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MMRI Industrial Training Program

In partnership with Employment Ontario, the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) at McMaster University is now offering 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 courses 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 a certificate 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: machining, material characterization, and industry 4.0.

Offering specialized training in these three areas (or "streams"), the MMRI Industrial Training Program is designed to complement an existing skill set acquired through previous education. It is suitable for anyone with a relevant college diploma or university degree, including post-graduate degrees. Through engaging, in-depth courses, 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.

Courses will begin in October 2020. By taking one course per week, you can obtain a certificate in one stream in 3 months. You can obtain certificates in all three streams in 6 months.

Or, pick and choose individual courses according to your interests.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, all 2020 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 is generously supported by Employment Ontario.

The MMRI Industrial Training Program offers 20 short courses (micro-credentials) in three core streams in the field of advanced manufacturing. All courses are one day long. By taking a series of courses, you can earn a certificate in any of the following three streams:


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.


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 failure.

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.


Within each stream there are required courses (R) and elective courses (E). Required courses are unique to the chosen stream and will introduce you to foundational knowledge in that area of advanced manufacturing. Elective courses can be taken from across all three streams and offer the flexibility within which to explore your interests. Each course revolves around real industry case studies.

After completing all course requirements, you will apply what you learned to solve a real problem in an industry relevant project. Provided projects are available, but you are encouraged to suggest a project that corresponds to your work. Program advisors will discuss different project options with you to help you determine a challenge that suits your unique situation.

Successful completion of four required courses within the chosen stream, four elective courses selected from across the three streams, and an industry relevant project will grant you a certificate in one stream. All certificates are issued digitally from McMaster University.



Training Program Courses


 The MMRI Industrial Training Program is generously supported by Employment Ontario.


Dr. Maryam Aramesh

Maryam Aramesh obtained her Ph.D. from the Polytechnique Montreal in Manufacturing Engineering. As the Professional Education Development Manager at the MMRI, 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. Bipasha Bose

Dr. Bipasha Bose has several years of working and teaching experience in the field of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering. She holds a PhD 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 and MSc in Materials and Mechanical Engineering from Western University. Currently she is working as a Manager, Materials Property Assessment and leads the Material Property Assessment Laboratory (MPAL) at the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI). She is also a faculty member with the Metallurgy program of the McMaster Centre for Continuing Education.

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. 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. 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. 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.


The MMRI Industrial Training Program is generously supported by Employment Ontario.

Tuition fees: 

Individual Course Fee: $500 CAD

Certificate Fee (8 courses and 1 Project): $4,500 CAD + project expenses

($500 of which will be reimbursed if the certificate is completed by March 31, 2021)

*$1,000 CAD McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) special project support (access to MMRI staff, equipment, and instruments) is available till March 31, 2021 to support certificate project work.

Learners employed with NGen Organization Members

For NGen Industry Members there is a special Promotional Certificate Fee (must complete the full certificate by March 31, 2021): $3,600 CAD

NGen membership is free. Become and NGen member here.

The NGen AmpUp program is currently paying 50% of the certificate Fee for NGen Industry partner members*:

Industry Participants pay $1,800 CAD for the full certificate.

*Click here for details of the NGen AmpUP program.

Individual learners looking to find a job in the manufacturing sector or advance their careers

Financial assistance is available for Ontario participants who qualify for the Employment Ontario RapidSkills program. Please indicate your need in your application.

Payment is not required until time of invoicing.  All financial assistance will be applied prior to invoicing.

To be considered for  Employment Ontario funding, individuals currently underemployed or unemployed are required to complete a detailed form outlining their specific circumstances. Details on the form will be provided at the time of registration.

Get Started with 3 Easy Steps

STEP 1: To apply for the upcoming program offering, click here:


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: Your courses will start in October, 2020.



The MMRI Industrial Training Program is generously supported by Employment Ontario.


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.


The MMRI Industrial Training Program is generously supported by Employment 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.


The MMRI Industrial Training Program is generously supported by Employment 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 20022


The MMRI Industrial Training Program is generously supported by Employment Ontario.

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