Earn a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Management

Earn a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Management


The M.M.M. is a Master’s
in Manufacturing Management. It’s a master’s degree for
people who want to work in the manufacturing
environment, that want to manage a
manufacturing facility. The interdisciplinary
nature of the program makes it unique and important, because when you’re working
out there in the real world, they’re not these boundaries between business
and engineering. So the M.M.M. is nice because,
if you’re an engineer, you’re going to learn some
of the business aspects. If you’re coming from
the business side, you’re going to learn some
of the engineering aspects. So it prepares both of
them, to work together on the facility. What makes it valuable is
that it’s a compact program that can be completed
12 months full-time, that gives you all the
skills you need to go into a manufacturing facility and
immediately make an impact. A student looking at
this program would get a more broad view of what
the manufacturing industry is really about. Any company needs
to be profitable, and when you’re working on the
manufacturing side of things, you may have a very narrow view of what you need to get done. But there are ultimate
goals for the company. There are things that your
bosses and your boss’ bosses really want to see happen. This gives you a better idea
of how to meet those goals. One of the courses we took was
specifically about materials, and processes, and
industrial processes. What that helped me on a
day-to-day immediately, really, I was able to apply
it immediately, was designing for profitability. Understanding what the
processes were going to be after I designed something, and designing for
those processes. Yeah, it was really helpful
to learn something in class one day, and then the next
day, I was back in work, and I could apply it that day. There’s multiple things
you should get out of this program and degree. The first and
foremost is the tools, and the tools that you
can use immediately, you can use in a
manufacturing environment. The second is a strong
understanding of why those tools are valuable, and sort of what is the overall,
strategic goals of a manufacturing operation. And then the third one
is a little softer side, and you get a lot of
communications skills, the way the program
is structured. I came into the program
wanting more than anything in the world to run a
manufacturing operation. And I think being
focused on what it takes to run a manufacturing
operation, and really engaged in the overall course, is
what I got the most out of it. There’s such a heavy
industry involvement here in the area, so a lot
of the classes incorporate industry tours and
mentorship possibilities with local industry partners. So it really
well-rounds the students that come into the program, because you have such
a great connection with members in
the local industry. What I liked most
about this program really was the people
I got to work with, because everybody has some
sort of industry experience, but really with such
different backgrounds. Everybody came in with
a different perspective, and the conversations we had
were really quite fantastic. It actually allowed
an opportunity for me to move into a leadership
role at my company. I’m now in charge of
a team of engineers where we do mechanical design. It gives me the
opportunity to lead them, and understand how
their design decisions will ultimately affect the
profitability of the company. [Narrator] To learn more about the Master’s of Manufacturing
Management program, visit us online at
behrend.psu.edu/engineering.

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