First attempt at consulting wins top student project award

Three Business Operations students from BCIT won the APICS Fraser Valley Chapter Award, beating out more than 20 other applied-research student projects. The students worked as consultants with Craftsman Collision, a collision repair business with 38 stores across Canada and the United States.


Over four months, they spent a day a week investigating process inefficiencies as companies are working to do more with less. A benefit of bringing in a fresh set of eyes is that their job is to observe and problem-solve, a luxury companies don’t always have as they run the day-to-day operations. “We were essentially just trying to make things better, without changing much,” says student, Mitchell Hong.


At the end of their term, the three students handed in a report with several suggestions. They saw that a few simple changes could speed productivity up and increase the company’s revenues. Craftsman Collision management were impressed. “That’s the cool part,” says Mitchell. “They accepted our recommendations. They took our advice and modified the system.” Student, Jodie Lei says BCIT has improved her work ethic, along with specific skills: “Speaking, presenting, working in teams, all those things are essential to life. I’m so different than I was when I started two years ago.”

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News Date: September 12, 2016