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Engine Design

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Deepen your knowledge of engine development with UW–Madison’s online Capstone Certificate in Engine Design.


Is this program right for you?

Enhance your ability to lead engine development projects without interrupting your current job. The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Capstone Certificate in Engine Design was created for engineers who design and manufacture engines, and who want to take on advanced roles and responsibilities throughout the engine development process.

This 100% online certificate program’s courses are problem-based and application-oriented, so you learn skills you can use immediately. Coursework covers how to identify key design points, along with justifying and incorporating estimates. Not only will you learn how to use flexible tooling approaches for machining major engine components, you’ll also learn how to identify advantages and disadvantages of these approaches. Courses also cover the creation and justification of design validation test sequences for specific components or sub-systems within a particular engine.

UW–Madison is one of the world’s premier research and teaching universities. For more than 50 years, we have been synonymous with leadership in engine research. The UW–Madison Capstone Certificate in Engine Design is based on coursework from our Engine Systems master’s program, which is widely recognized for advancing knowledge and taking an innovative approach to distance learning. Our courses are taught by senior faculty and experienced professionals in the engine industry. We draw on research from the UW’s Engine Research Center and rapidly adjust to changes in technology and in employers’ needs, providing instructional services not offered by any other institution.

Is this program right for you?

Enhance your ability to lead engine development projects without interrupting your current job. The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Capstone Certificate in Engine Design was created for engineers who design and manufacture engines, and who want to take on advanced roles and responsibilities throughout the engine development process.

This 100% online certificate program’s courses are problem-based and application-oriented, so you learn skills you can use immediately. Coursework covers how to identify key design points, along with justifying and incorporating estimates. Not only will you learn how to use flexible tooling approaches for machining major engine components, you’ll also learn how to identify advantages and disadvantages of these approaches. Courses also cover the creation and justification of design validation test sequences for specific components or sub-systems within a particular engine.

UW–Madison is one of the world’s premier research and teaching universities. For more than 50 years, we have been synonymous with leadership in engine research. The UW–Madison Capstone Certificate in Engine Design is based on coursework from our Engine Systems master’s program, which is widely recognized for advancing knowledge and taking an innovative approach to distance learning. Our courses are taught by senior faculty and experienced professionals in the engine industry. We draw on research from the UW’s Engine Research Center and rapidly adjust to changes in technology and in employers’ needs, providing instructional services not offered by any other institution.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credits of degree.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

To apply:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Phone Interview

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Program highlights

  • The Engine Design program is completely online, so you can complete your certificate from anywhere in the world.
  • You learn from the best: UW–Madison’s online engineering graduate programs are consistently top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Credits can be applied towards UW–Madison Engine Systems master’s degree.

How you'll learn

  • Fully online curriculum; you choose when you do most of your work each week.
  • Participate in online group projects designed to encourage teamwork, insightful discussion, and learning from your instructors and classmates.

Sample curriculum

  • Engine Design I
  • Engine Design II
  • Engine Design III

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