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Manufacturing is the process of converting raw materials, components, or parts into finished goods that meet a customer's expectations or specifications. Such finished goods may be used for manufacturing other, more complex products, such as aircraft, household appliances or automobiles, or sold to wholesalers, who in turn sell them to retailers, who then sell them to end users – the "consumers". Manufacturing commonly employs a man-machine setup with division of labor in a large scale production.

Introduction to Manufacturing is a course designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of 21st century manufacturing concepts. These concepts can be applied to most industries, and will review topics such as manufacturing cost, process flow, quality, safety, scheduling and planning, metrics, IT, and warehousing and logistics. Emphasis is placed on understanding and applying these critical concepts to a variety of industries.

The course is applications-oriented, and is available to students interested in a career as manufacturing engineers, process operators, or anyone seeking an entry level position within any manufacturing industry.

Course Outcome

After completing Introduction to Manufacturing, students will be equipped with a basic understanding of the following:

  • how to calculate manufacturing cost
  • process flow examples from various industries
  • scheduling & planning tools
  • manufacturing metrics
  • world-class quality
  • the importance of safety
  • manufacturing information technologies
  • warehouse & logistics

Manufacturing History- timeline

Product and Process Design

Product Costing

  • Variable cost
  • Fixed cost
  • Depreciation
  • Profitability

Process Flow (case studies from various industries)

  • Case 1: Automobile manufacturing
  • Case 2: Plastic manufacturing
  • Case 3: Computer manufacturing
  • Case 4: Bulk chemical manufacturing
  • Case 5: Energy production

Scheduling & Planning

  • Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process
  • SKUs
  • Outage/maintenance planning

Manufacturing Metrics

  • Productivity
  • Yield
  • Efficiency
  • Uptime
  • Scrap/recycle


  • Quality control (QC)
  • Quality assurance (QA)
  • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
  • International Standards Organization (ISO)
  • Six Sigma/Lean


  • Lost Work Case (LWC)
  • On the Job injuries
  • Off the Job injuries
  • Contractor injuries

Manufacturing Information Technology

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Warehousing & Logistics

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Introduction to Manufacturing Online course
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