General Motors - GM-TEP

General Motors - GM-TEP

GM - Technical Education Program

Kettering University’s historical relationship with General Motors is well known as Kettering University was once known as the General Motors Institute or GMI. Today that relationship continues with GMTEP, the technical education program where GM supports employees to continue their education through the MS in Lean Manufacturing Program. Kettering University and GMTEP have had more than a decade of working together to train employees on Lean and Six Sigma tools and techniques that have saved GM over $30M over this time. GMTEP students work on projects that bring direct cost savings to the company.

Kettering University Online is proud of this partnership and its ability to support GM in calling for a "National Zero Emission Vehicle program to move our country towards an all-electric, zero-emissions future."

Kettering and GM believe graduates with degrees in MS Lean Manufacturing are at the forefront of supporting GM’s goals for the future of automotive.

Add an MBA to your GM TEP
with only four additional courses

Admissions Requirements:

  • Have a 3.0 average and be in your last course before you apply
  • Choose a Kettering certificate to receive an MBA + Certificate 

MS in Lean Manufacturing (GM TEP) - Courses


This course is an introduction and integrated overview of contemporary global manufacturing operations. The focus is on the importance of agility and the introduction of Lean concepts in business and manufacturing. Instruction will emphasize the application of attitudes, skills, and knowledge required of managers, supervisors, team leaders, and manufacturing professionals in a cross-functional and cross-cultural manufacturing environment. Topics include a brief historical overview of global manufacturing, and a strong emphasis on process re-engineering. Students are required to use the concepts from the class to analyze their own work environment.


Students examine techniques to maximize production efficiency and to maintain control over each step in the production process. DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control), the structured problem-solving methodology, provides the framework for the course.


This course begins with an overview of the theory and application of Lean production systems. Systems thinking and business dynamics are presented along with contemporary Lean thinking principles, Lean enterprise development, and value stream mapping. Specific emphasis will be devoted to modern enterprise improvement techniques such as Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints, and Business Process Reengineering.


This course addresses a critical issue facing organizations in the design of a competitive and low-cost manufacturing operation. The intent of this course is to survey the basic techniques of methods design, work measurement, business process analysis, and ergonomics. The student will be expected to solve complex problems encountered during the design, analysis, or operation of a facility that produces goods or services.


This course covers topics in quality assurance including an introduction to quality and quality philosophy, statistical methods of quality improvement, the concept of variation and its reduction, statistical process control, and acceptance sampling. In this course, students will make extensive use of statistical software.


This course is intended to provide the operations professional with an understanding of the data typically available within a manufacturing or service environment, and how to use information derived from such data employing a Lean paradigm to improve operations. The course covers basic financial accounting, activity-based metrics, trend analysis, decision making and linking operational decisions to strategic considerations.


Students should take this course as one of their last two core courses. The focus of this course is on a business-focused, project-oriented perspective applicable to the integrated operating environment. Project Management tools and techniques, recognized as part of the body of knowledge by the Project Management Institute, are examined in detail. The Final Project is designed to enable students to apply project management concepts, and techniques to ensure application of Lean principles to a process or service.

MS in Lean Manufacturing (GM TEP) – Certificate Options

Supply Chain & Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) – Choose three:

  • SCM 610 | Foundations Supply Chain Management
  • SCM 611 | Collaboration Supply Chain Management
  • SCM 612 | Customer Relationship Management
  • E734 | Sustainable Operations (Indiana University)
  • E733 | Supply Chain Management - Enterprise Operations and Planning (Indiana University)

Operations Management – Choose three:

  • IME 676 | Lean Six Sigma
  • MGMT 619 | Project Management
  • MGMT 609 | Technology Management
  • MGMT 661 | Operations Management
  • BUSN 689 | Organizational Behavior
  • E734 | Sustainable Operations (Indiana University)

Global Leadership – Choose three:

  • MGMT 649 | Ethics and Leadership
  • MGMT 679 | Leadership
  • BUSN 689 | Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 639 | Managing People and Organizations
  • U730 | The Global Business Environment (Indiana University)

Manufacturing – Choose three:

This concentration allows students to tailor their studies from coursework in the various concentrations so that the student learns the skills that will equip them to fulfill their professional objectives. Students may customize this concentration by choosing any three courses from the concentration areas.

Admission Requirements:

To qualify for the GMTEP program please apply at the GM employee website. Potential GMTEP students must be accepted at Kettering but first should apply and be approved by GMTEP.

  • Undergraduate degree with 3.0 on a 4.0 grading system, or the international equivalent (85 overall grade point average on a 100-grade-point scale.)  A 2.5-2.99 GPA will be considered on a provisional basis.
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Professional Letters of Recommendation (one must be from a supervisor)
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited U.S. university or an international equivalent
  • Up to 8 hours of transfer credits may be available
  • No GRE or GMAT is required

International students

  • All above information and
  • TOEFL scores
  • Transcript evaluation (Usually performed internally by GM)
  • Copy of passport


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