About this Specialization

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Whether you’re a high school graduate exploring manufacturing careers, or an operations manager hungry for an understanding of the newest manufacturing technologies, this specialization will provide a foundation in how digital advances are changing the landscape and capabilities of factories. Nine courses – developed with input from the manufacturing industry – touch on Industry 4.0 and its components, including digital manufacturing and design practices, the concept of the digital thread, the Internet of Things and Big Data. To learn more about the Digital Manufacturing and Design Technology specialization, please watch the overview video by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser: https://youtu.be/wETK1O9c-CA
Learner Career Outcomes
45%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
75%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

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English

Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
45%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
75%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

English

Subtitles: English

How the Specialization Works

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A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 9 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Digital Manufacturing & Design

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Course2

Course 2

Digital Thread: Components

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284 ratings
38 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Digital Thread: Implementation

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182 ratings
34 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Advanced Manufacturing Process Analysis

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256 ratings
62 reviews

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University at Buffalo

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The State University of New York

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but learners can expect to complete the Specialization in 7 to 10 months.

  • There is no background knowledge, in particular, that is necessary to take this course. We recommend at least a high school education and interest in how an idea becomes a prototype, a prototype becomes a product, and a product becomes a consumable.

  • We strongly urge you begin by taking the following three courses first, in this order: Digital Manufacturing & Design, Digital Thread: Components, and Digital Thread: Implementation. The MBSE: Model-Based Systems Engineering course should be taken at the very end. Everything in between may be taken in any order desired.

  • No.

  • Upon Specialization completion, you will have determined your skill levels in relation to the digital manufacturing and design industry, identified a future manufacturing career path that you are interested in pursuing, and examined the community in which you live to recognize and embark on the opportunities that exist. Additionally, you will gain the confidence to have intelligent, fact-based dialogues, either in informal or professional conversations, about:

    · How advances in technology are shaping the "factory of the future" in a new phase of industrial revolution popularly referred to as "Industry 4.0," which encompasses the Internet of Things (IoT). The fusion of technologies resulting in IoT will make our lives more exciting, intelligent, interactive and innovative than ever before!

    · Social factors like the US-China trade imbalance and accelerated technology obsolescence that are driving the need for disruptive innovation in the manufacturing world.

    · The world of the "Digital Thread," where design of a new product and its manufacturing can occur simultaneously (instead of in sequence), resulting in significantly faster product launches, superior quality and competitive prices.

    · The unimaginably large amount of data that the next generation of manufacturing will handle, and how "super computers" and "high power computing" will be able to transform it into actionable information with ease, speed and accuracy.

    · How robots are used to make rapid and reliable decisions, consequently making the production shop floor into an "Intelligent Machining" environment.

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