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MMRI Industrial Training Program

The McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) at McMaster University is offers a problem-based educational program in the area of advanced manufacturing. With more than 20 years of experience in teaching, research, and industrial activities, the MMRI is uniquely positioned to provide quality, industry-informed training that uses all of its resources, including facilities, industry scale equipment, and experts in the field.

In this program, you will:

  • Take multiple one-day modules on topics in advanced manufacturing 
  • Develop your problem-solving skills
  • Work side-by-side with experts in the field
  • Solve a real industry problem in a hands-on final project
  • Earn certificates from McMaster University
  • Make connections with employers

The McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) Industrial Training Program aims to empower workers who have been impacted by the current automotive and advanced manufacturing labour markets with the skills they need in order to thrive in the workplace and connect them with opportunities to advance the manufacturing industry. Whether you are seeking employment, looking to increase your value in your company, or are just starting your career, the MMRI Industrial Training Program will give you the edge you need to stand out to employers.

Advanced manufacturing is the implementation of new technologies for product and process improvement and is essential for companies to grow and maintain their competitive advantage. It can be divided into three core areas: processes, material characterization, and industry 4.0.

Offering specialized training in these three areas, the MMRI Industrial Training Program is designed to complement an existing skill set acquired through previous education. There are courses suitable for anyone with a relevant college diploma and more challenging courses for those with university or post-graduate degrees. Through engaging, in-depth modules, you will explore foundational topics in advanced manufacturing, learn how to use instruments to identify issues and find solutions, and apply your knowledge to work through a real industry problem.

Modules are being offered on an ongoing basis, as outlined under the COURSES tab, and you can apply at any time.  Earn a course certificate by taking 6 modules and completing a relevant project or pick and choose individual modules according to your interests.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, all courses, consultations, and project work will be offered online. Updates for the 2021 course offerings will be provided as the situation unfolds.

The MMRI Industrial Training Program offers over 30 one day modules in three core areas in the field of advanced manufacturing. All modules are one day long. Develop your own custom course by selecting modules that target your individual needs and interests. Earn a course certificate in one area by completing 4 modules from that area, 2 other modules of your choice, and a relevant project representing 8-10 hours of effort over 2-3 weeks.


Process knowledge is critical in advanced manufacturing. Learn about the science behind machining, forming, and metal additive manufacturing and how to apply that knowledge to maximize value in production operations.

See Processes Modules




Cutting tool and workpiece materials have a significant impact on the final product. Learn about the science of material characterization and how to conduct tests that allow you to optimize product performance, identify wear triggers, and prevent early failure.

See Materials Modules


Industry 4.0

Manufacturing is constantly changing as new technologies are integrated into the production process. Learn how to leverage machine learning, data collection, process modelling, and related concepts to boost efficiency and give your organization a competitive edge.

See Industry 4.0 Modules


Current Offerings


Dr. Maryam Aramesh

Dr. Maryam Aramesh is an Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University. She is also the MMRI Educational Program Manger. She is responsible for managing different educational activities at the MMRI. Her main role is to develop the structure and content associated with our MMRI Industrial Training Program.

Dr. Abul Arif

Abul-Fazal Arif is a Senior Research Associate at MMRI, McMaster University. Prior to joining MMRI, he served various universities as a faculty member of mechanical engineering. He has more than 20 years of teaching, research, program development, and product design experience.

Dr. Bipasha Bose

Dr. Bipasha Bose has several years of working and teaching experience in the field of Materials, Manufacturing and Metallurgical Engineering. She obtained her PhD and MESc degrees in Mechanical and Materials Engineering from Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. Bipasha earned her BSc in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Currently she is working as a Manager, Materials Property Assessment at MMRI. She has been instrumental in establishing and leading MMRI's Materials Property Assessment Laboratory (MPAL) to support MMRI and its academic and industry partners in advanced materials/manufacturing related challenges. She also worked as a lecturer at Western University and now works as a faculty member at the Metallurgy program of McMaster University Continuing Education.  

Dr. Mohammad Reza Gholipour

Mohammad Reza Gholipour received his Ph.D. from the Chemical Engineering Department of Laval University in the area of Material Science, with a focus on synthesis and characterization of nanocomposites. After his Ph.D. studies, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Polytechnique Montreal on developing novel processes for heavy metal removal applications. He is currently working as a product specialist at Anton Paar Canada on four main product lines including Material Surface Characterization (Indentation & Scratch Tester), Nano Surface Properties (AFM instrument), Raman Technology as well as Microwave Reactors (Chemical Synthesis and Digestion). 

Mr. Sandeep Grewal

Sandeep Grewal received a BSc from McMaster University in the field of Physics.  For the past 20 years, Sandeep has been servicing, supporting, and selling Atomic Force Microscopes and other Surface Science instruments throughout Canada. He is currently working as a sales specialist at Anton Paar Canada with four main product lines, including Material Surface Characterization (Indentation, Scratch Tester and Tribology) and Nano Surface Properties (AFM instrument).

Christopher Koch

Christopher Koch is the lead Sr. Field Application Engineer for Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions (BCDS) for the North and South American regions. In this role for the last 6 years, Chris is the leading technical expert on BCDS smart sensor devices and has implemented numerous projects in various fields, including Smart Manufacturing, Smart City, Telematics and Logistics. Prior to BCDS, he worked as a design engineer for Neoventus Design Group, focusing on embedded design for a wide range of devices, including analog switch boards, IoT devices, capacitive touch interfaces and flex circuit boards. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic and State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, he started his career working on power management solutions with Square D.

Dr. Jose Mario de Paiva

Jose Mario de Paiva received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from PUC in Brazil. As a core MMRI member he has completed a wide range of research projects and instructed courses in machining and manufacturing. He currently works with various companies, both local and abroad, converting MMRI research results into high performance manufacturing solutions.

Dr. Sushant Rawal

Dr. Sushant Rawal did his Ph.D. at the Centre of Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee. He has worked as a Researcher, Supervisor, Faculty, and Administrator and has 16+ years of experience in research, leadership, project management, teaching, supervision, manufacturing, and laboratory development. He has over 45 publications in international journals and over 370 citations. Dr. Rawal is currently working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and a Surface Engineering Specialist and is involved in the development and characterization of various PVD coatings for novel high-performance tooling at McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI), McMaster University, Canada. Surface engineering is critical to improving the productivity and quality of manufacturing processes in a cost effective way.

Dr. Ehsan Rezabeigi

Ehsan Rezabeigi; Ph.D., P.Eng., received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Materials Engineering from the University of Tehran and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University where the focus of his research was on the development of highly porous (up to 93%) PLA/Bioglass® nanocomposite bone scaffolds with enhanced mechanical and bioactive properties. He received the Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Prize in 2016 for this research. He afterwards joined the research community at École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) and then McGill University as a postdoctoral researcher after he was awarded the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship. Since then, he has been involved in several major research projects at McGill including the 3D-printing of complex tissue-mimicking structures using a novel densified collagen-based bioink; production of rapidly mineralizing hybridized scaffolds; and measuring blood biomechanics via a new contactless, nondestructive method in real-time. Additionally, Dr. Rezabeigi has been a PT Faculty Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Aerospace Engineering (MIAE) at Concordia University where he has taught several materials and manufacturing courses to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Ms. Shagha Rouzmeh

Shagha is currently an Engineering Program Manager at Medtronic where she leads cross-functional teams to achieve program objectives and provide safe care to the patients who are in need of the treatment. She holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnique de Montreal and a Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain and Operation Management from McGill University in Montreal. 

Shagha began her career as an engineer in aerospace over 10 years ago. With a keen eye for continuous improvement, she found her passion in leading projects and working with diverse teams to improve business and reach organization’s objectives. In 2015, working as Zodiac aerospace,  she obtained her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and took on a role of Lean leader where she leveraged her problem-solving mindset and execution skills as a Corrective Action Board manager and coached lean champions across the organization through various projects. 

After obtaining her Black belt, Shagha started her collaborations with various industries such as construction and healthcare as a Senior Lean Six Sigma Consultant. Ever since, she has assisted in various training and workshops helping them improve their operations.

In 2018, she took the role of program manager at Safran Cabin for a new line of product.  She was responsible for providing visionary leadership to the program and operational team for development and sustaining products.

Dr. Ali Shahvarpour

Dr. Shahvarpour holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Spine Biomechanics from Polytechnique de Montréal. He has over twelve years of research and industrial experience in the biomedical field. In his current role as a Reliability professional at Medtronic, he is responsible for product reliability, safety and risk management. With a solid knowledge of medical device regulations and standards (e.g. MDD, MDR, ISO 13485 and IEC 60601-1), he supports the entire value stream to ensure the patients receive a safe therapy without interruption.

Dr. Mohsen Tayefeh

As an innovation and technology leader, Mohsen provides methodologies for the implementation of technologies and engineering services such as Advanced Simulation, Reliability, IIOT, Simulation Driven Generative, Machine Learning, Vibration Condition Monitoring, MEMS, Safety, and Topology optimization (Generative Design). He has accredited publications in Electromechanical Systems with a focus on realistic computational science considering all physics involved and the stochastic nature of properties and topologies. He has a strong technical and successful management background in various industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees and Ph.D. studies in Mechanical engineering. His solid education in Technology and Business along with a long history in major industries makes him an excellent visionary. His involvement in IOT infrastructure, Advance Manufacturing, Intelligent Systems, and Smart Maintenance brings great value in the development and implementation of applied methodologies.

MMRI Director

Dr. Stephen Veldhuis

Dr. Stephen Veldhuis is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at McMaster University and Director of McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI). Through his involvement in the MMRI, Dr. Veldhuis has worked with many researchers and industrial partners on leading edge manufacturing technologies.

His areas of interest in high-performance manufacturing include: continuous improvement through Lean initiatives targeting tooling improvements and process development/optimization and Industry 4.0 technologies including process modeling, sensor integration, industrial Internet of Things (iIOT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning (ML), all of which are applied to realize higher levels of digitization on the shop floor to drive better decision making.

Financial Assistance is available for those who demonstrate need. Please complete the Request for Financial Assistance.

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Get Started with 3 Easy Steps

STEP 1: To apply to the program, click here:

APPLY-General Application

STEP 2: Upon admittance to the program, you will consult with a program advisor to determine the best course selection for you. Together, you will discuss learning objectives, challenges, and project ideas to ensure that you benefit as much as possible from the program. Details about your consultation will be provided with your acceptance.

STEP 3: Courses are being offered on an ongoing basis. Start anytime.


McMaster Undergraduate Students

A selection of our courses will be available to McMaster undergraduate students shortly.


Our first graduates are expected in February 2021.

Employers: Please check back for a list of program graduates and information on how you can invite these highly-skilled people to join your team.

This Employment Ontario Program is funded by the Government of Ontario




Is this program right for me?

This program is designed for industry professionals, whether you entered the working world with a college diploma or earned a PhD. As a specialized, skill-building further education opportunity in advanced manufacturing, the program will complement your prior experience and education, and challenge you to find solutions to today’s problems. It will help you develop new skills and knowledge that will prepare you to confidently meet the future of manufacturing and take you further in your career.

Will these courses be run again if I can’t make the first dates set out?

Yes. Courses will continue to be offered after the current cycle at the regular tuition price.

What safety precautions are you taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Under these unusual circumstances, we will be offering all our courses online. Where project work requires lab presence, personal protective equipment combined with appropriate distancing will keep students and staff safe.

Can McMaster undergraduate students take these courses?

Yes, select courses, marked (*) are available to McMaster undergraduate students, and the fees for these courses are covered by McMaster Engineering Co-op and Career Services.

This Employment Ontario Program is funded by the Government of Ontario



We are happy to answer any questions you may have about this exciting program. Feel free to reach out by phone or e-mail.


Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24285

This Employment Ontario Program is funded by the Government of Ontario


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