Bridge to Business

Sponsored by Rexnord Corporation

Todd Adams
president and CEO, Rexnord

“We see great value in an engineering program that provides a solid technical background supplemented with broader business knowledge."

Bridge to Business for Engineers is a six-day non-credit program that gives early career engineers the business fundamentals they need to be successful. The program is a unique collaboration between Marquette University’s Opus College of Engineering and the College of Business Administration. The faculty of both colleges, along with members of the local business community, have designed a curriculum that focuses on the key touchpoints between engineers and other functions within the organization. Participants will experience a mix of classroom and real-world learning opportunities through which they will learn how they can be most effective in their functional role and across the enterprise.

Bridge to Business is made possible through a generous $1 million corporate gift from Rexnord. Read the announcement.

Spring 2018 Session

The spring 2018 session is at capacity.  Another session may be offered in 2018, please fill out our inquiry form to express interest.

Week 1:                        May 22-24, 2018

Week 2:                        June 12-14, 2018

Fee:                            $3,750.00*

*Organizations sending two participants are eligible to send a third participant for free.


Who should attend

The program is specifically designed for early career engineers.  This includes engineers who recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering as well as those with a few years of experience.

Program objectives

  • Increase understanding of the various aspects of a business enterprise
  • Provide tools to effectively deliver engineering expertise cross-functionally across the organization
  • Develop skills for communication, decision making and team leadership
  • Lay the foundation for a path to become a high potential leader

Key program modules

  • Teamwork and team leadership
  • Personality and communication styles
  • Conflict and negotiation
  • Accounting and financial statements
  • Marketing channels, sales and pricing
  • Voice of the customer
  • Supply chain management

Achieved through

  • Classroom instruction delivered by Marquette faculty experts
  • Interaction with industry executives
  • An integrated curriculum that addresses the synergies between technical and business responsibilities
  • An applied approach that provides transfer of learning directly to the workplace