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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Principles of Manufacturing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX MicroMasters


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. Build your career with the credential or use it as credits towards a Master’s Degree by applying to MIT’s world-renowned Master of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design Blended Program.

This program provides students with a fundamental basis for understanding and controlling rate, quality and cost 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.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Manufacturing Process Control I

Learn how to model variations in manufacturing processes and develop methods to reduce and control deterministic variations to achieve consistent process quality.

Course 2: Manufacturing Systems I

Learn about manufacturing systems and ways to analyze them in terms of material flow and storage, information flow, capacities, and times and durations of events, especially random events.

Course 3: Management in Engineering: Accounting and Planning

Experience what it is like to manage within an engineering enterprise. Develop the business skills you need to take on the variety of challenges facing managers in the field.

This course was formerly known as Management in Engineering I.

Course 4: Supply Chains for Manufacturing: Inventory Analytics

Learn about effective supply chain strategies for companies that operate globally, with emphasis on how to plan and integrate supply chain components into a coordinated system.

This course was formerly known as Supply Chains for Manufacturing I.

Course 5: Manufacturing Process Control II

Learn how to control process variation, including methods to design experiments that capture process behavior and understand means to control variability.

Course 6: Supply Chains for Manufacturing: Capacity Analytics

Learn about various models, methods and software tools to help make better decisions for system design in manufacturing systems and supply chains..

This course was formerly known as Supply Chains for Manufacturing II.

Course 7: Manufacturing Systems II

Learn how to analyze manufacturing systems to optimize performance and control costs and better understand the flow of material and information.

Course 8: Management in Engineering: Strategy and Leadership

Analyze challenging real-life business cases that engineering managers face on a variety of topics. Apply management tools and relevant skills to manage innovation.

This course was formerly known as Management in Engineering II


Taught by

Stanley B. Gershwin, Duane Boning, Sean Willems, David Hardt, Jung-Hoon Chun, Abbott Weiss and Stephen Graves


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  • Anonymous
    I completed the micromasters course in May 2019. There are eight courses in this micromasters track. The courses are challenging and require reasonable effort. I spent about an hour or two a day on week days and six to eight hours over the weekends for most of the courses. The courses include excellent video lectures, practice problems, homework assignments and a final exam. Supplementary reading material is provided to help broaden the perspective on various topics. The course faculty and TAs are extremely helpful and supportive. I strongly recommend this course to anyone who is in the manufacturing industry. It is a shining example of how academic rigor blends with shopfloor practice to help improve industrial operations.

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