Western Kentucky University

WKU-O Undergraduate Programs

TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT

Technology is defined as any tool or operating system designed to improve the efficiency, quality and competitiveness of an organization. Technology Management at Western Kentucky University is a 2+2 program designed specifically for students who currently hold a certificate or associates degree from a technical school, two year college or 4 year institution. The TM program is a capstone program that provides a two year management emphasis for those working toward a supervisory position in industry. Graduates are empowered to obtain a position of leadership in business, industry or workforce development in support of innovation and global competitiveness.

Career Opportunities

• Systems Integrator

• Industrial Engineer

• Production Manager / Specialist

• Manufacturing Engineer

• Maintenance Specialist

• Quality Manager

• Quality Engineer

• Production Engineer

• General Manager

• Plant Manager

• Industrial Trainer

• Project Manager

Work Tasks and Settings

• Supervise the production of goods in manufacturing plants

• Hire and supervise workers who make the products

• Check to make sure all products are of high quality and that customers are happy with them

• Make sure products are made within budget and on time

• Work on the shop floor and in offices in plants that make machinery and transportation equipment, instruments, electronic and electrical equipment, fabricated metal products, and food products

• Work with company products, machinery, equipment, statistics, reports, computers, specifications, and testing and analyzing equipment

Abilities needed:

• get along well with other people

• lead others

• solve problems

• use good judgment and make decisions

• do work accurately

• speak and write well

• keep up with developments in their field

Average Salary: $45-50,000/year in Kentucky

Coursework:

  WKU COURSES                                                                 

 AMS 271 Industrial Statistics

 AMS 310 Work Design/Ergonomics

 AMS 356 Systems Design & Operations

 AMS 371 Quality Assurance

 AMS 390 Project Management

 AMS 394 Lean Manufacturing

 AMS 430 Tech Mgmt/Supervision/Team Building

 AMS 490 Senior Research

 ENG 307 Technical Writing

 24 hours of Technical Courses transferred from KCTCS school 



Sequencing:

Because of transferring credits and WKU-O course offerings, the length of time to finish this program differs for each student. It is important to meet with a WKU-O advisor as soon as possible. Bring an unofficial copy of transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities. It is also important to determine your availability to take courses: part-time, full-time, summer term.

WKU-O Academic Requirements:

  • 120 college-level undergraduate semester hours including the following:

- 44 semester hours of General Education

- 42 semester hours of upper-division credit (300-400 level courses)

- 30 hours must be earned in residence (at WKU), at least 16 of which must be completed after the semester in which the student earned a cumulative total of at least 90 hours.

  • Students must earn a minimum of 54 semester hours with WKU to graduate with honors.
  • Students must apply for graduation upon the completion of 90 semester hours.
  • Students are to meet with an advisor each semester.
 Last Modified 8/6/13