PLM Certificate Program

The Purdue PLM Certificate Program combines concepts with experiential learning to maximize a practical, “real world” focus on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). The program focuses on areas that are critical for any successful PLM implementation – digital product definition, product data management and "downstream" processes like virtual manufacturing. After completing this program, participants will have a better understanding of these interconnected technologies that enable companies to make better business decisions throughout the lifecycle of a product. What really makes the Purdue program different from other PLM Certificate Programs are the hands-on workshops in a miniature PLM environment where concepts are demonstrated in a way a lecture or readings cannot.

There are three (3) courses in the certificate program. Each has 30 hours of content divided into modules. Each module contains lecture videos, readings, hands-on workshops, discussion boards, and a quiz. Participants can work through the material on their own but help from an instructor is never far away. We have found that peer discussion boards are valuable to participants because they offer another point of view. The courses utilize the Siemens PLM Software suite of tools (NX and Teamcenter) for examples of PLM methods. However, the core processes and methods apply to any PLM toolset. As a result, anyone looking to enhance their knowledge of PLM toolsets and process would benefit from these courses. The program was developed in conjunction with The Boeing Company. Now the courses are available to participants from all companies and industries.

Participants need access to high speed, broadband Internet service and a personal computer with up-to-date internet browser to connect to course material and the virtual PLM environment. Participants need to have working knowledge of PC and web based applications. A three button mouse is recommended for hands-on workshops involving virtual computers. The certificate program is intended for professionals outside of a degree program. Three (3.0) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded upon completion of each course in the series. The certificate is awarded upon completion of all 3 courses. The courses are intended to be taken in order.

2017 PLM Certificate Programs

Digital Product Definition in PLM Environments
Oct. 19, 2017
Nov. 20, 2017
Product Data and Configuration Management in PLM Environments
Oct. 19, 2017
Nov. 20, 2017
PLM Across the Enterprises
Oct. 19, 2017
Nov. 20, 2017

PLM Staff

Center Director

Nathan Hartman, Ed.D.
Professor of Computer Graphics Technology
Director, Product Lifecycle Management Center
Director of Strategic Research Area in Advanced Manufacturing

Purdue Polytechnic Institute
Purdue University
Knoy Hall Room 311
401 N. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2021

Office Phone: (765) 496-6104
Main Phone: (765) 412-3054
Fax: (765) 494-9267


Amy B. Mueller
Clinical Assistant Professor
Office Phone: (765) 496-7948

Rosemary Astheimer
Continuing Lecturer
Office Phone: (781) 514-5444

Contact Information

Computer Graphics Technology Department

Knoy Hall
Room 363
401 N. Grant St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: 765-494-7505

PLM Professional Education

Office Phone: (765) 496-1363

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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