The Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering Department at Faculty of Engineering was established in the end of 2013. In all Iraqi universities, manufacturing engineering is the unique engineering department.
The department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering is regarded as the sole department of its type in Kurdistan Region in particular and in Iraq in general. My colleagues and I are trying very hard to raise the standard of teaching at this department to be compatible with high ranking universities.
Manufacturing engineers develop and create physical artifacts, production processes, and technology. It is a very broad area which includes the design and development of products. The manufacturing engineering discipline has very strong overlaps with mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, production engineering, electrical engineering, electronic engineering, computer science, materials management, and operations management. Manufacturing engineers' success or failure directly impacts the advancement of technology and the spread of innovation. This field of manufacturing engineering emerged from tool and die discipline in the early 20th century. It expanded greatly from the 1960s when industrialized countries introduced factories with:
1. Numerical control machine tools and automated systems of production.
2. Advanced statistical methods of quality control:
3. Industrial robots on the factory floor, introduced in the late 1970s: These computer-controlled welding arms and grippers could perform simple tasks such as attaching a car door quickly and flawlessly 24 hours a day. This cut costs and improved production speed.
Basically, the developed societies cannot be measured only by buying and using the recent technology, but also it depends mainly on the capacity of that society both on productive and creative needs, specifically in the modern industrial and technical aspects. Since the creation is a different subject to the application and because of lack of manufacturers in the Kurdistan region, the graduated manufacturing engineers can fulfill the existing gap. Accordingly, the vision of the Manufacturing Department to be summarized as: “the graduates from the Manufacturing Engineering Department will take part on moving the Kurdish industry forward.
Basically, the developed societies cannot be measured by buying and using recent technology only. However, it depends mainly on the ability of that society on productive and creative their needs particularly in modern industrial and technical aspects.
Since the creation is a different subject to the application and because of the lack of manufacturers in the Kurdistan region, the graduated manufacturing engineers can fulfill the existing gap. Accordingly, the vision of the Manufacturing Department can be summarized, as “The graduates from the Manufacturing Engineering Department will take part to move the Kurdish industry forward”.
The rapid progressing in the industrial development and scientific fields nowadays are required to build links between the subjects. The Manufacturing Engineering Department is the strongest link, without it, a very big gap will halt the technology in the country.
The Manufacturing Department when it is opened, it will be the key point for developing the industry in Kurdistan region, as it can be considered as a noticeable attempt to direct the region into an industrial productive modern parallel with the global community.