Graduate Certificate Programs

Manufacturing Automation

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Program Description:
The manufacturing automation certificate program enables working professionals to enhance their knowledge and keep current with technological changes in the area of manufacturing automation. Earning a graduate certificate in manufacturing automation will not only provide students the opportunity to strengthen their academic background, but also offers the possibility of pursuing a master's degree in the engineering management or mechanical engineering graduate programs.

The certificate program consists of four courses. In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses taken. Once admitted to the certificate program, the student will be given three years to complete the program as long as a B average is maintained in the courses taken.

Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. If the four-course sequence approved by the graduate adviser is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will be admitted to the corresponding MS degree program, if they apply. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count toward their master’s degree.

Students pursuing a graduate certificate in manufacturing automation through the mechanical engineering program will complete:

  • Mech Eng 5655: Manufacturing Equipment Automation

As well as three courses from the following list:

  • Elec Eng 5350: Plantwide Process Control
  • Elec Eng 5340: Advanced PLC
  • Mech Eng 5653: Computer Numerical Control of Manufacturing Processes
  • Mech Eng 5763: Principles and Practices of Computer Aided Design
  • Mech Eng 5478/Aero Eng 5478/Elec Eng 5870/Comp Eng 5820: Mechatronics
  • Mech Eng/Aero Eng 5481: Mechanical and Aerospace Control Systems
  • Mech Eng 6653: Advanced CNC of Manufacturing Processes and Engineering Metrology
  • Mech Eng 6655: Model and Control of Manufacturing Processes

Students wishing to pursue a master of science degree in mechanical engineering should consult with the graduate coordinator in mechanical engineering when selecting their courses.

 Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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Mech Eng 5478/Aero Eng 5478/Elec Eng 5870/Comp Eng 5820: Mechatronics
This course will introduce students to the basics of mechatronics (i.e., the integration of mechanical, electrical, computer, and control systems). Students will learn the fundamentals of sensors and actuators for mechanical systems, computer interfacing, microcontrollers, real-time software, and control. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 4479 or equivalent. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5478, Elec Eng 5870 and Comp Eng 5820).

Elec Eng 5350: Plantwide Process Control (LEC 3.0)
Synthesis of control schemes for continuous and batch chemical plants from concept to implementation. Mulitloop control, RGA, SVD, constraint control, multivariable model predictive control, control sequence descriptions. Design project involving a moderately complicated multivariable control problem. Prerequisites: Chem Eng 4110, Elec Eng 3320, Elec Eng 3340 or graduate standing. (Co-listed with Chem Eng 5190).

Elec Eng 5340: Advanced PLC (LEC 2.0 and LAB 1.0)
Advanced programmable logic controller (PLC) programming, function block, structured text, function chart, sequencer. Factory communications, system simulation, human-machine interface (HMI) programming. Advanced PID control. Network security and reliability. Class-wide project. Prerequisite: Elec Eng 3340.

Mech Eng 5653: Computer Numerical Control of Manufacturing Processes (LEC 2.0 and LAB 1.0)
Fundamental theory and application of computer numerical controlled machine tools from the viewpoint of design principles, machine structural elements, control systems, and programming. Projects include manual and computer assisted part programming and machining. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 3653.

Mech Eng 5655: Manufacturing Equipment Automation (LEC 2.0 and LAB 1.0)
Manufacturing automation at the equipment level. Topics include sensors, actuators, and computer interfacing for manufacturing equipment, dynamic modeling and control of manufacturing equipment, interpolation, coordinated motion control, kinematic and geometric error modeling, and runout. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 4479.

Mech Eng 5763: Principles and Practices of Computer Aided Design (LEC 2.0 and LAB 1.0)
Lectures cover the fundamentals of computer-aided design with emphasis on geometric modeling of curves, surfaces and solids, CAD/CAM data exchange, and computer graphics. In the lab session, students practice with commercial CAD/CAM systems including NX and SolidWorks to gain practical experience. Prerequisites: Comp Sci 1570 or Comp Sci 1970 or Comp Sci 1971, Mech Eng 2761, Math 2222, at least Junior standing.

Mech Eng 5481/Aero Eng 5481: Mechanical and Aerospace Control Systems (LEC 3.0)
Synthesis of mechanical and aerospace systems to perform specific control functions. Response and stability are studied. Singular value analysis for stability margins is introduced. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 4479 or Aero Eng 5361.

Mech Eng 6653: Advanced Cnc of Manufacturing Processes and Engineering Metrology (LEC 2.0 and LAB 1.0)
Advanced treatment of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) part programming and machine tool metrology. Topics include mathematical modeling and characterization of machine tools and Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs); Measurement and analysis of dimensional accuracy, surface finish, precision, and uncertainty; Machine tool error modeling and compensation; Virtual Numerical Control (VNC) Machine Tool modeling, programming, simulation and process verification/optimization. Projects include advanced CNC programming and simulation. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 5653.

Mech Eng 6655: Modeling and Control of Manufacturing Processes (LEC 3.0)
This course covers control-oriented modeling, simulation, and control of manufacturing processes. Topics include digital control, control system hardware, servomechanisms, interpolation, coordinated motion control, regenerative chatter, and control of machining and non-traditional processes. Control algorithms are implemented on a machining center. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 5655, Mech Eng 5481.

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the department may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The administrative coordinators must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

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The manufacturing automation certificate program is open to all persons holding a BS, MS, or PhD degree in science or engineering and who have a minimum of one year of professional employment experience, or are currently accepted into a graduate degree program at Missouri S&T. Once admitted to the program, the student must take the designated courses (provided in the curriculum section). In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses.
Students admitted to the manufacturing automation certificate program will have non-degree graduate status, however, they will earn graduate credit. If the student completes the designated courses for the certificate program with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be admitted to the MS degree program in mechanical engineering, if they so choose. The certificate credits taken by a student admitted to the MS degree program will count toward their master's degree. Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to begin the courses in the certificate program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses. 
Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program so long as he/she maintains a B letter grade average in the courses taken.

Click here for more information on admissions.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2014-15 school year for the project management certificate (defined as the period between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015).

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Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Aerospace Engineering (MS)
Mechanical Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

Course Management Software: Blackboard.

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