Smart Manufacturing - Building Professional Expertise in Industry 4.0

6 Week Program
Online Learning with Instructor Guidance
September 17th Start Date

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Who is this program for?

Today, the manufacturing industry is in the midst of transitioning to the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0, also known as smart manufacturing, resulting in the transformation of businesses and the workforce at an unprecedented pace through exponential technologies and changes. "Smart" manufacturers who embrace Industry 4.0 are improving profits and creating more jobs. The use of technologies such as AI/ML, Robotics, Additive Manufacturing (3D printing), IoT, and Cloud Computing have opened-up opportunities and accelerated development while increasing efficiency and effectiveness. To successfully implement new technology and run operations, this requires a workforce that possesses "digital dexterity." Employees must understand the industry's manufacturing, processes, and digital tools that support its operations. For many organizations, this means hiring new talent or providing additional training to their existing workforce.


Why Choose a Career In Smart Manufacturing?

A Growing Industry
Industry 4.0 is about physical production and operations while utilizing smart digital technology to create a more comprehensive and better-connected ecosystem for companies that mainly focus on manufacturing and supply chain management.
An Exciting Sector
The potential to work alongside robots is one of the many things that make this industry such an exciting prospect. The introduction of robotics means that more high-skilled jobs will open up in this sector.
Work with New Technology
There is plenty of new technology introduced in the manufacturing sector. The industry's future lies in 'smart factories' that use cutting-edge software and have robots and devices that are hooked up to the 'Internet-of-Things.' By choosing your career in the manufacturing sector, you will be able to learn valuable skills that will keep you up-to-date with the world's latest technology.
Hone Your Skills
There is currently a skills shortage in this sector, this could be an opportunity to improve your current skills and learn plenty of new things. Employers in manufacturing are typically looking for people with these new skillsets in smart manufacturing.
Wage Benefits
Because of the skills shortage, manufacturing companies currently aspire to improve their employee retention rates. Working in manufacturing and aligning with the company's goals, this could lead to a stable and potentially well-paid career.
Industry Shift
A shift to smart manufacturing requires companies to be more competitive and increase revenues. As more manufacturers embrace high-tech solutions, employees must have more high-tech skills in analytics, data science, and software engineering knowledge.

Career Opportunities with an Industry 4.0 Certification

  • Equipment Systems Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • Controls Systems Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • Validation Engineer
  • Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing Expert
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Medical Robot Designer
  • Data Security Expert
  • Cyber Security Expert
  • Artificial Intelligence & High-Performance Computing Engineer
  • Strategist – Digital Manufacturing

Relevant Industries for Smart Maufacturing Professionals

Aerospace & Defense
Automotive & Transportation
Electrical/Machine Manufacturing
Information Technology
Energy & Utility
Food and Beverage
Shipping and Cargo Transportations

Industry Statistics

Industry Growth
15 million jobs will be created in the next decade
Needed Skills
57% of leaders feel their organization lacks the skills needed for Smart Manufacturing
Market Size
13.1% compound annual growth rate, the industry is projected to surpass 650 billion USD in 2029

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Learn the importance of digital transformation, from underlying technologies, data, and machine use, to the impact on the business and its people in transition from 3.0 to 4.0. This credential is for everyone in manufacturing, entering the transformation of the 3.0 to 4.0 transition.

34+ Learning Videos
22 Quizzes
21 Assignments
10 Case Studies
  • Module 1
    Framing Smart Manufacturing. As the manufacturing industry continues to evolve, automation, intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT) will influence all aspects of manufacturing and the supply chain, revolutionizing processes, and delivering greater speed, agility, and innovation.
  • Module 2
    Overview: Fundamentals of Smart Manufacturing. Understand the core technologies underpinning the modernization of manufacturing, driving value for workers throughout the business to work smarter.
  • Module 3
    Machine Connectivity, Edge, and Cloud Computing. Learn how smart sensors, devices and systems are architected and stitched together to harness the power of data in manufacturing operations.
  • Module 4
    Data Analytics for Smart Manufacturing. See how the data produced in manufacturing are being translated in meaningful ways to inform operators, teams and leaders to make critical business decisions faster.
  • Module 5
    Cyber Security. Know the fundamentals of keeping smart systems safe.
  • Module 6
    Key Personnel Roles. Identify some of the most important people in driving change and operational improvement from embarking on a Smart Manufacturing journey.

Skills You Will Learn

Skills you will learn and develop throughout this program:

Reasoning, Analytical and Problem-solving ability
Critical Thinking
Familiarization with new technologies and systems
Computer integrated or aided Manufacturing System

Program Fee

Select from the two options below. Either pay over time with two installments or receive a discount by paying in full up front!

Pay in Full

Receive a 15% discount when you pay upfront!

Pay in Installments

Pay in two payments of $250.


Still Have Questions?

Program Structure

What is the program length? What is the minimum required duration for engagement per week?

The program is for six weeks with a recommended time of 5 to 6 hours per week

What is the mode of delivery?

It is a self-paced online mode of delivery, especially designed for working professionals.

Is everything completely online?

The sessions are delivered completely online and no offline engagement is required.

What is the application process?

Select the apply now button. This will take you to the payment gateway where you will provide your contact and credit card information. Once you have completed this step you will receive a confirmation email along with a welcome email from Canvas, our online learning portal, to setup your login information.


What do the home works/assignments look like? What percentage do they carry for my total grading?

There are no assignments in this program. However, each module has a section for quizzes. You shall only be proceeding to the next module if you pass the quizzes. The quizzes are assigned to check on your progress and to ensure your understanding of the concept.

What if a miss a deadline for the assignment?

There are no deadlines on the quizzes. Quizzes are a part of each module. You must take the required quizzes to proceed to the next module. You may retake a quiz if you feel necessary.

How am I graded during the tenure of the program?

You are not graded. However, you do need to pass each quiz in order to move on to the next module.

What if I lack on my attendance? I am a working person and it is difficult for me to engage with the classes on weekdays.

This is a self-paced program, there is no criterion for minimum attendance. 


Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please feel free to use any of these options to reach out to us. We would love to hear from you!

Who do I contact for help desk support?

If you are having any issues once you are registered and logged in to Canvas, our online learning portal, please reach out to

What support do I get to cope up with my program on the weekends?

Lectures for the modules are accessible through the learning portal at any point of time. Even if you fall short of time on the weekdays, you can access the content at anytime.

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