Supply Chain Management

Supply chain managers are in charge of the organizational systems that move goods and/or supplies from raw materials to the production floor to the final distribution point, all according to a fixed schedule.  By overseeing the flow of materials and activities – purchasing, transportation, inventory tracking, warehousing, and more – they ensure that the right items are at the right point in the supply chain at all times.

Blackhawk’s Supply Chain Management program is a two year associate degree composed of 61 college credit hours.  This program prepares students to enter the field with minimum on-the-job training so they can quickly advance to a position of increased responsibility with emphasis on project management and process improvement skills. In addition to the degree, students will be provided with the opportunity to become certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt and also as a Certified Logistics Technician through the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Define supply chain concepts and understand the flow of materials, information and money.
  • Demonstrate their ability to plan for, purchase and manage inventories and identify its impact on organizations.
  • Develop negotiation abilities and their capacity to understand and predict behaviors in competitive situations.
  • Evaluate supply chain costs and the profitability that stems from effective management practices.
  • Apply continuous improvement strategies to all aspects of supply chain management.
  • Examine the importance of customer service in effectively coordinating supply chain activities.
  • Exhibit effective collaboration, decision making, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills.

Opportunities in supply chain management include a broad range of occupational titles.  In general terms, graduates of this program may find employment as:
  • Operations Manager
  • Storage and Distribution Manager
  • Wholesale and Retail Buyer (except farm products)
  • Production, Planning and Expediting Clerk
  • First Line Supervisor of Production and Operating Workers
  • Shipping, Receiving and Traffic Clerk

With additional education and/or work experience, Supply Chain Management program graduates may have additional opportunities in managerial roles such as:
  • Plant Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Inventory Manager
  • Distribution Manager
  • Transportation Manager