ME Manufacturing Labs

The SD Mines ME Difference

The SD Mines Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a cohesive project-based learning curriculum. But unlike many universities, we offer a comprehensive training program that ensures student safety and the opportunity to learn regardless of a student's level of experience.  Students have the option of training in traditional "hands-on" processes or "hands-off" computer-based fabrication.

Students develop their own projects to maximize student interest, ownership, and motivation. This extends into project-based coursework, participation in extracurricular activities, and student-generated non-academic projects.

The goal of this approach is to help students develop key design for manufacturing skills, including process-planning, resource-planning, material selection, cost analysis, CAD, GD&T, and project management through concurrent engineering and fabrication. We maximize student effort by allowing students the freedom to choose the project.

Project-Based Courses

ME 126L Product Design and Development, Design for Manufacturing

ME 264/264L Product Design and Development, Electromechanical systems

ME 265/265L Product Design and Development, Systems Engineering

ME 269/269L Product Design and Development, Design for Manufacturing

ME 477/479/481L/482L Advanced Product Design and Development

Project-Based Student Activities

  • SEDS
  • VEX Robotics
  • CAMP
  • Student Projects

Conventional Manufacturing Lab CM 214

Woods Lab CM 204

Design, Additive Manufacturing Lab CM 234


Industrial Support

Caterpillar Inc.
Cargill, Inc.
Neiman Enterprises
Nucor Corporation




  • Austin Gutknecht
  • Cade Venhuizen
  • Cory Mohill-Smith
  • Dustin Berg
  • Jacob Steffen
  • Tanner Nelson
  • Taylor Muncie
  • Weston Shutts