Smart manufacturing

Present and near-future manufacturing facilities include a combination of robust cyberphysical systems and automated robots. Empowering manufacturing and automation workers to work alongside new technology and devices with less errors and an increased productivity and efficiency is of utmost importance. The Smart Manufacturing certificate will cover topics on sensors, industrial robots and controls systems, AI applications in automation and machine vision, and guidelines for teams to facilitate automated production systems along manufacturing workflows. The certificate also includes case studies and examples of successful and unsuccessful approaches and provides learners with a strong overview of the new advancements in smart manufacturing.

Starts: Monday, October 3, 2022
Format: completely online, 6-week courses
Engagement:  topical discussions on foundational course content, and current articles and media
Commitment:  approximately 5-10h per week; 30-60 hours total for the program
Assessments and certification: successful completion of weekly assignments earns a Certificate of completion from the College of Engineering at WSU (Wayne State University)

  • WSU enrolled students:  $250/course
  • WSU Alums:  $600/course
  • Others:  $1,200/course

Discounts available for Corporate Partners or companies with 5+ registrants

Technology requirement: Any laptop or smartphone with internet access

Course materials

Course materials will be available electronically at the start of the course.


INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENTS: Individual assessments are not timed and are multiple-choice questions.

ENGAGEMENT: You must make at least 2 posts, per week. Your posts/comments can either be on the Course Feed or Course Help sections. For example, you can make 1 newsfeed and 1 discussion comment, 2 newsfeed comments or 2 discussion comments each week and receive full credit.

Course schedule by week

Week Topics Engagement Individual Assessments

Fundamentals of Smart Manufacturing: Connected Factories, Digitization and Criteria


Individual Assessment-1


Smart Manufacturing: Sensors


Individual Assessment-2


Industrial Robotics and Control Systems


Individual Assessment-3


Machine Vision & AI: Applications and Advances


Individual Assessment-4


Moving towards Automated Production Systems: Facilitation


Individual Assessment-5


Case Studies: Successful Adoption


Individual Assessment-6