Graduate Certificate in Manufacturing Automation

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Admission Requirements   |   Graduate Degrees

Program Description:

The manufacturing automation certificate program enables working professionals to enhance their knowledge and keep current with technological changes in the area of manufacturing automation. Earning a graduate certificate in manufacturing automation will not only provide students the opportunity to strengthen their academic background, but also offers the possibility of pursuing a master's degree in the engineering management or mechanical engineering graduate programs.

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The graduate certificate program is available to all individuals holding a BS degree in an appropriate engineering dicipline, who graduated with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better, and who have a minimum of two years of professional experiance. Additionally, students who are currently accepted into Engineering Management or Mechanical Engineering may pursue the graduate certificate through the respective program.

In order to recieve a Graduate Certificate, the student must have an average graduate cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses taken. Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program as long as a B average is maintained in the courses taken.

Students admitted into the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. If the four-course sequence approved by the graduate advisor is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will be admitted to the MS degree program in in which they pursued the gradutate certificate, if they apply. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count towards their master's degrees.

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  • MECH ENG 5655: Manufacturing Equipment Automation

Choose three courses  from the following eight:

  • ELEC ENG 5340: Advanced PLC
  • ELEC ENG 5350: Plantwide Process Control
  • MECH ENG 5478/AE 5478/COMP ENG 5820/ELEC ENG 5870: Mechatronics
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 5481: Mechanical and Aerospace Control Systems
  • MECH ENG 5653: Computer Numerical Control of Manufacturing Processes
  • MECH ENG 5763: Principles and Practices of Computer Aided Design
  • MECH ENG 6653: Advanced CNC of Manufacturing Processes and Engineering Metrology
  • MECH ENG 6655: Modeling and Control of Manufacturing Processes

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Course Descriptions:

 Course description can be found in the catalog at


Graduate Degrees: 

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Aerospace Engineering (MS) 
Mechanical Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)

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