Teresa Hall, Department Head
Department of Construction & Operations Management
Solberg Hall 116, Box 2223
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The Operations Management (OM) program has been designed to prepare students to manage operations and resources including people, equipment, facilities, finances, and processes. The OM program is an applied management program tailored to entry-level positions of responsibility in manufacturing, technical services companies, suppliers to manufacturers, and/or industrial sales.
There are two emphases for the OM program. The Manufacturing emphasis includes Lean, quality management systems, process development, workplace safety, supply chain management, and industrial controls. Students may elect to pursue an additional professional certification at graduation. The Electronics emphasis prepares students to work as supervisors or project team leaders in industries that manufacture, service, or develop electronic devices or distributed systems. Courses include circuits, digital & analog devices, networks, microcontrollers, PCBs, industrial controls, and PLCs.
Program Educational Outcomes
SDSU Operations Management graduates will become professionals who:
- Achieve positions of increasing responsibility or leadership with employers, professional organizations, or civic organizations as an indicator of professional competence, demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and successfully function in team environments (Professional Responsibility and Teamwork);
- Apply management, mathematics and science principles, and appropriate technology to the solution of current and future problems in the field of operations management, and (Problem Solving); and,
- Complete licensure, certification, short courses, workshops, or advanced degrees in technical, professional, or management subject areas to enhance their abilities in operations management practice and the global business environment (Professional Growth).
Student Learning Outcomes
OM graduates have:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences.
- an ability to design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data.
- an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs.
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
- an ability to identify and solve applied science problems.
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- an ability to communicate effectively.
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context.
- a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
- a knowledge of contemporary issues.
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice.
Course Delivery Format
The program provides coursework on the Brookings campus in classroom, laboratory, and field based settings. The OM program has a dedicated computer and simulation lab for process analysis, CAD applications, and project development, and shares fabrication space in the AME Production Lab.