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Lean Manufacturing Level One Certification – State College

September 16 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 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. 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.

Each participant will learn how to discover improvement opportunities within their company 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 company
    • 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 these 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) – September 16
  • Root Cause Analysis & Standard Work – October 7
  • Effective Communication & KATA Principles – October 21
  • Plant Tour & Coaching – October 28
  • Teams & SMED – November 11
  • Leading Change & Coaching – December 9
  • Capstone – January 6
  • Final Project Presentations – January 20

Each day begins at 8:30 a.m. and typically ends by 4:30 p.m., but there may be days the session run shorter or a longer.

Taught by Lean Master Jeff Kopenitz

Fall 2022 SC Lean Level One Certification Flyer

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.  This training qualifies for WEDnetPA funding as Essential Skills Training with the full registration fee reimbursable for qualified participants.

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September 16
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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