Fundamentals of
Smart Manufacturing

A significant collaboration in the Tooling U-SME and CESMII workforce partnership is the Fundamentals of Smart Manufacturing learning package that covers essential methodologies for today’s manufacturing ecosystem. SM impacts many job roles, from leadership, engineering and the frontline workforce, to educators training the next generation of manufacturers. These new resources set a common foundation and language that enables cross-disciplinary innovation, ensuring American manufacturing competitiveness.


Tooling U-SME works with thousands of companies, including more than half of all Fortune 500® manufacturers and nearly 1,000 educational institutions across the country. Tooling U-SME focuses on the design and distribution of learning resources, and tailoring solutions to the needs of the manufacturing community. With Tooling U-SME’s extensive training experience, its reach into industry and academia, and CESMII’s subject matter expertise and expertise in smart manufacturing technology and business practices, the CESMII and Tooling U-SME collaboration will expedite adoption and drive progress through transformational workforce development.


“Our vision, as two nonprofit organizations focused on creating a more productive and competitive manufacturing environment, is completely aligned around accelerating the transformation of the U.S. manufacturing workforce.” 

Jeannine Kunz

Chief Workforce Officer, Tooling U-SME

course offerings

Introduction to Smart Manufacturing

  • Introduction to Smart Manufacturing (new)  
  • Smart Business Strategy – Adopting Smart (new)
  • Smart Business Strategy – Digital Enterprise
  • Smart Business Strategy – Data Management

Capturing & Organizing Data

  • IIoT Infrastructure and Smart Manufacturing (new)
  • Big Data and Smart Manufacturing*
  • Introduction to the Industrial Internet of Things
  • Data Collection Fundamentals
  • Data Collection: Inventory and Maintenance
  • Automatic Identification Technology

Connecting Data, Platforms & Systems in Smart Manufacturing

  • Integrating Across System Architecture Layers for Smart Manufacturing*
  • Integrating Across Business Functions for Smart Manufacturing*
  • Introduction to Digital Networks
  • Introduction to PLCs
  • Introduction to Digital Thread
  • Introduction to Digital Twin
  • Vision Systems

Providing Insights for Enhanced Decision Making

  • Digital Lean – Enhancing Lean with Digital Techniques*
  • SPC Overview
  • Troubleshooting
  • Continuous Process Improvement: Managing Flow
  • Continuous Process Improvement: Identifying and Eliminating Waste

Automating Flow & Control

  • Smart Manufacturing Process Modeling and Optimization*
  • Automated Systems and Control
  • Introduction to Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Applications
  • Augmented Worker*
  • Applications for Robots
  • Introduction to Collaborative Robots
  • Smart/Digital Supply Chain*


  • Securing the Smart Manufacturing Infrastructure*
  • Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Basics
  • Cybersecurity for Manufacturing: Malware Overview
  • Cybersecurity for Manufacturing: Hacking Overview
  • Cybersecurity for Manufacturing: Wireless Networks

* Classes with an asterisk are under development and coming soon.

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