Online CPD short courseDigital Manufacturing Fundamentals

This short course has been developed to provide you with the introductory knowledge and understanding of key concepts for Digital Manufacturing, including current practices, tools and processes, and possible future development routes for you to understand how you can improve your business or future endeavours.

Topics covered in the course include:

Current state of digital manufacturing

  • Tools and processes
  • Identifying areas of challenges requiring further development

Digital manufacturing developments

  • Life-phases, challenges and technologies
  • Industry 4.0, Smart Products, Internet of Things, Cyber Physical Systems
  • Benefits of digital manufacturing
  • Integration through life
  • The resources required for digital manufacturing


We would recommend that this online course provides 8 weeks of learning material, at 10 hours a week.

The benefit of online learning is you can progress through the educational material at your own pace, and complete the course quicker or slower than the average 8 weeks. You will also gain access to the course material for a full year, so that you can refer back to your notes or material after completing the course.

The course is available for students to start flexibly throughout the year.


The course costs £400.

This course fee includes access to MyPlace our online learning platform, the course material for one year and a digital certificate of completion if you pass the final course test.

Who should attend

This course is for anyone who wants to develop their understanding of digital manufacturing. It is particularly suited to professionals looking for personal development opportunities, to upskill or further develop themselves towards the next promotion.

There are no entry requirements for this course.


If you complete the course by passing the final test, you will gain a digital certification of completion from a recognised university, adding to your CV and gaining competitive edge.

Online learning

This CPD course in Digital Manufacturing is delivered entirely online, using MyPlace (Moodle) as the delivery vehicle. The course itself comprises of videos, articles, discussion forums, tutorials, quizzes and interactive activities. 

Students will need access to a computer or laptop and the internet.

Online education has numerous benefits, for instance, many students can’t make enough time for on-campus courses due to their full-time work schedules, family, and other personal responsibilities. Due to the nature of this course there will be no day to day support instead students will have the flexibility to work at their own pace. Online delivery offers the flexibility increasingly required by professionals in the field.

Choosing us as your CPD training provider

We are a leading provider of CPD training in Scotland.  Our programmes are delivered by University of Strathclyde staff equipped with in-depth research knowledge and years of practical industrial experience in the field.

Our training is built on solid academic foundations of what makes a difference. Participants on our courses will be awarded a digital Certificate of Performance in Project Management from the University of Strathclyde.

Professor Jorn Mehnen

Course lead

Professor Jorn Mehnen is passionate about Advanced Digital Manufacturing. His research aims to deliver new and exciting scientific insights as well as practical technological solutions that help industry and academia alike. Advanced Digital Manufacturing encompasses Industry 4.0 technology, Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and utilises latest developments in Cloud Manufacturing and Big Data Analytics. My work around Design for Industry 4.0 and Digital Manufacturing is aiming to improve existing Manufacturing Systems to make them smarter, more autonomous and agile, cost efficient, better connected and well informed Through-Life. These efforts are supported by research into Additive Manufacturing, Data Analytics, Computational Intelligence and Visualisation.

There is a lot of hype surrounding digital manufacturing and I hope this course will help guide attendees through the minefield of jargon and gain an understanding of the opportunities for their organization.

Read more about Professor Jorn Mehnen here