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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Certificate Programs

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers three certificate programs in Human-Computer InteractionManufacturing Engineering and Human Factors in Medical Devices and Systems. All certificate programs are open to students with a bachelor's degree and require the completion of four courses.

Human-Computer Interaction Certificate Program

With hardware processing power increasing and software development techniques improving, the user interface is quickly becoming the key bottleneck in developing computer products that meet market needs.

When the human-computer interface does not reflect the needs of the intended users, products fail in the marketplace and enormous sums of money are spent on documentation, help lines, and training courses to overcome the difficulties of running programs. Much of this difficulty can be avoided with proper attention to both the physical and psychological constraints of the user.

Extending the expertise of its internationally recognized Human Factors Engineering program, Tufts has designed this certificate program to train the next generation of computer programmers for tomorrow's complex programming challenges. Students must complete four courses, including those in engineering psychology, user interface design, and computer programming. Students interested in earning a graduate degree can often apply these certificate courses toward a master's degree in computer science or human factors.

Manufacturing Engineering Certificate Program

As the United States continues to compete in global markets, the need for manufacturing engineers who can design, build, operate, and manage competitive production systems has never been greater.

Excellence in three-dimensional design and production—especially knowledge of quality CAD, CAM, CNC machining, and robotics—remains critical as industries strive to reduce labor costs, increase productivity and profitability, tighten performance standards, and improve quality.

The certificate program educates students in the latest technologies through a hands-on, industry-based curriculum, and contributes to the formation of future leaders in manufacturing engineering.

Medical Devices and Systems Certificate Program

The rate of preventable deaths due to medical error is huge. A widely cited report published in 2016 suggests at least 250,000 patients die each year due to medical error, making it the third leading cause of death in the USA. A large percentage of these deaths are related to poor user interface design.

Recognizing the medical error "epidemic," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires the manufacturers to Class II and III devices to apply HFE through the device development process and validate that representative users can operate them safely. This requirement has increased the demand for professionals in the field of human factors engineering who have special knowledge about the design and evaluation of medical technology.

The Human Factors Engineering Program at Tufts University can help prepare you to enter this exciting field.

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