Control systems underlie the majority of any engineering system with an electronic or computer-based function – from manufacturing procedures to automotive systems and consumer electronics. An enhanced knowledge of the design, programming, construction, analysis, and verification of control systems provides students with an extensive tool box that can be applied in many, diverse engineering fields. This certificate program will provide students with a background in electrical or computer engineering with the additional education, and documentation of qualifications, in this area.
Knowledge and skills in analysis, design, programming, construction, and verification of control systems have increasingly become a valuable asset for undergraduate students in seeking jobs in many engineering fields, including automotive systems, biomedical systems, smart sensors, alternative energy systems, power electronics, communication and computer networks, etc. In the past several years, we have been approached by several major companies and defense agencies, including Ford Motor Company, General Motors, US Army TARDEC, and DTE, for engineers with a strong background in industrial controls and systems engineering. A certification in Control Systems will encourage more undergraduate students to improve their capabilities in this specialty and to enhance their qualifications to become more competitive in the job market.