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The study of human factors engineering and ergonomics (HFEE) is generally considered to have its origins during World War II. Over the ensuing decades, it has grown to encompass virtually every industry, including product design and development and design engineering. With rapid advances in science and technology, the discipline is becoming more important as employers and employees take a more proactive role to prevent workplace injuries, reduce health care costs, and optimize the interaction between people and systems to enhance safety, performance, usability, and satisfaction.

Why HFEE at Penn State

If you are involved in the design and development of products for human use, you may find the program content of the graduate certificate in HFEE immediately applicable to your job. The three courses, totaling 9 credits, emphasize the application of user engineering design principles and the tools and methods to assess and enhance quality and productivity for both consumers and employees.

Who Should Apply?

Pursuing this online graduate certificate provides you with great flexibility combined with a highly relevant curriculum. If you wish to enhance your knowledge of product and workplace design, the Graduate Certificate in Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics is an excellent program for you.

Career Opportunities for HFEE professionals

The field of HFEE continues to expand its area of concern and activity to include a variety of professions:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • chemical
  • computer
  • consumer products
  • construction
  • defense
  • health care
  • manufacturing
  • mining
  • nuclear
  • petroleum
  • telecommunications
  • textiles