and Green Sand Casting processes for Freshman in IME-100. Students from all disciplines enjoy an Open Foundry Day to produce unique castings of their design for their personal use each term. An upper level course in Casting Processes utilizes the foundry for an in-depth study of process control parameters required to produce quality castings. Students can use the foundry to produce parts for their class projects in other manufacturing courses. The largest casting produced to date for a student project weighted 25 pounds as cast.

Materials Laboratory

This Laboratory is primarily used for the IME 301 – Engineering Materials Course. In this course the professor teaches both the class-session and the laboratory-sessions to ensure that each reinforce the other. Students conduct experiments verifying the subject matter discussed in class-sessions.

Metrology Laboratory

Metrology is the science of measurement. In the Metrology Laboratory students learn how to perform precise, accurate measurements on parts and materials.

Polymer Processing Laboratory

The Polymer Processing laboratory sustains two unique aspects of the IE program:  manufacturing and quality assurance. The original purpose of the Polymer Processing lab was to introduce students to injection molding, extruding and thermoforming. In recent years, the lab has become a living example of how statistics can be employed to correct manufacturing quality problems and to determine the process capability of a process. Students enjoy making a Gandalf or Mickey Mouse mask to wear on Halloween.

Robotics & Computer Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory

In the Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Laboratory, students learn to bring together robotics, machining, material handling, and computer programming to produce a product.

Special Projects Laboratory

The Special Projects Laboratory is used as a place of coordination for senior capstone and other significant projects where faculty and students work together.


Students in IME-100 course enjoy using the equipment for Shielded Metal Arc welding process and the Oxy-fuel Welding process. Some students develop an interest in welding processes and join the KU Welding Club which works weekly during most terms with our technician on advanced welding techniques. The equipment can be used by students on class projects. Welded sculpture is a favorite art form of students in this laboratory. The Automatic welding equipment is utilized the IME technicians to fabricate repair parts and new apparatus for laboratory use.

Work Design Laboratory

In the Work Design Laboratory students learn the basics of time and motion study, designing workstations, and making assemblies efficiently. In doing this a combination lock and keyed lock made from Lego blocks is used.