Supply Chain Management - Associate Degree
As a graduate of the Supply Chain Management associate degree, you are prepared for careers in all logistical activities involved in the flow of goods – from point of origin to the point of consumption. Core competencies of this program include planning and organizing, decision making, continuous improvement and problem solving, creating and controlling processes, and leadership. Typical careers in this field include manager, claims analyst, customer service representative, dispatcher, inventory analyst, inventory control specialist, logistics technician, materials planner, master production scheduler, purchasing assistant, shipping and receiving specialist, transportation planner/coordinator, warehouse specialist and international logistics technician.
How do I get started in this program?
Requirements for Program Entry
- Apply at www.nwtc.edu/apply.
- Submit high school, GED, or HSED transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at email@example.com or 920-498-5444.
What are my courses?
Students following the study plan below will complete the Supply Chain Management associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
- Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.
- Compare transportation modes and make decisions that will reflect savings for a company.
- Plan a product using enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation processes.
- Provide cost-effective requests for transportation and third party logistics services.
- Develop a global supply chain management perspective.
- Apply legal and ethical standards for procurement.
- Examine customer service, quality, and cost performance metrics.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the application of supply chain management concepts, roles and responsibilities.
- Review and interpret importing and exporting documents and commercial transportation documents for a global shipment.
- Apply demand management, inventory management and warehousing techniques.
- Incorporate continuous improvement methods to implement Lean manufacturing best practices.
- Incorporate technology to manage and create effective supply chains.
What careers are in my future?
with 80% in field
Source: NWTC 2019 Grad Outcome Survey
A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:
- Buyer/Planner: coordinates activities between purchasing and manufacturing scheduling.
- Claims Analyst: performs duties in the risk management process including over, short, and damage incidents and claims.
- Customer Service Representative: communicates with customers in order to match customer needs with vehicle and driver availability, deals with customer inquiries, expedites freight, and tracks orders.
- Dispatcher: assigns freight to routes, assigns vehicles and routes to drivers, and handles exceptions.
- Inventory Analyst: compiles and manages information of amount, kind, and value of merchandise, material, or stock on hand to obtain optimum inventory balance, price, and costs.
- Inventory Control Specialist: coordinates inventory issues with purchasing, production, and marketing; tracks current and forecasted levels of inbound and finished goods inventory.
- Logistics Technician: communicates effectively with carriers and customers in 3PL environment, manages trailer needs, provides carrier assignments, monitors and traces customer shipments, and participates in carrier evaluation process.
- Materials Planner: coordinates and expedites flow of manufacturing materials, parts, and assemblies with or between departments or plants in accordance with production and shipping schedules.
- Master Production Scheduler: creates master production schedule and work orders; establishes priorities for current and forecasted customer demand; establishes availability or capacity of workers, parts, machinery, and equipment.
- Purchasing Assistant: performs basic activities related to supplier evaluation and selection, product specifications, order quantities, and delivery requirements.
- Shipping and Receiving Specialist: coordinates the flow of raw materials and finished goods to meet production and customer requirements and works with transportation carriers to assure timely and accurate pickup and delivery.
- Transportation Planner/Coordinator: interfaces with customers and carriers in resolving pricing and delivery issues in 3PL environment, optimizes order consolidation and carrier selection considering cost, lead time, carrier capacity, and warehouse space constraints.
- Warehouse Specialist: manages the flow of inventory into and out of a storage facility or distribution center, and works with owners of the inventory to meet inventory level and customer service needs.
Employment opportunities with additional education
- Account Manager
- Logistics Manager
- Materials Manager
- Production and Inventory Control Manager
- Purchasing Manager
- Traffic Manager
- Operations Manager
What's next after graduation?
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What else do I need to know about the program?
Programs in the College of Business at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP's accreditation process follows the Baldrige model. The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.
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Study Abroad Opportunities
The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.
Classes wherever you have an internet connection.
- An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
- Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
- Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
- A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
- 12 or more credits per term.
- Fewer than 12 credits per term.