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Professional and Workforce Development Courses

Professional and Workforce Development Courses


Oakland University offers several courses which focus on professional and workforce development for engineers working in industry. These courses emphasis engineering tools and their applications, rather than teaching theory. They are taught by experts from the OU faculty as well as from local industry, and most are open to any engineer (ME, EE, ISE, CE, etc.).

Courses are offered in several areas - select titles below for details on courses currently scheduled. All courses are conveniently offered on Oakland University's main campus in Auburn Hills.


Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) courses currently scheduled include:

  • PLM Applications - Product Data Management is a hands-on application course that will focus on the integration of a PDM tool (Teamcenter) with CAD tools (this course will use Solid Edge and NX, but Teamcenter will integrate with other CAD tools).
    Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 8:17 p.m., May 12 - July 1, 2015.
  • PLM Applications - Configuration and Change Management is a hands-on application course will focus on the use of the Siemens PLM tool, Teamcenter, for product initiation, product design, manufacturing and procurements.
    Schedule:  Thursday evenings, 7:30 - 9:17 p.m.,  Sept. 3 - Dec. 15, 2015.
  • PLM Applications - Integrated Materials Management is a hands-on application course will focus on using Teamcenter to manage, declare and assign material definition along with its qualifiers like base material, grade and substances for a part throughout the product's lifecycle.
    Schedule:  Tuesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:17 p.m., Sept. 3 - Dec. 15, 2015.
  • PLM Applications - Robotics is a hands-on application course will focus on the Siemens PLM tool Process Simulate - Robotics and will use it to conduct a series of robotics projects.
    Schedule:  This course is currently in-progress.  It is schedule to be offered again next winter semester (Thursday evenings, 7:30 - 9:17 p.m., Jan. 7 - April 26, 2016).
  • PLM Applications - Ergonomics iis a hands-on application course will focus on the Siemens PLM tool Jack and will use it to conduct a series of ergonomics projects.
    Schedule:  Tuesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:17 p.m., Jan. 7 - April 26, 2016.
  • Product Lifecycle Management provides a strategic overview of PLM. Taught by Patrick Hillberg from Siemens PLM Inc., the course includes presentations from experts in PLM applications to industry.
    Schedule:  This course is currently in-progress.  It is schedule to be offered again next winter semester (Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:30 - 7:17 p.m., Jan. 5 - April 26, 2016).

 

Energy Management
Energy management courses currently scheduled include the following sequence (students may take 1, 2 or all 3):

  • Fundamentals of Energy Management covers energy usage in residential, commercial and industrial enclosures, energy utilization, performing an energy assessment and optimizing energy usage.
    Schedule:  Course offered executive style combining online work with 2 on-campus meetings (Saturdays, May 16 and 23, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.).
  • Energy Management II covers advanced energy storage systems, alternative energy technology and cost-benefit analysis. Prerequisite is Fundamentals of Energy Management.
    Schedule:  Course offered executive style combining online work with 2 on-campus meetings (Saturdays, June 6 and 13, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.).
  • Energy Management Project is a practicum involving the completion of a project involving energy usage assessment and analysis. Prerequisite is Energy Management II.
    Schedule:  Course offered executive style combining online work with 2 on-campus meetings (Saturdays, June 20 and 27, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.).
All courses are taught by Dr. Christopher Kobus, OU faculty member and Director of the OUInc Clean Energy Research Center.

 

Connected World - The Internet Of Things
Connected world courses currently scheduled include:
  • Competing in a Connected World will examine a variety of strategic topics through a series of projects and guest lectures covering topics such as the basic architecture of the connected world, building blocks to succeed in a business environment, strategies and governance models to monetize the value created using appropriate information architecture, leadership and learning necessary to make an organization ready to sustain its competitiveness. The course is team-taught by Gregg Garrett and Warren Ritchie of CGS Advisors LLC and Professor Mohan Tanniru.
    Schedule:  Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:30 - 9:17 p.m., Sept. 3 - Dec. 15, 2015.

 

Project Management
Project management courses currently scheduled include:
  • Engineering Project Management will be taught by former Chrysler and Ford engineer Bill Edwards. This hands-on course was developed with the assistance of Fulcrum Edge Inc., a firm with vast project management experience.
    Schedule:  Monday and Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:17 p.m., Sept. 4 - Dec. 15, 2015.

 

Programmable Logic Controllers
Programmable Logic Controllers courses currently scheduled include:
  • Programmable Logic Controllers is a hands-on application course taught by Martin Dubois, an instructor at Monroe Community with several years of industrial experience in PLC's. This introductory PLC course for engineers will focus on the operation and application of PLC's.
    Schedule:  This course is currently in-progress.  It is schedule to be offered again next winter semester (Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:47 p.m., Jan. 5 - April 26, 2016).