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Lean Manufacturing Level One Certification – State College

March 1 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Lean Manufacturing Level One Certification is a comprehensive series of workshops that introduces lean principles. Participants learn to distinguish value-added from non-value added activities to eliminate costly waste. As a great starting point for an individual’s and company’s Continuous Improvement journey, the Level One Certification is a pragmatic, “hit the ground running” hands-on approach that applies acquired workshop knowledge to the workplace. Upon completion, each candidate will learn how to “discover” improvement opportunities within an organization and how to capitalize on them in a team based format to create real value through reduced costs, increased cash flow, and improved customer satisfaction.

Upon completion the graduate will be able to:

  • Understand how to recognize and eliminate waste through the cycle of PLAN-DO-CHECK-ACT
  • Know how to determine value added, non-valued-added, and necessary non-value-added activities
  • Identify the value stream, how it’s mapped, and how to identify the areas that require improvement
  • Develop a road map and an implementation plan
  • Understanding and apply lean tools such as value stream mapping, workplace organization, change management, teaming and kaizen methodology
  • Turn data into actionable information in order to quantify problems and prioritize countermeasures
  • Understand “KATA” methodology and how to use a structured approach to coaching that drives continuous improvement thinking and acting down to the contributor level

Benefits of Lean Manufacturing Level One Lean Certification:

  • Participants apply learning to an actual Continuous Improvement project at their facility
    • Each student will develop components of an A3 including:
      • Developing a Problem Statement
      • Defining Current Condition
      • Setting a Target Condition
      • Applying Root Cause Analysis
    • “Learning to see” – participants will be able to identify and “see” the non-value added activities (waste) at their companies and help with developing solutions to minimize or eliminate those non-value add activities
  • Build essential skills related to job instructions, job relations and job methods
  • Work with a Learning Partner for Continuous Improvement
  • Participate in a Plant Tour to see the application of Lean best practices
  • Network and learn from peers

Schedule of Sessions:

  • A3 Thinking and Value Stream Mapping (VSM) – March 1
  • KATA and Communication – March 15
  • Root Cause and Standard Work – March 29
  • Plant Tour and Coaching Day – April 12
  • Change Management and Visual Workplace – April 26
  • Teams & Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) – May 31
  • Capstone – June 14
  • Graduation – June 27

Each session will begin at 8:30 a.m. Typically each ends by 4:30 p.m. but there may be days the session run shorter or a bit longer.

Taught by Lean Master Jeff Kopenitz

Click here for State College Winter 2018 Lean Manufacturing Level One Certification Flyer

This training qualifies for WEDnet funding as Essential Skills Training.

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March 1
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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