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Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute is an outreach training program of Ferris State University, the College of Engineering Technology, and Corporate and Professional Development.

The Institute provides efficient access to college resources to build a stronger and more talented workforce and includes courses that target today's industry needs. Developed to integrate learning and practice, the courses effectively build knowledge and skills for manufacturing professionals at any level.

The Objectives of the Manufacturing Institute

  • To upgrade skills and knowledge important to manufacturing
  • To educate new workers on essential processes and skills
  • Arm industry with a workforce better able to compete in an evolving market

The Target Audience

  • Mechanics, Machinists, Maintenance, Technicians, Supervisor Personnel
  • Apprentices and seasoned Journeymen

Ferris Resources Available to You

  • Classrooms and computer labs conducive to learning
  • Laboratories equipped for applying newly acquired knowledge
  • Instructors with industry experience and skills for effective training

Course Facilities

Special Notes for Participants:

Course activities will be divided between classroom instruction, demonstration, and "hands-on" lab exercises. Students should arrive with proper safety equipment which always includes:  enclosed leather shoes/boots and safety glasses.  A list of the training descriptions is below.  We will not be offering all training's this spring.  Consider a customized quote or contact us to discuss training options for any courses not offered.

Training Descriptions:


Technician Skills for Maintenance

  •  Troubleshooting Fundamentals of Electricity and Electrical Circuits (2 days)

    This course will provide hands-on knowledge of basic electrical concepts, including DC voltage, current, power, contractors, contacts, resistance, capacitance, inductance, and motors.  Ohms law, series and parallel circuits, and other fundamental electrical topics will be explained and practiced.  This knowledge will be used to introduce common electrical devices.  Employees will also practice how to use and apply instrumentation such as multi-meters for various electrical measurements.

  •  Fundamentals of Alternating Current (AC) systems with Troubleshooting (2 days)

    This course will provide an important hands-on introduction to AC electrical concepts, measurement, induction, capacitance, induction (squirrel cage) motors and transformers, delta and wye wiring configurations and their applications, and troubleshooting of electrical systems.  Employees will also practice how to use and apply instrumentation such as multi-meters for various AC electrical measurements.  Prerequisite - completed the Fundamentals of Electricity and Electrical Circuits or knowledge of electricity and electrical measurements.

  •  Introductory Programmable Control and Troubleshooting (2 days)

    This course will provide an introduction to programmable logic control (PLC) automation and systems troubleshooting.  Course topics will include:  the fundamentals of PLC control systems and operation; description of a PLC electrical panel; understand the I/O panel configuration and wiring; understanding the general functions and components of a PLC controlled system; and introduction to using ladder logic and circuit schematics for troubleshooting or equivalent background knowledge. Prerequisite - Fundamentals of Alternating Current (AC) systems with Troubleshooting or equivalent background knowledge. (Please contact CPD for information on advanced PLC and PLC programming courses.  The PLC platform used will be the Rockwell Automation compact Logix and RSLogix 5000 Software Version 20.)

  •  Fundamentals of Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) with Troubleshooting (1 day)

    This course will provide an understanding of the operation and application of variable frequency drives emphasizing its use for motors, hydraulics, and other electromechanical devices.  Knowledge will be applied to understanding and troubleshooting electromechanical systems.  (Please contact CPD for information and availability of this course.)

  •  Fundamentals of Hydraulics (2 days)

    This course will provide employees a hands-on understanding of hydraulic theory systems configurations, and their components.  Actuators, fluid pressure controls, flow controls, and directional control valves, pumps and other systems components will be included.  System control, operation, and troubleshooting will be investigated and practiced by employees.  Ladder diagrams will be used to describe system operation and as a guide for trouble-shooting and verifying system integrity. 


Design and Fabrication Series

  •  Geometric dimensioning and Tolerancing 1 (GDT) (1 day)

    This workshop will focus on the interpretation of the various geometric characteristics associated with GD&T.  The workshop will be broken into two sessions.  In session one attendees will have the opportunity to develop the following skills:

    1. Identify geometric characteristics by name and symbol. 
    2. Understand differences between limit tolerancing and geometric tolerancing and the implication their use will have on manufacturing.
    3. Understand the datum Reference Frame and how it is established on a part.
    4. Interpret geometric characteristics on a drawing.
  •  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 2 (GDT) (1 day)

    In session two the attendees will have the opportunity to develop additional skills including:

    1. Apply geometric tolerances to various components to ensure concise communication of design requirements.
    2. Apply location tolerances to ensure the fit of mating parts and fully define features for manufacturing.  Will include discussion on Virtual Size.
    3. Understand the use of Feature and Datum Modifiers.
  •  Print Reading for Industry (2 days)

    This course is an applied course in understanding engineering graphics used in manufacturing.  Print layout of information, tolerance block, revision block, notes, parts lists, dimension and tolerancing applications, and product detail layout are covered.  Students sketch drawings of simple details from selected shop drawings to include dimensioning, tolerancing, and notes as related to the understanding of reading a part, detail, tool, mold, or die blueprint.  Projection, sectioning, and alternative dimensioning will be covered with an emphasis on shop floor communication.

  •  Introduction to Solid Modeling (2 days)

    Session one:  This workshop will focus on the introduction of 3-D parametric modeling.  Students will be exposed to the basic skills required to generate models of varying complexity.  This will be an entry level workshop for those with little or no experience in solid modeling.

    Session two:  This workshop will focus on advanced topics in 3-D modeling such as sweeps and assemble techniques along with the creation of engineering documentation and/or prototype development.

  •  Fundamentals of Lean Manufacturing

    Introduction to lean manufacturing concepts and practices.  This course introduces attendees to the concepts and practices of lean manufacturing as currently applied in industry, to develop basic skills in applying those principles to reduce waste in the workplace.  Topics include push vs. pull systems, kanban, takt time, SMED, TOC 5S, poka yoke, and kaizen.  (Please contact CPD for information and availability of this course)

  •  Introduction to Machining Processes

    This is a basic course that when completed a student will know the fundamentals and be able to operate common machine tool equipment like an engine lathe, vertical milling machine, surface grinders, drill press, band saw, and tool post grinder.  Also covered will be measuring and inspection tools, and the use of surface plates. (Please contact CPD for information and availability of this course)


CNC Technology Series

  •  Basic Programming and Operation of CNC Mills

    Prerequisite:  Introduction to Machining Processes or 1 year machining experience

    Focus is placed on developing skill in programming and operating CNC Milling equipment.  This course covers manual G-code programming, machine start up and calibration, tool set-ups, and operation of CNC Mills. (Please contact CPD for information and availability of this course)



  •  Basic Maintenance Welding (2 days)

    This workshop is designed to teach the theory and practical application of maintenance welding procedures  Emphasis will be placed on the theory, safety and welding techniques required to make basic weld joints in multiple positions using oxy-acetylene, shielded metal arc, gas tungsten arc and gas metal arc welding.  Lab exercises will focus on metal identification, joint preparation, oxy-acetylene cutting, and arc welding processes. 

  •  Advanced Maintenance Welding (2 days)

    This workshop is designed to teach theory and practical application of advanced welding procedures.  Emphasis is placed on the theory, basic metallurgy and out-of-position welding techniques of SMAW, GTAW, GMAW and FCAW on carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum and cast iron.  A review of shop safety procedures and metal identification techniques will be included.   Lab exercises will be focused on instructor demonstration of various welding processes, student hands-on material identification and student operation of various welding processes.