Advanced Leadership in Smart Manufacturing – Driving the Business with Industry 4.0 Solutions


Course Enrollment

6 Weeks, 5-6 hours a week
Form & Modality
Online & Self-Paced
Coming Soon
Start Dates
Coming Soon

Who is this program for?

This credential is made for the Smart Manufacturing leader who is responsible for business development, driving the bottom line, and ensuring a strong culture that can be adaptive and withstand the changes necessary to bring them into the future of Industry 4.0 in manufacturing. The credential is designed for:

  • Design and manufacturing engineers seeking to learn about data and modeling in a manufacturing environment
  • Production plant supervisors and managers who are responsible for data flow, capture, storage and system modification for greater process flows and production improvements.
  • Senior leaders in plant management and operations roles are responsible for business decisions and the financial bottom line.
  • Junior level operations and line specialists who are committed to a career in manufacturing and having a greater understanding of the changes in the future of the industry.
  • Consultants who want to add value around the latest technology transformations in manufacturing

Representative Job Titles

  • Manufacturing Business Leaders
  • Systems Architects
  • Systems Integrators
  • Manufacturing IT / Data/Information/Systems Analysts
  • Process Engineers
  • Continuous Improvement Engineers
  • Maintenance Engineers
  • Operators

Why Choose a Career in Smart Manufacturing?

Manufacturers worldwide are looking for ways to build a sustainable competitive advantage, and many of them are looking to modern technologies as being enablers. The application of these technologies and their predecessors have been worked on for many years, paving the way for companies today to learn and benefit. Now, it’s time for all manufacturers to understand the role and value of Operations Technologies (OT) and Information Technologies (IT) by understanding smart manufacturing.
Average Salary
$80,000 - $100,000
Industry Growth
Number of Job
2.1 Million within the next decade

Course Overview

Learn how to build a strategic competitive advantage for your business using Smart Manufacturing tools and strategies. Learn to build world-class capabilities across several dimensions of your business, from strategy and leadership to people optimization and supply chain resilience for greater financial performance. This credential is for current and future leaders of Smart Manufacturing.

Learning Videos
Case Studies

Manufacturers worldwide are looking for ways to build a sustainable competitive advantage, and many of them are looking to modern technologies for those results.  This credential series illustrates the advances of Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 changes compared to the old way of doing business in a 3.0 world, now leveraging modern technologies, methodologies, and mindset for the sake of driving value in production operations.

This smart manufacturing credential covers the topics of:

  • Building a strategic competitive advantage
  • Fundamentals of smart manufacturing for business leaders
  • Building capabilities across a business
  • Aligning and leading initiatives
  • Building a smart manufacturing ecosystem

This credential includes videos, simulations, and case studies along with examples of successful and unsuccessful industry approaches. The goal of this credential is to provide students with a strong overview of the current and evolving state of smart manufacturing.

Module 1: Building a strategic competitive advantage through Smart Manufacturing. Learn about Digital Transformation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and other global initiatives that are unlocking new business models and opportunities to modernize manufacturing businesses and Supply Chains.

Module 2: Fundamentals of Smart Manufacturing for Business Leaders. Understand what’s new about Smart Manufacturing, the synergies and differences between “Smart” and “Advanced” Manufacturing initiatives, and how to empower your people and build a data-driven culture.

Module 3: Assessing your company’s capabilities to drive competitiveness. Define Smart Manufacturing in terms of building world-class capabilities across several dimensions of your business, from Strategy & Leadership to People Optimization and Supply Chain Resilience & Agility.

Module 4: Aligning and Leading your company. Explore ways of aligning the execution of Smart Manufacturing initiatives with your overarching strategy that aligns with your vision for driving your business.

Module 5: Building a Smart Manufacturing Ecosystem. Understand the importance of building a Smart Manufacturing ecosystem aligned around shared-values versus traditional vendor relationships of the past.

Still Have Questions

What is the duration of the program and how much time is required each week?

This is a six-week program that will require about 5 to 6 hours of dedicated time per week.

Will this micro-credential be transferrable for credit-hours?

No. Micro-credentials are not transferrable for credit. These are skills-based training programs that differ from a traditional college course.

Is financial aid available?

We utilize the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds. Ohio can assist in short-term occupational training funding for up to a year for those who qualify.

Grants up to $7,500 are available for manufacturing sector in-demand jobs.

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Are there assignments and deadlines?

No, there are no assignment deadlines. There is, however, a prescribed pace for timely completion as learners will have a set number of weeks to complete the credential.

Do I have to attend classes at the same time each week?

Micro-credentials are self-paced and do not require the learner to attend class at a certain time each week. Learners should expect to spend 5-6 hours per week engaging with the course at their own pace. Select weeks will have optional webinars featuring industry experts.

What do I receive upon completion of this micro-credential?

Students will receive a certificate of completion.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

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