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Have you ever wondered how airlines determine the price you pay for a specific flight, or how clothing companies use distribution networks to move particular items from manufacturers to retailers? Curious as to how oil and gas firms establish purchasing contracts to deal with price volatilities, or how your favorite sports league decides its regular season schedule? These types of questions—and many others—are the focus of operations management.
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Operations management (OM) involves the essential steps of producing goods, quality control, quality management, managing the supply chain, facilities management, product formulation and design, ordering of goods, warehousing of goods, contacting vendors, and purchasing of external products. Operations management is a great choice for students who are detail-oriented and constantly think about how to make processes more efficient.Operations management graduates are very influential in the business world. When it comes to deciding how to produce a certain automobile or ordering the right amount of product, they are the ones in charge. There are job opportunities in areas such as distribution and logistics, purchasing, quality assurance, inventory control and warehousing. This is a very exciting and rewarding field of expertise and should not be overlooked!
Co-operative education provides you the opportunity to take what you are learning in the classroom and apply it in a real-life work situation. The Edwards Co-operative Education Program provides students the opportunity to compete for eight months of relevant work experience for the following January of their acceptance into the co-op program. Students accepted participate in professional development workshops to prepare them for the job search process. Students who successfully complete the co-op experience will extend their degree by at least one term.
Second year Edwards students from all majors are welcome to apply each January. The number of participants and companies continues to grow each year with the ultimate goal of being able to accommodate up to 150 students annually.
- COMM 205: Introduction to Operations Management
- Introduces students to concepts and decision-making techniques used in the design, planning, execution, control, and improvement of operations of world-class manufacturing and service companies. It begins with introductory issues such as operations strategy and forecasting, continue with design topics such as product design, capacity planning, process design, facility layout, work design, and location planning, then covers quality management and control, and finally ends with planning decisions such as inventory management, aggregate planning, material requirements planning, just-in-time systems, scheduling, and supply chain management. Time permitting, project management and waiting line management may be covered too.
- COMM 393: Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions
Deals with modelling business problems to help managers make better decisions regardless of their functional areas. It introduces students to analytical decision making tools including linear programming, integer programming, network models, decision analysis and simulation. Spreadsheets will be extensively used for solving managerial problems.
- COMM 491: Purchasing and Supply Management
Introduces fundamentals of purchasing and supply management, including terminology, concepts, procedures, and models. It includes purchasing objectives and organization, operating procedures, specification, supply search and supplier selection, price determination, bidding and negotiation, forward buying, cost and value analysis, outsourcing, legal and ethical issues, supplier relations and partnerships, warehousing, inventory control models, and material requirements planning. The first 2/3 of the course concentrates on purchasing, while the remaining 1/3 focuses on inventory control systems. Purchasing uses decision-making cases, whereas Inventory Control emphasizes quantitative problems and models. Where appropriate and available, selected software programs will be used.
Students who major in operations management have been very successful at obtaining employment in a variety of organizations, including real estate firms, logistics companies, agricultural manufacturers, and mining businesses. Some of their job titles include:
- Quality Assurance Analyst
- Integrated Logistics Manager
- Inventory Control Director
- Real Estate Analyst
- Production Planner
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