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Manufacturing Operations Management

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): Business

Why Choose the Manufacturing Operations Management Certificate?

The certificate in Manufacturing Operations Management is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the principles involved in developing and managing a process from input through finished product including quality control.

Career Opportunities

Operations individuals work with the business activities that include planning/scheduling, manufacturing, purchasing, supply chain, and other internal related processes. Operations managers typically possess good communication, technical, and organizational skills, leadership ability, a good work ethic, and are high energy. An operations manager replicates an efficient and effective process from one part of the business and implements it in other pertinent areas. They create and support working teams by providing appropriate resources to accomplish specific tasks. The focus is on solving issues to ensure that the processes flow smoothly, resulting in delivering high quality goods or services to the customer. Individuals who acquire the Manufacturing Operations Management certificate are equipped for the following potential occupations: Operations Supervisor/Manager, Plant Manager, Purchasing Specialist/Supervisor, and Quality Supervisor/Manager.

Admission Requirements

Any person admitted to a Ferris State University degree program may enroll in courses for undergraduate COB certificates. No more than 50% of the credits in a certificate may be transferred from another institution. If a student is in a FSU degree-seeking program, the certificate will not be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are required in the program/major.

Individuals wanting to advance their career, but not admitted to an FSU degree program, may also earn undergraduate COB certificates.

Admission process for individuals seeking only a certificate: 

  • Unless it is determined by the COB Dean’s Office that regular program admission criteria should be met in order to complete the certificate successfully and be a contributing member of the course, applicants need only show proof of a 2.35 high school GPA. An advisor will be assigned by the College of Business in the certificate program.
  • Students wishing to pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree must meet the admission criteria for the program. This criteria review is initiated when the “Program Change Form” request is processed through the COB Dean’s Office.

Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office. 

Graduation Requirements

A Ferris student will receive this certificate after completion of the requirements for the certificate with a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the certificate courses.

No more than 50% of the credits required for this certificate may be transferred from another institution, nor will this certificate be granted if more than six of the certificate credits are specifically required in the student's major.

More Information

Management Department
119 South Street/BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: 231-591-2427
Email:

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Lean Manufacturing
3
Quality-Operations Mgmt
3
Purchasing
3
Choose one of the following:
Production Processes
3
Intro to Indust Engineering
3
Managerial Leadership
3
Minimum credit hours required:
12
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