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Overview

According to a 2015 study by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, an estimated 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will be created over the next decade. The 100% online Certificate in Principles of Manufacturing provides students with a fundamental understanding of manufacturing systems and prepares them to better succeed in entry-level positions in the manufacturing industry. More specifically, upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • Understand and optimize manufacturing operations given a broad understanding of manufacturing support systems including product design, manufacturing planning, manufacturing control, and business functions.
  • Select and apply the appropriate manufacturing processes for a product given its design specifications and material properties.
  • Obtain basic engineering drafting and introductory design skills needed to function in a computer-aided drafting (CAD) environment.
  • Understand the scientific and technical foundations of manufacturing principles, including policy decisions and safety regulations that provide a solid basis for students to recognize hazards at the workplace and in the environment.
  • Understand fundamental principles, critical technologies, processing parameters and strengthening mechanisms of composite materials and apply these to various advanced manufacturing applications.

The courses in the certificate program also allow for students across a variety of industries and experience levels to interact and share and learn from each other’s workplace experiences. By encouraging student engagement and virtual networking opportunities, students will also be exposed to career paths in real time and gain first-hand knowledge of the potential job opportunities available.

The credits from this certificate can easily be stacked into the Bachelor of Science in Advanced Manufacturing program and will fulfill most of the foundational course requirements for the bachelor’s degree program.


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Unique Features

  • The 100% online format provides all the flexibility you need, so you can study when and where it’s convenient for you
  • Courses will be offered on a regular schedule allowing for full-time students to complete the certificate in as little as two terms
  • The program meets the needs of people currently working in the manufacturing industry who have little or no college-level coursework or credentials completed
  • You’ll learn from faculty experts who have extensive real-world experience and will ensure you get practical skills that will help you advance your career

Curriculum

Undergraduate Certificate in Principles of Manufacturing General Requirements

Core Requirements
MTH 2120 - Technical Math 1 
3.00 
MTH 2500 - Statistical Quality Control 
3.00 
GET 1100 - Introduction to Engineering and Technology 
3.00 
GET 1150 - Foundations of Engineering Graphics and Design 
3.00 
MET 2000 - Engineering Computer-Aided Design and Tolerance Analysis 
3.00 
AVM 1150 - Fundamentals of Manufacturing Systems 
3.00 
AVM 1200 - Fundamentals of Safety, Health, and Environmental Issues 
3.00 
AVM 2200 - Composite Materials and Applications 
3.00 

Experiential Learning

Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:

  • Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
  • Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
  • Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.

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Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Certificate in Principles of Manufacturing program can take advantage of the high demand within manufacturing by gaining the competencies they need to begin entry-level careers, including:

  • Electrical & Mechanical Maintenance Technicians
  • Engineering / R&D
  • Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Production & Assembly
  • Quality Assurance / Control
  • Sales

Industry-Aligned Faculty

Our industry-aligned faculty bring relevant real-world experience, knowledge, expertise, and connections that will help you achieve your career goals.

Krassimir Marchev
Professor of the Practice

Admissions

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Financial Info

The university's financial aid policies are designed to enrich our campus community by ensuring that Northeastern is affordable for all admitted students.

  • $1.6K Cost Per Course
  • $10.2K Avg Institutional Aid
  • 45% % Receiving Aid