• Manufacturing Management Careers Look Bright in Canada

The pace of manufacturing is constantly accelerating—it’s never too soon to sharpen your competitive edge.

According to the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters’ Management Issues Survey, the occupational segment among manufacturers with the largest expected growth-of-need over the next five years is not skilled production or technicians and engineers—it’s management.

To help address that need, Athabasca University (AU) has launched an online Manufacturing Management certificate of completion (MMC) in partnership with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Centre of Excellence.

Athabasca University’s Manufacturing Management certificate of completion enables you to cultivate business intelligence while maintaining resources focused on production. Courses on leadership, supply chain, safety management, financial decision-making, and quality management among others, will help you discover new strategies for enhancing efficiency, stimulating productivity, and driving innovation.

Benefits to students

It is common practice in manufacturing to promote production employees into supervisory or management positions—opportunity abounds. The online MMC prepares students for long-term success in management by providing immediately applicable knowledge, skills and strong peer mentorship, without requiring travel to a classroom.

You will also earn part-time student status while enrolled in the courses.

Online certificate of completion requirements

The online Manufacturing Management certificate of completion is made up of eight courses worth one graduate level credit each (see schedule). All eight credits must be completed to earn the Manufacturing Management certificate of completion. Online courses can be taken in any order.


Fees are $1108 per course which includes all materials, and Graduate Student Association fees of $13 per credit. AU alumni (degree holders only) will receive a 20% reduction.

Transfer credit available

All eight online courses can transfer to a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Leadership and Management (PBDLM). You will need to complete ten additional credits to satisfy requirements to earn the PBDLM.  In addition, three online courses may transfer for one three-credit elective within Athabasca University’s online MBA for executives should you meet the entry requirements and be accepted into the MBA.

What will you learn?

You will:

  • gain a grounded knowledge of management, through new tools, techniques, theories and concepts to lead your team, manage projects and analyze budgets within your organization;
  • have the ability to think strategically and make sound decisions based on a rooted understanding of business;
  • be better prepared for the challenges of management and promotional opportunities at your organization;
  • be exposed to other professionals from a variety of manufacturing businesses and share best practices;
  • challenge each others thinking and work through issues and opportunities facing the manufacturing sector.

Who should enroll?

The primary group intended for this online program are individuals already employed within manufacturing operations, either as new managers or with potential to move into management roles. Candidates in administration, sales, marketing and other roles are also encouraged.

Course Schedule

While students may begin the MMC with any course, beginning with 593-LIMM The Future of Canadian Manufacturing in May 2017 is preferable.




  • Receive 2/3 tuition reimbursement
  • Up to $10,000 per employee available
  • Up to $300,000 per year per company
Grant Information


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