Learn the basic skills required to work in the manufacturing field. Discover the role of production design, process planning, and the heart of 13 different manufacturing processes. Understand why facility location and plant layout decisions are so vital and learn how job design helps you accomplish company goals and achieve worker satisfaction. Find out what makes up the physical work environment and learn how to characterize different types of production materials. Master product development concepts such as the voice of the customer (VOC), quality function deployment (QFD), and failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA). Learn how performance measurements and standardization improve manufacturing operations.
In this six-week, instructor-facilitated online course, you will learn how successful organizations use costs to communicate manufacturing progress and how to effectively develop short and long-term budgets. Also, you will discover how the application of technology turns an ordinary company into a high-performing organization. You will also find out how ISO 9000 and enterprise resource planning (ERP) make the most of a manufacturer’s potential.
We’ll begin this first lesson by defining manufacturing—looking at its history, identifying the various types of industries, and discussing different types of products. We’ll survey the critical areas of design, materials, processes, technology, and systems. And we’ll also examine manufacturing capability, trends in the field, and manufacturing careers. Then, we’ll examine the elements of production design and process planning as well as the vast number of processing types.
In this lesson, we’ll explore the ins and outs of facility selection and layout. Then, we’ll discuss how job design is made up of job content and work methods and how jobs relate to each other. We’ll finish up with a discussion about work teams and a matrix organization, and see how job enlargement and job enrichment increase employee satisfaction.
Learn how to create an effective and productive physical work environment. We’ll examine the elements of a manufacturing work environment starting with the physical building and moving on to temperature, humidity, airflow, and noise. We’ll also talk about lighting, contaminants, and hazards as well as take a general look at safety. Then, we’ll cover the basic manufacturing materials—metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites including their mechanical and physical properties and talk about dimensions, tolerances, and surfaces.
We’ll delve into the concept of customer orientation, starting with a brief overview of marketing. We’ll explore the voice of the customer (VOC), and you’ll see how failure mode, effects analysis (FMEA), and project management can lead to success of new products. Then, we’ll examine many different types of costs including discretionary, relevant, variable, and standard and you’ll see how manufacturers reflect them in their accounting systems
In this lesson, we’ll look at investment decisions for items such as equipment and fixture purchase and replacement. We’ll also spend some time on budgeting. Then, we’ll examine performance measurements as a way to keep track of progress.
In this lesson, we’ll talk about how standards are used, identify where they came from, and discuss how they’re developed. We’ll also explore their benefits and discover how they’re defined. And finally, we’ll look at a few specific technological advances, namely computer aided design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM), flexible manufacturing system (FMS), and bar coding. We’ll close the course by looking at enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- 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.