Industrial Leadership

Develop critical skills for performance management


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Manufacturing and technical managers in today’s manufacturing environments must demonstrate multifaceted leadership and a high level of technical expertise in order to compete in a world-class manufacturing arena. Industrial leadership requires skills and tools for understanding and optimizing a manufacturing organization. Industrial leaders focus on maximizing the performance of the entire system. Achieving the highest levels of performance starts with design of products and systems, integrating the contributions of a complex network of suppliers, and coordinating production according to key constraints throughout the supply chain. The most effective route to achieving continuous improvement in this environment is the integrated application of Lean, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints. Finally, industrial leaders must be able to apply the principles of Workforce Engagement ™ to ensure their employees are healthy, happy, and productive.

Benefits of Industrial Leadership

Industrial Leadership provides current manufacturing leaders or those who wish to become leaders in industry with the knowledge and skills needed to be more effective in the workplace and advance their careers. When completed, you will understand and be able to implement the principles of:

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  • Workforce Engagement
  • Product and process development
  • Lean Six Sigma Quality
  • Theory of Constraints (TOC)
  • Operations Management
  • Design for Manufacturability


Students must successfully complete three courses (9 credit hours).

Masters Program (METM)

The ETM program is specifically tailored for technical professionals who want to advance their careers while still working full time. METM Combines technical and business skill development meant for managing and leading engineering/ science/ technical teams, projects, and organizations.

Graduate Certificate Programs

The ETM graduate certificate program allows students to complete shorter professional blocks of coursework relevant to their specific needs.

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SOS Continuous Improvement

The SOS model more specifically addresses Developing Self, Leading Others, and Managing Systems. The model allows decision makers to approach a situation from those three different perspectives.


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