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New degree targets manufacturing industry

By Linda White
Special to the Toronto Sun

A new manufacturing management degree hot off the production line is designed to give grads the business and technology training they need to succeed in today's manufacturing industry.
Four-year program was developed in consultation with industry partners.

"Industry has told us our grads will be in demand," says Susan Krausz, Associate Dean, School of Technology, at the Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in Toronto. "We hear in the news that Ontario is finally larger than Michigan in automotive production. Manufacturing is changing. We may be doing final assembly here, but it's not small and it's not going away."

Humber will offer the new four-year degree beginning in September and is accepting applicants through the Ontario College Application Service (visit or contact your school guidance department). The only program of its kind in Ontario, it will teach students how to design and operate the manufacturing process.

"The program is less intensive in math than a traditional engineering degree, which is the traditional route people interested in manufacturing would take," Krausz says.

"This program is for people interested in how things work and how things are made. They need university-level math, but not to the same extreme as in engineering. They have good interpersonal skills, are organized and have good problem-solving skills. They like working with people rather than just sitting in front of a computer."
A degree in manufacturing management prepares you for a wide range of career entry positions, including:
  • Production co-ordinator or analyst
  • New product development co-ordinator
  • Production team leader
  • Process technician
  • Manufacturing assistant or cost analyst
  • Quality or materials coordinator
    About 30% of today's manufacturing managers are expected to retire within the next decade.
    By the year 2010, manufacturing operations in Ontario will need more than 15,000 new manufacturing professionals, supervisors and managers.
    Many are needed as companies upgrade their operations to keep pace with changing technologies.

  • Students will be trained in computer-based applications like purchasing, materials management, supply chain management and computer-aided design and manufacturing. They'll receive training in management tools like accounting and financial management, human resources and management systems.

    Students must complete 400 hours of shop floor experience before a 14-week paid summer work term in their third year.

    In their fourth year, students will develop and manage a client's product from customer specifications through to the shipping process.

    The program was developed in consultation with industry partners like DaimlerChrysler Canada Inc., Boeing Canada, Algonquin Automotive, Husky Injection Molding Systems, Toyota and Woodbridge Foam. They've signed on to provide guest lecturers, part-time faculty and co-op placements and employment opportunities.

    "In order to get approval for the new program from the Ministry (of Training, Colleges and Universities), we had to demonstrate that industry was willing to work with these students," Krausz says.

    The program was about two years in the making. "It meets Humber's mission to anticipate changes in our society and industry and respond to those changes," Krausz says.

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