Certificate in Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing engineering: Thinking on your feet

Are you interested in manufacturing? Do you like drawing on a variety of skills and knowledge to solve complex problems? Read on!

Because manufacturing itself is complex and broad, manufacturing engineers apply many engineering principles and work in a multidisciplinary world. This certificate allows you to emphasize in either studying manufacturing systems or manufacturing processes—or, you can choose to spread your courses evenly across both! Through this certificate, you will gain an understanding of these two areas of manufacturing. And, if you are an industrial and systems engineering undergraduate or a mechanical engineering undergraduate, you can pursue this certificate without adding time to your degree.


This undergraduate certificate is open to all undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mechanical Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering students can complete this certificate without adding time to degree.


Registration: Student Services for Department of Mechanical Engineering

Program Director: Frank Pfefferkorn, Professor,; (608) 263-2668

Advising (ME, MS&E): Frank Pfefferkorn, Professor,; (608) 263-2668

Advising (ISYE): Shiyu Zhou, Professor,


  • Frank E. Pfefferkorn, Professor
  • Shiyu Zhou, Professor
  • Sangkee Min, Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

  • Lianyi Chen, Assistant Professor
  • Michael DeCicco, Associate Lecturer
  • Sangkee Min, Assistant Professor
  • Tim Osswald, Professor
  • Frank E. Pfefferkorn, Professor
  • Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng, Professor

Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MS&E)

  • Sindo Kou, Professor
  • Kumar Sridharan, Professor

Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISyE)

  • Jingshan Li, Professor
  • Kaibo Liu, Associate Professor
  • Leyuan Shi, Professor
  • Raj Veeramani, Professor
  • Xin Wang, Assistant Professor
  • Charlene Yauch, Professor of Practice
  • Shiyu Zhou, Professor

Learning outcomes

(see Curriculum, below)

Learning outcomeCourse/activity
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of manufacturing discrete partsME 310, ME 311, ISYE 315, electives
2. Use skills related to manufacturing engineeringGreen Shop Pass, CNC 1 upgrade, electives
3. Communicate effectively in the methods related to manufacturing engineeringGreen Shop Pass, CNC 1 upgrade, ME 310, ME 311, ISYE 315, ISYE 415, MS&E 332, electives
4. Generate solutions to problems that may arise in manufacturing engineeringME 311, ISYE 415, electives

Curriculum, Admission and Completion

Total of 18 credits

The core courses were chosen to include three manufacturing process focused courses as well as two manufacturing systems focused courses. A manufacturing engineer must be multidisciplinary because of the complex and broad nature of manufacturing as an application of many engineering principles. The objective of the core course requirements is to provide students with some basic understanding of manufacturing systems and some basic understanding of manufacturing processes.

9 credits (3 courses) must be from the following Core Courses with a grade of BC or better:

  • ME 310: Manufacturing: Polymer Processing and Engineering
    (new in Fall 2021)
  • ME 311: Manufacturing: Metals and Automation
    (new in Spring 2022)
  • ME 313: Manufacturing Processes
    (discontinued, still fulfills requirements for students who completed this course)
  • ME 314: Manufacturing Fundamentals
    (still available for students who completed ME 313, still fulfills requirements for students who completed this course)
  • ISYE 315: Production Planning and Control
  • ISYE 415: Introduction to Manufacturing Systems, Design and Analysis
  • MS&E 332: Macroprocessing of Materials

An additional 9 credits (3 courses) must be from any of the following Elective Courses, with a grade of BC or better, with at least one course from each of the two categories:

Note: “Double dipping” is not allowed. If ME 311, ME 314, and/or ISYE 415 are taken as part of the Core Course Requirement, then they cannot also count as an elective.

[1]  Mechanical and Materials Engineering Electives

  • ME 311: Manufacturing: Metals and Automation
  • ME 314: Manufacturing Fundamentals
  • ME 417: Introduction to Polymer Processing
  • ME 418: Engineering Design with Polymers
  • ME 419: Fundamentals of Injection Molding
  • ME 420: Introduction to Polymer Composite Processing
  • ME 429: Metal Cutting
  • ME 437: Material Selection
  • ME 439: Introduction to Robotics
  • ME 447: Computer Control of Machines and Processes
  • ME 449: Redesign and Prototype Fabrication
  • ME 514: Additive Manufacturing
  • ME 531: Digital Design and Manufacturing
  • MS&E 333: Microprocessing
  • MS&E 461: Advanced Metal Casting
  • MS&E 462: Welding Metallurgy

[2]  Industrial & Systems Engineering Electives

  • ISYE 412: Introduction to Data Analytics
  • ISYE 415: Introduction to Manufacturing Systems, Design and Analysis
  • ISYE 510: Facilities Design
  • ISYE/ME 512: Inspection, Quality Control and Reliability
  • ISYE 564: Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics
  • ISYE 575: Introduction to Quality Engineering or Stat/ME 424: Design of experiments
  • ISYE 605: Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • ISYE 615: Production Systems Control
  • ISYE/ME 641: Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems
  • ISYE 643: Performance Analysis of Manufacturing Systems

No exceptions or substitutions to the core courses are allowed.

Elective Courses not listed must be specifically approved by the curriculum committee of the department teaching the course. The request must include the course number, course name, name and contact information for the professor currently teaching or planning to teach the course, syllabus, and which category it should be listed under. Courses that are approved by the curriculum committee of the department teaching the course must be sent the Certificate Program Director. Only formal courses will be considered.

Only courses taken for a letter grade count towards this certificate. Only courses in which a grade of BC or better is received count towards this certificate. Courses taken at other institutions may be counted towards this certificate if they have been identified as equivalent through the existing process. At least 50% of the courses (i.e., 3 courses) for this certificate must be earned in residence on the UW-Madison campus.

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the courses taken for this certificate.

Admission into the undergraduate certificate in Manufacturing Engineering requires:

  • Undergraduate standing at UW-Madison
  • Cumulative GPA (at UW-Madison) greater than or equal to 3.0
  • Green Shop Pass with (mill or lathe) CNC 1 upgrade (College of Engineering TEAM Lab)
  • Completion of the admissions form
  • Meeting with a faculty advisor

Students must complete the admissions form, get the required signatures, and then bring it to student services coordinators for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The form will be used to ensure that students have completed the Green Shop Pass and CNC 1 upgrade in the College of Engineering TEAM Lab, meet the GPA requirement for admission, meet the course grade requirement for courses already completed, and list courses that are planned in order to satisfy the certificate program. Students should bring all relevant documentation with them to their meeting with a Key Program Faculty so that they can verify compliance with all admissions requirements. The form contains fields for the following information:

  • Study plan (courses that have been taken, are being taken, and plan to take)
    • Core courses
    • Elective courses
    • Grades for any courses that have already been taken
    • When future courses will be taken
  • Cumulative GPA at time of admission
  • Expected graduation date
  • Major
  • Signature from a key program faculty member indicating that the student meets the admission requirements and has discussed their study plan with them

In order to successfully complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Manufacturing Engineering students must:

  • Have been admitted to the certificate
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater for the courses taken for the certificate.
  • Have received a grade of BC or higher in all courses taken for the certificate. If a course is repeated the highest grade received in the course is used for this criteria.

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.