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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 manufacturing engineering certificate online 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. On average, a manufacturing engineer salary is about $71,000 per year.

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 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.

Students have the flexibility to review class recordings later.

Nicholas Hendrickson

Nicholas Hendrickson

Operations/Facilities Supervisor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Teaching Statement

Mr. Hendrickson teaches on machine tool fundamentals and applications and computer aided manufacturing.

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John Irwin

John Irwin

Professor and Chair, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Teaching Statement

Dr. Irwin teaches on topics of parametric modeling and product design and development.

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David Labyak

David Labyak

Assistant Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Teaching Statement

Dr. Labyak teaches courses in CAE and FAE methods, controls of dynamics systems, machine design, and dynamics and kinematics.

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Scott Wagner

Scott Wagner

Associate Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Teaching Statement

Dr. Wagner teaches about applied thermodynamics, lean manufacturing, production planning, holistic safety, manufacturing processes, facilities layout, and safety design.

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David Wanless

David Wanless

Senior Lecturer, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Teaching Statement

Dr. Wanless specializes in organizational leadership, applied quality techniques, internal combustion engines, industrial systems simulation, and advanced manufacturing.

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