Materials Specialist Certificate | Northcentral Technical College

Materials Specialist

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The Materials Specialist Certificate is designed for those who wish to enter into the materials management field or are already working in this function and want to further develop their skills to expand and advance their career outlook and enhance upward mobility. The Materials Specialist Certificate explores key characteristics of materials procedures and processes and the importance of inventory as it relates to customer satisfaction, and achievement of business objectives of efficiency, effectiveness and profitability. Learners will acquire the skills and tools necessary to apply strategic inventory management, effective information management and tracking, new applications, and Lean Principles. The Materials Specialist Certificate courses are embedded within the Northcentral Technical College Supply Chain Management Associate Degree Program and can be applied into this Associate Degree program should you desire to continue to develop your skills, knowledge and potential for advancement in the ever-changing and rapidly growing Supply Chain field.

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Materials Specialist 12 Credit Certificate

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certificate Outcomes

  • Define inventory fundamentals and inventory's role in the Supply Chain
  • Define capacity planning and resource utilization
  • Apply strategies for managing supply chain and logistics processes
  • Apply strategies for identifying and meeting or exceeding customer expectations
  • Evaluate storage and distribution methods for products and services
  • Determine why forecasting is essential to Supply Chain Management
  • Produce a plan to control materials and inventory procedures
  • Analyze Supply Chain inventory and material flows
  • Explain the benefits of Lean Principles Operations
  • Apply continuous improvement strategies to business operations
  • Examine the Operations Function in the Supply Chain
  • Determine continuous improvement concepts utilized in the Supply Chain

Potential Careers

  • Materials Specialist
  • Materials Control Specialist
  • Inventory Specialist

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