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Purdue’s Product Lifecycle Management Certificate Program Courses are currently being offered as three 5 week classes that meet Monday’s and Wednesday’s 7-9 pm ET. We meet in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom for lecture/discussion on Mondays and use Skytap virtual computers for Lab on Wednesday. The instructor is online live via web cam during these times to present the material. We are using Siemen’s PLM Software products NX and Teamcenter in the labs but the concepts covered in the class are applicable to other products. The courses do not need to be taken in order (recommended however) but all three classes must be taken to receive the Purdue Certificate. Each course completed earns you 3 CEU’s (Continuing Education Credits). To participate you need a computer with access to broad-band, high-speed internet with up-to-date internet browser, Java and Flash during the class and lab sessions. You are also required to have a 3 button mouse or equivalent. You need a telephone for the audio. Having 2 monitors is helpful but not required. The cost is $3,000 per course.
Registration link for each course is included with the course description.
Any questions about registration call 800-830-0269 or 765-494-3571.
Registration for Boeing employees is a little trickier, you start by getting an LTP voucher. After it is filled out and properly authorized, submit the voucher to Shannon Harvey (firstname.lastname@example.org), or fax it to her attention at 765-496-1424 along with your registration (print out registration form from registration page).
To participate you currently need a computer with access to broad-band, high-speed internet with up-to-date internet browser, Java and Flash during the class and lab sessions. Mozilla Firefox is recommended for Adobe Connect. You are also required to have a 3 button mouse or equivalent. You need a telephone for the audio and you need to be able to make and receive phone calls from the USA. International participants should request a test meeting prior to registration. Having 2 monitors is helpful but not required. To check the computer setup you intend to use for this course use the Skytap Connectivity Checker and the Skytap Speed test. If you need more information see the Skytap Troubleshooting documentation.
The PLM Certificate Program uses Blackboard for a learning management system, Adobe Connect for virtual classroom (web conferencing), Skytap cloud computer services for virtual computers that you can access over the web and Siemens PLM software for labs and demos. We use MeetingOne for audio which requires a phone.
Purdue University uses Blackboard, a popular web based Learning Management System (LMS) used on campuses. Blackboard is like course Head Quarters (HQ). This is where to can find links to the Adobe Connect meetings and to your virtual computer. You can view and download the slides used for the lectures and the lab handouts for the labs. There is a Discussion Forum with links to assigned articles that pertain to PLM. Blackboard is available 24/7.
Skytap is the cloud computing service the Certificate Program uses to make virtual computers available to you over the web. We prepare specially configured computers as virtual machines (VMs) that have the software you need for the course and then deploy them to the cloud so you can access them. The virtual computers are connected to the Purdue network to access software licenses. Skytap and access to your virtual computer is available 24/7. However there is a Skytap access quota per student that is approximately twice what you should need to complete a lab.
Siemens PLM software is a suite of software applications that are provided by a company called Siemens PLM. There are several software applications in this suite but the ones we will be using primarily are the CAD (Computer Aided Design) app, NX (used to be called Unigraphics or UG) and the PDM (Product Data Mangement) app, Teamcenter. The concepts in the class will apply regardless of software brand but to give you a hands-on experience with the applications we talk about in class, we use Siemens PLM software in the labs. We will also talk about the other major PLM software products from Dassault and PTC.
No! These courses are not intended to make you proficient with PLM software but rather to give you some insight to how software applications can help an organization implement PLM.
Yes! The labs have explicit instructions that you should be able to follow even if you have never used CAD or PDM software before. We do assume that you are familiar with personal computers and their popular applications as well as internet based applications. And the instructor is there to help you out too.
Classes "meet" Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm ET. This is when we are on-line together in Adobe Connect. Since we usually do labs on Wednesdays, we are also on Skytap on Wednesdays in addition to Adobe Connect.
You will get the most out of these courses if you are online with the rest of the class and the instructor to join in the discussion but things happen and schedules change. All classes, labs and lectures, are recorded – both audio and video. The recordings are available within an hour of the end of class on Blackboard for registered participants to watch. If you need to miss a class, let the instructor know as soon as you can by sending an email. Then watch the recording when you get a chance but hopefully before the next class meeting. Do the lab or take the test or read the reading assignment. And it is all good!
There are 3 courses in the certificate program. Each one is 5 weeks in length.
Expect to spend about 2 hours per week on reading assignments. With 4 hours of class meetings per week, that is a commitment of about 6 hours per week.
You can catch Course 2 next time around. All three courses are typically offered twice a year, fall and spring. Typically the fall courses start mid-August and end before the year-end holidays. The spring courses start in January and end in early May.
It is recommended that you take the courses in order but not required.
Each 5 week course completed will earn 3 CEUs (Continuing Education Credits).
After successful completion of all three courses, you will receive a certificate of completion from Purdue University.
If you are unsure, go ahead and register. You will receive a username and logon instructions. You can join the first class and the first lab to see if this course fits your needs. If you decide you want to withdraw (for any reason) just send an email to Denice Johnson or Mark Schuver within 24 hours of the end of the first lab and you or your company will not be billed for the course.
Yes, there is a chance. There are a minimum number of registered participants required to run the class. If there are not enough registrants, then it doesn’t make sense for Purdue to run the class.
Working professionals in industry. Engineers, managers, technicians, supervisors, analysts from all functions in the organization: design, development, manufacturing, purchasing, logistics, quality, safety, human resources, operations, business process planning, information systems, maintenance, service, spare parts, etc.