Quality Management Systems, Associate in Science

The Associate in Science in Quality Management Systems program prepares students for entry-level positions in the quality management field or to pursue a baccalaureate degree. It is also an excellent program for people who are working in the field without a degree who seek advancement opportunities in their chosen career that require an associate degree.

The Associate in Science in Quality Management Systems covers the basics of quality management, manufacturing principles, quality inspection techniques, interpreting engineering drawings, problem solving, measurement and test equipment, calibration, lean manufacturing, statistical process control, teamwork and supplier quality control.

Students completing an Associate in Science in Quality Management Systems will earn 61 credits and have the opportunity to receive nationally-recognized credentials from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) as a Certified Production Technician (CPT). Students may choose to continue their studies in a range of baccalaureate programs including Manufacturing and Business Administration programs.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Earn nationally-recognized, portable credentials from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC);
  2. Contribute to manufacturing system technology and quality management, with an understanding of Lean Six Sigma tools;
  3. Apply lean tools to manage inventory, production process and quality to meet financial and supplier requirements;
  4. Establish quality assurance processes and train staff to meet quality audits;
  5. Develop and characterize careers and trends in manufacturing using cost of quality, impact of quality, and safety on the production process;
  6. Develop grades and standards of quality, acceptance sampling and inspection procedures and prepare and institute quality assurance mechanisms;
  7. Apply financial metrics to the manufacturing decision-making process;
  8. Apply stakeholder relevant competencies in support of customer desires and needs;
  9. Analyze and manage key elements of a high performance manufacturing organization related to logistics, quality, and manufacturing;
  10. Integrate regulatory and government regulations into the quality management systems environment;
  11. Demonstrate competency in the research, product development and test process, including the handoff between processes as it applies to manufacturing; and
  12. Access and evaluate strategies for production and quality systems for an organization.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirement:

  1. Maintain a GPA of 2.3 in the major.

Curriculum

Associate in Quality Management Systems

General Education Core Requirements - 24 - 25 Credits

ENG 101English Composition

3

ENG 1XXWriting Competency (WR)

3

OS 210Organizational Communications

3

CAP 1XXComputer Literacy Competency (CL)

3

MATH 1XXMath Competency

3

Science Competency (SCI)

3-4

PSY 112Introduction to Psychology

3

Cultural Competency (CU or E/P)

3

Non-Major Core Requirements - 12 Credits

ASD 120The College Experience

3

OR

OPEN Elective

3

 

ACC 110Applied Accounting

3

STAT 167Principles of Statistics

3

OPEN Elective

3

Quality Management Systems Major Core Requirements - 24 Credits

Freshman Year

BMM 101Key Principles of Manufacturing

3

BMM 110Technology in Advanced Manufacturing

3

BMM 210Lean Manufacturing Principles

3

BMM 220Materials and Processes in Manufacturing

3

Sophomore Year

BMM 222Technical Drawings and Specifications

3

BMM 224Metrology and Calibration

3

BMM 226Principles of Quality Management

3

BMM 228Quality Management and Supplier Integration

3

Total Credit Hours: 60-61