Online Graduate Certificate: Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing

Tickle College of Engineering

Program Overview

Ready to further your career and education in the field of Advanced Manufacturing? This online Graduate Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing is for professionals with an engineering bachelor’s degree or current engineering graduate students. The fully online courses of this add-on graduate certificate in Advanced Manufacturing are taught by the world-class University of Tennessee, Knoxville faculty. Learn from experts of the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering department within the Tickle College of Engineering.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $815

Out-of-State $890

Testing Requirements


Admission Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Further Your Career With a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing  

The Advanced Manufacturing Graduate Certificate provides graduate-level education in advanced manufacturing topics. Courses are taught by the world-class faculty of the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering department within the Tickle College of Engineering. Topics in the certificate program include additive manufacturing (polymers, metals, and hybrids/composites), computer-numerically controlled (CNC) machining, robot-assisted welding and micro/nanoscale fabrication, and more!

This certificate program is open to practicing professionals as a stand-alone credential or to current graduate students as an add-on program. All courses will be made available online. Applicants are expected to have earned a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; students from other disciplines may be admitted but may require prerequisite courses. Expected background knowledge includes mathematics (including calculus and differential equations), mechanics of materials, heat transfer, and materials science.

The certificate program includes four graduate-level courses: two required courses and two electives. Courses are delivered both asynchronous and synchronous. The required course topics are: Advanced Mechanics of Materials and Manufacturing Processes. Electives cover topics in additive manufacturing, robotics, micro/nano fabrication, composites, hybrid manufacturing, and machining dynamics. Application of course content to industry and government needs, including ongoing research and development at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is emphasized in each case. Students who complete the certificate will be prepared for job opportunities that require detailed understanding of manufacturing processes and their continuous improvement. Those students who wish to pursue a Master of Science degree can do so using all credits earned in the certificate program.

Featured Courses

The graduate certificate in advanced manufacturing requires the completion of four courses; examples of courses you can take when completing this certificate are as follows:  

ME 566: Manufacturing Processes

Fundamental principles of the major classes of manufacturing processes, developing first order mathematical descriptions for selected processes. Comparison of advantages and limitations across various processes in terms of process quality and productivity.

ME 559: Advanced Mechanics of Materials I

Elasticity in three dimensions: equations of equilibrium, strain-displacement relations, compatibility, constitutive equations. Energy methods. Beams on elastic foundation, unsymmetrical bending, shear center, beam-columns, buckling, plastic collapse.

ME 560: Introduction of Micro-Nano Manufacturing

Fundamentals of nanotechnology and nano fabrication, experimental methods of nano science and technology, advanced manufacturing overview, additive manufacturing (3D printing), electromechanical device fabrications, printable sensors and energy devices, biomedical printing. 

ME 586: Mechanics of Robotic Manipulators

Fundamentals of robotic manipulator mechanics: kinematics and dynamics, sensors and actuators, manipulator mechanical design, and joint-level control. 

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Ready to Lead the Way in Advanced Manufacturing?