Lean Six Sigma

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Lean Six Sigma Certificates

A certificate in Lean Six Sigma prepares you to eliminate waste or inefficiency in your workplace. If you are a professional working in a hospital, a manufacturing facility, or any service industry, a certificate in Lean Six Sigma gives you the tools to undertake continuous improvement projects to reduce and eliminate waste, prevent project variations, improve customer satisfaction, and increase your organization's bottom line.

Learn from the Best

Our professors have doctoral degrees and Master Black Belts and continue to work in the industry.

The Six Sigma Advantage

Professionals certified in Lean Six Sigma find themselves in line for promotions or career growth because organizations need employees who can produce higher quality products and services while decreasing waste, increasing financial savings, and ensuring customer satisfaction.

The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology offers three certificates in Lean Six Sigma.

Yellow Belt Certification builds on the foundations taught in White Belt training and goes further in depth.

Topics: Lean: VSM, 5S, Mistake-proofing, Pull Systems, Little's Law, SMED, Takt Time, PDCA, Fishbone, Scatter Plots, Process Maps, Kaizen Events, Measurements, Continuous Improvement

Yellow and Green Belt Package: $1,800 per person (includes training material, lunch and refreshments)

You must complete Yellow Belt training before enrolling in a Green Belt course. In this course, you will dive deeper into DMAIC:

  • Define: Origins of Six Sigma, SMART Problem/Goal Statement, CTQ Tree, SIPOC, Pareto Analysis, Stakeholder Analysis, COPQ, Project Charter
  • Measure: Process Maps, Cause and Effect Diagrams, Measures and Metrics (DPU, FPY, DPMO), KPI Trees, Location and Spread, Sampling, MSA, MSA Drill Down, Gage R&R, Cp, Cpk, IMR and Run Charts
  • Analyze: Source of Variation, ANOVA, Hypothesis Testing, p-Value, Simple Linear Regression, DoE
  • Improve: Affinity Diagrams, FMEA, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Solution Storming and Selection, Solution Validation, Benchmarking
  • Control: Project Management, Change Management, Control Plans, Poka - Yoke, Control Charts, Dashboard Tracking, Documentation

In-class activities include simulations during the training days.

You will be required to complete a small project and present your findings to a panel of judges in order to obtain a green belt. Depending on your availability and the organizational support you receive, it could take three to four months to complete the project.

Yellow and Green Belt Package: $1,800 per person (includes training material, lunch and refreshments)

You must complete Green Belt training before enrolling in a Black Belt course. This course includes online modules on Lean and reviewing the concepts you learned in your Green Belt training.

  • Day 1: Project Selection, Benchmarking, Change Management, FMEA - Design FMEA, Software FMEA, Reverse FMEA, FTA
  • Day 2: Probability Distributions, Confidence Intervals, Operational Definitions, Data Transformations, DMAIV vs. DMADV, Regression, Contingency Tables
  • Day 3: Multivariate Analysis, Transfer Functions, DOE - Randomization, Blocking, Replications, Factorial Design, Non-Parametric Tests
  • Day 4: DFSS, QFD, Kansei Engineering, Factor Analysis, Knao Model, TRIZ, Pugh Matrix, RSM
  • Day 5: Building Functional Teams, Facilitating Team Events, Executive Level Presentations

In-class activities include simulations during the training days.

You will be required to complete a small project and present your findings to a panel of judges in order to obtain a black belt. Depending on your availability and the organizational support you receive, it could take four to six months to complete the project.

Black Belt Package: $3,500 per person (includes training material, lunch and refreshments)

You must have an approved Green Belt certificate to enroll in the Black Belt training. To verify eligibility, contact Dr. Damodaran at pdamodaran@niu.edu.

Current/Upcoming Classes

Yellow and Green Belt

Yellow Belt and Green Belt courses are combined for packaged registration and payment.

Black Belt

Questions?

Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Industrial and Systems Engineering
815-753-5660
pdamodaran@niu.edu

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