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Innovation in Manufacturing Systems and Sustainability

This online course course provides an overview of the changing paradigms of manufacturing in the context of industrial/technical revolutions, and how the industrial internet of things (IoT) will enable smart and personalized manufacturing. Sustainable manufacturing, life cycle assessment, eco-audit, and metrics for assessing manufacturing systems are also covered in detail.

Key Information

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Start Date



4-6 Hours



Continuing Education Units (CEU)


Program Overview


Part I: Innovation in Manufacturing - Introduction

  • Industrial Revolutions and Paradigms of Manufacturing (68 min)
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Big Data and Smart Manufacturing (18 min)
  • Personalized Manufacturing (13 min)
  • Summary (7 min)

Part II: Sustainable Manufacturing

  • Sustainability Introduction (30 min)
  • Carbon and Water Footprinting (44 min)
  • Methods for Life Cycle Material/Process Selection (32 min)
  • Sustainable Manufacturing Systems (37 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.

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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 importance of manufacturing and today's manufacturing environment
  • Learn past, present and emerging paradigms of manufacturing, including mass production and mass customization
  • Learn methods on product family design and approaches to product variety
  • Learn methods for manufacturing system configuration analysis
  • Synthesize principles of manufacturing systems
  • Learn definitions and necessary conditions for sustainable manufacturing
  • Learn about environmental areas of concern as they relate to manufacturing
  • Learn how to apply necessary conditions for sustainable manufacturing to additive manufacturing
  • Learn what life cycle assessment is and how it can be applied to manufacturing examples such as the use of lightweight materials
  • Learn what an eco-audit is and how to apply eco-audit to practical manufacturing examples
  • Learn metrics useful in sustainability assessment of manufacturing systems
  • Learn about examples of life cycle assessment and eco-audit applied to sustainable manufacturing processes and systems

course instructor

S. Jack Hu
S. Jack Hu
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
Professor, Industrial & Operations Engineering, College of Engineering
Steven Skerlos
Steven Skerlos
Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
Professor, Civil and Environmental 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