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2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering Systems Technology - Operations Management

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The Engineering Systems Technology program is designed to provide students with an effective blending of diverse industrial skill sets through a variety of specializations, preparing program completers with the skills needed for immediate entrance into the industrial workforce. Skills emphasized in the program include, but are not limited to: advanced manufacturing applications, computerized design and industrial equipment programming, operations management, and maintenance of electrical and mechanical systems.

The AAS in Engineering Systems Technology was developed in compliance with the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010. Students who begin this program at Walters State Community College and transfer to another Tennessee public community college are guaranteed their credits will transfer toward completion of the AAS degree in Engineering Systems Technology.

In compliance with the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) accreditation requirements, all students graduating from the AAS in Engineering Systems Technology must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of management and/or technical coursework at Walters State Community College as a requirement for graduation.

The Engineering Systems Technology degree program contains four specialization areas. Students are required to choose one specialization area from the four provided: Operations Management, Advanced Manufacturing, Architectural Design, and Mechanical Design.

Operations Management Specialization:

The operations management specialization covers the principles of lean manufacturing, cost accounting and engineering economy, and the foundations of computer aided design and manufacturing processes that provide a firm foundation for both industrial and manufacturing technicians. The courses in statistical quality analysis and problem solving are also useful for aspiring quality technicians.

Gainful Employment Disclosure – Engineering Systems Technology - Operations Management certificate:

This program and its specialization areas are designed for the student who does not intend to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.

Degree: Associate of Applied Science

Emphasis: Engineering Systems Technology

Specialization: Operations Management

Recommended Full-Time Schedule

The following Recommended Full-Time Schedule is not a substitute for academic advising. You must meet with an academic advisor each semester to be cleared for registration. Consult with your advisor about scheduling and degree requirements. Also, see the current undergraduate catalog ( for a complete list of requirements and electives. Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked. Contact the academic division or department for current information.

Factors that affect your progression include required Learning Support courses, completion of computer competency and your choices regarding campus location, course delivery method, and the days and times selected to take classes.


• Learning Support courses must be taken every semester until completed.

• Walters State students are required to meet computer competency during the first 30 hours of coursework. Students must take INFS 1010, BUSN 1360 or AGRM 2630/2631 or successfully complete a Computer Competency Exam. The Computer Competency exam does not provide course credit. Consult your advisor. See for additional information.

First Year

Fall Term (15 semester credit hours)

Second Year

Fall Term (15 semester credit hours)

Program Degree Requirements - A.A.S. Engineering Systems Technology - Operations Management

General Education Requirements (15 hours)

Humanities and/or Fine Arts

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (3 hrs). (Select from the WS Approved General Educ elective list)

Behavioral/Social Sciences

Behavioral/Social Science Elective (3 hrs). (Select from the WS Approved General Educ elective list)


Mathematics General Education elective (Select from MATH 1630, MATH 1710, or MATH 1720)
3 credits


Area of Emphasis Requirements (45 hours)

Total Credit Hours 60

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