Graduate Certificate Programs

CAD/CAM & Rapid Product Realization

Program Description:

The graduate certificate in CAD/CAM & rapid product realization is for working professionals who want to stay ahead of rapidly changing technology. The program consists of a four-course sequence from existing graduate-level courses.

Students are admitted to the certificate program with a non-matriculated status. In order to receive a graduate certificate, you must have an average grade of 3.0 or better in your core courses. If you complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, you may be admitted to the master's degree program, if you choose. The certificate credits you've earned will count toward your master's degree.


A four course sequence, one each from the four core areas in the manufacturing engineering program, is required.

Course I.
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 II.
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.


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.

Course III.
MECH ENG 6659: Advanced 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 IV. Select one from the following courses:
MECH ENG 5760: Probabilistic Engineering Design
This course aims at exploring computational methodologies for engineering design under uncertainty. It covers reliability analysis, analytical robustness assessment, robust design, reliability-based design, and their engineering applications.
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.

* 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 Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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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.

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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 2016-17 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017)

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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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Dept of Manufacturing Engineering

Dr. Frank Liou
Manufacturing Engineering
Missouri University of
Science and Technology
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400 W. 13th St.
Rolla, MO 65409-0050

Phone: 573-341-4603
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