Learn the principles of manufacturing: process control, production flow, supply chain, and basic finance, from the world’s #1 ranked Mechanical Engineering department.

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.

Job Outlook

  • Exciting career opportunities in positions such as Manufacturing Engineer, Supply Chain Engineer, Design Engineer, Product Engineering, Product Development Engineer. (Source: MIT Mechanical Engineering department)
  • Mean salary ranges of $70,000-95,000. (the U.S. only; source: Indeed.com)
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of industrial engineers to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. (all occupations = 7%).
  • The growth rate of new manufacturing firms is at its fastest pace since 1993. (source: U.S. Census, Business Dynamics Statistics)
  • 100% of graduates from MIT’s Masters of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing & Design program are successfully employed within 6 months of completion.

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.

What is a MicroMasters Program?

Developed to advance a career and born from Master's programs of leading universities, MicroMasters programs are a series of higher-level courses recognized by companies for real job relevancy and may accelerate a Master's degree.

MicroMasters Program 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).

Covenant University (Nigeria) will offer the credential holders of the MicroMasters program in Principles of Manufacturing the possibility of earning 18 credits towards the completion of the master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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.

RMIT University (Australia) will grant academic credit towards a Master of Engineering Management for learners who successfully earn an MITx MicroMasters credential in the MITx MicroMasters program in Principles of Manufacturing.

The School of Business at Royal Roads University (Canada) will offer credential holders of the MIT MicroMasters program in Principles of Manufacturing the possibility of earning nine of the total graduate credits towards the completion of a Masters of Business Administration in Executive Management.

Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) will offer the credential holders of the MITx MicroMasters in Principles of Manufacturing the possibility of earning 6 credits of the total 66 graduate credits towards the completion of the Sasin MBA.

More Information

  • Average Length: 8 weeks per course
  • Effort: 10-12 hours per week, per course
  • Number Of Courses: 8 Courses in Program
  • Subject: Engineering, Business & Management, Math, Data Analysis & Statistics
  • Institutions: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Institution Offering Credit: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcripts: English
  • Price (USD): Originally $1400 USD, now $1260 USD for the entire program. You save $140 USD.
Program taught in:
  • English

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