Engineering Courses

The engineering courses are a key distinction in the ISM program. In practice, supply management professionals interact with technical people in many ways and having a basic understanding of engineering makes ISM graduates much more effective on the job. In purchasing, supply management professionals must coordinate new product development efforts with engineering personnel from their own company as well as the supplying company. In production management, supply management professionals have to understand the manufacturing processes that they are managing and need to be able to relate to product design and production engineers. Understanding engineering drawings and manufacturing processes are critical skills that graduates of other programs have to develop on the job, while WMU ISM students have these skills before graduation. 
Note: The WMU online catalog is the governing guide for course offerings and descriptions. If you have any questions about courses or your curriculum, please contact the ISM advisor.

IME 1420 Engineering Graphics: Essentials of engineering graphics including technical sketching, CAD applications, applied geometry, orthographic projection, section, dimensioning, tolerancing, threads and fasteners, weldments, detail and assembly drawing, charting and basic elements of descriptive geometry.  All work is according to current ANSI drafting standards.

ME 2200 Processes and Materials in Manufacturing: Manufacturing principles and organization, principle processes used to make metal, plastic and ceramic parts, design considerations for computer integrated manufacturing, simultaneous engineering.

IME 3280 Quality Assurance and Control: Techniques of controlling quality in manufacturing systems. Topics include organization of quality, methods of measurement, and basic statistical tools. 

IME 4880/MKTG 4880 Applied Process Reengineering: This course examines the application of analytical and process measurement techniques to process design decisions. The benefits of process standardization and improvement are discussed and demonstrated.

IME 4870 Manufacturing Productivity Techniques: Application of modern processes, principles of productive tooling and inspection methods to quality production.  The impact of emerging materials on processing techniques, organization, and systems for automation.

IME 5120 Management of Service Operations: An analysis of service industries, exploring differences in planning and controlling operations. Emphasis will be on service system design, service quality, and comparing customer expectations with their perceptions.