Develop the fundamental skills needed for global excellence in manufacturing and competitiveness with the Principles of Manufacturing MicroMasters Credential, designed and delivered by MIT’s #1-world ranked Mechanical Engineering department.
This program provides students with a fundamental basis for understanding and controlling rate, quality and costs in a manufacturing enterprise.
The Principles of Manufacturing are a set of elements common to all manufacturing industries that revolve around the concepts of flow and variations. These principles have emerged from working closely with manufacturing industries at both the research and operational levels.
Targeted towards graduate-level engineers, product designers, and technology developers with an interest in a career in advanced manufacturing, the program will help learners understand and apply these principles to product and process design, factory, and supply chain design, and factory operations.
This curriculum focusses on the analysis, characterization, and control of flow and variation at different levels of the enterprise through the following subject areas:
- Unit Process Variation and Control: Modeling and controlling temporal and spatial variation in unit processes
- Factory Level System Variation and Control: Modeling and controlling flows in manufacturing systems with stochastic elements and inputs.
- Supply Chain – System Variation and Control: How to operate and design optimal manufacturing-centered supply chains.
- Business Flows: Understanding the uses and flow of business information to start up, scale up and operate a manufacturing facility.
What You'll Learn:
- A new perspective for design and operational decision making at all levels of manufacturing, in the context of volume manufacturing, where rate, quality, cost, and flexibility are the key metrics
- How to operate and control unit processes to ensure maximum quality using basic and advanced statistical and feedback control methods
- How to design and operate systems of processes with optimal capacity, resilience, and inventory
- How to design and operate optimal supply chain systems
- The financial underpinnings of a manufacturing enterprise, including new ventures
MicroMasters Programme Details
How To Earn The MicroMasters Credential
Complete and successfully earn a Verified Certificate in all 8 courses, which includes 4 virtually-proctored exams. The exams take place within the final 4 courses (offered Fall 2018).
Take Your Credential To The Next Level
Combine your MicroMasters Credential with on-campus work at MIT to earn a Master of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design degree. Learners who earn a Principles of Manufacturing MicroMasters Credential may apply to the Advanced Manufacturing and Design program, and upon acceptance, would be credited 48 academic units (equivalent to approximately 1/3 of the full degree program and 1 semester on campus).
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) will also offer a pathway for credit for MITx MicroMasters credential holders in Principles of Manufacturing towards the completion of RIT’s Master of Science in Professional Studies.