Why Advanced Manufacturing Systems?
Revolutionize your career with the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Advanced Manufacturing Systems (BS-AVMS) degree, co-developed with General Electric.
Important note: this program involves workplace challenges and projects that will be completed in-person at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) in Springfield, Massachusetts. Students must be able to attend on-ground lab courses at STCC, where about 30% of the program (and no more than 50%) has to be completed in Springfield, MA, on ground. (The rest can be completed online).
The accelerated Bachelor of Science in Advanced Manufacturing Systems (BS-AVMS) degree was co-developed with General Electric. The program was built from the ground up to give you the experience and skills that will put you in demand in the thriving field of advanced manufacturing. This first-of-its-kind program represents a new model of education where real-world experience earns university credit, removing the divide between work and learning.
There is tremendous demand for those with advanced manufacturing systems skills, where according to a 2015 study by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, an estimated 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will be created over the next decade. Those with a college degree and advanced technical skills will be in high demand, according to the Washington Post.
The curriculum is organized around real workplace challenges or projects that provide hands-on learning experiences. You will complete coursework through functional areas related to five tracks within advanced manufacturing (e.g., within Inspections, you might complete a project involving nondestructive testing equipment and techniques). And you’ll apply these skills in the lab space with support and coaching from industry mentors and Northeastern. At the end of the program, you’ll complete a comprehensive capstone project that helps you synthesize what you’ve learned.
The program is designed to meet you where you are at. If you have prior relevant experience, you can get “sign off” by demonstrating proficiency—helping you earn college credit for what you learned on the job, allowing you to complete the program faster.
A degree in advanced manufacturing systems can revolutionize your career.
- Program co-developed with General Electric
- First-of-its kind program represents a new model of education where real world experience earns university credit
- An estimated 3.4 million manufacturing jobs to be created in the next decade, according to The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte
- Curriculum organized around real workplace challenges and projects to provide hands-on learning experiences
- Program culminates with a comprehensive capstone project
Job demand for advanced manufacturing is rapidly growing:
- In 2011, 53% of all manufacturing workers had at least some college education, up from 43% in 1994, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration.
- Of 1.9 million job postings in the manufacturing industry during 2015, 68% required or preferred candidates with a bachelor's degree, according to Burning Glass Technologies.
- According to a 2015 study by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, an estimated 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will be created over the next decade.
What you'll study
Note: Courses listed below with titles in parenthesis are pending approval.
Minimum 120 total semester hours required
Minimum 2.000 GPA required
Students must earn a minimum of 60 Northeastern University semester hours in order to receive a bachelor’s degree.
Note: Individual program requirements may exceed the above minima.
All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.
26 semester hours required
Complete one of the following two courses with corresponding labs:
Advanced Manufacturing Foundation Courses
24 semester hours required
Advanced Manufacturing Core Courses
45 semester hours required
Advanced Manufacturing Capstone
Grand challenges at the end of each accelerator will make up this requirement:
Complete a minimum of 15 semester hours.