It was a good course. I enjoyed it, and hope for other Internet based courses in the future."
This course offered everything I expected, very informative. I would recommend this course for anyone in the manufacturing industry."
This was a very good class. I began the class with very little knowledge of manufacturing and ended with an abundance. I look forward to taking "Manufacturing Applications.""
Course Code: mff
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.
Tony Swaim has helped many clients, colleagues, and students reach their professional and personal goals. He has been an online instructor since 1998 and has taught at colleges and universities across the United States since 1981. His focus areas are project management, Six Sigma, and supply chain management. Tony manages a successful consulting firm, and his industry experience includes 20 years of supply chain management. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and holds professional certifications in six disciplines, including the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)® from the American Society for Quality (ASQ)®.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
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.
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.
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.