FAQ PLM Certificate Program

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How about some basic info about the PLM Certificate Program?

How do I register?

What kind of computer access do I need for the course?

What kind of technology is used in the certificate program?

What is Blackboard?

What is Skytap?

What is Siemens PLM software?

Will I become a Siemens PLM software expert as a result of these courses?

Can I benefit even if I don’t know how to use CAD or PDM software?

When are classes?

What if I miss a class?

How long are the courses that make up the certificate program?

How much time outside of class is expected?

What if I finish Course 1 but can’t sign up for Course 2?

Do the three courses in the certificate program have to be taken in order?

What kind of credit will I receive?

How do I get the certificate?

Can I try it before I buy it?

Is there a chance that the course will not run as scheduled?

Who usually takes these courses?

 

How about some basic info about the PLM Certificate Program?

Purdue’s Product Lifecycle Management Certificate Program consists of three courses. The course format reflects participant feedback from previous cohorts. Prep work is done on your own time and includes watching a lecture video, doing a hands on lab, reading an article, and contributing to an online discussion forum. Then we get together in a virtual classroom for group discussions once a week. This allows us to combine the strengths of online, synchronous, asynchronous, conferencing and virtual computer technologies to deliver a more meaningful learning experience. We meet in a web conference meeting that acts as a virtual classroom for live discussion, typically on Wednesdays (sometimes on Mondays) 7 - 9 pm ET. 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 reliable broad-band, high-speed internet with an up-to-date internet browser, a headset or phone for audio and a 3 button mouse. The cost is $3,000 per course.

How do I register?

On each course description page there is a link for registration if registration is available.
Course 1
Course 2
Course 3
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 Christine White (chriswhite@purdue.edu), or fax it to her attention at 765-496-1424 along with your registration (print out registration form from registration page).

What kind of computer access do I need for the course?

To participate you need a computer with access to reliable broad-band, high-speed internet with an up-to-date internet browser and a headset or phone for audio. If you are using a computer for audio we recommend a headset to reduce background noise and you must have a microphone to participate in discussions. You are also required to have a 3 button mouse or equivalent. Having a large screen or 2 screens is helpful but not required. International participants should request a test meeting prior to registration.

What kind of technology is used in the certificate program?

The PLM Certificate Program uses Blackboard for a learning management system, WebEx 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 WebEx Audio so you have a choice to use your computer for audio (VOIP) or you can use a phone for audio. If you are using a computer for audio we recommend a headset to reduce background noise and you must have a microphone to participate in discussions.

What is Blackboard?

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 virtual classroom 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.

What is Skytap?

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. 

What is Siemens PLM software?

Siemens PLM software is a suite of software applications that are provided by a company called Siemens PLM Software. 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.

Will I become a Siemens PLM software expert as a result of these courses?

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.

Can I benefit even if I don’t know how to use CAD or PDM software?

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.

When are classes?

Classes typically "meet" on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm ET. Sometimes the meeting time gets changed to Monday (for holidays, etc.) but this is clearly specified in the class schedule and on the registration page.This is when we are on-line together with WebEx. 

What if I miss a class?

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 class meetings are recorded – both audio and video. The recordings are available by the next day after 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 and plan on using the discussion make up procedure. This involves watching the discussion recording and adding extra comments to the discussion forum. 

How long are the courses that make up the certificate program?

There are 3 courses in the certificate program. Each one is scheduled for 6 weeks but the first week is a technology and course orientation followed by 5 weeks of content.

How much time outside of class is expected?

Expect to spend about 4 hours per week on prep work and 1-2 hours in the class discussion and lab help during the content weeks. This is a commitment of 5 - 6 hours per week for the 5 weeks of content. The first scheduled meeting is a technology and course orientation which takes less than an hour and requires no prep work.

What if I finish Course 1 but can’t sign up for Course 2?

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.

Do the three courses in the certificate program have to be taken in order?

It is recommended that you take the courses in order but not required.

What kind of credit will I receive?

Each of the three courses completed will earn 3 CEUs (Continuing Education Credits). If you take all three courses, you will have a total of 9 CEUs from Purdue University.

How do I get the certificate?

After successful completion of all three courses, you will receive a certificate of completion from Purdue University.

Can I try it before I buy it?

If you are unsure, go ahead and register. You will receive a username and logon instructions. You can participate in the technology and course orientation and the first week of content to see if this course fits your needs. If you decide you want to withdraw (for any reason) just send an email to Christine White or Mark Schuver within 24 hours of the end of the second scheduled session and you or your company will receive a refund or not be billed for the course.

Is there a chance that the course will not run as scheduled?

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.

Who usually takes these courses?

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.

Still have questions?

For program content information, please contact Amy Mueller or Nathan Hartman.

For program logistics information, please contact Mark Schuver or Christy Marks.