MSU Denver

Lead cutting-edge and innovative manufacturing practices

Manufacturing requires professionals with advanced skills who are creative, critical thinkers, and problem-solvers. Join the industry as it’s being reinvigorated by the Fourth industrial Revolution, an integration of traditional manufacturing practices with modern smart technology.

Advanced Manufacturing and Workplace Preparation will introduce you to the digital technologies of Industry 4.0, Lean Six Sigma process improvement techniques, and the essential soft skills needed for productive, rewarding careers in manufacturing.

The manufacturing industry is cleaner, safer, and higher-tech than ever before, with an estimated 4.6 million jobs available in the next decade and an average undergraduate salary starting at more than $76,000. After completing this course, you will be ready to continue on to a degree in Advanced Manufacturing and launch yourself into a lucrative career.

About the course

Spring 2023 schedule

  • Registration opens – Mid-November
  • Classes start – February 1
  • Last day to register – March 1
  • Class ends – April 1

Credit-By-Exam to convert the class to credit

  • Registration opens – March 1
  • Registration closes – April 15
  • Credit-By-Exam must be completed – May 15


The course is $395, with a $35 transaction fee per payment. There are no books to purchase.


If you choose to convert the noncredit class to credit through Credit-By-Exam, the cost is $122 with no transaction fee.

What do I receive after I pass the course?

After successfully completing the Advanced Manufacturing & Workplace Preperation course, you will receive a certificate of completion. You can also request to receive a digital badge that will be embedded with the competencies learned. You can include this badge on your resume, LinkedIn page, portfolio, or share it with an employer.

You will also receive a personal advisement session with industry leader and professor at MSU Denver, Mark Yoss

Course description

The student will learn the “soft skills” required by the industry, such as leadership, interactive communication, and collaboration/teamwork skills, utilizing team exercises and team activities. The course also provides an introduction to Advanced Manufacturing and an overview of the Advanced Manufacturing Sciences (AMS) degree concentration’s fit and associated employment potential with Advanced Manufacturing Industries.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify the technologies driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution and describe their contribution to merging the digital and physical worlds into the “Factory of the Future”.
  • Evaluate processes, identify causes of waste and variation and apply the Lean Six Sigma tools available for continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication, analyze and evaluate information, utilize critical thinking to inform decisions, and function effectively on a team.

Manufacturing Career Pathways

After taking the course, you can immediately enter the workforce or continue onto a degree through MSU Denver and increase your earning potential.

Pathway 1: Complete the Advance Manufacturing & Workplace Preparation course and immediately enter the workforce.

  • The median salary is $40,000 a year.

Pathway 2: Enhance your education and earn an undergraduate certificate in Manufacturing at MSU Denver. The Advance Manufacturing & Workplace Preparation course can count toward the certificate’s required courses.

  • The median salary is $62,500 a year.

Pathway 3: Continue your education with a bachelor’s degree in Advanced Manufacturing Sciences at MSU Denver.

  • The median salary is $80,000 a year.

Pathway 4: Enhance your earning power with MSU Denver’s Master of Science in Advanced Manufacturing. The Advance Manufacturing & Workplace Preparation course can count toward the degree’s required courses.

  • The median salary is $96,000 a year.

Manufacturing career pathways

About the instructor

Mark Yoss retired from Lockheed Martin Space after spending 36 years manufacturing spacecraft that are now exploring our solar system. Mark developed curriculum for the MSU Denver’s Advanced Manufacturing Sciences baccalaureate degree and helped establish the Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute.

#42017 Mark Yoss portrait 2009


Frequently asked questions

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If you are a current MSU Denver student who is or has been enrolled in courses for the recent current spring, summer, or fall semester, do not submit any forms. Contact Andrea Pazos at [email protected] for instructions on how to register for these courses.

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Phone: 303-615-1234

Office Location:
Jordan Student Success Building
3rd Floor – #330
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Mailing Address:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Innovative and Lifelong Learning
P.O. Box 173362
Campus Box 6
Denver, CO 80217-3362