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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 Rochester Hills.


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

  • PLM Applications - Configuration and Change Management is a hands-on application course taught by Srinivas Kuppa from Siemens PLM Inc. The 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. 4 - Dec. 13, 2014.
  • PLM Applications - Robotics is a hands-on application course to be taught by Bill Edwards, former Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at Chrysler. Attendees will obtain hands-on knowledge of the Siemens PLM tool Process Simulate - Robotics (a.k.a. RobotExpert) and will use it to conduct a series of robotics projects.
    Schedule:  Thursday evenings, 5:30 - 7:17 p.m., Jan. 8 - April 28, 2015.
  • 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:  Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:30 - 7:17 p.m., Jan. 8 - April 28, 2015.

Energy Management
Energy management courses currently scheduled include:

  • 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 will be offered executive style over 3-4 weeks in May 2015 - details will be posted soon.
  • Energy Management II covers advanced energy storage systems, alternative energy technology and cost-benefit analysis. Prerequisite is Fundamentals of Energy Management.
    Schedule:  Course will be offered executive style over 3-4 weeks in May-June 2015 - details will be posted soon.
  • 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 will be offered executive style over 3-4 weeks in June 2015 - details will be posted soon.
All courses are taught by Dr. Christopher Kobus, OU faculty member and Director of the OUInc Clean Energy Research Center.

Lean and Continuous Improvement
Lean and continuous improvement courses currently scheduled include:
  • Lean Principles and Application provides engineers with a unique, industrial perspective on lean. The instructors are founding partners of Sustainable Lean LLC, Michael Taubitz and Larry Osentoski. Through hands-on, experiential learning, attendees will develop the skills and strategies necessary for the effective application of lean in a variety of professional settings.
    Schedule:  Monday and Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:17 p.m., Sept. 3 - Dec. 28, 2014.

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) 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:  Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:47 p.m., Jan. - April 13, 2015.

Connected World
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 cross-listed with the School of Business Administration (SBA) and is team-taught by Gregg Garrett and Warren Ritchie of CGS Advisors LLC and Dr. Mohan Tanniru of the SBA.
    Schedule:  Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:30 - 9:17 p.m., Sept. 4 - Dec. 13, 2014.

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. 3 - Dec. 13, 2014.