Manufacturing Worker Training Programs

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Increase the accuracy, safety, efficiency, and competitiveness of your company.

With new advances in technology, and growing demand for highly skilled workers, it’s more important than ever to make sure your company’s professional training is up to date.

Goodwin University’s Manufacturing Training Programs will help you maintain your competitive edge while increasing your company’s productivity and quality of work. We will work with you to address your current workplace needs through expedited, skill-based training.

We offer training in our state-of-the-art manufacturing center in East Hartford or, if you prefer, we can come to your facility – with our Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Training Lab. Our self-powered, climate-controlled, Wi-Fi-enabled Lab offers educational programs from Goodwin University, at your facility, in the convenience of a mobile classroom.

Our professional training programs cover a variety of disciplines including: quality control, technical skills, business management, and lean manufacturing. Sessions are delivered in short durations, reducing the time your workers are away from your facility. Training sessions range from 4 to 45 hours for completion. We can accommodate up to 14 employees in each session.

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Basics of Metrology – Theory and Practice
4 hours (1 day)
Metrology is the science of measurement and includes all theoretical and practical aspects of measurement. Participants learn through both lecture and hands-on training.

Basics of Metrology & Coordinate Measurement Machines (CMM)
6 hours (1 day)
Metrology is the science of measurement. The workshop lecture includes the theoretical and practical aspects of these measurements. Hands-on activities in this workshop include the use of hand-held gauges, manual height gauges, and a portable CMM measuring arm.

Introduction to Coordinate Measurement Machines (CMM)
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day)
Instruction on the use of a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), which measures the physical geometrical characteristics of an object. This machine may be manually controlled by an operator, or it may be computer controlled. Measurements are defined by a probe attached to the third moving axis of this machine. Probes may be mechanical, optical, laser, or light.

Introduction to Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day)
A system for defining and communicating engineering tolerances. It uses a symbolic language on engineering drawings and computer-generated, three-dimensional solid models that explicitly describes nominal geometry and its allowable variation

Gauge Repeatability & Reproducibility Analysis
4 hours (1 day)
A statistical tool that measures the amount of variation in the measurement system arising from the measurement device and the people taking the measurement.

Introduction to Blueprint Reading
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day)
This workshop introduces the basic principles of print reading. Topics include line types, orthographic projections, dimensioning methods, and notes. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret basic prints and visualize the features of a part or system.

4 hours (1 day)
The on-boarding and retaining of skilled workers are important aspects of the mentor-mentee relationship. This workshop provides the training to help experienced workers as they train new workersand pass on institutional knowledge.

Advanced Mentoring Practices
8 hours (1 or 2 days)
The on-boarding and retaining of skilled workers are important aspects of the mentor-mentee relationship. This skilled-based workshop provides advanced training to help experienced workers understand their roles as mentors and mentees. In addition, this workshop provides advanced training in mentor relationship building, employing communication techniques to share information, effective conflict resolution, and creating/utilizing teachable moments.

Basics of CAD Software (Solid Works)
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day)
The use of computer systems to aid in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design. CAD software is used to increase the productivity of the designer, improve the quality of design, improve communications through documentation, and create a database for manufacturing. Participants learn introductory programming on laptops using Solidworks software.

Introduction to Applied Statistics
4 hours (1 day)
The theory covers approaches to statistical-decision problems and to statistical inference, and the actions and deductions that satisfy the basic principles stated for these different approaches. Within a given approach, statistical theory gives ways of comparing statistical procedures; it can find a best possible procedure within a given context for given statistical problems, or can provide guidance on the choice between alternative procedures.

Shop Math Fundamentals
4 hours (1 day)
Math skills are necessary to most all aspects of modern manufacturing. This workshop covers math topics with an emphasis on applying math principals to practical shop problems. The topics include review of arithmetic calculations, calculations with common fractions and decimals, conversion of fractions and decimals, calculating ratios, proportions and percentages, reading and calculating customary and metric units of measure, fundamentals of algebra, calculating area and volume of geometric figures, fundamentals of plane geometry (triangles and circles), and an introduction to trigonometry.

Essentials of Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA)
4 hours (1 day)
The first step of a system reliability study. It involves reviewing as many components, assemblies, and subsystems as possible to identify failure modes and their causes and effects. For each component, the failure modes and their resulting effects on the rest of the system are recorded in a specific FMEA worksheet.

Electrical Soldering and Wiring Fundamentals
4 hours (1 day)
This workshop presentation includes lecture and hands-on activities to train workers to solder and de-solder surface mount, radial and axial lead components as well as wires for installation or re-work applications. Point-to-point wiring, dressing, and wire management are presented. Workers will receive hands on training with a variety of wiring schemes. Wire gauges, various schematic work, and identification of several components are discussed in this workshop.

Continuous Quality Improvement (Kaizen)
4 hours (1 day)
An ongoing effort to improve products, services, or processes. These efforts can seek “incremental” improvement over time or “breakthrough” improvement all at once.

ISO 9001:2015
4 hours (1 day)
This workshop is an introduction to the Quality Management System standard ISO 9001:2015. The standard focuses on the following quality management principles: strong customer focus, motivation and support of top management, the process approach and continual improvements. The goal of the standard is to ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services, which results in benefits for the business. Following an introduction, we will examine scope, normative reference and terms, and definitions used in the standard. Further, an overview of the following topics will be provided: Context of the Organization, Leadership, Planning, Support, Operation, Performance Evaluation and Improvement.

The Essentials in the Use of Statistical Process Control Charts
4 hours (1 day)
Statistical Process Control (SPC) is a control charting method of quality assurance that applies statistical methods in order to monitor and control a manufacturing process over time. Monitoring and controlling ensures that the process functions at its full potential so that the process can produce as much conforming product as possible with a minimum of waste (scrap).

Introduction to Supply Chain Management
4 hours (1 day)
Understanding the many facets of a supply chain is very important in today’s ever-advancing world. In order to extract the maximum profitability today, it is important to identify supply chain drivers, then plan and design a system that maximizes potential for all companies involved throughout the supply chain. This workshop provides insight into the many components of today’s supply chain, then highlights best practices with regard to planning and management.

Lean Manufacturing Principles – A Primer
4 hours (1 day)
The use of Lean Principles can significantly simplify processes and improve performance in both manufacturing and service organizations. Effectively applying Lean Principles and tools can significantly increase value-added productivity and reduce waste and associated costs. Additionally, these tools drive an improvement in customer service and satisfaction levels.

Safety and Ergonomics in Manufacturing
4 hours (1 day)
The science of designing the workplace, keeping in mind the capabilities and limitations of the worker. Poor worksite design leads to fatigued, frustrated, and hurting workers. This leads to the loss in productivity and quality, and exposes the company to potential lawsuits.

Yellow Belt Certification
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours)
Goodwin University’s Advanced Manufacturing Program has developed a Six Sigma Yellow Belt workshop to train management, professional staff, and production operators on the project-based methodology that focuses on improvement of existing products, processes, or services. A Six Sigma Yellow Belt certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the certification exam administered on day two of the workshop.

Advanced Excel Concepts for Data Analysis
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day)
MS Excel is one of the most commonly used applications for data analysis. This advanced Excel course is suitable for those with a sound working knowledge of Excel, who wish to gain the skills necessary to use effectively worksheets, mathematical formulas, nesting function, charting, pivot tables, conditional formatting, lookup formulas, and the index and match function. Learning these features on your own, however, would be a daunting task. This workshop will instruct you in the use of these important advanced Excel features and functions, taking your level of proficiency from basic to advanced. After this training, you will be prepared to use your newly gained knowledge to excel at your job.

Root Cause Analysis Primer
4 hours (1 day)
This workshop is designed for the non-technical staff and provides explanations of the tools that are taught in the Root Cause Analysis Workshop. This workshop will provide the participants with an understanding of the quality tools used to define and describe the problem, the flow of the process, how to create a list of causal factors, how data is collected, distinguish between causal factors and root causes, develop a corrective action plan, and ensure that the root cause cannot reoccur.

Root-Cause Analysis — Problem Solving Tools
4 hours (1 day)
A very useful tool for improving the reliability of plant process equipment. It is a logical, structured, and deductive technique that can identify the causes behind the failure.

Root-Cause Analysis II
4 hours (1 day)
Workshop participants, under the direction of the workshop instructor, will participate in several failure analysis events using root-cause analysis tools. The participants will define the problem, outline the process flow, analyze data, determine root cause, and recommend corrective action, including mistake-proofing, for actual failure events defined by the workshop customer. Prerequisite: Root-Cause Analysis –Problem Solving Tools workshop

Creating Standard Work (SW)
4 hours (1 day)
Documenting the current best practice, standardized work forms the baseline for Kaizen or continuous improvement. As the standard is improved, the new standard becomes the baseline for further improvements, and so on.

Essentials of Risk Management
4 hours (1 day)
The identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks, followed by coordinated and economical application of resources to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and/or impact of unfortunate events or to maximize the realization of opportunities. Risk management’s objective is to assure uncertainty does not deflect the endeavor from the business goals.

The Fundamentals of Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
4 hours (1 day)
A lean-management method for analyzing the current state and designing of a future state for the series of events that bring a product or service from its beginning through to the customer. It can be applied to nearly any value chain.

Managing the Marginal Employee
4 hours (1 day)
In this workshop, the four factors of job performance (job understanding, capability, opportunity, and willingness) are examined in light of why work doesn’t get done and what strategies a manager may use to positively influence performance. This is folded into strategies to work with employees who are identified as marginal to improve their chances for success and productivity in the workplace. Methodologies such as Training Within Industry (TWI) are explored for implementing a positive approach to performance and ultimately coaching employees for excellence.

Conflict Response
4 hours (1 day)
This workshop introduces conflict dynamics and its implications in day-to-day situations. Conflict is not always negative and needs to be approached with care and consideration. Participants examine their approach to conflict with the TKI instrument to understand how they typically approach conflict and work on developing strategies to enable working with people who have different conflict approaches.

Diversity and Team Dynamics
4 hours (1 day)
The Functional Team IW In this workshop, the variations of diversity and the interconnectedness of teams are explored as are strategies that strengthen functional teams through the use of personality and performance tools. Additionally, the roles and responsibilities within the functional team and how they manifest in the work environment are defined. Functional teams are often composed of members from several vertical levels who perform specific functions for the team. This structure works in both large and small organizations.

45-hour Extended Workshops

CPT — Safety & Quality
45 hours (15 days, 3 hours per day)
This extended workshop explores core areas of safety, and quality practices & measurement. Leads to opportunity to test for nationally recognized MSSC credentials.

Six Sigma Green Belt
45 hours, (15 days, 3 hours per day)
This extended workshop in Six Sigma lean tools identifies waste while driving continuous improvements to process and product quality. Leads to the opportunity to earn a Green Belt from Goodwin University.

CPT — Process & Maintenance Awareness
45 hours (15 days, 3 hours per day)
This extended workshop explores core areas of manufacturing process & production and maintenance awareness. Leads to opportunity to test for nationally recognized MSSC credentials.

Technical Drawings
45 hours, (15 days, 3 hours per day)
This extended workshop covers the basic principles of engineering drawings and how to read and interpret them. The six basic views of drawings are explored and then transferred to CAM software for CNC programming.

CLT — Certified Logistics Technician
45 hours, (15 days, 3 hours per day)
This extended workshop in core areas of logistics includes warehouses, distribution centers, and international transportation networks. Leads to opportunity to test for nationally recognized MSSC credential.

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For information on session availability and booking the Lab for your facility, please contact:
Melanie Hoben
Director of Workforce Development

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