Graduate Certificate Programs

Manufacturing Systems

Manufacturing Engineering Program

Program Description:
Missouri University of Science and Technology offers a graduate certificate in manufacturing systems for working professionals who want to stay ahead of rapidly changing technology. The graduate certificate program consists of four courses from existing graduate-level courses. While the students admitted to the certificate program will have non-matriculated status, if they complete the four course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be admitted to the master's degree program, if they so choose. The certificate credits taken by students admitted to the will count toward their master's degrees.

Students will need to take a four course sequence, one each from the four core areas in the manufacturing engineering program as outlined below:

Course I - Materials and Manufacturing Processes
Mech Eng 5220: Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Mech Eng 5236: Fracture Mechanics
Mech Eng 5282: Introduction to Composite Materials & Structures
Mech Eng 6659: Advance Topics in Design and Manufacturing

Course II - Process, Assembly and Product Engineering
Eng Mgt 5515/MECH ENG 5757: Integrated Product and Process Design
Mech Eng 5708: Rapid Product Design and Optimization
Mech Eng 5763: Computer Applications in Mechanical Engineering Design

Course III - Manufacturing Competitiveness
Eng Mgt 5710: Six Sigma Way
Eng Mgt 5613: Value Analysis
Eng Mgt 5615: Production Planning and Scheduling
Eng Mgt 5714: Statistical Process Control
Eng Mgt 6611: Lean Systems
Mech Eng 5760: Probabilistic Engineering Design
ERP 5511: Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Design and Implementation

Course IV - Manufacturing Systems Design
Eng Mgt 5314: Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems
Mech Eng 5655: Automation in Manufacturing
Mech Eng 5656: Design for Manufacture
Mech Eng 5478: Mechatronics

* 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.

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

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Course I - Materials and Manufacturing Processes

Mech Eng 5220: Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Comprehensive insight into mechanics of materials. Topics to include: theories of failure, torsion of noncircular sections, shear flow and shear center, unsymmetrical bending, bending of curved members, beams on elastic foundation and pressurization of thick walled cylinders. Co-listed with Aero Eng 5220.

Mech Eng 5236: Fracture Mechanics
Linear elastic and plastic mathematical models for stresses around cracks; concepts of stress intensity; strain energy release rates; correlation of models with experiment; determination of plane stress and plane strain parameters; application to design. Co-listed with Aero Eng 5236.

Mech Eng 5282: Introduction to Composite Materials & Structures
Introduction to fiber reinforced composite materials and structures with emphasis on analysis and design. Composite micromechanics, lamination theory and failure criteria. Design procedures for structures made of composite materials. An overview of fabrication and experimental characterization. Co-listed with Aero Eng 5282.

Mech Eng 6659: Advance Topics in Design and Manufacturing
Various topics in the area of design and manufacturing will be covered in this course: development of flexible manufacturing systems, CAD/CAM integration, rapid prototyping, etc.


Course II - Process, Assembly and Product Engineering

Eng Mgt 5515/MECH ENG 5757: Integrated Product and Process Design
Emphasize design policies of concurrent engineering and teamwork, and documenting of design process knowledge. Integration of various product realization activities covering important aspects of a product life cycle such as "customer" needs analysis, concept generation, concept selection, product modeling, process development, DFX strategies, and end-of product life options.

Mech Eng 5708: Rapid Product Design and Optimization
Product Life cycle design; Finding design solutions using optimization technique; Rapid product realization using rapid prototyping and virtual prototyping techniques.

Mech Eng 5763: Computer Applications in Mechanical Engineering Design
Introduction to computer aided design, personal computer graphics to introduce main frame graphics and analysis programs. Fundamentals of finite element analysis are discussed. Projects include basic graphics, drafting, area, mass and inertia properties analysis, matrix algebra and finite element analysis of solid mechanics problems using educational and commercial software.


Course III - Manufacturing Competitiveness

Eng Mgt 5710: Six Sigma Way
This course is an introduction to the principles of implementing the six sigma philosophy and methodology. Topics include tools and methods including process flow diagrams, cause and effect diagrams, failure mode and effects analysis, gage R&R, capability studies, design of experiments and strategy for organizing six sigma techniques in industry.

Eng Mgt 5613: Value Analysis
An organized effort directed at analyzing the hardware and processes used in manufacturing a product to achieve the required product function at the lowest overall cost. Covers the basic philosophy, methodology and procedures, which draw together and utilize techniques from various fields. It is a logical method used in solving value problems.

Eng Mgt 5615: Production Planning and Scheduling
Introduction to basic techniques of scheduling, manufacturing planning and control, just-in time systems, capacity management, master production scheduling, single machine processing, constructive algorithms for flow-shops, scheduling heuristics, intelligent scheduling systems are the topics covered.

Eng Mgt 5714: Statistical Process Control
The theoretical basis of statistical process control is studied. Quantitative aspects of SPC implementation are introduced in context along with a review of Deming's principles of quality improvement with a brief introduction to sampling inspection.

Eng Mgt 6611: Lean Systems
Lean systems embodies a total enterprise philosophy built on removing waste. Concepts such as flow, just-in-time, lead times, inventory turns, standardized work, pull system, value streams, quick changeover, workplace organization, and visual controls are discussed to improve system performance. Prerequisite: Graduate standing

Mech Eng 5760: Probabilistic Engineering Design
The course deals with uncertainties in engineering analysis and design at three levels - uncertainty modeling, uncertainty analysis, and design under uncertainty. It covers physics-based reliability analysis and reliability-based design, robustness assessment and robust design, their integration with design simulations, and their engineering applications. Co-listed with Aero Eng 5760.

ERP 5511: Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Design and Implementation
This course provides a technical overview of enterprise resource planning systems and their impact on organizations.  SAP is introduced to illustrate the concepts, fundamentals, framework, general information technology context, the technological infrastructure, and integration of business enterprise-wide applications.  SAP’s Solution Manager will be used to illustrate the various stages of implementing an ERP solution. 



Course IV - Manufacturing Systems Design

Eng Mgt 5314: Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems
Study of the design and use of computer-based integrated manufacturing management systems in the allocation and control of plant, equipment, man power and materials.

Mech Eng 5655: Automation in Manufacturing
Manufacturing automation at the workstation level. Topics include kinematic and geometric error modeling of manufacturing workstations, control system hardware, servomechanism modeling and control, CNC programming, dynamic simulation, PLCs and PCs, industrial robotics modeling and control, and manufacturing systems analysis.

Mech Eng 5656: Design for Manufacture
Course covers the approach of concurrent product and process design. Topics includes: principle of DFM, New product design process, process capabilities and limitations, Taguchi method, tolerancing and system design, design for assembly and AI techniques for DFM.

Mech Eng 5478: 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. Co-listed with Aero Eng 5478, Elec Eng 5870 and Comp Eng 5820.

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The admission decision will be made based upon prior degree(s) obtained by the student and the student’s performance in courses fundamental to the certificate, the student’s work experience, and any other information provided by the student. If the student does not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the courses in the certificate program, the student will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses. Once admitted into the certificate program, the student will be given three years to complete the program so long as the student maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the courses taken.

In order to receive a graduate certificate, a student must have an average grade of 3.0 or better in the core courses.

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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 Disclosure Program

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 2015-16 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016)

 

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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*. 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:

Manufacturing Engineering (MS/ME)

(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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Classes are offered over the internet via live-streaming video. There will be a PowerPoint presentation available on the Internet to enhance the class lecture so that you can view the PowerPoint slides and watch the video simultaneously. Tests and reports are arranged by the course instructor. If you view the video online in real time, a technician can help resolve any communication problems, and when you need to ask a lecture-related question, you can call the instructor. If you view the lecture video offline, you can communicate with the instructor through email.

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