U-M KLA-Tencor Systems Engineering Certificate Program

  • KLA-Tencor Certificate in Systems Engineering

    Integrative Systems + Design's Partnership with KLA-Tencor

    Integrative Systems + Design's (ISD) systems engineering certificate program, part of the University of Michigan (U-M), has existed for nearly 10 years, providing KLA-Tencor engineers with technical leadership, depth in their own engineering discipline, breadth across engineering disciplines, knowledge of basic management issues, and the ability to influence and direct product development at a systems level.

    The certificate program is designed to introduce students to a broad array of systems engineering topics with a specific emphasis on KLA-Tencor's work in optics and computer science.

    In recent years, ISD has moved to the forefront of systems engineering education. We have identified a need nationally for training in systems thinking for engineers who are well-versed in a specific discipline (mechanical engineering, for example) but are preparing for more complex, diverse work with large-scale systems, often involving many team members and stakeholders.

    ISD's instructional team consists of faculty and professors of practice who incorporate the latest research, advanced concepts, and knowledge from real-world engineering practice into a multidisciplinary program that closes the gap between the fields of design and systems engineering.

    Program Objectives

    • Broaden the perspective of engineers by teaching a top-down interdisciplinary engineering approach for the development, design, and manufacturing of complex systems, and balancing the trade-offs required to successfully build these systems.
    • Strengthen the technical competence and depth of professionals by teaching advanced skills in their engineering disciplines, and by infilling courses in engineering outside of their primary engineering areas.


  • Course of Study

    To obtain the certificate, complete the required courses and at least one course from three of the four technical fields below, with a grade of 3.0/4.0 or better.

    Required Courses

    • ISD 520 -  Introduction to Systems Engineering
    • MFG 599 - Advanced Design for Manufacturability (typically offered in fall)

    Engineering Management

    • ISD 599C - Development and Verification of System Design Requirements
    • IOE 461 - Quality Engineering Principles and Analysis (typically offered in fall)
    • MFG 599B - Designing in Quality: Design for Six Sigma (typically offered in winter)


    • EECS 434 - Principles of Photonics (typically offered in fall)

    Mechanical/Electrical/Manufacturing Engineering

    • EECS 414 - Introduction to MEMs (typically offered in fall)
    • MECHENG 587 - Global Manufacturing (typically offered in fall)

    Software/Computer Science

    • ISD 599A - Software Systems Engineering (typically offered in winter)
  • Admissions Information


    • Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, or a related field
    • Completion of prerequisite courses (or equivalent) prior to enrolling in a course
    • The equivalent of two years of experience in the semiconductor industry (for degree only)
    • KLA-Tencor students must be enrolled through U-M as non-candidate-for-degree (NCFD) students

    NCFD Admissions Process + Timeline

    All KLA-Tencor certificate students apply as NCFD students. NCFD applications must be complete at least two weeks before the semester begins.

    Required components include:
    • Online application*
    • Application fee
    • Official transcripts (these should be requested as soon as possible so they arrive in time to be processed)

    Transcripts can be sent to:
    Graduate Professional Programs
    College of Engineering
    2214 SI-North
    1075 Beal Avenue
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2112

    For more information on the NCFD admissions process and on admission into a formal degree-seeking program, please go here.

    *Note: NCFD applicants do not need to include other application documents, such as letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, etc.

    Certificate Time Limit

    A minimum set of courses must be completed within five years of the start date to be eligible for the certificate. Credits may be applied toward a graduate degree for five years after earning the credits.