College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science


This 18-hour credit certificate provides state-of-the-art training for working professionals who seek knowledge for career advancement in management and ownership roles in various manufacturing sectors - biomedical, military, automotive, electronics, construction, sports, and more.

Topics Covered

  • Forcasting methods
  • Aggregate production planning
  • Scheduling of operations
  • Materials requirements planning
  • Breakeven analysis
  • Project management techniques
  • Theory of contraints
  • Statistical process control techniques
  • Quality control charts
  • Process capability studies
  • Operation of metrology instruments
  • Benefit cost analysis
  • Equipment justification and replacement
  • Cost evaluation of alternatives
  • Project and product costing
  • Use of computers in manufacturing
  • Just-in-time concepts
  • Elimination of waste
  • Inventory reduction techniques
  • Visual management
  • Standardized work
  • Error proofing
  • Setup reduction
  • Lean layout design
  • Pull system
  • Value stream mapping
  • Lean measurables
  • Kaizen

Who Should Enroll

Manufacturing managers, engineers, and owners who want to advance skills and organizations' efficiencies; and students currently enrolled in IPFW programs.


Earn a Purdue University certificate in Fort Wayne.

Attend class one evening per week. (The certificate consists of one online course and five hybrid courses that require online work plus class attendance one evening per week.)

Apply courses towards one of three bachelor's degrees at IPFW:

  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision with an Advanced Manufacturing Management minor
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of General Studies with Advanced Manufacturing Management option