FEA Professional

A GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN APPLIED FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS

*The graduate certificate portion of this program is pending the accreditation of Mines online learning program by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). However, all classes and the SIMULIA Abaqus Certification exam are available now.

 

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM OVERVIEW

FEA Professional is a fully online graduate-level certificate program that teaches advanced skills in finite element analysis for structural and thermal applications. The program has been designed to train recent graduates or mid-career professionals with at least a BS in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a physical science who are interested in career opportunities in design, product development, or applied research.

The FEA Professional program leverages industry-leading software to empower students with the skills and experience to drive innovation in their chosen field. Our courses help students build a foundation of practical knowledge focused on key fundamentals of applied computational mechanics complemented by the ideal balance of theoretical background. The fundamentals learned here may be applied across a broad range of industries.

 

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon completion of FEA Professional, graduates will have the skills to:

  • Earn the SIMULIA Abaqus Certification from Dassault Systèmes and extend fundamental FEA skills to also pursue endorsements for products such as SolidWorks Simulation or ANSYS
  • Drive innovation through the effective application of simulation tools for ideation and design verification
  • Leverage simulation to reduce physical testing in new product development and reduce time to market
  • Exploit parametric simulation, DOE, and optimization to reveal more and better R&D solutions
  • Identify CTQs in key projects and quantify impact on all relevant outcome metrics
  • Execute, review, and manage simulation strategies for your NPD or research pipeline

DETAILS & TIMELINE

  • Official SIMULIA Abaqus Certification exam from Dassault Systèmes included in your tuition
  • Each class lasts 8 weeks and requires approximately 15 hours per week
  • Earn the FEA Professional certificate in one academic year (late Aug–early May)
  • Designed for working professionals OR full-time students
  • 100% online classes let you complete coursework on your schedule from any location with WiFi access
  • Connect and complete your class assignments with any laptop, tablet, or handheld device

FEA PROFESSIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The FEA Professional program reviews applications for admission on a rolling basis, but the four-course sequence currently has one start date annually in the third week of August. Applicants may begin the program mid-cycle, but applications must be submitted eight weeks prior to the intended start of the applicant’s first course to guarantee timely review and acceptance notification.

The minimum requirement for admission to the FEA Professional graduate certificate program is a baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a physical science. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and TOEFL scores are not required.

Existing Mines students and non-degree seeking students may take any number of individual FEA Professional classes without admission to the graduate certificate program; however, course prerequisites will be strictly enforced and undergraduate students are required to obtain approval from the program director. The SIMULIA Abaqus Certification exam from Dassault Systèmes is offered on the Mines campus twice annually (https://csmspace.com/events/abaqus/), and the FEA Professional graduate certificate is not required to sit for the exam.

FEA PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

FEA Professional requires a sequence of three core courses and one elective chosen from selected relevant online courses. Elective options will continue to expand as the program matures. See the “Course Schedule” tab for details on when each course is offered.

CORE COURSES
Students must complete the following three core courses:

FEGN525 ADVANCED FEA THEORY & PRACTICE 3.0
FEGN526 STATIC AND DYNAMIC APPLICATIONS IN FEA 3.0
FEGN527 NONLINEAR APPLICATIONS IN FEA 3.0

 

ELECTIVE COURSES
Students must complete one of the following elective courses (3 semester hrs):
 

FEGN528 FEA FOR ADVANCED DESIGN APPLICATIONS 3.0
AMFG521 DESIGN FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING 3.0

FEA PROFESSIONAL UPCOMING COURSE SCHEDULE

FEGN527 NONLINEAR APPLICATIONS IN FEA Spring 3, 2020 (8 weeks, Mar–May)
     
FEGN528 FEA FOR ADVANCED DESIGN APPLICATIONS Summer 2020 (8 weeks, June–Aug)
FEGN525 ADVANCED FEA THEORY & PRACTICE  Summer 2020 (8 weeks, June–Aug) 
     
FEGN525 ADVANCED FEA THEORY & PRACTICE Fall 2, 2020 (8 weeks, Aug–Oct)
FEGN526 STATIC AND DYNAMIC APPLICATIONS IN FEA Fall 3, 2020 (8 weeks, Oct–Dec)
     
FEGN527 NONLINEAR APPLICATIONS IN FEA Spring 2, 2021 (8 weeks, Jan–Mar)
FEGN528 FEA FOR ADVANCED DESIGN APPLICATIONS Spring 3, 2021 (8 weeks, Mar–May)
AMFG521 DESIGN FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING Spring 3, 2021 (8 weeks, Mar–May)

CONTACT

To learn more, contact the program Director, Anthony Petrella (apetrell@mines.edu).