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 Abaqus Associate 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 software‐specific endorsements/certifications for Abaqus, SolidWorks Simulation, 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 CTQ’s 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 Abaqus Associate 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 midcycle, 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 of the program Director. The Abaqus Associate 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.

CORE COURSES

Students must complete the following three core courses:

  • FEGN525          ADVANCED FEA THEORY & PRACTICE     |     3.0

(Fall 2) This course examines the theory and practice of finite element analysis through linear structural analysis examples. Direct methods of deriving the FEA governing equations are addressed as well as more advanced techniques based on virtual work, variational methods, and weighted residual methods. Common 1D, 2D, and 3D element formulations are discussed and key limitations examined. The commercial FEA software Abaqus is used for hands-on experience. Online course, approximately 15 hours per week, 3 semester hours.

  • FEGN526          STATIC AND DYNAMIC APPLICATIONS IN FEA     |     3.0

(Fall 3) This course emphasizes proficiency with commercial FEA software for solution of practical static, quasistatic, and dynamic structural problems. Common 1D, 2D, and 3D elements are examined in the context of linear problems. Students will explore efficient methods for model construction and solution with commercial tools (Abaqus FEA software). Emphasis will also be placed on verification, validation, and reporting standards for effective application of FEA software tools. Prerequisite: FEGN 525. Online course, approximately 15 hours per week, 3 semester hours.

  • FEGN527          NONLINEAR APPLICATIONS IN FEA     |     3.0

(Spring 2) This course explores common nonlinearities frequently encountered in structural applications of FEA. Students will gain proficiency in modeling geometric nonlinearity (large strains), boundary nonlinearity due to contact, and material nonlinearity (creep, rate dependence, plasticity, temperature effects, residual stress). The commercial FEA software Abaqus is used for hands-on experience. Prerequisite: FEGN 526. Online course, approximately 15 hours per week, 3 semester hours.

ELECTIVE COURSES

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

  • FEGN528          FEA FOR ADVANCED DESIGN APPLICATIONS     |     3.0

(Spring 3) In this course students will learn the automation tools and methods necessary for effective application of FEA on advanced design problems. Strategies for parametric analysis, performance optimization, and consideration of statistical uncertainty will be examined using Python scripting and commercial automation software. Prerequisite: FEGN 526. Online course, approximately 15 hours per week, 3 semester hours.

  • AMFG521         DESIGN FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING     |     3.0

(Spring 3) This course introduces common considerations that must be addressed to successfully design or re-design parts for additive manufacturing methods. Industry-leading hardware and FEA software will be used to explore all phases of the DAM workflow, including topology optimization, additive process simulation, distortion compensation, and in-service performance. Prerequisite: FEGN 526. Online course, approximately 15 hours per week, 3 semester hours.

 

CONTACT

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