U-M KLA-Tencor Systems Engineering Certificate Program

  • KLA-Tencor Certificate in Systems Engineering

    Integrative Systems + Design's Partnership with KLA-Tencor

    Integrative Systems + Designs (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

    • KT101 KT Systems Engineering Course
    • ME 452 / MFG 599 Design for Manufacturability (typically offered in fall)

    Engineering Management

    • IOE 461 / MFG 461 Quality Engineering Principles and Analysis (typically offered in fall)
    • MFG 599B Designing in Quality: Design for Six Sigma (typically offered in winter)


    • EECS 334 Principles of Optics (typically offered in fall)

    Mechanical/Electrical/Manufacturing Engineering

    • EECS 414 Introduction to MEMs (typically offered in fall)
    • MECHENG 587 / MFG 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.

  • KLA-Tencor students who have applied and been admitted to ISD as NCFD students are eligible to register for courses. You will need a UMID and uniqname.  Your UMID is sent to you 1-2 business days after submitting your application. You will receive your uniqname after you have been admitted. If you cannot remember your UMID or uniqname, please contact us.

    Further details on the registration process can be found here.

    To see current course offerings and register, please visit KLA-Tencor's registration page. Although you will receive an automated reply when you submit your registration request, you will not be officially registered until you receive both a confirmation that your registration has been accepted and information about how to access the course.