Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Manufacturing Processes is crucial to an Engineers understanding of the industrial world. Whether the engineer is designing a product or helping in manufacturing there will always be a need for understanding the best ways to create a product. Some products are easier to make using one type of manufacturing (e.g. sand casting) than another (e.g. welding). So it is the job of the Engineer to ensure that the most effective and efficient method is used.
The highlight for me was in learning via hands on experiences (welding, sand casting, sheet metal bending, machining, etc.) as well as all of the tours that the class took of various manufacturing plants nearby.
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Advice for students:
Make sure that you watch videos (or see it in person) on the processes being explained in the textbook. Seeing the actual process take place from start to finish really helps the student grasp the concepts and anchor it into their memory. Many times textbooks will have video segments that are associated with the various manufacturing processes being learned in each chapter and/or section.