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 College’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 College, 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.

Download the Mobile Lab information sheet.

Business Management

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

Introduction to Logistics & The Supply Chain
4 hours (1 day)
The detailed coordination of a complex operation involving many people, facilities, or supplies.

Introduction to Using MS Excel for Data Analytics
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day)
The science of examining raw data with the purpose of drawing conclusions about that information. Data analytics is used in many industries to allow companies and organization to make better business decisions and in the sciences to verify or disprove existing models or theories.

8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day)
On-boarding and retaining skilled workers is an important aspect of the mentor-mentee relationship. This workshop provides the training to help experienced workers be great mentors as they train new workers and pass on institutional knowledge.

Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing Principles – A Primer
4 hours (1 day)
A systematic method for the elimination of waste ("Muda") within a manufacturing system. Lean also takes into account waste created through overburden ("Muri") and waste created through unevenness in workloads ("Mura").

The Fundamentals of Value Stream Management (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.

Health and Safety

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.

Quality Management

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.

Blueprint Reading
4 hours (1 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.

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.

Creating Standard Work
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 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.

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.

Intro to Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
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.

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 Quality Functional Deployment (QFD)
4 hours (1 day)
A structured approach to defining customer needs or requirements and translating them into specific plans to produce products to meet those needs. The "voice of the customer" is the term to describe these stated and unstated customer needs or requirements.

Process Capability
4 hours (1 day)
A statistical measure of a process to produce output within specification limits. The concept of process capability only holds meaning for processes that are in a state of statistical control.

Production Prepared Process (3P)
4 hours (1 day)
A disciplined method for designing a lean production process for a new product or for fundamentally redesigning the production process for an existing product when the design or customer demands change substantially.

Quality Clinic Process Charts
4 hours (1 day)
Encompasses a simple tool used to continuously analyze a process for quality improvement opportunities and process inefficiencies, called “turnbacks”.

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.

Statistical Process Control (SPC)
4 hours (1 day)
A method of quality assurance which uses statistical methods. SPC is applied in order to monitor and control a process. Monitoring and controlling the process ensures that it operates at its full potential. At its full potential, the process can make as much conforming product as possible with a minimum of waste (scrap).

The Essentials in the Usage of Control Charts
4 hours (1 day)
A graph used to study how a process changes over time. Data are plotted in time order. A control chart always has a central line for the average, an upper line for the upper control limit and a lower line for the lower control limit. These lines are determined from historical data.

Total Productive (Equipment) Maintenance
4 hours (1 day)
In industry, it is a system of maintaining and improving the integrity of production and quality systems through the machines, equipment, processes, and employees that add business value to an organization.


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 to create a database for manufacturing.

Basics of Chemistry
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day)
Science that deals with the identification of the substances of which matter is composed; the investigation of their properties and the ways in which they interact, combine, and change; and the use of these processes to form new substances.

Basics of Electrical Soldering
8 hours (1 day)
Soldering is a process in which two or more metallic materials items are joined together by melting and putting a filler metal (solder) into the joint, the filler metal having a lower melting point than the adjoining metal. Soldering differs from welding in that soldering does not involve melting the work pieces.

Digital Microscopy
4 hours (1 day)
A variation of a traditional optical microscope that uses optics, software and digital components to output an image, with the ability to manipulate the image in 3D, in order to obtain the information desired.

Electrical Wiring Fundamentals
4 hours (1 day)
How to read from electrical wiring prints or schematics, choosing the correct wire type, gauge and how to do point to point or connector based wiring.  Additionally, wire management through the use of bundles, chases and trays and the finer points of avoiding wire abrasion on moving assemblies, pinch points and strain reducers.

Fundamentals of Mathematics
4 hours (1 day)
Covers the traditional study of fractions, decimals, conversions, and introductory algebra.

Fundamentals of the Heat Treatment of Metals
4 hours (1 day)
Heat treating is a group of industrial and metalworking processes used to alter the physical, and sometimes chemical, properties of a material.

Intro to Thermal Analysis (DSC, TGA, TMA)
4 hours (1 day)
The branch of materials science where the properties of materials are studied as they change with temperature.

Introduction to Calculus
4 hours (1 day)
The branch of mathematics that deals with the finding and properties of derivatives and integrals of functions, by methods originally based on the summation of infinitesimal differences.

Introduction to Classical Physics
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day)
Science that involves the study of matter, it's motion and behavior along with related concepts such as energy and force

Introduction to Composite Materials
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day)
A composite material is made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties that, when combined, produce a material with characteristics different from the individual.

Introduction to Computer-aided Manufacturing (CAM)
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day)
An application technology that uses computer software to design then automate machining processes.

Introduction to Facilities Management
4 hours (1 day)
A management discipline concerned with the integration of processes within an organization to maintain and develop agreed services which support and improve the effectiveness of its primary activities.

Introduction to Material Coating Processes
4 hours (1 day)
A coating is a covering that is applied to the surface of an object. The purpose of applying the coating can be for functional, decorative or both.

Introduction to Materials Science
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day)
The study of the relationships between the synthesis, processing, structure, properties, and performance of materials that enable an engineering function.

Introduction to Phase Diagrams
4 hours (1 day)
A phase diagram in physical chemistry, engineering, mineralogy, and materials science is a type of chart used to show temperature and material concentration conditions at which thermodynamically distinct phases occur and coexist at equilibrium.

Introduction to Statistical Theory
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per 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.

Introduction to Welding
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day)
Fabrication or sculptural process that joins materials, usually metals or thermoplastics, by causing fusion, which is distinct from lower temperature metal-joining techniques such as brazing and soldering, which do not melt the base metal.

Introductory Algebra
4 hours (1 day)
The study of mathematical symbols and the rules for manipulating these symbols. It includes elementary equation solving to more sophisticated equations.

Laboratory Sampling Techniques
4 hours (1 day)
The finer points of laboratory sampling for liquids, solids and gases.  Discussion includes sterility, solvent extractions, vacuum sampling, trip spikes, blanks and chain of custody forms. Sampling faux pas, pitfalls and bad results are highlighted.

Mechanical Testing
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day)
Shows whether a material or part is suitable for its intended application by measuring properties such as elasticity, strength, elongation, hardness, fracture toughness, impact resistance, stress rupture and fatigue limit.

Optical and Electron Microscopy (EDS, WDS)
4 hours (1 day)
The examination of materials and components at high magnifications. Electron microscopy also includes chemical analysis capabilities.

X-ray Diffraction, Spectroscopy & Chromatography
8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day)
Analytical techniques to measure crystal structure, chemical makeup of materials and quantification.

45-hour Extended Workshops

Certified Logistics Technician
45 hours (15 days, 3 hours per day)
Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) credential program in core areas of logistics including warehouses, distribution centers, and international transportation networks.

Certified Production Technician
45 hours, (15 days, 3 hours per day)
Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) credential program in core areas of safety, quality practices & measurement, manufacturing process & production and maintenance awareness.

Six Sigma Green Belt
45 hours (15 days, 3 hours per day)
Six sigma lean tools identify waste while driving continuous improvements to process and product quality.

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For information on session availability and booking the Lab for your facility, please contact:
Albert Pucino
Director, Incumbent Worker Training and Assistant Professor

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