Student Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

Student in a machine shop.

Does your company have a broken process, or one that could benefit from extra attention? Consider the two-semester Student Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, which affords you a dedicated resource for improving an operation.

Companies in Western New York – from manufacturers and financial institutions to service agencies and non-profits – are invited to host one or more students from UB’s Student Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, a program of TCIE and the UB Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Participants apply the problem-solving approach of Lean Six Sigma to eliminate the root cause of an issue and reduce variation.

What you get

  • A UB senior or graduate student committed to completing a Black Belt improvement project of your choosing
  • Guidance of a UB Master Black Belt advisor who will:
    • Assist in identifying an appropriate project that will yield significant results
    • Provide mentoring and support to the student throughout the entire project
  • Access to a highly skilled potential employee
  • Preferred status for participation in the following year’s Student Six Sigma Black Belt Certification 

What you provide

  • Appropriate project scoping, internal resources and support to complete the project
  • A staff person to serve as a company champion by administering internal project support throughout the entire project
    • An estimated 10 hours/week of contact time with the student is required for a successful project
    • Though desirable, it is not necessary that the champion be a Black Belt
  • Project team members (typically 3 to 6 people) who are involved in the process being addressed

Program schedule and structure

  • Sponsor opportunities are on a first-come, first-serve basis, with commitment required by the end of June for the upcoming academic year
  • Program kicks off in September
  • Student works 14 to 16 hours per week, on site, during the fall and spring semesters
  • Progress meetings between the student, UB Master Black Belt mentor and company project team are held approximately twice per semester
  • Student makes a final report at the conclusion of the project
  • Project ends in May

Program Cost

  • $4,999 per student
    • $250 deposit due by the end of June for the upcoming academic year
    • Remaining payment due by the end of August for the upcoming academic year