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Value of an Undergraduate Certificate

Are you interested in enhancing your studies with an undergraduate certificate? In addition to major areas of study, UTSA offers a variety of programs that provide valuable contributions to students' academic careers. While pursuing a certificate, students have the opportunity to explore personal interests and passions outside of their major program or complement their current major, helping them further stand out in the job market.

Why Pursue a Certificate in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering?

This certificate endorses to employers that UTSA program graduates have obtained the knowledge and skills essential to succeed in the industry. Students will study fundamental concepts and skills relevant to industrial and manufacturing engineering positions, such as:

  • Manufacturing processes
  • Lean Six Sigma and process improvement
  • Systems optimization

Apply Certificate Courses to Your Degree

One of the added benefits of the Certificate in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering is the ability to apply courses from this program to the BS in Mechanical Engineering*. Depending on program requirements, and with approval of the undergraduate advisor of record, you may be able to apply coursework taken for this certificate directly to your major area of study. Students from other majors should check with their program director or coordinator for applicability of elective courses.

*This certificate is designed mainly for degree-seeking students or degree holders in Mechanical Engineering or related fields.

Adding a Certificate


Add On to Your Major - recommended path
Currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program and looking to enhance your degree with an undergraduate certificate? Contact the Certificate Program Advisor listed below, and request permission to enter into the program. Approval to enter into a certificate program must be granted by the Certificate Program Advisor and the Dean of the college in which the certificate program is housed.

Non-Degree Seeking Student
Not currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at UTSA but interested in an undergraduate certificate program? You can apply as a non-degree seeking student. Prospective students must apply for admission to UTSA as non-degree seeking and indicate on their application their interest in an undergraduate certificate. Prospective students are required to meet UTSA's admission requirements for special students at the undergraduate level. Once admitted, students can contact the Certificate Program Advisor listed below, and request permission to enter into their desired program. Approval to enter into a certificate program must be granted by the Certificate Program Advisor and the Dean of the college in which the certificate program is housed.

Earn a Graduate Degree

Students who earn this certificate in conjunction with their four year degree will have a strong foundation in industrial/mechanical manufacturing, and will be well-equipped to succeed in a graduate program, such as the master’s program in Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering (AMEE) and the Manufacturing and Design concentration of the doctoral program in Mechanical Engineering.

Learn More

This certificate requires a total of 15 credit hours, including 3 hours of a required course and 12 hours of elective courses.

Required course: 3 hours

  • Manufacturing Engineering

Students must complete 9-12 semester credit hours from the following list:

  • Operations Research
  • Lean Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Facilities Planning and Design
  • Enterprise Process Engineering
  • Reliability and Quality Control in Engineering Design
  • Special Studies in Mechanical Engineering (SS Advanced Medical Device Design and Commercialization)

If only 9 hours are selected above, then an additional 3 semester credit hours must be completed from the following list:

  • Engineering Economic Analysis
  • Systems Modeling and Analysis
  • Robotics

To enroll in the required Manufacturing Engineering course, students are required to complete the following prerequisites:

  • Dynamics
  • Materials Engineering Laboratory
  • Materials Engineering

Students may also be required to complete the following prerequisites for certain electives:

  • Numerical Methods
  • Measurements and Instrumentation

Certificate Program Advisor

Amir Karimi, PhD

210-458-5514

Amir.Karimi@utsa.edu