Manufacturing Design – Certificate

The Manufacturing Design – Advanced Manufacturing Certificate prepares students for careers in the manufacturing field. Students that enter this field can expect employment in the areas and job titles such as: welding, mechanical design, production management, process management, project management, system technicians, machinery repair, maintenance technicians, and machine tool design.

Program Requirements

Minimum credits 31
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 15


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

MAT 130 Quantitative Reasoning 4 MAT 030

Quantitative Reasoning develops student skills in analyzing, synthesizing and communicating quantitative information. Cultivates algebraic reasoning and modeling skills through a quantitative literacy lens. Emphasizes critical thinking and the use of multiple strategies in applied contexts. Topics include proportional and statistical reasoning, probability, and evaluation of bias and validity.


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MFG 105 Blueprint Reading 2

This course will provide the student with a working knowledge and understanding of a variety of mechanical and electrical blueprints. Students will learn to recognize and identify symbols and specifications common to modern industrial blueprints. Topics will include: lines and symbols, views, form, position, title blocks, sketching, features and sections.

MFG 164 Basic Fabrication 4 MFG 105*

This course instructs students in standard fabrication principles and practices used in industry. Safety, terminology, material milling, lathe, grinding, sawing, drilling, tapping, riveting, sheet metal working, standard layout skills, measurement and standard shop procedures are used to complete various projects. A working knowledge of hand and machine tools is achieved through a series of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on projects..

WLD 100 Fundamentals of Welding 4

Fundamentals of oxyacetylene and electric arc processes, history and applications. Includes study of gases, electricity, equipment and safety procedures. Provides laboratory experience welding in flat and horizontal positions.


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CAD 151 AutoCAD 1 3 MFG 105 and ENG 085*

This course covers the applications in which the phases of computer graphics are involved. A general introduction to drafting application will be presented. Recommended: Windows® and blue print reading experience.

CAD 251 AutoCAD II 3 CAD 151

This is a second level CAD-based design course that will expand the student’s knowledge of 3D CAD modeling, 3D assemblies, and more complex CAD-based designs. 3D Stereolythographic printers and other prototyping equipment will be used to construct design projects.

MFG 115 GD & T 2 MFG 105

This course will provide the student with a working knowledge and understanding of dimensioning and tolerancing for specific design requirements on engineering drawings. Students are exposed to symbols, terms, datums, material conditions, form, profile, orientation, runout and location tolerances. Content includes use and understanding of the symbolic method of specification relating to tolerances being applied using ANSI Y14.5M.

MFG 160 Materials/Metallurgy 2

This course will provide the student with a working knowledge of the properties, uses and treatment methods used to alter the properties of commonly used metals and alloys. This knowledge may be applied to the design, selection, processing and testing of metal parts.

MFG 261 Strength of Materials for Manufacturing 3 MFG 105, MFG 160 and CAD 151

This course will build upon previous courses and provide students with a basic working knowledge of stress/strain, tensile strength, yield strength and some basic finite element analysis (FEA). Students will use standard and custom elements to calculate load capabilities for bolts, pins, axles, and structural material. Some analysis will be computer based as well as standard engineering analysis.