Bachelor of Business Administration

Manufacturing Management

Today’s manufacturing managers need to have a wider scope of skills to be successful. With an attention to detail, critical thinking and communication skills, an aptitude for technology and a drive to be the best, manufacturing managers are valued in both large and small manufacturing firms. Work on the cutting edge with your degree in manufacturing management from TU.

Manufacturers of all sizes have met new challenges in the current economy: a global market, condensed product life cycles and demand for high quality products. They are meeting these challenges with computerized equipment, new organizational structures and efficient manufacturing technology. The manufacturing management degree will prepare students for supervisory and other entry-level management positions in manufacturing.

The manufacturing management program is designed to prepare graduates to assume leadership roles and supervisory roles in the management of advanced manufacturing technology. Students completing the manufacturing management program will have the technical foundation, along with management and other soft skills needed, to be effective and productive manufacturing leaders. They will also have the opportunity to earn a number of industry certifications, including Integrated Manufacturing (Robotics), Advanced Manufacturing, Manufacturing Foundations and Electronics.

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturers in Ohio account for 16.6% of the total output in the state, employing 12.56% of the workforce. Total output for manufacturing was $112.24 billion dollars in 2018. There are over 12,500 manufacturers in Ohio, employing 699,000 workers, with an average compensation of $74,679.

BBA to MBA Program

TU offers MBA classes that count as dual credit towards both your undergraduate business degree and a master of business degree. Undergraduate business students, who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, will have the opportunity during their senior year to take up to four graduate courses. This opportunity allows students to finish their graduate degree program faster and will save them money in the long run. After completing these classes, and upon your undergraduate graduation, you will be able to complete your MBA in less than a year (only 45 weeks). At that time, you will also qualify for the alumni tuition discount.

Program Accredited by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)ACBSP Accredited logo

Tiffin University’s School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education supporting, celebrating and rewarding teaching excellence. They accredit business education programs at the associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degree levels worldwide. Institutions with this accreditation are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want. Every quality business program worldwide is accredited.

Manufacturing Management Concentration 

ACC228 Managerial Accounting    3 hours

CST312 Information Systems for Managers    3 hours

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology    3 hours

MGT221 Supply Chain Management    3 hours

MGT301 Organizational Behavior    3 hours

MGT321 Operations Management    3 hours

MGT356 Quality Management    3 hours

MGT455 Lean Organizations    3 hours

One of the following    3 hours

  • PSY250 Social Psychology
  • PSY263 Theories of Personality
  • PSY362 Abnormal Psychology

One of the following    3 hours

  • COM414 Crisis and Risk Communication
  • COM441 Organizational Communication and Conflict Resolution

Total    30 hours

Total BBA hours 121

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

 

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with a start date of January and August

Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

Supply Chain Management (MGT221) - This course is an overview of supply chain management and will briefly cover the topics of procurement, lean organizations, Total Quality Management, logistics and materials management.

Operations Management (MGT321) - This course deals with the managerial functions directly related to the production and delivery of goods and services. Topics covered include manufacturing and service organizations, facility location and layout, MRP, forecasting, scheduling, quality assurance and project management.

Quality Management (MGT356) - A study of Quality Management principles and philosophy including the ideas of Deming, Juran and Crosby, employee involvement, Kaizen, statistical process control and Six Sigma.

Lean Organizations (MGT455) – The application of just-in-time principles throughout the supply chain, including how to define and eliminate waste; the utilization of information in lieu of inventory; Pull versus Push systems; Kanban signaling and material coordination; and an in-depth look at the Toyota Production System.

  • Director of Manufacturing Technology
  • Industrial Production Manager / Director
  • Manufacturing Management Associate
  • Operations Manager / Director
  • Procurement Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Project Coordinator / Project Manager

This is a new program! Successful placements to come in the next few years …

If you want to learn more about our online or on-campus programs for working adults, click here.

Faculty

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Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.

Debbinkt@tiffin.edu
419-448-3367

Professor of Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Albion College
  • M.S., Kettering University
  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.

As do most of his colleagues, Dr. Debbink has a thorough grounding in his topic, both academically and professionally. Prior to beginning his doctoral education in 1992, Dr. Debbink worked for General Motors for 13 years. His experience was largely in Manufacturing and Quality Engineering, but also included significant assignments in Salaried Personnel Administration and Purchasing. As a Certified Quality Engineer, Dr. Debbink worked with over 100 of the Division’s suppliers to remedy specific quality issues and improve the overall performance of their manufacturing systems. Dr. Debbink has also served as a consultant to NCR Corporation, the United States Navy and General Motors.

Academically, Dr. Debbink’s interests are in corporate governance, deception within organizations, and make-buy decision making. His dissertation explored the motivations behind the decision to outsource components in the auto industry. He is a member of the Academy of Management and has presented papers at numerous conferences. Dr. Debbink teaches Strategic Management undergraduate and graduate courses in Tiffin, and graduate courses in the school’s EMBA curriculum in Bucharest, Romania.

Off campus, Dr. Debbink is a twenty-plus year member of Rotary International and serves on the Board of the Foundation of the Tiffin Rotary Club. He is a licensed pilot who enjoys introducing his students to the joys of flying. He and his wife, also a teacher, live on Catawba Island where they enjoy sailing and oenology.

Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.
Professor of Management

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