Online Education for Working Professionals
Understand manufacturing leadership, tolerance analysis, and Industry 4.0 concepts.

Manufacturing Engineering—Graduate Certificate

Manufacturing Engineering

Prepare for management of larger manufacturing engineering systems.

This graduate certificate encompasses the building blocks of advanced manufacturing, which crosscut the Manufacturing Engineering Building Blocks. The blocks are Manufacturing Systems and Operations, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes, and Product Tooling and Assembly Engineering, with Manufacturing Competitiveness at the hub. Build on manufacturing fundamentals such as lean, six sigma, production planning, systems modeling, and automated control system design.

3 courses in 3 semesters.

Department Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
Admissions requirement BS degree in a technical field, such as engineering or technology.
Contact John L. Irwin
Length 3 courses in 2-3 semesters
Effort 3 hours per credit per week
Each course 3 credits
Total credits 9
Course type Online or on-campus
Modality Attend classes synchronously
Watch class recordings on demand
Cost Based on credits and course type
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Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and pre-requisite skills.

Check your preparation.

The certificate is primarily intended for individuals who possess a baccalaureate degree with a major in a technical field such as engineering or technology, possess a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, have completed undergraduate courses or have work experience in Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Quality Control, Statics, and Strength of Materials.

Take 6 credits of required courses.

Take both of the following.

MFGE 5000 - Organizational Leadership

Team building, ethical decision making, enhanced communication skills, critical thinking, and people skills are discussed. Students learn the practice of leadership, as it relates to organizational effectiveness.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

MFGE 5100 - Tolerance Analysis with Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

GD&T is the universal manufacturing language. This course will focus on the ASME Y14.5-2018 standard and cover the concepts of GD&T needed to communicate effectively in the manufacturing sector. Includes: assembly tolerance stack-up, applying and interpreting geometric symbols, datum reference frames, and calculating position and profile tolerance.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

Take a 3 credit elective course.

Choose one of the following.

MFGE 5200 - Industry 4.0 Concepts

An examination of industry 4.0 as it relates to manufacturing. Topics include smart factories, cyber physical systems, proactive maintenance, computer simulation, horizontal and vertical integration, and barriers to implementation.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

MFGE 5300 - Design for Additive Manufacturing

This course looks into the challenges of Additive. Pros and cons of the seven ASTM AM categories are discussed with the view of product purpose: form, fit, and function. Effects of build orientation, layer height, particle size, and slicing software have on part integrity are also discussed.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

The minimum completion time is two semesters.

Here is a typical schedule.

Fall Spring
MFGE 5000 MFGE 5300
Fall  
MFGE 5100  

Interested in taking a single, online course? Enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

Upon completion of the Certificate the student should be able to:

  1. Manage and/or provide leadership for teams to successfully implement manufacturing processes. (Manufacturing Competitiveness Building Block)
  2. Communicate effectively utilizing the fundamental concepts of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerances (GD&T) necessary in the manufacturing sector. (Product Tooling and Assembly Engineering Building Block)

Michigan Tech was founded in 1885.

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and widely respected by fast-paced industries, including automotive development, infrastructure, manufacturing, and aerospace. Michigan Tech graduates deliver on rapid innovation and front-line research, leaning into any challenge with confidence.

The College of Engineering fosters excellence in education and research.

We set out as the Michigan Mining School in 1885 to train mining engineers to better operate copper mines. Today, more than 60 percent of Michigan Tech students are enrolled in our 17 undergraduate and 29 graduate engineering programs across nine departments. Our students and curriculum embrace the spirit of hard work and fortitude our founders once had. Our online graduate courses are the same, robust classes taken by our doctorate and masters candidates, taught directly by highly regarded faculty, with outstanding support from staff. We invite working professionals to join these courses, bring their own experience and challenges as part of the discussion. Leverage the national reputation of Michigan Tech to advance your career in tech leadership.

Meet the online certified instructors.

Synchronous class attendance allows students to interact with world-class instructors. Students have the flexibility to review class recordings later.

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Nicholas Hendrickson

  • Operations/Facilities Supervisor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Michigan Technological University
  • AAS, Machine Tool Technology, Central Lakes College

Biography

Nicholas Hendrickson is an Adjunct Instructor and Operations/Facilities Supervisor in the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology at Michigan Tech. Industry experience includes six years working as a Machinist, seven years of engineering experience in mechanical design, testing, and manufacturing. Nicholas also has ten years working in academia at MTU teaching and assisting students, faculty, and staff in manufacturing and design solutions in areas of student labs and faculty research.

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John Irwin

  • Professor and Chair, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Director, Research and Innovation in STEAM Education Institute (RISE)
  • EdD, Curriculum and Instruction, Wayne State University
  • MS, Occupational Education, Ferris State University
  • BS, Technical Education, Ferris State University
  • AAS, Mechanical Design Engineering Technology, Michigan Technological University

Biography

John Irwin is a professor and chair of the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology at Michigan Tech. His areas of expertise include jig, fixture, and gage design; the design and manufacture of environmental simulation chambers and A/C units for locomotives and mass-transit units; development of manufacturing workcell simulations, design and testing of residential axial flux alternator turbine systems, and development and training related to open source 3D printing technologies.

Irwin has been Principal Investigator on two Michigan Department of Education projects to improve teacher quality through the Educators’ Professional Development Institute Series, which focuses on topics in the physical sciences, and most recently was co-PI on a MDE project, serving as internal evaluator. In addition to advising the Delta Zeta Chapter of the Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Society, Irwin is an active member of several professional organizations: the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Association of . . .

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David Labyak

  • Assistant Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

Biography

David Labyak has 25 years of experience in the automotive, mining, aerospace, and engineering consulting industries. He is a board member and hockey coach for the Copper Country Junior Hockey Association.

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Scott Wagner

  • Associate Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Technological University, 2013
  • MS, Manufacturing Operations, Kettering University, 2004
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 1995

Biography

Scott Wagner is an associate professor in the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology at Michigan Tech. His areas of expertise are facility maintenance, focusing on plant engineering and manufacturing systems analysis, and metal forming, with an emphasis on micro tube hydroforming.

Wagner is active in several of the University’s safety teams, including the Presidential Committee for University Safety and Environmental Health, the Incident Command Team, and the Crisis Response Team. He also coordinates the department’s Safety Liaison program on campus. In the greater community, he volunteers his time as a volunteer firefighter and is a member of the Michigan State Firemen’s Association.

Wagner’s professional activities include membership in the American Foundry Society and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He presented the papers listed in Selected Recent Publications at the following conferences: Experimental Analysis of Micro Tube . . .

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David Wanless

  • Senior Lecturer, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • PhD, Leadership Studies, Marian University
  • MS, Organizational Leadership and Quality, Marian College (now Marian University)
  • BS, Industrial Technology, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Biography

David Wanless is a senior lecturer in the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology at Michigan Tech. His areas of expertise are quality, manufacturing, management, leadership, and process control in mechanical engineering technology. He serves as the faculty advisor for the Progressive Security Group, which is a student organization on campus.

Wanless is active in the International Leadership Association and volunteers his time as a program reviewer for the Leadership Educators Institute. In 2009, he gave the following presentation on campus: Cyberethics: Why an Ethical Foundation is Important in the Cyber Technology Industry.