Operations Management oversees all activities directly related to making a product or providing a service. This functional area is responsible for the processes that transform or convert inputs of materials, equipment, energy, information, and human skills into goods and services that satisfy customer needs. This includes business processes (purchasing, order entry, billing, recruiting, training, payroll, etc.) where the immediate customers are primarily internal to the organization. Large portions of the organizational resources (labour, capital, and materials) are devoted to or allocated by the operations function. The curriculum will often include hands on industry-based projects.
The objectives of the OPMA concentration are to:
Verbal and written communication - Ability to summarize, condense and organize ideas and information; Ability to articulate, explain, and teach technical information to others; Ability to question and probe to improve business processes; Communicating Business process Improvement(BPI) Methodology and Tools ; LEAN principles
Organization and attention to detail- Independent worker, ability to meet deadlines; demonstrate precision and accuracy in data collection and observation; data, time and resource management
Problem-solving - Defining and solving problems; Approaching topics and problems from various perspectives; Analyzing multiple dimensions of a problem; Decision making skills; Advanced quantitative abilities; Trouble shooting
Interpersonal - Working in a team; oversee, supervise and contribute to a project
Research - Analyze and evaluate information; interpretation of trends from results; gather and access data
Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at alis.alberta.ca/occinfo
Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development. These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work. Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.
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