About This Course
One of the most important skills you can cultivate for manufacturing (or really any line of work) is the ability to clear away the clutter and streamline a process. Sustainable Lean Manufacturing teaches students three major things: 1) wasted time, effort, and money exist in every process for a product or service, 2) it’s possible to clearly see and identify where waste occurs, and 3) there’s a surefire set of tools and techniques to make a process less wasteful and more efficient, and you’ll find out what those are. Bottom line: students leave this course viewing everyday life with a different perspective, knowing there’s always room for improvement in workflow.
Sample textbook: Rubrich, L., Watson, M. & Fayad, V. (2015). Implementing World Class Manufacturing, 3rd Edition: The Complete Guide Including Policy Deployment and Developing a Lean Culture.
Sample course topics: Introduction and value stream mapping, lean planning, productive maintenance, structured problem solving, single piece flow, cell design, materials, transportation, emission, and biodiversity.