Professional Engineers Continuing Education

Licensed professional engineers work in a world of evolving technology, increased consumer expectations and other emerging issues. Practice in this changing environment requires ongoing development of knowledge and skills. It is critical that licensees remain current with changes and developments in the profession to render quality services and to ensure public protection.

Binghamton University's Watson School is pleased to offer continuing education courses for professional engineers.

Current Offerings

Engineering Design for eXcellence (PE15-01)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (6 Professional Development Hours + lunch)


About the course:

Successful manufacturing organizations are becoming more customer focused. In the continued quest for superior products and services, there is also a drive to reduce time to market and cycle time while reacting faster to market and technology changes. Many sources quote that 75–85% of the cost of a product is committed during the design phase, well before the product is manufactured, and that the cost of change grows exponentially during the later phases of the product development.

This seminar provides key insights into the concept of engineering design and describes approaches that have been adopted to increase the efficiency of the product-development process while optimizing product design. Also introduced is the concept of "design for X" (DFX), where "X" denotes any key element related to product development such as manufacturing, production, cost, assembly, or recycling. The class provides an overview of DFX, best practices of the common DFXs and the basic rationale behind them and their application strategies.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of Engineering Design and how the DFX framework enables the definition and implementation of a range of insights early in the lifecycle enabling the development of an optimal and mature product in terms of reliability, manufacturing, assembly, service, transportation, usability, ergonomics, environment and more.

Topics covered include:

  • Evolution of design to Concurrent Engineeing,
  • Capturing the Voice of the Customer and use of the Kano Model,
  • Determining product specifications,
  • Describing range of manufacturing strategies (ETO, MTO, ATO, MTS)
  • Product Life Cycle and Engineering Revision considerations
  • Logisticall considerations and the DFx's (DFM, DFA, DFQ, DFS, DFP, DFW, DFT, DFRL)
  • Additional Tips, Tools and Techniques for Engineering Design

A comprehensive team exercise will include the following elements

  • Inventing/designing a new product (good or service) with the relevant value-added features
  • Describing the processes and facility layout to support operations
  • Describing the supply chain to support logistics design

The facilitator will provide value-added opportunities via a combination of slideshow presentation, roundtable discussion, individual and team-based hands-on exercises, and an interactive Q&A summary.


Who should attend?
This course is intended for engineers (mechanical, electrical, aeronautical, civil, chemical, computer, manufacturing, and industrial), managers and executives overseeing personnel in the product development lifecycle.

Binghamton University has approved this course for 6 PDH for professional engineers in New York. There is a discounted price for New York State Society of Professional Engineers members. A certificate of completion will be given to participants at the conclusion of the course. The Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University is ABET accredited.

Roy T.R. McGrann

Instructor: Michael D. Ford

Michael D. Ford, CFPIM, CSCP, CQA, CRE, CQE, CPF, principal of TQM Management Works, will be the instructor for this course. Mr. Ford has presented corporate training onsite for all of the major manufacturers in the greater Binghamton area, as well as teaching classes for Penn State University and Binghamton University. He is a qualified Master Instructor for APICS' CPIM, CSCP and Instructor Development programs.



Binghamton University
Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC)
85 Murray Hill Road
Vestal, NY 13850

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Time: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

  • Registration 8:40 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.
  • Instruction 9:00 a.m. - noon
  • Lunch noon-1pm
  • Instruction 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Fee: (includes coffee breaks, lunch, parking and class materials)

  • $225 non NYSSPE members
  • $200 New York State Society of Professional Engineering (NYSSPE) or American Society of Quality (ASQ) members
  • $50 Binghamton University Students

SAVE MONEY! REGISTER BY Tuesday, June 23, 2015.  Registrations received on or after Wednesday, June 24, 2015 will be subject to a $25 late fee.

How to make a payment:

Payment must be made before the start of the program. We accept checks, credit/debit cards and PayPal.

  • CHECK: Please make checks payable to: Research Foundation Award # 67070
  • CREDIT CARD/PAYPAL: We now have the ability to accept payment via PayPal as well as VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards. The payment link for a secure transaction will be sent to you prior to the course start. Your purchase will appear on your credit card statement with the following notation: *PAYPAL RFBU WATSON

Confirmation of your registration:

We will send confirmation and course information to registrants by e-mail, so please include your e-mail address on your registration form. 

  • Brief confirmations will be sent out within one week of receipt of your registration.
  • More detailed information on parking and directions will be sent by Monday, June 29, 2015.

If you have not received confirmation seven days before the start of the program, call the Office of Industrial Outreach at 607-777-2154.

Registration options:

1. ONLINE (preferred): Fill out the online registration at the bottom of the webpage. Make payment by mailing your check to our office. If you are paying with a credit card or PayPal, use the PayPal payment link below the online registration form for a secure transaction.

2. MAIL: Click here for a printable form (.docx, 34.5 KB) and mail with check or credit card information to:

Lisa Altman, Office of Industrial Outreach
Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

3. PHONE: Call Lisa Altman at 607-777-2154 during business hours and provide registration over the phone.

Cancellation and refund policy:

  • All cancellations must be received in writing (e-mail, fax or letter only - no telephone calls) to the Office of Industrial Outreach by noon on Thursday, June 25, 2015 to receive a refund.
  • Cancellation on confirmed registrations are subject to a $20 administrative fee.  
  • No refunds for cancellations or non-attendance will be given after Thursday, June 25, 2015
  • Substitutions may be made anytime before the beginning of the course by informing the Office of Industrial Outreach.
  • If the course is canceled, enrollees will be advised and receive a full refund.

Submit your written cancellation request to:

FAX: 607-777-6256
MAIL: Lisa Altman, Office of Industrial Outreach
Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000


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Last Updated: 4/12/16