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Operation Management Club 2011

Operations Management Club spotlight

                Operation Management Students visit Companies in the Seattle Area. 

This past February, ten Operations Management Club students and their club adviser Professor John Lawrence visited three Seattle area companies: Boeing, Kenworth Trucks and Microsoft. Students were able to see classroom concepts being performed in the daily operations of the businesses, get excited about their own careers, build connections and bond with club members. The diversity of the three businesses allowed students to observe operations at various levels. At Boeing and Kenworth, students were able to see products on the assembly line and at Microsoft a presentation was given about the upcoming supply chain challenges and solutions. Each company contact is a graduate of the University of Idaho College of Business and Economics which encourages students to stay connected and pursue internships or possible employment after graduation.

Brian Wilcox, President of the Operations Management Club, had this to say about his trip experience,
“The Seattle trip was a great experience. It was a good opportunity to go with classmates and see companies that we otherwise probably wouldn't have gotten to see. Boeing was awesome for several reasons. We went to the Everett location where they had full size planes in various stages of being built. The size of their plant is just unreal. It is all open air, and a pretty amazing thing to see. Our second visit was to Kenworth Trucking. The plant we visited is mostly tasked with making specialized orders for their customers. We were fortunate enough to see a large truck (6 foot high tires) that they only make 12 of per year get assembled before it got shipped to Iraq. Kenworth was many peoples' favorite because it was easy to follow their trucks from start to completion and apply classroom concepts along the way. Our last company we visited was Microsoft. We listened to a very interesting presentation about their supply chain and some of the challenges and opportunities that they are facing in the coming years. The coolest part of that visit though was just wandering around their campus. It was very similar to a college campus, only with more amenities and it was new. They have a four story parking garage that sits beneath their version of the SUB and their soccer field. All in all, it was a great trip with a good group of people. We really appreciated John taking the time to make the trip possible.”

The Operations Management Club is a group of students that is either majoring in Operations Management or interested in operations management. The club usually takes a trip to either Boise, Portland or Seattle to tour area manufacturing operations and will invite guest speakers to campus. If interested, all students are welcome to attend meetings. Contact Faculty Adviser John Lawrence for more information.