About This Course
What makes a factory run? In this course you’ll learn all the intricacies that go into answering that question. In Engineering for Manufacturing Operations, you’ll gain the tools and skills required to create high-output systems that can reliably function day-in, day-out. To master this knowledge, you will do most of your learning through creative exercises. For example, you’ll take apart a flashlight to create the tools needed for manufacturing, you’ll validate a piece of equipment while toasting a loaf of bread, and your final project will be designing and manufacturing your own holiday card.
Since the best learning happens when there’s flexibility to fail, the instructor creates assignments that have a little ambiguity to them. (Students can even turn in homework twice to improve their grade, if needed.) By the end of this course, you’ll walk away with the confidence to work effectively across silos, and you’ll have a wealth of career advice from an instructor with over 20 years’ experience leading teams at Fortune 500 companies.
Sample course topics: Bills of materials, manufacturing assembly, failure mode effects analysis, cost models, specifications, test and acceptance, strategy, manufacturing equipment, software, and nonproduction operations.
Sample textbook: The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, Clayton Christensen.
MBA., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MS, materials science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MS, electrical engineering, Columbia University; BS, political science, University of Oregon
Steven Schiveley is director of operations strategy at Boston Scientific, where he and his team are responsible for evaluating acquisition companies and for optimizing a manufacturing network of 15 plants and dozens of external contract manufacturer sites. He has been with Boston Scientific for eight years, with prior roles as supplier engineering director, responsible for specifying and qualifying materials used in production; and director of operations, responsible for leading an acquisition manufacturing site. Steven also worked at Intel Corporation for 12 years and Target Corporation for two years, in various supplier management, project management, and hardware/software product development roles.
- MM 3205 − Engineering for Manufacturing Operations