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ASCI 641 : Production and Procurement Management in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Production and Procurement Management in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry
The systems life cycle approach is examined as it relates to production and procurement of general aviation aircraft, business and commercial aircraft, and/or air carrier aircraft. The efficient and effective production and procurement of the resources required to support an aircraft throughout its life cycle from (a) conceptual design; (b) preliminary system design; (c) detail design and development; (d) production and/or construction; (e) utilization and maintenance support; and (f) retirement and disposal are addressed. The role of the Federal Aviation Administration pertaining to the aircraft certification process, including maintenance support, is also considered.

The objectives of the course are to explain how the production and procurement functions are managed; to introduce management tools and concepts that can be applied; to help develop an appreciation for the interaction of this management activity with other management systems within an organization; to understand how continuous process improvement initiatives, Total Quality Management, Six Sigma, Kaizen, Business Process Reengineering etc., may be applied; and to establish an appreciation for the role played by production and procurement managers in efficient and effective organizations.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Evaluate the role of production and procurement management and the productivity challenges facing various segments of the U.S. Aviation/Aerospace Industry today as they compete in a global economy.

2. Apply capacity planning decisions made through the concept of best operating level and capacity utilization rate calculations.

3. Analyze both qualitative and quantitative data pertaining to design, manufacture, and product support of aviation/aerospace systems.

4. Assess the types of inventory management systems and demonstrate an application of each.

5. Apply the functions of production and procurement forecasting to a particular segment of the aviation/aerospace industry.

6. Evaluate the link between materials management and production scheduling provided by Material Requirements Planning.

7. Analyze procurement processes and procedures as they relate to contract acquisition and implementation in the aviation/aerospace industry.

8. Evaluate the philosophies of continuous process improvement and their ability to have an impact on the quality of production and procurement processes and procedures.

9. Evaluate the production and procurement network in the multi-modal and global transportation system.

10. Evaluate inventory management methodologies i.e., Economic Order Quantity and the Poisson distribution.

11. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter (effective July 1, 2013).

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Keith Wilson - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kent Anderson - 3/1/2015
Dr. Ian McAndrew - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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