Manufacturing Systems I, Certificate | Part time online | edX - online learning platform | United States
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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Manufacturing Systems I Certificate, in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MITx. Learn about manufacturing systems and ways to analyze them in terms of material flow and storage, information flow, capacities, and times and durations of events, especially random events. 

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In the Manufacturing Systems I Certificate, part of the Principles of Manufacturing MicroMasters program and is also offered by Edx in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MITx, you will learn how to analyze manufacturing systems to optimize performance and control cost. 

You will develop an understanding of seemingly opaque production lines with a particular emphasis on random disruptive events – their effects and how to deal with them, as well as inventory dynamics and management.

This course is part of the Principles of Manufacturing MicroMasters Program

Manufacturing systems are complex and require decision-making skills and analytical analysis. Managers and practitioners use a wide variety of methods to optimize the performance of manufacturing systems and control costs. The many processes and functions involved in building and maintaining these systems demand a high-level of knowledge. 

In this course, you will learn about these various methods and processes. We will start with a review of probability and statistics, and then cover topics in linear programming, queueing theory, inventory management and the Toyota Production System (TPS). Lastly, we will introduce stochastic manufacturing systems models developed here at MIT.

The topics covered will provide the basis for learners to continue into the manufacturing field in such roles as an operations manager or supply chain manager.

Programme Structure

What you'll learn 

  • Applications of basic probability models

  • Building and solving optimization models

  • Inventory dynamics and management

  • Philosophy behind the Toyota Production System (TPS)

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 56 days
    • 10 hrs/week

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  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements


  • 6.041.1x or the equivalent. Knowledge and comfortability with undergraduate-level calculus, probability and statistics.

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