Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management at Western

New grads are in high demand
Story by Mary Gallagher

Western’s Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Program has been turning out supply chain pros since the program started in 1993. The program combines courses in business, operations management, and manufacturing engineering with required supply chain work experience. And new MSCM grads tend to get snapped up quickly by the job market, with 95 to 98 percent of graduates getting jobs in the field within three months of graduation, at starting annual salaries averaging about $64,000, says Operations Management Professor Peter Haug, director of the program.

The program prides itself on its industry connections, says Haug, noting that supply chain professionals were deeply involved in developing the curriculum. Students also have two summer internships.

And while it can be a challenge to find that many internships for a program with about 100 students, Haug says, many alums find their first jobs where they had been summer interns. The Boeing Co. has the largest number of MSCM alums, who are also found at Microsoft, Starbucks, PACCAR, Amazon, REI and Nordstrom, among others.

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