Education programs with coursework in automotive supply chain management are included in both undergraduate and graduate programs. These programs are normally found in a school's business or engineering department. In either case, programs address issues pertinent to the automotive industry, but also incorporate supply chain topics such as production and delivery schedules, raw material acquisition and inventory management.
The list below contains a few examples of common concepts featured in automotive supply chain management courses:
- Business communications
- Quality management
- Globalization of business
- Toyota Production System (TPS)
- Product & process improvement
List of Common Courses
Automotive Manufacturing Course
Instruction in automotive manufacturing is included in both automotive engineering and supply chain management graduate degree programs. It addresses general supply chain issues such as material supply, production flow and supplier integration in an automotive industry context. Some programs offer the option of earning an automotive manufacturing certificate through their master's or doctoral degree program.
Automotive Operations Course
Managing operations in an automotive manufacturing plant often includes overseeing supply chain issues. Students analyze a plant's maximum production capacity and flexibility. Instruction might also focus on the effects of manufactured inventory, as well as the cycle time required to complete a finished product.
Automotive Production Processes Course
In this course, students learn that the relationship between automotive product development and material supply can have a substantial impact on the production process. Areas of focus include process management software and cost models. The course may also use relevant case studies to illustrate to students how successful production systems have worked for previous automotive products.
Automotive Supply Chain Trends Course
This course is a specialized component of automotive manufacturing graduate degree programs. It examines growing trends in the automotive industry and their effects on the supply chain process. The course generally focuses on technological advances in alternative fuel car designs, including the vehicle's body, interior and drive train system. Students are instructed to consider these technological developments when choosing suppliers, managing inventory and delivering product in a global market.