Learn to apply the principles and concepts of manufacturing. Discover the nature of strategy and learn how it leads to the development of manufacturing strategy. Understand the purpose of customer demand forecasting and find out what forecasting methods are suitable for which situations. Explore the nature of planning and learn how to effectively use Gantt charts and the precedence diagram method. Determine how purchasing, production and inventory control, and logistics support a manufacturing operation. Discover the basics of lean manufacturing and see how capacity management converts production plans into concrete products. Learn why manufacturing, industrial, and quality engineering are so essential to any firm. Understand the true meaning of productivity and how to improve it.
In this six-week online course, you will learn how successful organizations effectively use master production scheduling (MPS), production activity control (PAC), material requirements planning (MRP), and inventory management. You’ll also discover how the application of Six Sigma, and statistical process control (SPC) increase customer satisfaction, and you’ll learn about the elements of a logistics system, including warehousing and receiving.
You’ll begin your first lesson by exploring the essential area of manufacturing strategy as you identify what’s involved in developing and implementing a manufacturing strategy and investigate strategic choices. Then, learn the characteristics of forecasting and see how you can use a qualitative, quantitative, or a hybrid approach that follows certain types of rules.
Learn how planning and control work together, discuss the nature of manufacturing planning, and explore a few planning techniques, including Gantt charts and the network diagram scheduling method. Then, we’ll take a whirlwind tour through the world of purchasing. We’ll briefly discuss the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), look at the way for purchasing to be proactive instead of reactive, and explore the seven steps of the purchasing cycle.
We’ll discuss the benefits of lean manufacturing and the various elements of it, starting with good housekeeping (5S) and concluding with quality at the source. You’ll also learn ways to implement it. Then, examine the primary duties of P & IC: master production scheduling, shop floor scheduling, production activity control, material requirements planning, and inventory management.
In this lesson, we’ll start out with an overview of capacity and define a few terms, including design and effective capacity, and actual output. We’ll examine a few capacity-use strategies as they relate to customer demand, technology, and other variables, and discuss three essential tools to help with capacity management: break-even analysis, decision trees, and decision theory. Then, take a tour through the manufacturing engineering function, starting with its history, its relationship with other departments, and its major functions. We’ll also examine key manufacturing engineering focus areas including computer-aided process planning (CAPP), value analysis, design for manufacturability (DFM), concurrent engineering (CE), rapid prototyping, and expert systems.
Get a brief overview and history of industrial engineering, discuss work measurement and explore ways to develop work standards, determine how earned value performance measurement helps you control costs and performance, and look at flowcharts and their benefits. Then, we’ll take a look at quality engineers and their understanding of quality costs, Six Sigma, and statistical process control (SPC).
Get an overview of the logistics system and briefly review each element before moving on to discuss warehousing and examine many transportation concepts such as tracing, carrier modes and types, and the receiving process. And finally, look at the basic productivity calculation, talk about historical global productivity trends, and examine the experience curve; look at measurements of productivity and review how quality and human effort affect productivity; and explore the various productivity factors and discuss the elements of a productivity improvement system.
Prerequisites / Requirements
Completion of Tony Swaim’s Manufacturing Fundamentals.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
When can I get started?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
How does it work?
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
How long do I have to complete each lesson?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
What if I need an extension?
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.