Operations Management Major
What is Operations Management?
Managing and directing all forms of activities is crucial in organizations. Operations management is concerned with designing efficient and productive processes, by effectively allocating resources, controlling inventory, scheduling projects, ensuring quality and improving overall organizational efficiency to achieve success. Operations management professionals are employed at airlines, federal agencies, banks, health facilities, retailers, manufacturers, logistics companies and consulting agencies.
The operations management major focuses on understanding project and quality management, supply chain management, operations planning and scheduling, service operations and forecasting. Operations management professionals typically employ computer-based tools such as spreadsheets, project management software and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
The operations management program provides a career path in both manufacturing and service organizations. Students gain experience through Co-op, internships and part-time employment supported by the Career Services team at the Lindner College of Business. Study abroad is strongly encouraged and includes coursework in China, Chile, Mexico and France for credit towards the degree program. The student group APICS is active with off campus tours and seminars that augment the OM coursework.
OM graduates have co-oped or joined leadership programs at companies such as GE Aircraft Engines, Cintas, Delta Airlines, 5th 3rd , Luxottica, SpaceX and Toyota TEMA.
Positions offered to recent graduates include production manager, operations manager, purchasing analyst, supply chain analyst, quality analyst and agency administrator.