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Graduate Certificate in Manufacturing Systems

The Manufacturing Systems certificate is designed to meet the needs of those who want a basic understanding of manufacturing systems and methods. It was created for manufacturing professionals who want to upgrade their skills and take on a new assignment or position.

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


Robert Bach

Clinical Professor and Director, M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering Program
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Certificate Requirements

Take these three courses (9 credits):

  • ETLS 501 Production and Operations Systems
  • ETLS 502 Manufacturing Processes
  • ETLS 506 Statistical Methods for Manufacturing Quality

Choose two electives from this list (6 credits):

  • ETLS 505 Managerial Accounting and Performance Management
  • ETLS 551 Strategic Quality Management
  • ETLS 570 Purchasing, Logistics, and Distribution
  • ETLS 601 Program/Project/Team Management
  • ETLS 660 Engineering Leadership

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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Robert Bach

Robert Bach

Mr. Bach serves as a clinical professor and graduate program director for the School of Engineering. Bob was a senior manufacturing engineer for 10 years at St. Jude Medical, working on design-to-production transfer for heart valves and other cardiovascular devices. His expertise includes machine design, manufacturing equipment validation, and process improvement using design of experiments (DOE) and statistical analysis.

Robert Bach
Dr. John Wentz

Dr. John Wentz

Dr. John Wentz is an associate professor and the mechanical engineering department Chair. 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
Thomas Becker

Thomas Becker

Mr. Becker has extensive experience as a product line manager, budgeting manager, marketing manager, distribution channel manager, customer service manager and sales manager. He has worked at such Fortune 1000 companies such as Andersen Windows, 3M, Cummins Power Generation and Donaldson Company.

Thomas Becker