TCIE announces spring professional education courses

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By Tracy Puckett

Release Date: November 13, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo (UB) Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE) announces its spring semester lineup of continuous improvement and internal auditing courses for professionals, aimed at addressing workforce needs.

Classes range from full-day seminars to a 7-month certification program. Registration is on a first-serve basis, with the deadline being one week before the respective start date.

  • 3-Day ISO 13485:2016 Internal Auditor Training – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 15-17 at UB’s Baird Research Park, 1576 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. This training prepares participants with the skills necessary to perform internal process audits in the medical device industry.
  • Certified Lean Professional — This 33-hour course educates participants in the Lean method of saving money and reducing waste by identifying unnecessary processes. Classes are held at Baird Research Park. The schedule is as follows: Classes: 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 24 to May 9 (except Feb. 14 and 21, and April 4, 18 and 25). Project review sessions: July 11 and 18 (each participant has one 30-minute, one-on-one project review session with the instructor on one of the two dates). 
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt Transactional – This 55-hour blended learning course consists primarily of online education, enhanced by classroom-based discussion and project review sessions. It enhances candidates’ problem-solving abilities and engages them in the data-driven, LSS industry-tested system for process variation reduction. The classroom and project review portions are held at Baird Research Park. The schedule is as follows: Classroom dates: 8 a.m.-noon on Jan. 28, March 4 and April 1. Two-hour project review sessions: 8-10 a.m. on Feb. 11 and March 11. Three-hour project review sessions: 8-11 a.m. on April 15, May 13, and June 3 and 24. An early bird discount of $300 is valid until Dec. 21.
  • Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Baird Research Park. This course is designed to improve problem-solving skills by providing an understanding of the processes and techniques for determining the root cause of a nonconformance and the corrective action needed to prevent the problem from occurring again.
  • Kaizen and VSM — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Feb. 6 at Baird Research Park. This course explores two Lean tools: Kaizen, an activity aimed at streamlining a select process, and value stream mapping, an analysis tool used to improve the flow of information or materials.
  • Creating and Controlling Instructional Documents — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Baird Research Park. This course explores characteristics of effective instructional documentation (such as procedures, work instructions and standard operating procedures) and the process of document control.
  • 5S and Standardized Work — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 6 at the UB Center for Tomorrow, North Campus, Amherst. This course explores two Lean tools: 5S, a technique for organizing one’s physical environment, and standardized work, a technique for organizing process steps.
  • Design of Experiments – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 26 and 27 at Baird Research Park. This course educates participants in the analytical approach of identifying factors most important to the success of an improvement project.  
  • 3-Day ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Training — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 2-4 at the UB Center for Tomorrow. This training prepares participants with the skills necessary to perform internal process audits in manufacturing, service and public service sectors.
  • Intro to FMEA — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 7 at the UB Center for Tomorrow. This course is recommended for design and manufacturing engineers who are involved in the product development process and want to learn how to avoid potential failures in design.
  • LSS Yellow Belt — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 29 and 30 at Baird Research Park. This course provides an overview of LSS and a methodology of reducing process variation.
  • What Is Operational Excellence? — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 12 at the UB Center for Tomorrow. This course is an opportunity to learn and think about how to position an organization to achieve “excellence.” It educates participants about tools and methodologies, arming them with knowledge to choose the best fit for their organization’s business needs.

Course details and registration are available at http://www.buffalo.edu/tcie/professional-education/register-for-courses.html. For more information, contact Mariah Glass, UB TCIE training program coordinator, at 716-645-8840 or mariahgl@buffalo.edu.

UB TCIE leverages assets of the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) to improve the operations of external business and industry partners, and meet critical and emerging workforce needs. It resolves a wide spectrum of corporate challenges through technical assistance, OpEx/continuous improvement consultation, and professional education. For more information on how TCIE can assist Western New York businesses, visit buffalo.edu/tcie or call 716-645-8800.

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