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Manufacturing Engineering Resources Guide

Open Educational Resources (OER) for Engineering


This section comprises of eBooks, toolkits, and activities related to Engineering available for academic purposes and noncommercial use. Please check the copyright clarifications before using or adapting the materials.


eBooks & Textbooks

  • Traditional Manufacturing Processes – Chapters
    • An OER Textbook related to traditional manufacturing processes, business and technical integration, and design and planning of manufacturing a product. 
  • Smart Sustainable Manufacturing Systems
    • An eBook collection of essays pertaining to the creation, implementation, and management of smart sustainable manufacturing systems.
  • Mechanics (open textbook) 
    • This is a calculus-based book meant for the first semester of a first year survey course taken by engineering and physical science majors
  • Introduction to Industrial Engineering 
    • This book was created for an undergraduate Introduction to Industrial Engineering course at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). The chapters give an overview of the profession and an introduction to some of the tools used by industrial engineers in industry. There are interactive content exercises included at the end of most chapters.
  • Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation: First Edition 
    • This electronic book (e-book) is created with partial financial support from a grant generously provided by the Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Program expressly for use in the Iowa State course, M E 370: Engineering Measurements.
  • A Heat Transfer Textbook, 4th Ed. (2017) 
    • This introduction to heat and mass transfer, oriented toward engineering students, may be downloaded without charge. The ebook is fully illustrated, typeset in searchable pdf format, with internal and external links. Please note that this material is copyrighted and not a "true" OER. The authors grant you the right to download and print it for your personal use or for non-profit instructional use.
  • Beyond Lean: Simulation in Practice, Second Edition 
    • The fundamental goal of this text is to show how discrete event simulation can be used in addition to lean thinking to achieve greater benefits in system improvement than with lean alone. Realizing this goal requires learning the problems that simulation solves as well as the methods required to solve them.

Toolkits, Learning Objects, & Simulations

  • Sim Labs for Thermodynamics and Thermal Power Plant Simulator 
    • This Simulator laboratory (SIMLAB) book was created to provide ancillary resources for Thermodynamics and Thermal Power Plant Simulator courses. It is intended to act as a collection of exercises to help our students merge the theory covered in the classroom with the practice performed in the labs.
  • MIT’s Littlefield Technologies Factory Simulation Exercises 
    • An activity in which students can manage a virtual factory in two separate web-based simulation exercises. Expressed goals of the simulation is is to let students adapt and apply concepts in a managerial situation and to formalize students' decision models and test their relevance and effectiveness.
  • Open Source Tool Kid: Hardware
    • The Open Source Toolkit features articles and online projects describing hardware and software that can be used in a research and/or science education setting across different fields, from basic to applied research. The channel editors aim to showcase how open source tools can lead to innovation, democratisation and increased reproducibility.
  • WISC’s Manufacturing & Engineering Learning Objects
    • WISC has created a range of digital learning objects that instruct on using equipment, models, theories, and techniques.
  • Engineering Technology Simulations for Learning
    • A digital library of simulations relating to  Automation & Robotics, Electrical & Motor Control, Process Control or Renewable Energy.