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Graduate Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing trains you in using industry-standard software to simulate and solve common manufacturing problems in machining, materials, automated processes and statistical quality control.

You will gain practical hands-on experience with analytical tools that can help you improve process and yield, part quality and time-to-customer, and reduction of process costs. Learning these software tools and approaches will make you more effective at designing and improving manufacturing processes.

Students have the option to use coursework from their graduate certificate to continue in a M.S. in Manufacturing or M.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree offered through the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas.


John Wentz

Associate Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering Department
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Certificate Requirements

Take these two courses (6 credits):

  • ETLS 662 Computer Aided Manufacturing and Machining Optimization
  • ETLS 779 Finite Element Analysis for Manufacturing

Choose two electives from this list (6 credits):

  • ETLS 506 Statistical Methods for Manufacturing Quality
  • ETLS 640 Lean Six Sigma
  • ETLS 701 Design of Experiments 
  • ETLS 770 Automated Control of Manufacturing Processes
  • ETLS 771 Materials Engineering

View the Graduate Programs in Engineering (ETLS) course catalog.

Graduate Certificates That Work for You

Our evening class schedules allow both industry professionals and career changers to achieve their educational goals. And each class meets just once per week.

Convenient Schedule

Our programs serve working professionals with busy lives. You choose how quickly you move through the curriculum. And you may start in any of our three starts: fall, spring or summer.
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Attend an online information session to learn program details. Our programs serve working professionals with busy lives. Set your own pace and start fall, spring or summer. Classes are offered in the evenings. We look forward to meeting you.

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Dr. John Wentz

Dr. John Wentz

Dr. John Wentz is an associate professor and Chair of the mechanical engineering department. John’s research interests include sustainable manufacturing processes, metalworking fluid purification and life extension, microfiltration processes, micro-scale manufacturing processes and more. Before joining St. Thomas, John worked on various projects related to fluid dynamics and sustainable manufacturing.

Dr. John Wentz
Dr. Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman

Dr. Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman

Dr. Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman is an associate professor in the mechanical engineering department and director of the materials science and engineering program at St. Thomas. Brittany's research interests include materials science and engineering, nanoscale science and engineering, smart materials, magnetic and electronic materials, additive manufacturing / 3D printing / fused deposition modeling, next generation energy materials, complex oxides, thin films and heterostructures.
Dr. Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman
Brian Plourde

Brian Plourde

Mr. Brian Plourde brings real-world engineering developing skills to the classroom. He co-founded multiple companies, including a company that has developed solar-power water pasteurization systems for the developing world. Brian's areas of expertise include numerical simulation, heat transfer and fluid flow, structural mechanics, energy generation and entrepreneurship.

Brian Plourde