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Industrial Practices

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Why Choose a Certificate in Industrial Practices?

Modern industry relies upon employees with broad backgrounds in manufacturing engineering-related topics, whether they hold the title of "manufacturing engineer" or not. Employee expertise in areas such as standardized work, lean manufacturing, statistical analysis, automation, and plant layout techniques are essential to the success of any industrial company and students entering the job market with experience in these topics enjoy a competitive advantage in the marketplace.  Ferris State University students will want to complete the Industrial Practices Certificate series in order to expand - and document their industry-related skill sets beyond those developed from courses just within their majors.

Career Opportunities

Specific populations who would benefit by adding the Industrial Practices Certificate to their list of credentials include:

  • Students in specific manufacturing process-oriented majors (e.g., Welding, Plastics, and Rubber Engineering Technology, etc.).  The Industrial Practices Certificate will make these students less vertically-oriented, and more resistant to being "pigeon-holed" in one small area as nothing more than a single-subject matter expert.
  • Students in industrial design-oriented majors (e.g., Electrical/Electronics, Mechanical, Automotive, and Product Design Engineering Technology, etc.). Companies recognize the advantages of simultaneous engineering when designing products and services, and candidates for design positions who have an understanding of design for manufacturability, industrial operations and capabilities, etc., will enjoy a competitive advantage over those who do not.
  • Students in industrial management-oriented majors (Operations and Supply Management, etc.). Industrial managers are responsible for overseeing the activities addressed in the Industrial Practices course set. A manager familiar with concepts beyond just the terminology used will be able to more effectively communicate with the various constituencies involved in industrial operations. 

In addition, students in other majors (e.g., construction management, health care administration, hospitality management, etc.) may also benefit from an Industrial Practices Certificate, as traditionally manufacturing-oriented topics such as lean, six sigma, and standardized work find wider application in non-manufacturing sectors.

Admission Requirements

The four courses in the Industrial Practices certificate series are open to any junior admitted to Ferris (in majors other than Manufacturing Engineering Technology) and in good standing.  Others maybe considered with an advisor's permission.  For further information, please contact the Manufacturing program office as 231-592-2511.

Graduation Requirements

Students must

  • Complete the certificate requirements with a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Have no grade lower than a C
  • No more than 50% of the credits in a certificate may be transferred from another institution.

More Information

Manufacturing Program Office
915 Campus Drive - SWN 220
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2511

College of Engineering Technology
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Intro to Indust Engineering
Statistical Quality Control
Lean Manufacturing
Intro to Plant Engineering