Option A ( Field project) : 30 Credits Required
Required Core Courses - 24 credits
EMGT 802 (3) Statistical Analysis and Prediction of Engineering Systems
EMGT 806 (3) Finance for Engineers
EMGT 809 (4) Personal Development for Engineering Managers
EMGT 821 (3) Strategic Analysis of Technology Projects (prerequisite: EMGT 806)
EMGT 830 (2) Case Studies in Engineering Management (prerequisite: complete 21 credits hours)
EMGT 835 (3) Field project (prerequisite: complete XX number of hours)
Required Electives - 6 credits
Option B : 34 credits required
Required Core Courses - 22 credits
EMGT 806 (3) Finance for Engineers
EMGT 809 (4) Personal Development for Engineering Managers
EMGT 821 (3) Strategic Analysis of Technology Projects (prerequisite: EMGT 806)
Choose One of these for Core Management/ Leadership Course Requirement:
EMGT 801 (3) - Management Theory and Practice for Engineering Managers
EMGT 814 (3) -Leadership Techniques and Methods for the Engineering Manager
EMGT 830 Case Studies & Project with Oral Exam (3cr.) (prerequisite xx number of hours)
Required Electives - 12 credits
All elective courses outside of the EMGT department must be listed as graduate courses, taken for graduate credit, and approved by an EMGT faculty member in order to apply toward the Master of Science in Engineering Management degree. Approved EMGT elective courses are listed below:
EMGT 801 - Management Theory and Practice for Engineering Managers
EMGT 802 - Statistical Analysis and Prediction of Engineering Systems
EMGT 803 - Technological Forecasting and Assessment
EMGT 804 - Business Development and Marketing of Professional Services
EMGT 805 - Management of Innovation
EMGT 807 - Labor and Employee Relations for the Engineering Manager
EMGT 808 - Quality Management
EMGT 812 - Law and the Design Professional
EMGT 814 - Leadership Techniques and Methods for the Engineering Manager
EMGT 815 - Business Relationships and Selling Skills
EMGT 816 - Energy Management
EMGT 824 - Product Marketing for Engineering Managers
EMGT 840 - Systems Approach to Engineering
EMGT 850 - Environmental Issues for Engineering Managers
EMGT 860 - Special Problems in Engineering Management
EMGT 862 - Manufacturing Systems Integration
EMGT 867 - Advanced Operations Management
Brief Course Descriptions
- EMGT 806 Finance for Engineers (3 credits)
- A study of finance including financial planning and management in technological based organizations. Topics covered include financial statement analysis, present value of financial markets, capital budgeting, taxes, investment decisions, replacement decisions, cash flow budgets and sources of capital.
- EMGT 809 Personal Development for Engineering Managers (4 credits)
- Includes the study of theories, tests for and objectives of engineering and management ethics. Explores personal values. Measures personality profile and preferred communication style for each student. Includes management of stress, time and career. The student prepares career and personal development plans. Managerial writing and communication skills are developed through weekly projects including: report and proposal preparation, internal correspondence concerning praise and reprimand as well as organizational policy preparation. Interpersonal and nonverbal communication styles are studied. Relies heavily on instructor-assisted peer mediation of topics after introduction of constructive techniques of interpersonal communication.
- EMGT 810 Applications of Quantitative Analysis in Decision Making (3 credits)
- This course emphasizes the use of general system theory, classical optimization and optimality conditions, model development, and theory and application of mathematical programming, to include: linear programming, dynamic programming, queuing models, integer and non-linear programming, and introduction to decision analysis. Prerequisite: Elementary skills in linear algebra, probability, calculus, and computer application.
- EMGT 811 Engineering Systems Simulation (3 credits)
- Methods of developing, implementing, and using computer simulations for management processes such as inventory control, waiting lines, project monitoring, and capital investment decisions are covered. Extensive use is made of simulation languages and interactive graphic-supported gaming and decision analysis. Engineering systems and chemical processes are studied under deterministic and stochastic conditions. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.
- EMGT 813 Design Project Management (3 credits)
- Includes planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling design projects. Treats those topics from viewpoints of profit, cost control, client satisfaction, and project team human relations. Also covers delegation, motivation, team building, performance reviews, conflict resolution, and group dynamics. Presents the project manager's job from an augmented model of the Blake-Mouton grid. Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study in engineering or architecture.
- EMGT 821 Strategic Analysis of Technology Projects (3 credits)
- A study of the economic feasibility of competing engineering projects including the application of break-even analysis, decisions under uncertainty, decision trees, stochastic models, risk vs. return, and forecasting. A study of the financial figures of merit used to evaluate competing engineering projects including the DuPont rate of return method, the accounting rate of return, the operating return method, return on equity, earnings per share, margin on sales, selling price of stock, corporate credit rating, total sales, market share, market entry, and proforma year-end statements. A study of the strategic evaluation of a project including the proposed product or service, the organization, the environment, and the venture in general.
Prerequisite: Admission to the M.S. Engineering Management program or consent of instructor, EMGT 806, a course in applied statistics.
- EMGT 823 Management of Internal Engineering Projects (3 credits)
- The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to all aspects of managing a project within a company or organization. The entire project life cycle will be covered from inception to close-out, and many practical considerations will be discussed including material procurement, working with contractors and consultants, selecting software, and managing the project team. The course will focus on how to manage project scope, schedule budget, and resources using personal computer software. A semester project is required presenting an example of project management or investigating some aspect of project management in detail.
- EMGT 830 Case Studies in Engineering Management (2 credits)
- A capstone course for the program which provides an integration of the material presented in the other courses through the utilization of several engineering management case studies. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 21 credit hours in the Engineering Management program.
- EMGT 801 - Management Theory and Practice for Engineering Managers (3 credits)
- This course is intended to introduce the student to the basic concepts of management and motivation for the engineering manager and general behavior of technical organizations. This course presents a history of the schools of management thought through the modern research that began the participative management movement. The course will investigate classical motivational theories and management style principles. The student will perform research to determine how their employer or clients apply these theories.
- EMGT 802 - Statistical Analysis and Prediction of Engineering Systems (3 credits)
- Statistical Analysis and Prediction of Engineering Systems Applied statistical methods to engineering systems will be introduced in this course for analyzing engineering and management systems. Emphasis will be given to applied regression analysis, analysis of variance, analysis of time dependence by smoothing, Bayes method, time series analysis, auto-regressive moving averages and forecasting model. Prerequisite: Skills in probability, statistics, and computer application.
- EMGT 803 - Technological Forecasting and Assessment (3 credits)
- Technological Forecasting and Assessment This course focuses on the impact of technology on society. Techniques of technology forecasting such as Delphi, cross-impact analysis, trend projection, decision trees, and scenarios are discussed. Case studies of technology assessments are presented. Each student is asked to conduct a preliminary technology assessment which is a systematic study of the effects on society which may occur when a technology is introduced or modified. Prerequisite: Elementary skills in statistics, computer programming, and linear algebra.
- EMGT 804 - Business Development and Marketing of Professional Services (3 credits)
- Principles and theories of business development and marketing as applicable to professional engineering and architectural practices.
- EMGT 805 - Management of Innovation (3 credits)
- Management of technology and technological change through innovation, imitation, and obsolescence; planning, organizing, motivation, and control for innovation; organizational climate and its effects on innovative ideas and entrepreneurship; project/product decisions and R&D strategies in small and large companies; innovation in multinational corporations.
- EMGT 807 - Labor and Employee Relations for the Engineering Manager (3 credits)
- This course is an introduction to labor relations and human resources, including employment practices in unionized and non-union organizations. The course will examine labor relations, human relations and collective bargaining with emphasis on the negotiation and administration of labor agreements. Included will be a survey of the historical, legal, and structural environments that influence the collective bargaining process.
Research topics focuses on some of the most important issues in the workplace: protecting jobs, increasing productivity, computerization, worker participation, expanding and declining labor markets, and new methods of decision making in the human resources field.
- EMGT 808 - Quality Management (3 credits)
- The overwhelming challenge that faces the US today is the need to regain its competitive position in the world marketplace. This course offers a broad view of Total Quality Management in that it focuses on the managerial aspects of quality, rather than just the technical. For example, students will learn the Malcom Baldridge award criteria which focuses on leadership, data analysis, human resources, quality assurance, quality results and customer satisfaction. In addition, a review of the theory and approaches of the major quality leaders such as Deming, Juran, and Crosby will be covered. Practical applications of TQM concepts in a technological environment will be stressed throughout the course.
- EMGT 812 - Law and the Design Professional (3 credits)
- This course covers: legal doctrines relating to owners, design professionals, and contractors; sources of law, forms of association, and agency; contracts, including formation, rights and duties, interpretation, performance problems, disputes, and claims; standards of care and the management of construction claims; duties and obligations of the design professional, the owner, and the contractor; surety bonds and insurance. Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study in engineering or architecture.
- EMGT 814 - Leadership Techniques and Methods for the Engineering Manager (3 credits)
- Leadership is a balancing act. It requires communicating a compelling vision, convincing others to buy in to that vision, and marshaling resources and talent to make it happen. This course will help new leaders master the complex art of the leadership role by improving decision making and communications, earning trust and building momentum, and inspiring and enabling others to excel. Mangers are under increasing pressure to deliver better results faster than the competition. But meeting today’s tough challenges requires complete mastery of a full array of management skills, form communicating and coaching to public speaking and managing people.
The course will provide concise, action-oriented tools and strategies to help managers improve their performance today and give them the edge they need to become a leader tomorrow.
- EMGT 815 - Business Relationships and Selling Skills (3 credits)
- This course will introduce students to the Fundamentals of Business Relationships and Professional Selling. It is suitable for any technical professional who would like to be more effective in "getting their message across" to external or internal customers. Students will learn and connect through class lectures on relationship management including ethical issues in business relationships, experimental exercises on conducting and evaluating dialogues/presentations with groups of Customers/Internal Audiences/Upper Management and through assignments via Blackboard.
- EMGT 816 - Energy Management (3 Credits)
- One of the most critical topics for an engineering manager is effective energy cost cutting. This class will be an introduction to the latest strategies for improving lighting, combustion processes, steam generation/distribution, and industrial waste re-utilization. Topics include distributed generation, energy auditing, rate structures, economic evaluation techniques, lighting efficiency improvement, HVAC optimization,combustion and use of industrial wastes, steam generation and distribution system performance, control systems and computers, energy systems maintenance, and renewable energy
- EMGT 824 - Product Marketing for Engineering Managers (3 credits)
- Basic principles of marketing as applicable to engineering managers in the production- or operations-based enterprise. Includes a broad overview of the major components of marketing (competition, product, price, promotion, and distribution). Also details the integration of those components into the marketing plan. The students will develop a group marketing plan for an agreed-upon product. Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program in engineering or Pittsburgh State's technology management program.
- EMGT 840 - Systems Approach to Engineering (3 credits)
- This is a first course at the graduate level introducing the formal methods and processes in bringing complex systems into being and improving existing systems. Systems include both products and services. Emphasis is placed on: the definition of customer needs, the entire life cycle of systems, and introduction to formal specification methods, the value to cost ratio and the management of the systems engineering process.
- EMGT 850 - Environmental Issues for Engineering Managers (3 credits)
- This course provides a survey of the environmental regulations, environmental problems, and environmental solutions that must be dealt with by engineering managers regardless of their function or industry. A historical perspective on the environment is presented followed by discussion of pollution generation (sources), transportation, fate, and effects. The quantity and quality of various types of pollutants emitted to various media and the risk posed by these pollutants is analyzed. The regulatory process is examined from the perspective of the legislator, the regulator, the regulated, the engineer, and the public.
- EMGT 860 - Special Problems in Engineering Management (1-4 credits)
- Graduate- level investigation requiring original, independent research on problems or subjects of immediate interest to a student or faculty member. Intended to develop a student's capability in coordinating two or more of the following: technology, finance, economics, applied mathematics, and managerial communication. EMGT 860 may be repeated for credit to a maximum of four hours in the degree program. Prerequisite: Approval of an outline of the proposed project by the instructor and the program director.
- EMGT 862 - Manufacturing Systems Integration (3 credits)
- This course develops the rationale and need for the integration of manufacturing systems, and deals with the multitude of practical problems involved with manufacturing systems integration. Topics covered include intelligent manufacturing subsystems and vendor-specific islands of automation, on-line and off-line information sources, and end users of information in the manufacturing enterprise. Engineering details covered include the types of communication links available between systems, communication standards, network and protocol alternatives, and hardware platform alternatives. Management concepts covered include the top-down design/bottom-up implementation approach to system integration, long-range planning and management of integration projects, reliability and security issues, and human factors.
- EMGT 867 - Advanced Operations Management (3 credits)
- This course provides the student with up-to-date information of the management of manufacturing operations. Emphasis is on quantitative methods for designing and analyzing manufacturing processes, simulation of manufacturing processes, and recent paradigms in manufacturing including just-in-time production, synchronous manufacturing, and agile manufacturing. A semester project is required covering some aspect of operations management in detail.