MicroMasters in Principles of Manufacturing

The EdX Principles of Manufacturing MicroMasters credential is composed of eight online courses and four final exams, which represents the equivalent of one semester of coursework at MIT. Courses will provide you with a fundamental basis for understanding and focus on the analysis, characterization, and control of flow and variation at different levels of the enterprise through the following subject areas:

  • Manufacturing Process Control: Modeling and controlling temporal and spatial variation in unit processes.
  • Manufacturing Systems: Modeling and controlling flows and variations in manufacturing systems with stochastic elements and inputs.
  • Supply Chain for Manufacturing: Operating and designing optimal manufacturing-centered supply chains.
  • Management in Manufacturing: Understanding the uses and flow of business information to start up, scale up and operate a manufacturing facility.

Connection to the MEng in Advanced Manufacturing and Design

Participants that complete the POM MicroMasters credential, apply and are admitted to MIT’s world-renowned Master of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing and Design Blended Program receive one semester's worth of credit and can complete the Masters degree at MIT from January through August, taking courses on campus alongside our full-time Master’s students.

Applicants are not required to have completed the MicroMasters credential before applying, and exceptional performance in at least four of the POM courses is considered in the application evaluation. Students who do not complete the MicroMasters by September following their application to the MEng should consult with the the MEng program office to discuss alternatives. Usually students are required to attend all three semesters, but may receive waivers to substitute the classes already taken with electives. MIT does not offer partial graduate tuition, so students are responsible for the usual full tuition of the program.

Entering students may be required to take a validation exam taken at MIT to receive credit for each course. 

All courses are open enrollment

You can participate in an entire course for free. To earn a certificate for your work you can verify and pay the course fee. Upon passing a course, you can use your unique verified certificate as evidence of your effort. Enroll in individual courses at the right, or if you're ready to jump in, you can purchase the whole program at one time here.

Whether you plan take a single course, to complete the online credential, or to apply for a Master's program, the MITx MicroMasters program in PoM will help you demonstrate your ability and proficiency in the dynamically changing field of manufacturing.

What You’ll Learn

  • A new perspective for design and operational decision making at all levels of manufacturing, in the context of volume manufacturing, where rate, quality, cost and flexibility are the key metrics
  • How to operate and control unit processes to ensure maximum quality
  • Using basic and advanced statistical and feedback control methods
  • How to design and operate systems of processes with optimal capacity, resilience and inventory
  • How to design and operate optimal supply chain systems
  • The financial underpinnings of a manufacturing enterprise, including new ventures

Job Outlook

  • Exciting career opportunities in positions such as Manufacturing Engineer, Supply Chain Engineer, Design Engineer, Product Engineering, Product Development Engineer (Source: MIT Mechanical Engineering department)
  • Mean salary ranges of $70,000 - 95,000 (U.S. only; source: Indeed.com)
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of industrial engineers to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. (all occupations = 7%)
  • The growth rate of new manufacturing firms is at its fastest pace since 1993. (source: U.S. Census, Business Dynamics Statistics via this report)
  • 100% of graduates from MIT’s Masters of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing & Design program are successfully employed within 6 months of completion