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BCIT Business Operations Management

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The BCIT Business Operations Management Diploma program explores how organizations produce and distribute goods and services in the most efficient and cost-effective manner and how to make productivity improvements throughout an organization. You will analyze business processes, available resources, transportation delivery routes, and production schedules to ensure businesses operate efficiently. Graduates can view the entire business operating system and find ways to improve performance.

BCIT Business Operations Management students learn to:
  • Provide business consulting services
  • Control inventory levels
  • Improve business operations
  • Manage complex projects
  • Interpret ERP and analytics software

Business Consulting Project

Twice per year teams of students from the Business Operations Management Program are made available as part of their course of studies to participate in Business Consulting Projects with local organizations. During these projects students identify opportunities for improvement and use critical analysis and problem solving methodology toward the recommendation and implementation of a cost effective solution. Students prepare a written report fully documenting findings, recommendations, and implementation plans and make a formal presentation to the organization's management team.

Industry Networking Events

The Business Operations Management program hosts annual industry networking events for students to meet with industry professionals. These very successful events feature presentations by our students, interactive 'speed networking' sessions, and lead to potential career opportunities after graduation. Watch a video from our Industry Showcase.

Business Operations Jobs & Careers

Graduates of the Business Operations Management Diploma program have a strong foundation of business and operation specific skills that will lead to a wide variety of job opportunities.

Entry-Level Positions:
  • Buying Specialist
  • Purchaser
  • Planner/Scheduler
  • Logistics Coordinator
Mid-Level Positions:
  • Project Manager
  • Inventory Manager
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Operations Manager

Program Entry

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day)

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • It is strongly recommended that you assess your fundamental mathematical skills. The Mathematics Self-Diagnostic Test [PDF] is voluntary. If you find these problems difficult, we strongly recommend that you attend OPMT 0199. You should be able to do this exercise in about an hour, after which you should compare your answers with the correct ones supplied. If you scored less than 20 out of 26 correct, you should seriously consider upgrading your mathematical skills.

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

    BCIT accepts complete applications starting:

    • February 1st for level 2 (January start)
    • November 1st for level 3 (September start)

    You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting the entrance requirements with your online application. View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details.

Transfer Credit

Do you have credits from another post-secondary school?

Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at BCIT or another post-secondary institution where the learning outcomes duplicate those of the BCIT course. As per Admission Procedure 5003-PR1, the department reserves the right to determine the granting of credit where appropriate.

Applications will be accepted up to day 14 of the term; an official transcript and a course outline where appropriate must be provided (or be on file with BCIT) to process the request. A maximum of two courses per level are eligible for credit through this process.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.


Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $800
Level 2: $450
Level 3: $350
Level 4: $250

(general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Operations Management training will give you a broad range of specialized skills that will let you take your career anywhere you want to go:

  • How to manage an operation
  • How to manage inventory to meet customer demand while maintaining efficient levels for business
  • How to be a buyer – sourcing product or raw materials, deciding how much to buy, at what cost, when, and how it will be delivered
  • How to manage a project from start to finish, including cost-benefit analysis, workflow, resource allocation, communication, and implementation
  • How to manage quality, ensuring safety and consistency
  • How to analyze and improve operating systems to improve business performance
  • How to apply management information systems to enable leading-edge operations strategies
  • How to apply lean strategies to improve operations
  • How to develop a facilities plan

To round out these specialized skills, you’ll also gain a strong foundation in business, including:

  • How to work as part of team – group dynamics, leadership and conflict resolution
  • How to present your ideas effectively in writing and verbally
  • How to manage your time
  • How to use the latest technology and IT resources for operations management

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BSYS 1000 Business Information Systems 3.0
  COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1 4.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1103 Introduction to Operations Management 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics* 4.0
*Note: During the first week of OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics, an assessment test will be administered to all students. Based on the outcome, students may be required to attend a weekly Business Math Success Workshop.
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  BSYS 2060 Business Data Management* 2.0
  BUSA 2100 Principles of Management* 2.0
  COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 4.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 2100 Accounting 2 5.5
  OPMT 1130 Business Statistics 5.5
  OPMT 2175 Process Improvement for Operations Management* 3.5
  OPMT 2300 IT Systems* 2.5
  OPMT 2365 Production and Inventory Management 5.5
  OPMT 2400 Systems Analysis and Design* 3.5
  ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour* 3.0
*denotes a half-term course
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  FMGT 3224 Managerial Accounting (OPMT) 4.0
  OPMT 1170 Project Management 2.5
  OPMT 3100 Logistics 1 2.0
  OPMT 3170 Industrial Engineering Techniques 3.0
  OPMT 3240 Quality Management 3.0
  OPMT 3308 Quantitative Business Analysis 4.0
  OPMT 3341 Process Improvement Project 6.0
  OPMT 3361 Microcomputer Applications: Database 4.0
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  BLAW 3440 Introduction to Law for Operations Management* 2.0
  HRMG 3205 Labour Relations 1* 3.0
  MECH 1905 Manufacturing Systems for Operations Management* 2.5
  OCHS 1441 Introduction to Safety for Operations Management 2.0
  OPMT 4100 Logistics 2* 2.0
  OPMT 4408 Math Models for Decision Making* 2.5
  OPMT 4438 Entrepreneurial Business Plan Development* 2.0
  OPMT 4441 Change Strategies* 2.0
  OPMT 4442 Issues in Operations Management* 2.0
  OPMT 4449 Industry Project* 12.0
  OPMT 4460 Purchasing* 2.0
  OPMT 4465 Lean Synchronous Systems* 3.5
  OPMT 4651 Enterprise Systems* 2.0
*denotes a half-term course
Total Credits: 132.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

BCIT Operations Management Mentorship Program

The BCIT Operations Management Mentorship Program is voluntary for both the mentor and the mentee. By participating in this mentorship program you will have the opportunity to build a relationship with an experienced operations management professional. A mentor can help you:
  • Provide first-hand insights to the professional world
  • Develop short and long term goals
  • Develop effective career planning
  • Assist in the clarification of career goals
  • Enhance your professional network
  • Help the transition into the work world
Mentee Application Form
A Guide for Mentees
Mentor Application Form A Guide for Mentors

Alaric de Souza
Faculty Advisor, OpMan Mentorship Program
SE6, Room 362
Email: alaric_desouza@bcit.ca 
Office: 604-451-6773

Studying Business Operations Management at BCIT

As a Business Operations Management student, you'll benefit from BCIT's unique learning model of lectures, large auditorium sessions where you learn a subject, and labs, small classes with 20-25 students where you put what you learn into action.

This group is called your 'set' and you will take all of your classes together. This allows you to form close working relationships with your classmates, coordinate your schedules effectively for group work, and get the support you need from your instructors.

Your learning will focus on opportunities to complete real projects for business clients. This means you get the skills that employers are looking for and connections with professionals.

When you're accepted into the program, you're guaranteed seats in every class you need to graduate. That means there's no registering for individual classes, no taking classes that aren't relevant and no need to wonder when you'll graduate and launch your career.

Program length

Two years, full-time

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Graduates of this program may continue their studies to complete the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program. The BBA program provides you with the flexibility to complete your degree full-time within 8 to 12 months (depending on previous transfer credits from other institutes), or you can choose to begin your career and finish your degree courses part-time, usually within 2 to 3 years.

Block credits from your diploma may also be transferred to business degrees at Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Royal Roads University, Lakehead University and others. Please confirm details with the respective program that you are considering if this option is of interest.

Graduating & Jobs

Growth Opportunities

The Operations Management program is a pathway to BCIT's Bachelor of Business Administration program, giving students the opportunity to earn your degree in as little as one year after earning your diploma.

You can go on to write certification exams for professional associations such as APICS’ Certified Production and Inventory Manager (CPIM) or Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) certification plus a host of others offered by relevant professional associations.

Job Opportunities

Your career options and earning potential are diverse and exciting:
  • Manager/Team Leader
    Plan, implement, evaluate, and improve business processes to maximize results
  • Project Manager
    Lead a team towards the successful completion of a project by defining objectives, tasks and resources required, developing a schedule and budget, and overseeing implementation
  • Buyer/Purchaser/Procurement Specialist
    Source, negotiate and manage the purchase and expediting of goods
  • Operations Analyst
    Conduct operational analyses to ensure efficient and effective coordination between business units
  • Inventory Manager/Materials Manager
    Ensure timely and effective inventory control to meet business targets and customer needs
  • Warehouse Manager
    Lead a team of employees in the fulfillment of daily warehouse operations
  • Planner/Scheduler
    Plan the flow of work and schedule resources to meet customer demand
  • Logistics Coordinator
    Coordinate transportation and the flow of materials to meet customer demand
  • Operations Manager
    With related experience, Operations Management graduates may achieve positions such as Director of Operations, Plant Manager, General Manager, Manager of Information Systems, Owner, VP of Operations and President/CEO,

SAP Community Network

BCIT students have the opportunity to network with industry professionals and other students in the SAP Community Network website.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates and for Degree 2009-2011 Graduates. The reports are organized into two-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Professional associations

Operations Management students are excellent candidates to pursue professional membership in:

  • American Society for Quality
  • Purchasing Management Association of Canada
  • Canadian Material Handling and Distribution Society
  • International Facilities Management Association
  • Data Processing Management Association

Advanced Placement

Do you have a degree, diploma, or completed a substantial amount of post-secondary courses? You may qualify for advanced placement into the Business Operations Management program. Students that qualify for advanced placement can enter the program in the middle of first year or the beginning of the second year depending on the number of transfer credits received.

Acceptance into advanced placement is dependent on a number of factors including: seat availability, course transfer credits, and the number of applications received. Most applicants are required to complete additional course work before entering their desired program. Early application is strongly recommended.

Entry into the middle of Year 1 (January)

  • Application process opens on February 1st*

Entry into the start of Year 2 (September)

  • Application process opens on November 1st*

*or next business day

When applying for advanced placement, you must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your online application.

For more information about eligibility requirements and the application process, please download the Business Operations Management Advanced Placement Guide [PDF].

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

The BCIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is also a viable option for students that have completed a bachelor’s degree. This is an eight month full-time program that leads into a number of international MBA programs.

Business Consulting Project

A BCIT Business Consulting Project provides second year Business Operations Management students the opportunity to work over a 10 week period with an organization on a process improvement or development process project. Students work in a team of two or three to identify potential opportunities, conduct research, and recommend effective solutions. Students complete a comprehensive written report and present an oral presentation to the sponsoring organization outlining the student team's recommendations to improve operational effectiveness.

Business Consulting Projects are different from traditional co-op and internship programs. Students are not assigned to actual positions, but rather fill a consulting role for businesses and organizations. Each project has a BCIT faculty member that serves as an advisor for the student consulting team. Exit surveys from participating companies show that the completed strategic business solutions have a value that far surpassed their expectations.

View a complete list of past Business Consulting Projects students have completed in a wide variety of industries.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Business Operations Management instructors are highly experienced in industry, bringing their first-hand knowledge to the classroom and taking your learning beyond just a textbook.

Most of the faculty are active in industry today, through consulting and as members of professional organizations, including:

Advisory committee

PAC Chairperson

  • Keith Stewart, Advisor, Alberta Treasury Branches
PAC Members
  • David Muncaster, Manager Continuous Improvement, Staples Advantage
  • Dean King, Vice President, Quartech Systems Ltd.
  • Marianne Wyne, Management Consultant, Sierra Systems
  • Melinda Mui, Senior Corporate Branch Director, Health Shared Services BC
  • Scott Lamon, Business Process Improvement Manager, London Drugs
  • Sean Hepple, Sustainability Consultant, Waste Management of Canada
  • Walter Wardrop, Industrial Technology Advisor, National Research Council
  • Ilona Pretorius, IT Systems, Seaspan Shipyards

Contact Us

Richard Vurdela
Program Head, Operations Management
604-451-6744 | Richard_Vurdela@bcit.ca

Melissa Evans
Administrative Assistant
604-432-8385 | Melissa_Evans@bcit.ca

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Business Consulting Projects

"Overall STEMCELL was very pleased with the output of the fall industry project. We felt we learned a lot from the students about business operations tools and our own processes! We would highly recommend this opportunity to other businesses. STEMCELL has definitely benefited from working with BCIT and the high quality of their students and program."
Lynn Csontos, Associate Director, Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs, STEMCELL Technologies