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Purdue University will offer training in lean manufacturing and Six Sigma practices for which professionals can earn certificates during June and July in Indianapolis.
The courses are sponsored by the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, part of Purdue's Technical Assistance Program, for those currently working and for displaced professionals. Those who are unemployed may be eligible for training funds to pay for some of the courses. Interested persons should check with their local WorkOne office for eligibility.
Six Sigma Green Belt and Six Sigma Black Belt courses combine a detailed roadmap with statistical tools to resolve critical business issues. These are recommended for owners or management teams, engineers or technical staff from small- to medium-sized companies. Participants should have some knowledge of basic statistics.
Green Belts typically work in teams to implement improvements. Black Belts independently apply more sophisticated tools to guide improvements throughout a business or organization.
Advanced Manufacturing (Lean) Practitioner training focuses on waste removal from production or office processes. It covers principles of lean manufacturing, the 5-S visual workplace, principles of stream mapping, quick changeover/setup reduction and total productive maintenance.
Training Within Industry (TWI) focuses on job relations and job instructions. These classes help supervisors and team leaders increase productivity, improve morale and reduce training time.
Course specifics and registration information are available at http://www.indianamep.org/events. Displaced professionals seeking to apply for training funds should print course brochures from the Web site and take them to WorkOne for review.
The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center provides technical skills development and implementation services to manufacturers that want to increase productivity and profitability, enhance customer satisfaction and advance workforce skills. Areas of expertise include advanced manufacturing processes, lean implementation, quality management systems, Six Sigma, green enterprise development and energy efficiency.