Wayne State/AIAG Automotive SCM Certificate Program offered virtually for 2022

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Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business, in cooperation with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), will offer its ninth annual Auto Industry Certificate in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management training program in a virtual format for 2022. The class will be held virtually from Feb. 10 to May 12 and Sept. 1 to Dec. 1, making it readily available to participants far beyond Southeast Michigan.

The non-degree certificate program was designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of supply chain topics and issues in the context of the global auto industry. In addition to exploring new manufacturing and logistics technologies, participants will learn about a broad range of vehicle industry-oriented supply chain management (SCM) topics: SCM strategy, SCM finance, forecasting, negotiations, procurement strategy, supplier development, corporate responsibility, cybersecurity, risk management, production operations, quality management processes and Six Sigma, trade management, logistics and transportation management.

Each year, the program has about 25-35 participants from companies such as Ford, GM, Stellantis and many leading Tier-1 suppliers and 3PLs. This program is designed for employees that may have recently joined the auto industry or supply chain management from other areas, such as engineering or manufacturing, and those that may benefit from expanding their horizons beyond their current narrow focus.

“We have witnessed a strategic transformation of the automotive supply chain in recent years,” said Ilitch School Associate Professor of Global Supply Chain Management John Taylor. “The rate of innovation in vehicle design, advanced manufacturing and engineered materials has been truly remarkable and necessitated the creation of an unprecedented collaboration between industry and academia. We are fast-tracking future purchasing and supply chain leaders into industry assignments, saving time and expense often required to retrain entry-level professionals, and positively impacting employee retention rates.”

The program is offered over 23 weekly sessions in the winter and fall with break weeks built into the schedule. There is a three-month break in the summer when students will work on a company-related project. Course sessions are offered Thursdays from 3:30-7 p.m. ET. While the entire program will be offered virtually, there may be an option for in-person participation in the fall.

For more information about the program and the application process, view the 2022 brochure (pdf) or contact Assistant Professor of Global Supply Chain Management Lori Sisk at 586-764-3139 or ap4585@wayne.edu.

About Global Supply Chain at Wayne State University

The programs in Global Supply Chain Management at WSU’s Mike Ilitch of Business are ranked among the top in the U.S. by Gartner Research. The Global Supply Chain Management program focuses on the auto/vehicle industry with seven full-time faculty members and a number of industry expert adjuncts providing teaching and research expertise.

About AIAG

The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) is a unique not-for-profit organization where OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government entities, and individuals in academia have worked collaboratively for more than 40 years to drive down costs and complexity from the automotive supply chain. AIAG membership includes leading global manufacturers, parts suppliers, and service providers.

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