master's degree programme, 2 years

(MSc in) Global Manufacturing Management

– Student Interviews

Student Interviews:


Background:Student, Nina

Nina is 25 years old and comes from Stord, Norway. Her educational background is a bachelor degree in manufacturing engineering. 

Why Global Manufacturing Management?

During my bachelor, among the more technical courses, I was introduced to lean and production logistics. This made me more curious of the many aspects of manufacturing management for different production environments, so I started to look for a master’s programme focusing more on the management aspect. GMM, which covered manufacturing logistics, strategy, and management, was a suitable fit. 

What is your thesis about?

My thesis was a case study conducted at Kongsberg Maritime Subsea, with the focus of developing a hybrid scheduling and control system. This system was intended to facilitate lean flow in a manufacturing environment with uncertain forecast, long lead times and varying processes such as system configurations, assemblies and tests. 

What are your job prospects?

While doing my GMM studies, I had a summer job and part-time job as research assistant at the department (of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering), where I got a lot of responsibilities and hands-on experience on how theory could be used in practice. Before ending my studies, I got a job offer from Capgemini. 

GMM is, in my opinion, a very versatile programme that provides more than just knowledge about manufacturing management. I felt that the GMM students had a lot of different job opportunities, depending on personal interests. What motivated me when applying for the position at Capgemini was my interest of conducting business analysis together with configuration of technology and support systems. At Capgemini, I work as a Business Analyst at the customer relationship management (CRM) department. Even though the GMM master programme mainly has a manufacturing perspective, the master’s degree provides very valuable insight to business analysis and management in general.

My days at work can vary a lot, especially between the different projects. However, with my current project, we do a lot of as-is/to-be evaluations, in order to ensure that we configure the CRM system for optimal processes. This includes meetings, workshops, analysis of the business, as well as documentation, research and configurations of the CRM-system and support systems. What I appreciate the most working at Capgemini is the responsibility, flexibility, and working environment. Capgemini encourages personal development, and provides the necessary support. As a result of this, I got the opportunity to start in a project quickly after being employed, which has resulted in a steep learning curve.


Background:Global Manufacturing management student Maren

Maren is 26 years old and comes from Trondheim, Norway. Her educational background is a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering with specialization in product development at NTNU (former Høgskolen I Sør-Trøndelag).

Why Global Manufacturing Management?

I had currently finished a technical bachelor degree, and wanted to learn more about strategy and management. GMM offered courses which suited my interests. The GMM study was perfect for me since it gave me the possibility to combine my technology background with more management related courses without losing the engineering perspective.

What is your thesis about?

In my master thesis I researched how lean can affect the implementation of complex engineering projects. I looked into how lean can contribute to shorten the implementation timeline, reduce the implementation costs, and raise the quality in an oil and gas project performed by an alliance. Topics such as supplier involvement and strategic management decision were looked closely at during my master thesis.

What are your job prospects?

The job prospects are good even though it is a downturn in the economy. A technical background and a master degree in management with specialization in topics such as lean and optimization make students from GMM strong candidates in the job marked. The competence you gain from GMM is highly applicable and relevant in several industries, which increases the number of relevant job opportunities when graduated. I was lucky and got a job before finishing my master degree at RELEX Solutions, a Supply Chain consultancy firm. My position is Supply Chain Consultant. The broad competence I gained from GMM in the supply chain field made me highly relevant for my position. I am working with implementation projects for customers. My days at work include tasks such as coordinating projects, working with business configurations, conducting testing and customer training, and supporting customers in their change management process. I wanted to work in a company where I could continue to learn, and contribute to the development of exciting customers, as well as my own company. RELEX is a small company where you early get a lot of responsibility, and can affect the implementation of customers’ projects. RELEX is a good starting point for my career.


Background:Student Ivana tells about global manufacturing management

Ivana is 23 years old and comes from Palu, Indonesia.  Her educational background is a bachelor degree in industrial engineering.

Why Global Manufacturing Management?

At first, I intended to take master on supply chain management. During the hunting process, I found that GMM offered even wider range of strategic courses in addition to supply chain management itself. That was why I decided to go for GMM. Besides, Trondheim is an amazing city for international students like me.

What is your thesis about?

My thesis was about developing a novel model for improving food forecasting using footfall data. The fact that it was a real case study and there was no prior research on this subject built up my interest. Along the way, I got massive supports from my co-supervisor.

What are your job prospects?

One month after delivering my thesis I secured a job at ECCO’s 2 years graduate program in leather production. I will be rotated around in 5 different countries where ECCO operates to learn about strategic functions, leather and shoes production, retail experience and specific functions within my defined track. The program ECCO offers perfectly links my GMM background. The company values on sustainability and innovations also attracted me to join this program. Until this point (2nd month of the program), I experienced GMM relevancy during the strategic presentation from the company, i.e. decision making on factory location, supply chain planning, geopolitics, etc. What I appreciate the most about being a part of ECCO’s graduate program is that I get to know ECCO’s entire value chain and how the company truly invests on their trainees (they call it NextGen). Before applying for my current position, I had no prior professional working experience. So, if you ever doubt to take master study while you are a fresh graduate, which I did back then, I just want to say: nothing to worry about.


Background:Student Runa

Runa is 25 years old and from Ålesund, Norway. Her educational background is a bachelor degree in manufacturing engineering from Høgskolen i Bergen.

Why Global Manufacturing Management?

GMM offered courses that suited my field of interests; less technical, and more focus on management, such as courses related to logistics, strategy, lean and improvement management. I chose GMM because I liked the possibility to combine my previous engineering knowledge with the courses GMM offered. 

What is your thesis about?

My master thesis is about lean implementation, and the title is “Applicability of lean techniques in high-variety, low-volume manufacturing”. I will look at different companies that lack the preconditions many consider necessary for successful lean implementation, and look at how they have adapted traditional lean techniques to suit their manufacturing environment. Based on this, it might be possible to create a set of supporting techniques for future use in similar companies. Through my master thesis, I want to gain more knowledge of practical use of lean.

What are your job prospects?

It seems like GMM students have good prospects of getting a job after finishing their studies. I was lucky and got a graduate program position at an IT consulting company, where I will work with a variety of projects. Through my job I will work with business consulting, where I have a good starting point with the knowledge I have gained through GMM.

How do you like Trondheim?

Trondheim is a great city for students. The nature is nice and the people are very friendly and easy to get in contact with. Sometimes I go to the Studentersamfundet (student society) which holds many concerts and other activities throughout both semesters. There are a lot of activities in Trondheim to attend to if you want, such as sports, outdoor activities, concerts and seminars.  

Erik Matthias B. Erichsen

Background:Global manufacturing management student Erik Matthias Ericsen

Erik Matthias B. Erichsen is 27 years old and from Oslo. His educational background is a bachelor in electrical engineering from Oslo and Akershus University College.

Why GMM?

Like many others, after completing my bachelor, I also wanted to continue my education. However, I was tired of the technical work and was looking for a master that could combine management and technology, giving me a broader education and engineering expertise. Based on that, GMM has really proven to be what I was looking for, where I have had a combination of courses in topics including strategy, industrial economics, production, logistics and technology management.

What is your thesis about?

My master thesis is in the field related to project planning and control. The engineer-to-order supply chain, which deals with specific customer requirements, poor coordination among project participants has shown to generate delays, which consequently increases lead-time. I will investigate the appropriate level of involvement of strategic suppliers in ETO manufacturing in order to increase coordination throughout the project stages. A conceptual framework will be developed and analyzed against multiple case companies. It is interesting to see the differences between theory and practice, and how there are sometimes good reasons why practice doesn’t resemble theory. 

What are your job prospects?

After my first year at GMM I started to apply for jobs. I soon realized that my master program is quite popular among employers. A technical background and a two-year master in management made me a strong candidate who offered something new and different compared to other applicants. I have been able to get a job as an electrical engineer at a consultant firm in Oslo. I truly believe that the competencies I have gained through GMM have made me more capable in handling complex projects in the future.

Anne Urstrømmen

Background:Global manufacturing managment student Anne Urstrømmen

Anne Urstrømmen is 24 years old and from Elverum. Her educational background is a bachelor in logistics engineering from Høgskolen i Sør-Trøndelag.

Why GMM?

GMM represented the possibility of specializing even more. I had already gotten a bachelor, and the idea of taking something which was related to my previous studies seemed exciting. The fact that GMM is a part of both the Department of Industrial Economy and Technology Management (IØT) and the Department of Production and Quality Engineering (IPK) made the Programme even more interesting because I could get two different perspectives.

What is your thesis about?

In both the Master Project and Master Thesis, I have been able to write with a partner. This has made the process fun and motivating. The topic for both is related to supplier involvement in new product development. Taking this topic has allowed me to explore topics like supplier choice, supplier development and strategic decision making.

What are your job prospects?

Logistics, lean and supplier involvement are becoming more commonplace in the industry today and has made my previous experience desirable for potential employers. I have been lucky to get a job already at Supply Chain consultancy firm. My job will encompass consultancy work to improve the operations of companies. Being a consultant seems exciting because I will be able to work in many different areas of supply chains. I feel I have a solid starting point with the knowledge I have gained through GMM to excel in my future career. 

Marius A. Hansen


Global maunfacturing management student Marius Hansen

Marius A. Hansen is 29 years old and from Mo i Rana. His educational background is a bachelor in logistics engineering from Høgskolen i Sør-Trøndelag.

Why GMM?

After finishing my bachelor’s, I wanted to gain more insight into the Management perspective. GMM had subjects, such as Finance and Strategic Management, which gave breadth to my current discipline. Other subjects, such as Purchasing and Logistics Management, gave depth. Good contact with the industry, with interesting research projects, has given me new and exciting opportunities to learn more than just what the theory says.

What is your thesis about?

In the Master Project, I researched how to leverage knowledge of suppliers and involve them in product development to provide a best possible product for the end customer. In the Master’s Thesis I will have the chance to work more closely with a real case company, where I will find out how theory and practice meet.

What are your job prospects?

Even though there is a downturn in the economy, job prospects are still high. Both industry and consultancy jobs are available for applicants with a degree from GMM. Potential employers have taken me seriously as a candidate, and the competence has been sought after according to many of the interviewers I have spoken with. It is great to have an education which is relevant for many industries, so I have opportunities to work where there is a need. I have already secured a job at a consultancy firm which deals with strategy and operations. 

Yoana Milazzo

Yoana MilazzoBackground:

Global Manufacturing Management student Yoana Milazzo is the current GMM student representative and she has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from her home country of Venezuela.

Why did you want to study GMM and how do you like it so far?

I decided to continue my studies in the Global Manufacturing Management programme at NTNU because it complements by background in Mechanical Engineering and my working experience within the industry. The programme caught my attention for its focus in managing processes and technologies with strategic points of view which are needed in today's enterprises.

The programme has cover all my expectations regarding courses related to project- and supply chain- management, manufacturing strategies, managerial economics, logistics and purchasing as well as research methodologies.

What is your thesis about?

My master's thesis is in the field of production planning and control. I will develop a model to support real time control in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness at the shop-floor. Basically, the model supports the decision-making process when unexpected events occur in a job-shop production environment. It is focused on understanding the production process of a job-shop environment and identifying the real time events and challenges in production control.

What are your job prospects?

I enjoy working with problems where I can apply the knowledge gained in practical solutions. I have enjoyed the development of the master thesis and the specialization project at NTNU and would like to work with research involving manufacturing environments or get a vacancy related to manufacturing and supply chain management, which is where I want to specialize.

How do you like Trondheim and NTNU?

The experience of my master studies in Trondheim is a great! It is an excellent opportunity to get to know new people and different life styles. Trondheim is a perfect place for outdoor sports and the best part is that it's basically for free! There so many spare-time opportunities here, so I've never got bored or had the time to worry about the dark, cold winter, rather enjoying the activities offered. I've been working part time as a student assistant and in a cafe in the city center. I've been doing activities like swimming, bike riding as well as skiing! The university has high quality tech facilities and I'm impressed with all the information you have access to and the collaboration that the departments have with the industry. Furthermore, everybody speaks English, which makes the interaction with students and staff effortlessly.

Alexander Welland


Thesis is written by Alexander Welland. He is a 24 year old man
with a degree in mechanical engineering from the university
college of Sør-Trøndelag (HIST).Alexander Welland

Why did you choose to study Global Manufacturing Management?

During my time at HIST I got an interest for leadership and also wanted an international career as, I also enjoyed studying at HIST and living in Trondheim which led to the selection of Global Manufacturing Management where I have a mix of project management, finance, strategy and globalization. At the same time, several of the subjects are closely linked to SINTEF, making the subjects "up-to-date" and linked to the latest technology. I also have the opportunity to take courses at the Institute of Industrial Economics and Technology Management. Through the Global Manufacturing Management, you get a good mix of everything a manager needs. It is also high flexibility in the courses one wishes to specialize in. The best thing about this programme is that future employment opportunities have increased significantly compared to my opportunities as a mechanical engineer.

What is your thesis about?

My thesis is to cooperate with the Systems Engineering team to develop and build a car that will go 1500 km on a liter of petrol in the "Shell Eco-marathon" competition. I am a part of a team of 7 members with various technical backgrounds that develop and build the car. Systems engineering is about managing projects based on a holistic approach rather than concentrating on optimizing each subsystem, so I ensure that the car works optimally when all sub-projects will be integrated. As a Systems Engineer, I have responsibility for the whole system and my job is to coordinate the engineers who work with the project in the concept phase, final design, production, testing of individual parts and complete test with the car. We will travel to Germany and compete in the Shell Eco-marathon in May.

Why did you choose this task?

I got the offer from my supervisor to join the team as I have been working with Systems Engineering in my summer job at SINTEF. As I have a huge interest in Systems Engineering as well as cars, the thesis really suited me. It has been a challenging task, but both informative and exciting, and I've been able to test my skills as a leader in a team. I would say that this is the most rewarding, enthusiastic and fun project I've done throughout my studies.

The 2010 Shell Eco-marathon car

Future prospects:

After three job applications, I was offered a job interview. This led to three job offers and ended with a job at Aker Solutions Fornebu in the Aker Subsea department as a Systems Engineer Trainee. The opportunity to travel abroad both to Brazil, Malaysia and the United States is a part of the job description. In retrospect both Jotun and Rolls Royce called to offer a job interview, so my background is clearly relevant for many companies.