APS1028 Operations and Production Management

APS1028 Operations and Production Management

Operations Management is the systematic approach and control of the processes that transform inputs (e.g. human resources, facilities, materials, processes, enterprise management information systems, etc.) into finished goods and services.  The operations function consists of the core wealth creation processes of a business and helps an organization to efficiently achieve its mission while constantly increasing productivity and quality. This course focuses on the role of operations management as a strategic element of the total organization.  We will cover classic and up-to-date tools and concepts used to support operational managerial decisions in variety of industry sectors both in manufacturing and the service sector.  The course covers areas such as strategy, product design, process design, plant location and plant layout, inventory management, role of technology in OM, HRM, Socio-Tech Systems, Group Technology, ERP / CIM, Quality Management, Maintenance Management.  The course is tailored for engineers that aspire to senior management positions starting as departmental / functional managers of operations or engineering, and then progressing to directors, VP Operations, VP Manufacturing and eventually becoming a Chief Operations Officer (COO) or C-Level Certified Management Consultants in small to large scale enterprises.  This course will incorporate academic scholarly readings to provide the broad theory of OM but most of the readings and discussions will be based on the instructors many years of hands on practical experience in OM in a variety of industry sectors. Here are past student team research Projects:

  • Fall 2015-Full Semester
    1. Supply Chain Management in Chemical Processes – Hazardous Waste
    2. JIT/Lean in Supply Chain Management
    3. Operational Management of Renewable Energy Systems
    4. ERP Systems in Electronics and ERP in Operations Oil and Gas Industry (Exploration, Drilling, Fracturing, Production, Transportation, Refining, Marketing)
    5. Process Improvements in the Automotive Industry – Plant Layout
    6. Maintenance Management in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Winter 2021
  • Winter 2023 – 100% online
    1. Operations Management Strategies in Automotive Manufacturing: Shanghai Tesla Gigafactory & Adaptation to Canada
    2. Supply Chain and Operations for EV Battery Production: North American Perspective
    3. Operations Management of Grocery Industry: Trader Joe’s- Best Practices
    4. Strategic Plan for the Production & Operation of Canada’s Electricity Generation to be from 100% Non- Emitting Energy Sources.
    5. Impact of Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) on the Work Environment
  • Spring / Summer 2023 – 10 Day Inclass
    1. Analysis of Artificial Intelligence integration with ERP SYSTEMS: Applications, Implementation, and Risks
    2. Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Technologies in Operations and Manufacturing in the Chemical Engineering Industry
  • Winter 2024 – 100% online
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