What will I learn in this program?
You will learn general management principles and skills as well as industrial/manufacturing skills.
Where will I be able to find a job in this field?
Most students find employment in area manufacturing facilities such as Texas Eastman, Stemco, Skeeter Boat, Fleetwood Travel Trailers, Trinity Industries, Key Energy, Sabine Mining Co., Lone Star Steel, Kelly Springfield, Crosby/Lebus Manufacturing, Southern Plastics, SWEPCO, City of Longview, Carrier Air, Olympic Waste Services, Martin Gas, LeTourneau, Halliburton and many other places within and outside of Texas.
What kind of career opportunities are available?
Some of the jobs that graduates are hired for include:
- Plant Manager
- Plant Superintendent
- Department Manager
- Assistant Plant Manager
- Quality Assurance Manager
- Project Manager
- Lead Man
- Human Resource Manager
Will I be able to intern somewhere?
Yes. Internships make this program unique. Each student who enrolls in this program will be provided with the opportunity to complete at least one internship before graduation. In each internship, the student receives three hours college credit while working in an East Texas area industrial/manufacturing facility. This unique program provides actual on-the-job experience combined with academic/technical classroom education.
How long does it take to complete the program?
The Industrial Management Specialist Certificate (41 total credit hours) can be completed in one year or complete the Industrial Management degree (68 total credit hours) in two years. You can earn your certificate in one year and if you decide you want to complete the degree, all your certificate courses count toward your degree.
What kind of salary can graduates expect?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national median salary for Industrial Management is $56,000. Local salaries will vary.
What is the job outlook for graduates?
The job outlook for industrial management professionals is very good. Local, state and national employment data indicates significant growth in the employment of industrial management professionals. Not only do you have many local, state and national employment opportunities, but employment in the industrial management field abroad has increased significantly and companies will continue to need qualified managers to operate their facilities in other countries.
What do graduates of the program do?
Graduates supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in all phases of a plant operation. Typically reporting directly to plant operations managers, they prepare operation schedules and coordinate manufacturing activities to ensure production and quality meet all specifications. Graduates oversee operations such as finance, manufacturing, engineering, materials management, quality assurance and control, human resources, inventory control and information systems.