Why might someone want to earn the Industrial Practices Certificate?
Modern industry relies upon employees with broad backgrounds in manufacturing engineering-related
topics, whether they hold the title of "manufacturing engineer" or not. Employee expertise
in areas such as standardized work, lean manufacturing, statistical analysis, automation,
and plant layout techniques are essential to the success of any industrial company,
and students entering the job market with experience in these topics enjoy a competitive
advantage in the marketplace.
Ferris State University students will want to complete the Industrial Practices Certificate
series in order to expand - and document their industry-related skill sets beyond
those developed from courses just within their majors. Specific populations who would
benefit by adding the Industrial Practices Certificate to their list of credentials
- Students in specific manufacturing process-oriented majors (e.g., Welding, Plastics,
and Rubber Engineering Technology, etc.). The Industrial Practices Certificate will
make these students less vertically-oriented, and more resistant to being "pigeon-holed"
in one small area as nothing more than a single-subject matter expert.
- Students in industrial design-oriented majors (e.g., Electrical/Electronics, Mechanical,
Automotive, and Product Design Engineering Technology, etc.). Companies recognize
the advantages of simultaneous engineering when designing products and services, and
candidates for design positions who have an understanding of design for manufacturability,
industrial operations and capabilities, etc., will enjoy a competitive advantage over
those who do not.
- Students in industrial management-oriented majors (e.g., Quality Engineering Technology,
Operations and Supply Management, ect.). Industrial managers are responsible for overseeing
the activities addresed in the Industrial Practices course set. A manager familiar
with concepts beyond just the terminology used will be able to more effectively communicate
with the various constituencies involved in industrial operations.
In addition, students in other majors (e.g., constructoin management, health care
administration, hospitality management, etc.) may also benefit from an Industrial
Practices Certificate, as traditionally manufacturing-oriented topics such as lean,
six sigma, and standardized work find wider application in non-manufacturing sectors.
What Courses are Required?
The four courses in the Industrial Practices certificate series are open to any junior
in a manufacturing-related program, or with an advisor's permission. The topics covered
by these courses are among those most frequently requested by companies for continuing
education and training for their employees.
Credit Hours Required Courses
3 MFGE 351 Intro to Industrial Engerring
3 MFGE 353 Statistical Quality Control (prerequisites:
the following - MATH
115, MATH 116, minimum
ACT score of 24, or minimum SAT score of 560)
3 MFGE 354 Lean Manufacturing Concepts and
3 MFGE 451 Intro to Plant Engineering (no prerequisites)
12 Total credits required
A 2.50 GPA is required in the certificate program, with no grade lower than 'C'.
*prerequisite to change to "MFGE 311 or MFGE 351" effective Fall 2007