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Advanced Materials and Processes for Manufacturing Lightweight Structures

Reducing the weight of the machines that move people and goods is a key enabler for improving fuel economy and payload. This online course reviews the development of new materials and the associated means of manufacturing them into structural components.

Key Information

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Start Date



4-6 Hours



Continuing Education Units (CEU)


Program Overview

  • Historical Perspective on Introducing New Materials and Manufacturing Processes in Automotive Industry (39 min)
  • Selecting the Best Material and Manufacturing Process (22 min)
  • Modeling of Material Changes during Manufacturing and Integrating those Models to Optimize Design (22 min)
  • Advanced Metallic Sheet Materials (18 min)
  • Advanced Polymer Composites (38 min)
  • Advanced Cast Materials (24 min)
  • Summary: What We Have Learned (34 min)
  • Longer Term Lightweighting Opportunities (41 min)
Time Commitment and Work Pace

Each course contains 4-6 hours of online instruction divided into shorter modules to make it easy to learn at your own pace.

You will have 180 days from your course start date to complete the course.

Completion Requirements

Successful completion requires you to view all course modules and receive an 80% passing grade on the course assessment. Upon completing these requirements, you will earn a digital badge for your resume or LinkedIn page.

Certificate Option and Specializations

Upon successful completion of 4 CCET courses, you will receive a U-M Certificate of Achievement.

Select 4 courses from one concentration to deepen your knowledge in a subject or area. If you choose a specialization, your certificate will note the specialization you completed.

Prerequisites & Technical Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. A bachelor's degree in a science, engineering, or technical field is recommended but not required.

To view technical requirements, click here.


Administrative/Online Technical Support

Support staff are available via phone and email to help with administrative and technical issues during our normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time).

Learning Objectives

  • Understand current structural lightweighting trends and associated challenges
  • Gain essential knowledge for critically evaluating emerging dissimilar materials joining techniques for their own applications
  • Apply basic joint design principles for improved manufacturability and joint performance
  • Implement effective joint performance evaluation techniques for supporting design and manufacture of multi-materials structures

course instructor

Alan Taub
Alan Taub
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

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Digital Badge

Earn a digital badge for your resume or professional profile:

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A certificate in your course of study will be awarded upon successful completion of this program.

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“This program was very suitable for my team and beneficial for us to understand new technologies...[our] engineers can work at their own pace.”

- Supervisor, Ford Motor Company