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Make it in Washington Scholarship Program

The Make it in America Challenge is a $20.5 million federal initiative providing the resources and education to help U.S. companies expand their domestic operations and build a highly skilled workforce. Nine states (10 projects) were awarded MiiA funds in 2013, including Washington state.

The Make it in Washington (MiiW) initiative provides technical assistance, resources, and advanced education and training to small and midsized manufacturers in eligible Washington counties. The goal of MiiW is to increase manufacturing capacity, strengthen supply chains, attract investment, and create new opportunities for businesses and individuals. See the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board website for more details.

Educational Opportunities

The professional-level Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) certificate program equips employees with high-level skills to advance in their careers and helps companies become more competitive, grow, and expand their markets. Eligible students (both incumbent and potential employees) receive tuition-waived enrollment in courses listed below or can choose to earn one of the certificates listed below that require four specific courses. MiiW Certificate Course Schedule (PDF)

Course credits earned for a certificate may also apply to a master’s degree in the ETM Program or other graduate degree programs if the student is later admitted to a full degree program.

Graduate CertificatesUndergraduate Certificates
Four courses (12 credit hours) required for each certificate.
Constraints Management (PDF)Manufacturing Leadership (PDF)
Logistics and Supply Chain Management (PDF)Project Management (PDF)
Manufacturing Leadership (PDF)Six Sigma Quality Management (PDF)
Project Management (PDF)
Six Sigma Quality Management (PDF)
Courses

Students have the opportunity to take individual courses listed below to further their education, or to take courses that build towards earning a certificate. Courses list coordinating certificates. Advanced undergraduates qualify for 400 level courses, while graduate students qualify for 500 level courses.

E M 401/501
Management of Organizations

3 semester credits
This course explores issues dealing with individual behavior in work organizations. The major goals of the course are to learn various approaches to motivation, leadership, and team building and to illustrate how and when those approaches are appropriately used. A key focus of the course is on team management skills and how to organize groups for maximum effectiveness, motivate group members, and promote and reward team success.
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Core Selective for:
Master’s Degree
Selective for:
Certificate: Constraints Management
Certificate: Project Management

E M 403/503
Managing Variability Using Statistics

3 semester credits
Engineering and technical managers are often confronted with problems dealing with variability and uncertainty. This course focuses on analyzing and using data to understand situations and processes so decisions can be made under terms of variability and uncertainty. Students learn to read and interpret statistical literature; apply statistical methods in evaluating data; make decisions based on the data collected; and identify and manage variability and uncertainty in engineering and management systems. This course prepares students with diverse technical backgrounds and objectives with fundamental probabilistic and statistical concepts, methods, and techniques for use in engineering management through a balance of theory and application involving engineering decision-making, including situations in which uncertainty and risk are important. Emphasis is placed on problem definition, solution, and interpretation of results.
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Core Selective for:
Master’s Degree

E M 508
Legal Concepts for Engineering and Technical Managers

3 semester credits
Provides the career technical or engineering manager with a general understanding and knowledge of business law and the legal environment. The course covers generally the laws of the constitution, contracts, sales, business organizations, agency and employment, property, torts, crimes, government regulation, government contracting, and litigation.
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Required for:
Certificate: Project Management
Certificate: Construction Project Management
Elective for:
Master’s Degree

E M 420/520
Contract Project Management

3 semester credits
This course addresses project management as performed primarily through contracts or other formal agreements. For those who may participate in projects as an owner, a contractor, or a subcontractor, the course introduces the subjects of planning, organizing, and managing projects from start (the proposal) to finish (project closeout). Most topics are applicable to any type of project, with the primary emphasis on construction-type projects. Critical path scheduling and earned value management techniques are introduced. Course content does not include details of design or construction technology, but rather concentrates on the latest construction industry practices for project management, for both commercial and government clients. Management and leadership techniques for projects are emphasized.
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Required for:
Certificate: Construction Project Management
Core Selective for:
Master’s Degree
Selective for:
Certificate: Project Management

E M 422/522
Leadership, Supervision and Management

3 semester credits
Solving technical problems often involves the contributions of human resources. Leaders recognize the involvement of human beings, who bring with them more than just the knowledge and skills desired by some managers. This course is a study of the roles of leader and supervisor and the dimensions of effective supervision in business and technical environments. Human relations, leadership, counseling, motivation, communication skills, problem solving, and decision making are covered. The primary goal is to introduce the fundamentals of supervisory management and provide practical advice on how to handle real-life, on-the-job situations. The course covers terminology necessary for business and professional communication; planning and organizing; staffing, training, motivation theory and practice; appraisal and counseling of employees; and managing a diverse work force.
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Download Course Syllabus for E M 522
Required for:
Certificate: Construction Project Management
Core Selective for:
Master’s Degree
Selective for:
Certificate: Constraints Management
Certificate: Project Management

E M 426/526
Constraints Management

3 semester credits
This course introduces the student to the Theory of Constraints. Students learn the formal analysis techniques that find the limiting factor in any system, to clearly identify the goal and necessary conditions that must be met to achieve success, and to think logically and formulate cause and effect relationships. They learn to differentiate between the many annoying problems that exist in a system and to find the core problem or root cause of the many negative effects. Students learn how to find breakthrough injections that open the way for solutions that eliminate the conflict that has always prevented the core problem from being solved. They also learn how to break down the obstacles that prevent near impossible tasks and how to cause change to occur within the system.
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Download Course Syllabus for E M 526
Required for:
Certificate: Constraints Management
Certificate: Manufacturing Leadership
Core Selective for:
Master’s Degree

E M 530
Applications of Constraints Management

3 semester credits
Every system can be characterized as a chain of interlocking activities or a network of interlinked events. The operation or productivity of such a linkage is limited by its weakest link. Constraint Management has a broad application for a variety of management problems. The Theory of Constraints provides powerful tools for finding the problem, creating breakthrough solutions, and planning the implementation. This course focuses on proven solutions generated from applying the Theory of Constraints to a large number of real-world problems. The proven solutions offer innovative, successful solutions that are superior to previous methods.
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Required for:
Certificate: Constraints Management
Certificate: Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Certificate: Facilities Management
Selective for:
Certificate: Project Management
Certificate: Systems Engineering Management
Elective for:
Master’s Degree

E M 534
Contemporary Topics in Constraints Management

3 semester credits
This course is an upgrade in the Theory of Constraints (E M 526). TOC continues to grow and mature in theory and applications. Those who took Theory of Constraints more than five years ago need to learn the new and developing theory and practices for a wide range of applications. Students are expected to complete a full Thinking Process analysis based upon their local environment using the newest TP Tools. This is an opportunity to improve thinking processes and the Categories of Legitimate reservation. From this Thinking Process analysis, students will later create a Strategy and Tactics Tree for their environment. A review of Drum-Buffer-Rope, Critical Chain, Replenishment and Supply Chain are included. The emphasis is on the newest methods and techniques. These topics broaden and strengthen understanding of systems.
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Selective for:
Certificate: Constraints Management
Elective for:
Master’s Degree

E M 438/538
Lean Agility

3 semester credits
This course covers methods of improving production with using lean manufacturing and six sigma principles and introduces the “Theory of Constraints” to select which projects to apply the lean and six sigma principles.
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Download Course Syllabus for E M 538
Required for:
Certificate: Manufacturing Leadership
Selective for:
Certificate: Six Sigma Quality Management
Elective for:
Master’s Degree

E M 555
Enterprise Resource Management

3 semester credits
This course addresses the managerial and operational challenges of advanced service and manufacturing systems characterized by tight integration, short cycle times and variety, and scope of product.
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Selective for:
Certificate: Constraints Management
Certificate: Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Elective for:
Master’s Degree

E M 460/560
Integrated Supply Chain Management

3 semester credits
Every organization has internal supply chains and links to external suppliers and customers. The structured dependency of chains, the uncertainty of forecasts, and systemic delays are amplified as individual links in the supply chain. Modern operation theories and information systems hold the promise of stabilizing variability by providing visibility along the whole supply chain. Additional control and operational performance factors are needed to provide a complete solution. This course examines the strategy and tactics of supply chain management to include “how to” techniques to implement, measure, and reward the individual links in the supply chain.
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Download Course Syllabus for E M 560
Required for:
Certificate: Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Certificate: Manufacturing Leadership
Core Selective for:
Master’s Degree

E M 464/564
Project Management

3 semester credits
The objective of the course is to help students understand the strengths and pitfalls of project management. The ultimate goal is to improve the effectiveness of the students at all levels of project management: from project selection and chartering at the highest managerial levels, to day-to-day skills for the project manager, and meaningful contribution and participation for project team members.
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Required for:
Certificate: Project Management
Certificate: Systems Engineering Management
Core Selective for:
Master’s Degree

E M 567
Systems Supportability and Logistics Management

3 semester credits
The theory and practice of logistics engineering and management includes systems which are composed of hardware, software, people, processes and other elements which are necessarily interdisciplinary and complex. The emphasis in this class is on the role of logistics engineering and management in a system life cycle, from concept to retirement, the design of logistics subsystems and logistics oriented systems and the logistics management functions of planning, organizing, directing and controlling. Also included are the application techniques and best practices associated with topics in the logistics domain such as reliability, maintainability, supportability and sustainability.
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Required for:
Certificate: Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Elective for:
Master’s Degree

E M 470/570
Six Sigma Quality Management

3 semester credits
The purpose of the Quality Management course is to provide the technical manager with an overview of the total field of quality. The subjects addressed throughout the course are: statistics of quality, quality cost, quality improvement, world-class quality, design for quality, vendor relations, Japanese manufacturing concepts, process control and capability, measurement systems, customer relations, product safety and liability, quality assurance, product design reliability, and strategic quality management. This is an application-oriented course and interrelationship between the various topics of quality management will be reviewed in case studies, readings and class discussion. Further investigation and a research project will be required of each student.
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Required for:
Certificate: Six Sigma Quality Management
Elective for:
Master’s Degree

E M 480/580
Quality Control and Reliability

3 semester credits
This course covers quality improvement analysis for process and product quality; statistical process control, capability studies; acceptance sampling concepts; and reliability models for prediction and testing. The class addresses statistical methods used in quality analysis, and modeling process and product quality.
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Required for:
Certificate: Six Sigma Quality Management
Core Selective for:
Master’s Degree

E M 585
Quality Engineering Using Design of Experiments

3 semester credits
Design of experiments is a systematic and efficient method of design optimization for performance, quality and cost in quality engineering. Statistical quality control improves the product and/or process quality for a given design. This course examines the design in order to acquire a better product/process quality. This course gives engineers a current understanding of the techniques and applications of design of experiments in quality engineering design.
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Required for:
Certificate: Six Sigma Quality Management
Core Selective for:
Master’s Degree

E M 490/590
Design for Product and Service Realization

3 semester credits
Various techniques to identify opportunities for improvement and development of a comprehensive product design will be explored. Key issues and competitive product development and design optimization will include topics such as: quality function deployment; design for assembly and product variation; failure modes and effects analysis; reliability/serviceability, concurrent engineering; statistical process control, six sigma process and flexible process selection; tolerances design; rapid prototyping; design and development management issues; reducing part cast with DFM; DFM team building and training.
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Download Course Syllabus for E M 590
Required for:
Certificate: Manufacturing Leadership
Selective for:
Certificate: Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Certificate: Six Sigma Quality Management
Certificate: Systems Engineering Management
Elective for:
Master’s Degree

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Benefits of Engineering and Technology Management

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