Course description

Purchasing within the context of a manufacturing organization has a unique set of knowledge, tools, methods, and skills required. When executed effectively purchasing can reduce risks, facilitate innovation, and improve overall value. Students in this course will examine and apply the various approaches to purchasing within a manufacturing or industrial context. They will explore how to reduce total cost of ownership by applying best practices, for acquisition of everything from raw materials to M.R.O. (Mtce-Repair-Operations) to Capital equipment. In addition, they will address issues of Occupational Health & Safety, environmental impacts and regulations (WHMIS-GHS), as well as sustainability. This will require an understanding of manufacturing processes, technical language, interpretation of blueprints and industry specific standards, with required certifications or testing reports.

Course details

Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

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Registration dates

Not all courses are offered each term.

Fall 2024 registration opens July 22, 2024. Winter 2025 registration opens November 4, 2024.

Delivery options

In person: classes held in person on a campus/site in a classroom/lab/shop/studio for the course duration

Online - Asynchronous: ​100% online delivery, no scheduled day or time course requirements with the instructor, assigned due dates

Online - Synchronous: 100% online delivery, scheduled day and time course requirements with the instructor, assigned due dates

Hybrid: any combination of in person, timetabled, on campus, online, and hyflex delivery