Career and Leadership Development

Operations Management

Operations Management (OM) is the management of all activities necessary for the creation of goods or services. It encompasses a great variety of activities. This major provides excellent training in preparing individuals to obtain entry-level jobs and as they progress through their careers. Graduates with OM majors are some of the most sought after individuals by both regional and multinational firms. Last year the average salary was one of the highest on campus and most graduates received multiple job offers. What kinds of jobs are there for OM graduates? Depending on one's interests, opportunities lie in managing/manufacturing operations, supplier relations, consulting, software implementation, and so on. OM managers are decision-makers. They decide what hours should be worked, how many employees are needed, how many units should be made, what quantity of materials is needed, how the facilities should be utilized, and where the company should locate.

Emphases within the major:

E-Operations (BBA)
Operations Management (BBA)
Service Management (BBA)
Supply Chain Management (BBA)

Major skills acquired:

Management Information Systems (MIS)
Plant Layout
Policy and Procedure Making and Interpretation
Production and Inventory Control
a) Inventory Management
b) Capacity Management
c) Master Planning
d) Production Activity Control
e) Material Requirements Planning (MRP) Production Supervision
Quality Control
Quantitative Methods
Software Implementation
Systems Integration

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles numbers). The following is a list of related occupations to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education.
Assistant Distribution Manager (163.267-010)
Inventory Manager/Analyst
Inventory Planner and Analyst
Manufacturer's Representative (279.157-010)
Materials Planner (012.187-010)
Operations Management Trainee
Operations Supervisor (185.167-066)
Production Control Analyst
Production Manager (652.137-010)
Production Scheduler (221.167-018)
Production Supervisor (699.130-010)
Productions Coordinator (221.167-018)
Productions Planner (012.067-050)
Purchasing Management
Quality Control Specialist
Quality Control Technicians (012.261-014)
Sales Representative (254.347-014)
Software Implementations
Staff Consultant
Supply Chain Manager

Representative employers that have hired our students:

3M - Minneapolis, MN
ABB Drives - Milwaukee, WI
Abbott Laboratories - Abbott Park, IL
Accenture - Milwaukee, WI
Ambrosia - Milwaukee, WI
Bahn - Nationally in the U.S.
Beachwood Sales & Services - New Berlin, WI
Beloit Corp. - Beloit, WI
Broan Manufacturing - Hartford, WI
Continental Baking Co. - Chicago, IL
Danfoss Electronic Drives - Rockford, IL
Del Monte Foods - Markesan, WI
Donaldson Company, Inc. - Dixon, IL
EZ Paintr, Inc. - Milwaukee, WI
Fisher Barton Inc. - Watertown, WI
Foremost Farms USA - Madison, WI
GE Healthcare - Madison, WI
Generac - Waukesha, WI
Generac Portable Products LLS - Jefferson, WI
Generac Power Systems - Waukesha, WI
Global Technology - Trevor, WI
Harley-Davidson - Milwaukee, WI
Harnischfeger Corp. - Milwaukee, WI
Hartmann Sand & Gravel - Fredonia, WI
Helgeson Industries - Hartford, WI
Heritage Wafers, Ltd. - Ripon, WI
Hormel Foods Corp. - Austin, MN/Davenport, IA
Industrial Electric Wire & Cable - New Berlin, WI
J - Star Industries - Fort Atkinson, WI
Kerry Americas - Beloit, WI
Kohler Company - Kolher, WI
Lab Safety Supply - Janesville, WI
Ladish Company, Inc. - Cudahy, WI
Larsen Co. - Darien, WI
Lear Seating Corp. - Janesville, WI
Motorola, Inc. - Libertyville, IL
Newell Office Products - Madison, WI
Oscar Mayer Foods - Madison, WI
Quad/Graphics - Pewaukee, WI
SC Johnson - Racine, WI
Scot Industries - East Troy, WI
SSI Technologies - Janesville, WI
Swiss Colony - Monroe, WI
Thermo Fisher Scientific - Madison, WI
Third Wave Technologies - Madison, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse - La Crosse, WI
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh - Oshkosh, WI
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - Whitewater, WI

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW-Whitewater Management Department
Departmental Office, Hyland Hall, Room 4304
Phone: (262) 472-3964

APICS (The Educational Society for Resource Management)

NAPM (National Association of Management)

ASQ (American Society for Quality)