FAQ PLM Certificate Program

How about some basic info about the PLM Certificate Program?

How do I register?

What kind of computer access do I need for the course?

What kind of technology is used in the certificate program?

What is Blackboard?

What is Adobe Connect?

What is MeetingOne?

What is Skytap?

What is Siemens PLM software?

Will I become a Siemens PLM software expert as a result of these courses?

Can I benefit even if I don’t know how to use CAD or PDM software?

When are classes?

What if I miss a class?

How long are the courses that make up the certificate program?

How much time outside of class is expected?

What if I finish Course 1 but can’t sign up for Course 2?

Do the three courses in the certificate program have to be taken in order?

What kind of credit will I receive?

How do I get the certificate?

Can I try it before I buy it?

Is there a chance that the course will not run as scheduled?

Who usually takes these courses?

 

How about some basic info about the PLM Certificate Program?

Purdue’s Product Lifecycle Management Certificate Program Courses are currently being offered as three 5 week classes that meet Monday’s and Wednesday’s 7-9 pm ET. We meet in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom for lecture/discussion on Mondays and use Skytap virtual computers for Lab on Wednesday. The instructor is on live via web cam during these times to present the material. We are using Siemen’s PLM Software products NX and Teamcenter in the labs but the concepts covered in the class are applicable to other products. The courses do not need to be taken in order (recommended however) but all three classes must be taken to receive the Purdue Certificate. Each course completed earns you 3 CEU’s (Continuing Education Credits). To participate you need a computer with access to broad-band, high-speed internet with up-to-date internet browser, Java and Flash during the class and lab sessions. You are also required to have a 3 button mouse or equivalent. You need a telephone for the audio or use the mic and speakers on your computer. Having 2 monitors is helpful but not required. The cost is $3,000 per course.

How do I register?

Registration for Course 1 (#13727) Jan 13 - Feb 17, 2014: www.distance.purdue.edu/plm1
Registration for Course 2 (#13728) Mar 3 - Apr 2, 2014: www.distance.purdue.edu/plm2
Registration for Course 3 (#13729) Apr 14 - May 14, 2014: www.distance.purdue.edu/plm03
Any questions about registration call 800-830-0269 or 765-494-3571.
Registration for Boeing employees is a little trickier, you start by getting an LTP voucher. After it is filled out and properly authorized, submit the voucher to Denice Johnson (denice@purdue.edu), or fax it to her attention at 765-496-1424 along with your registration (print out registration form from registration page).

What kind of computer access do I need for the course?

To participate you currently need a computer with access to broad-band, high-speed internet with up-to-date internet browser, Java and Flash during the class and lab sessions. You are also required to have a 3 button mouse or equivalent. You need a telephone for the audio or use the mic and speakers on your computer. Having 2 monitors is helpful but not required. To check the computer setup you intend to use for this course use the Skytap Connectivity Checker and the Skytap Speed test. If you need more information see the Skytap Troubleshooting documentation.

What kind of technology is used in the certificate program?

The PLM Certificate Program uses Blackboard for a learning management system, Adobe Connect for virtual classroom (web conferencing), Skytap cloud computer services for virtual computers that you can access over the web and Siemens PLM software for labs and demos. We also use MeetingOne for audio if you choose to use a phone for audio rather than your computer.

What is Blackboard?

Purdue University uses Blackboard, a popular web based Learning Management System (LMS) used on campuses. Blackboard is like course Head Quarters (HQ). This is where to can find links to the Adobe Connect meetings and to your virtual computer. You can view and download the slides used for the lectures and the lab handouts for the labs. There is a Discussion Forum with links to assigned articles that pertain to PLM. Blackboard is available 24/7.

What is Adobe Connect?

We will be using Adobe Connect as our web conferencing system or virtual classroom. This is where we will gather during designated class times - typically Monday and Wednesdays 7 – 9 pm eastern time. You will be online with your instructor on a web camera but don’t worry, only your instructor will be on the web cam not you. We also use Adobe Connect to record the classes. Adobe Connect meetings will be available during posted class times, typically Monday and Wednesday, 7 to 9 pm ET.

What is MeetingOne?

If you choose to use a telephone for audio during web conferencing instead of your computer, we will be using MeetingOne for teleconferencing. It is integrated with Adobe Connect and you will have an option to use your computer or telephone when you get into Adobe Connect. Another reason we use MeetingOne for audio is that we know you are busy and things happen so if you get caught in an airport or away from your computer you can still join us in real time as long as you have access to a phone. MeetingOne is available during Adobe Connect meetings.

What is Skytap?

Skytap is the cloud computing service the Certificate Program uses to make virtual computers available to you over the web. We prepare specially configured computers as virtual machines (VMs) that have the software you need for the course and then deploy them to the cloud so you can access them. The virtual computers are connected to the Purdue network to access software licenses. Skytap and access to your virtual computer is available 24/7. However there is a Skytap access quota per student that is approximately twice what you should need to complete a lab.

What is Siemens PLM software?

Siemens PLM software is a suite of software applications that are provided by a company called Siemens PLM. There are several software applications in this suite but the ones we will be using primarily are the CAD (Computer Aided Design) app, NX (used to be called Unigraphics or UG) and the PDM (Product Data Mangement) app, Teamcenter. The concepts in the class will apply regardless of software brand but to give you a hands-on experience with the applications we talk about in class, we use Siemens PLM software in the labs. We will also talk about the other major PLM software products from Dassault and PTC.

Will I become a Siemens PLM software expert as a result of these courses?

No! These courses are not intended to make you proficient with PLM software but rather to give you some insight to how software applications can help an organization implement PLM.

Can I benefit even if I don’t know how to use CAD or PDM software?

Yes! The labs have explicit instructions that you should be able to follow even if you have never used CAD or PDM software before. We do assume that you are familiar with personal computers and their popular applications as well as internet based applications. And the instructor is there to help you out too.

When are classes?

Classes "meet" Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm ET. This is when we are on-line together in Adobe Connect. Since we usually do labs on Wednesdays, we are also on Skytap on Wednesdays in addition to Adobe Connect.

What if I miss a class?

You will get the most out of these courses if you are online with the rest of the class and the instructor to join in the discussion but things happen and schedules change. All classes, labs and lectures, are recorded – both audio and video. The recordings are available within an hour of the end of class on Blackboard for registered participants to watch. If you need to miss a class, let the instructor know as soon as you can by sending an email. Then watch the recording when you get a chance but hopefully before the next class meeting. Do the lab or take the test or read the reading assignment. And it is all good!

How long are the courses that make up the certificate program?

There are 3 courses in the certificate program. Each one is 5 weeks in length.

How much time outside of class is expected?

Expect to spend about 2 hours per week on reading assignments. With 4 hours of class meetings per week, that is a commitment of about 6 hours per week.

What if I finish Course 1 but can’t sign up for Course 2?

You can catch Course 2 next time around. All three courses are typically offered twice a year, fall and spring. Typically the fall courses start mid-August and end before the year-end holidays. The spring courses start in January and end in early May.

Do the three courses in the certificate program have to be taken in order?

It is recommended that you take the courses in order but not required.

What kind of credit will I receive?

Each 5 week course completed will earn 3 CEUs (Continuing Education Credits).

How do I get the certificate?

After successful completion of all three courses, you will receive a certificate of completion from Purdue University.

Can I try it before I buy it?

If you are unsure, go ahead and register. You will receive a username and logon instructions. You can join the first class and the first lab to see if this course fits your needs. If you decide you want to withdraw (for any reason) just send an email to Denice Johnson or Mark Schuver within 24 hours of the end of the first lab and you or your company will not be billed for the course.

Is there a chance that the course will not run as scheduled?

Yes, there is a chance. There are a minimum number of registered participants required to run the class. If there are not enough registrants, then it doesn’t make sense for Purdue to run the class.

Who usually takes these courses?

Working professionals in industry. Engineers, managers, technicians, supervisors, analysts from all functions in the organization: design, development, manufacturing, purchasing, logistics, quality, safety, human resources, operations, business process planning, information systems, maintenance, service, spare parts, etc.

Still have questions?

For program content information, please contact Amy Mueller or Nathan Hartman.

For program logistics information, please contact Mark Schuver or Shari Beam.