Certified Professionals

CESMII is helping grow and train the network of professionals ready to support manufacturers with tasks like establishing a technology-enabled strategic roadmap, implementing technology initiatives that support the business strategy, and developing a Smart Manufacturing infrastructure.

An Ecosystem of Professionals Ready to Support Your Smart Manufacturing Initiative

Most manufacturers are planning or undergoing a digital transformation to improve productivity, incorporate new technologies in their products and production processes, comply with new regulatory requirements, and remain competitive in the global marketplace. Manufacturers are upgrading the way they perform and manage production and are even rethinking their business models and supply chains—all of which are elevating the bar for manufacturing operational excellence.

However, the manufacturer’s internal team is being challenged. Manufacturers have consistently listed the lack of skilled talent as a top constraint to advancing their Smart Manufacturing initiatives. CESMII is working with the network of educators and trainers to help manufacturers increase the skills in their workforce, but manufacturers should also consider using external resources to support their internal team with specialized skills.

CESMII is helping grow and train the network of professionals ready to support manufacturers with tasks like establishing a technology-enabled strategic roadmap, implementing technology initiatives that support the business strategy, and developing a Smart Manufacturing infrastructure. A SM systems infrastructure that is flexible, scalable, secure, and able to keep up with changes as the business and technology landscape continues to evolve. A SM systems infrastructure that allows the business to take advantage of new technologies like IIoT, information platforms, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, robotics, and supply chain connectivity solutions.

The combination of internal and external resources allows a manufacturer to move faster while they are enhancing the skills of their internal team. A combined approach can provide the most flexibility to meet business objectives in a timely manner, compensate for temporary internal limitations, and take advantage of the strengths of external resources.

A proven way to accelerate the Smart Manufacturing journey is to align the business and technology strategies with a clear plan of action. CESMII’s Smart Manufacturing Acceleration Roadmap Framework and network of certified professionals can address the challenge with this comprehensive blueprint to guide innovators through assessing their organization’s current state, identifying challenges and opportunities, and establishing a strategic roadmap specifically tailored to achieve the business goals. The approach guides the manufacturer’s internal team to review six areas of business practices (strategy, culture, processes, systems, workforce, and supply chain), align the team, and establish specific programs to achieve their desired future state and practices.

Manufacturers with a strong ecosystem of collaborative partners will be better prepared to overcome future challenges by leveraging the specialized expertise of external resources while their internal team maintains the strategic business direction and coordinates execution of the initiatives.

CESMII Certified Smart Manufacturing Roadmap Professionals

The first cohort of CESMII Certified Smart Manufacturing Roadmap Professionals completed their certifications in the winter of 2024. Additional courses are being offered through 2024 with the anticipation of certifying 100+ additional professionals.

Jim Wetzel

Jim Wetzel

Founder, NxGen Group

CERT #: SMAR1101

Sherri McCleary

Sherri McCleary

Executive Director, Digital Foundry New Kensington

CERT #: SMAR1102

Craig Dory

Craig Dory

Executive Director, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

CERT #: SMAR1103

Mike Yost

Mike Yost

Executive Director, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

CERT #: SMAR1104

Arthur Crider

Arthur Crider

Regional VP, South Carolina MEP

CERT #: SMAR1106

Tony Moore

Tony Moore

Director of Operations, South Carolina MEP

CERT #: SMAR1107

Chris Rauch

Chris Rauch

Regional VP, South Carolina MEP

CERT #: SMAR1108

Brian Kuney

Brian Kuney

Regional VP, South Carolina MEP

CERT #: SMAR1109

Terry LeDoux

Terry LeDoux

Founder, Terry LeDoux Consulting

CERT #: SMAR1110

David Woods

David Woods

Process Improvement Coach, South Carolina MEP

CERT #: SMAR1111

Mike Ungar

Mike Ungar

CEO, Industry 4.0 Club, Executive Coach at FocalPoint

CERT #: SMAR1112

Dale Turner

Dale Turner

VP SM Innovation Centers, CESMII

CERT #: SMAR1114

Jeff Winter

Jeff Winter

Senior Director of Industry Strategy, Hitachi Solutions

CERT #: SMAR1115

Roadmap Professionals

This 8-week online course teaches consultants, advisors, and innovation champions about the CESMII Smart Manufacturing Acceleration Roadmap Framework, providing tools and preparing them for certification as Smart Manufacturing Roadmap Professionals.

Endorsed Education

To accomplish our Smart Manufacturing education mission on a national scale, CESMII partners with a wide network of education and training organizations that share these goals and provide education aligned with the 7 Principles of Smart Manufacturing.

Interoperability Professionals

UNDER DEVELOPMENT

We are working on a certification offering for systems integrators and technology partners that focuses on SMIP-compliant applications for small and medium manufacturers.

Smart Manufacturing Acceleration Roadmap Certification Course

This eight-week, online certification course is designed to educate consultants, advisors and innovation champions working with manufacturers on the CESMII Smart Manufacturing Acceleration Roadmap Framework, equip them the supporting toolkit, and prepare them to take the certification exam to become a certified Smart Manufacturing Roadmap Professional. Supported by an expert mentor, you’ll engage with hands-on projects to assess sample organization’s current and desired future states along six critical areas of world-class manufacturers.

By successfully completing the course projects, deliverables, and accompanying certification test, you will develop knowledge and capabilities to ensure your future client engagements are successful and your work is consistent with SM principles and the SM roadmap process developed by CESMII. Upon passing the certification test, you will receive a certificate from CESMII that designates you as a Smart Manufacturing Roadmap Professional.

Upon successful completion of this course and certification test, participants will be able to demonstrate competency across the following learning areas. Learning goals and competencies for each module are located in the digital classroom.

CESMII’s Smart Manufacturing Acceleration Roadmap Framework

The six-part process to develop the Smart Manufacturing Strategic Plan which includes, identified and prioritized high-value target areas, alignment across the organization, alignment with other digital transformation efforts and alignment to support the objectives of the overall manufacturing strategic plan.

Explore

The first step of the smart manufacturing acceleration roadmap framework meant to increase client exposure to smart manufacturing, its impact, and why it matters.

Assess

The CESMII self-assessment survey is used along with the resulting smart manufacturing state transition matrix to establish the current state of capabilities and competitiveness of the organization as achieved through people, processes, and technology.

Focus

The third step of the smart manufacturing acceleration roadmap framework meant to align the current state with a desired future state enabled by SM mindset and tools.

Roadmap

A strategic (not tactical) roadmap is created in which business objectives are identified and the corresponding improvement areas and initiatives are articulated. A process is used to create the roadmap.

Smart Manufacturing Acceleration Roadmap Professional Certification

2024 Course Schedule

CESMII Endorsed Education Program

To accomplish our Smart Manufacturing education mission on a national scale, CESMII partners with a wide network of education and training organizations that share these goals and provide education aligned with the 7 Principles of Smart Manufacturing. 

To qualify for the CESMII Endorsed Program, all courses are reviewed to include the following skills: Industry 4.0, interoperability, scalability, analytical and orchestration capabilities that build on top of Industry 3.0 capabilities. To submit your course for consideration please provide the following information.

Target Audience

  • Manufacturing business leaders & innovation champions
  • Manufacturing system designers & architects
  • Manufacturing solution/application implementer or system integrator
  • Manufacturing data/systems analyst & report development staff
  • Manufacturing information model manager or data profile developer
  • Predictive analysis modeler & process engineer
  • Operations & value chain continuous improvement engineer

Smart Manufacturing Interoperability Professionals Certification

UNDER DEVELOPMENT

We are working on a certification offering for systems integrators and technology partners that focuses on SMIP-compliant applications for small and medium manufacturers. Smart Manufacturing Interoperability Professionals will learn about the CESMII SM Architecture Strategy and the importance of SMIP in digital manufacturing transformation. This certification will equip participants to bring innovative solutions to market and support SMMs in their digital transformation journey.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact education@cesmii.org.