Production engineering is a pillar of mechanical engineering. The Department of Manufacturing Engineering has a history of over 60 years of research and teaching. During this time, the scientists of the department have been active in several areas of manufacturing technology and have been able to actively shape the change in production. Today, the focus of the department is on solid state welding welding, laser material processing, arc welding technology and machining. The Department of Manufacturing Technology is a member of the Institutes for Micro- and Nanotechnology and for Mobility Research.
The department also operates within the Thuringian Center for Mechanical Engineering and is a member of the Research Association of the German Association for Welding and Allied Processes and of FOSTA - Forschungsvereinigung Stahlanwendung e. V. (Research Association for Steel Applications).