The Panasonic Trust Awards
Jake Harris – MSc Engineering & Manufacturing
Management, Coventry University
main benefit of the MSc in Engineering & Manufacturing Management course has
been learning the latest industrial methods and applying these to the
workplace in real-time. This has enabled me to improve the operational
performance and increase the efficiency of our European test and development
operations. The engineering management modules have also provided me with
the tools and techniques to make investment decisions based on both
qualitative and quantitative merits and demonstrated how engineering can be
sustainable and commercially beneficial.
Other highlights of the course have been the modules dealing with lean
operations and supply chain management modules; these have been of
particular benefit as they have enabled me to manage suppliers and
subcontractors in a more effective way.
The inspiration for my dissertation on lean product development came from
the product development modules and enabled me to improve Simpson
Strong-Tie’s European new product development process.
After completing my undergraduate degree I was awarded a place on the
Institution of Mechanical Engineer’s internet based records management
system (eMPDS) in order to achieve full professional qualification. I am now
in the process of becoming a chartered engineer with this course playing an
important part in me achieving this career goal and in my on-going
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