University of Akron Certificate of Completion Programs

What are these programs and what benefits do they bring?

THORS eLearning Solutions and The University of Akron (Ohio, USA) have partnered to offer Certificate of Completion Programs in multiple manufacturing disciplines such as Mobility, Mechanical Power Transmission, Metal Castings, Forgings, Engineering Drawings, and Quality. The University of Akron is a known provider of world-class engineering and engineering technology degree programs and a longtime leader in preparing individuals for careers in industry. THORS eLearning Solutions is a designer of highly acclaimed online manufacturing courses with tens of thousands of learners in multiple Fortune 500 companies as well as other manufacturers and educational institutions worldwide.

Each Certificate of Completion Program bundle we offer is made up of a curated collection of courses that can be completed in approximately 15 hours. The courses are developed with the cooperation of subject matter experts from world-class manufacturing companies and insights from renowned individuals across various industry domains. The courses have been designed utilizing robust instructional design practices – they are visually appealing to the modern learner and highly interactive to promote learner engagement. The THORS eLearning Solutions model combines science and industry practice to rapidly increase the Manufacturing IQ® of learners.

Certificate of Completion Program Benefits

  • Contributes to the professional development of experienced employees
  • Makes manufacturing knowledge accessible to new entrants into industry
  • Supplements current education to those enrolled in the University

How can the Certificate of Completion Programs help?

These self-paced Certificate of Completion Programs are available to companies and individuals. They allow individuals already working in industry to obtain additional career-focused educational opportunities in highly specific, technical areas. These programs also benefit employers by improving their pool of qualified candidates. For new employees, workforce development will improve by speeding up the learning curve. For existing team members, the programs help by setting a solid foundation of knowledge in their field.

Regional companies, like ELLWOOD Engineered Castings in Hubbard, Ohio, see the value and the impact THORS courses have had on employees.

“My entire workforce is grateful for the introduction and utilization of the THORS training platform,” said Pat Callihan, president of ELLWOOD Engineered Castings and ELLWOOD Aluminum in Hubbard, Ohio. “The retirements of some of our long-tenured and skilled team members make this training all the more critical to ensure the timely production of high-quality products. We look forward to the next step and engaging with The University of Akron to provide our team members with industry specific certifications.”  

The University of Akron has been a longtime leader in preparing individuals for careers in manufacturing with degree programs in Automated and Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering Technology. The Certificate of Completion Programs help individuals become job-ready in the manufacturing industry. They will also set an individual apart from other candidates.

This partnership just makes good sense for our students and our manufacturing community,” said Craig Menzemer, dean of the College of Engineering and Polymer Science at UA. “Highly specialized technical skills continue to be in demand by employers. Individuals working in manufacturing in the region or around the world will be able to enhance their skills and further their careers without even leaving home.” 

How do the Certificate of Completion Programs work?

The Certificate of Completion Programs provide a solid foundation with comprehensive coverage on a particular manufacturing discipline that can help job-seekers find employment or pursue new opportunities, help employers speed up new employee onboarding, or help give a competitive edge to existing team members on the job. These programs also will empower individuals, across the globe, to obtain a certificate from a renowned university in the United States.

The Certificate of Completion Programs are packaged per specialty. The courses in each program cover all necessary material to successfully complete the Certificate Exam included in that program. Upon successful completion of the exam, the learner will receive an official University Issued Certificate of Completion.

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University of Akron Certificate of Completion Example

Available Programs List

The courses in each program cover all necessary material to successfully complete the included Certificate Exam. Alternatively, each Certificate Exam may be purchased individually.

Upon successful completion of a Certificate Exam, the learner will receive an official University Issued Certificate of Completion.

Engineering Drawing Fundamentals Certificate of Completion Program

Understanding and interpreting engineering drawings is crucial to producing dimensionally accurate parts in any manufacturing industry.

The Engineering Drawing Fundamentals Certificate Exam offers learners the ability to assess their knowledge on the fundamental concepts that are required to read, understand, and interpret engineering drawings used throughout the manufacturing industry. Learners will also be tested on machining process-related terminology used in engineering drawings. The learner’s knowledge on the key terminology used within the language of GD&T, the major symbols, the essential rules, and the datum systems used in GD&T will also be assessed.

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Machining Fundamentals I Certificate of Completion Program

Knowledge of machine tools, machining processes, and engineering drawings is an essential step in any manufacturing industry.

The Machining Fundamentals I Certificate Exam offers learners the ability to assess their knowledge on the components, terminology, and capabilities of the various machine tools and machining processes typically used in machining. Learners will also be assessed on the fundamental concepts that are required to read, understand, and interpret engineering drawings used throughout the manufacturing industry. The learner’s knowledge on the machining process-related terminology used in engineering drawings will also be tested.

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Mechanical Power Transmission: Gearbox Fundamentals Certificate of Completion Program

Knowledge of the terminology and fundamental concepts associated with gears, bearings, and rotary oil seals is important to understanding gearboxes used in mechanical power transmission.

The Mechanical Power Transmission: Gearbox Fundamentals Certificate Exam assesses the knowledge of learners on the basic understanding of gears, commonly used terminology for spur, helical, bevel, and hypoid gears, as well as various engineering concepts and gearing principles. The fundamental concepts needed to read and interpret a gear drawing along with commonly used terms, such as those found in a gear data block, associated with gear features are also tested. Learners are assessed on the key principles of gearbox operation, typical classification, and components and specification of gearboxes. The overall concepts, terminology, basic components, considerations, and types of bearings and rotary oil seals used in the industry are tested. Tips and best-practice methods for the purchase, testing, and installation of oil seals will also be assessed.

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Metal Forming Fundamentals Certificate of Completion Program

Knowledge of the basic terminology, equipment, and processes used in forging, cold forming, and stamping will provide a solid foundation in the metal forming industry.

The Metal Forming Fundamentals Certificate Exam assesses the knowledge of learners on the general terminology, the concepts, and the basic equipment that are often applied in modern forging industries. Learners will also be tested specifically on closed die forging terminology, closed die equipment, and closed die processes. The terminology, equipment, and processes of cold forming and stamping will also be assessed.

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Mobility: Drivetrain Fundamentals Certificate of Completion Program

Basic knowledge of drivetrain components, such as engines, transmissions, braking systems, and transfer cases, along with an understanding of how they function, will provide a solid foundation in vehicle mobility.

The Mobility: Drivetrain Fundamentals I Certificate Exam assesses a learner’s knowledge on the basic components, concepts, and general terminology associated with automotive engines and automatic transmissions, as well as the various systems critical to the internal combustion process. Learners are also tested on the fundamental concepts, terminology, and mechanical devices used when performing an engine test, along with the types of sensors and dynamometers used for different testing scenarios. The key principles, common components, and types of drive axles, both hydraulic and pneumatic braking systems, and transfer cases are assessed.

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The Fastener Fundamentals Certificate of Completion Program will be released by the end of November 2020.

Additional Certificate of Completion Programs will be released periodically. Please check back here for new releases.

To Earn a University Issued Certificate of Completion

Step 1

Select and register for one of the Certificate of Completion Programs.

Each Certificate of Completion Program contains courses totaling approximately 15 learning hours. No application or admissions process is necessary as these are noncredit programs. Simply purchase the program of your choice from the Available Programs List and register for access. The learner has two options: A learner can purchase the full Certificate of Completion Program to gain access to all of the necessary courses plus the Certificate of Completion Exam included at no additional charge, OR the learner can purchase each course individually, as needed, and then purchase the Certificate of Completion Exam separately.

Step 2

Successfully complete the courses in the program within 30 days of purchase.

Once purchased, the courses remain available for 30 days. The courses may be taken in any order and need not be completed to obtain access to the included Certificate Exam. However, it is recommended to complete all courses in the order listed to receive the full benefit of the material and have the best opportunity to pass the Certificate Exam.

Step 3

Complete and pass the Certificate Exam within 45 days of purchase.

Upon passing the Certificate Exam, the learner will be awarded their University Issued Certificate of Completion. This certificate will remain available in the learner’s account for download. The Certificate Exam and a list of all courses completed will be listed in the learner’s THORS Academy learner transcript for future reference.

Note: If the learner does not complete the Certificate Exam with a passing score, the learner will get feedback on their performance. To repurchase and attempt the Certificate Exam again, contact support@thors.com for assistance and to receive a discount.

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