100% Online Masters in Lean Manufacturing

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Master of Science Lean Manufacturing

Master of Science Lean Manufacturing

The only program of its kind in the United States, Kettering University’s Online Master of Science in Lean Manufacturing emphasizes mechanical engineering and practical application of theory. What better place to learn modern manufacturing process knowledge and Lean Six Sigma skills than the university that taught the brightest minds in automotive manufacturing? Kettering University Online’s Lean Manufacturing master’s degree was developed in collaboration with General Motors to give you the skills you need to improve quality output, streamline processes and reduce waste.

Lean Manufacturing Program Overview

Kettering’s faculty are in-the-field experts who bring their expertise directly to students. Our streamlined program concentrates on pivotal areas such as Six Sigma that are built into the program. The curriculum is straightforward and culminates in a graduate capstone where you solve a real world problem while applying all you’ve learned. At the end of the program, you walk away with concrete results desirable to current and potential employers.

Lean Manufacturing Fast Facts

  • 100% online
  • 40 credits, 10 courses
  • Time to Completion - Program can be completed in as little as one year
  • Graduate with additional certificate in Operations Management, Supply Chain and Enterprise Resource Planning, Healthcare Management, or Global Leadership
  • Employs solid engineering concepts combined with Lean and Six Sigma tools

Kettering Difference

Kettering was chosen by students nationwide as the top university for career preparation in a survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. Kettering continues to produce C-suite alumni from thousands of different business sectors and across disciplines.

Join Kettering’s extensive alumni network with connections to notable organizations such as General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Bosch, Boeing, Delphi, The Weather Channel, Argonne National Laboratory, Fisher-Price, Whirlpool, GE, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, NASA, and Toyota. See the difference when your career is Kettering Built.

Position yourself for success

To grow in the highly competitive global marketplace, every organization must maximize customer value and minimize waste. This is where a Lean Manufacturing master’s degree gives you an edge. You engage in the latest research regarding competitive and low-cost manufacturing operations and position yourself for advancement. Below are salary expectations from Industry Week’s 2017 salary survey:

Salary Expectations for Lean Manufacturing Master's Professionals

  • Corporate/Executive Management: $179,900
  • Lean/Continuous Improvement Management: $103,200
  • VP, Manufacturing/Production: $180,400
  • Director, Manufacturing/Production: $137,100
  • Consulting/Education: $107,400
  • VP, Director, Purchasing/Procurement/Sourcing: $112,260
  • R&D/Product Development Management: $110,700
  • VP, Supply Chain: $97,400
  • Quality Management: $97,300

Lean Manufacturing Program Details

Kettering’s faculty are experts in their field with Black Belts and Master Black Belts. Many have saved industries hundreds of thousands of dollars over their career. The program employs concepts of Six Sigma and Lean to add a range of skills and techniques to your toolbox. Students work in a team-based capstone course where they solve a real world problem. Working as a team is essential, it mirrors what you do on the job. Working as a team is essential, it mirrors what you do on the job. At the end of the program, you walk away with concrete results desirable to current and potential employers. Over the last decade this program has saved one major automotive company more than $30M dollars thereby solidly contributing to bottom line.



Lean Manufacturing Program Skills

  • Develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge required of managers, supervisors, team leaders and manufacturing professionals in a cross-functional and cross-cultural manufacturing operation.
  • Practice structured problem-solving methodology DMAIC.
  • Demonstrate contemporary lean thinking principles, lean enterprise development and value stream mapping, including modern enterprise improvement techniques such as Six Sigma, theory of constraints and business process reengineering.
  • Apply process analysis, methods improvement, work measurement and ergonomic techniques to meet the competitive goals of a manufacturing company or office environment.
  • Evaluate the key characteristics of quality and the quality philosophy through statistical methods of quality improvement, the concept of variation and its reduction, statistical process control, and acceptance sampling.
  • Employ financial accounting, activity-based metrics, links to strategy and trend analysis to decision-making.

Lean Manufacturing Curriculum

Students entering Kettering University's Online MSLM program must have completed a prerequisite course in the business area of Statistics. 

Students without this background are required to demonstrate they have the requisite skills and knowledge through a variety of ways:

  • Take a self-directed study available online through KUO and passing a qualifying exam at 75%
  • Take the survey course available through KUO and passing the course (PASS/FAIL)
  • Completing an undergraduate course in the subject area(s)

►MFGO 601 | The Globally Integrated Manufacturing Company
This course is an integrated overview and introduction to contemporary global manufacturing operations. The focus of this course is the application of attitudes, skills and knowledge required of managers, supervisors, team leaders and manufacturing professionals in a cross-functional and cross-cultural manufacturing operation.

After a brief historical overview of global manufacturing, this course covers the following topics: global leadership, cross-cultural business communication, customers-across-continents, empowerment and cross-cultural teamwork, continuous process improvement, manufacturing metrics, policy deployment, ISO and QS 9000, computer-integrated manufacturing, process reengineering, international supply chain management, and theory of constraints.

This foundation leads up to a discussion on lean and agile manufacturing management. Students are required to use the concepts from the class to analyze their own work environment.

►MFGO 619 | Six Sigma for Manufacturing
This course examines techniques to maximize production efficiency and maintain control over each step in the process. The structured problem-solving methodology DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) provides the framework for the course.

►MFGO 633 | Lean Production Systems
This course starts from the discussion of the evolution of production systems, from craft to mass and lean production. Principles of systems thinking and business dynamics applied to production systems are also studied. Contemporary lean thinking principles, lean enterprise development and value stream mapping are studied and used in student projects. Modern enterprise improvement techniques such as Six Sigma, theory of constraints and business process reengineering are also discussed.

►MFGO 635 | Work Analysis for Lean Production Applications
A critical issue facing most product manufacturers is the design of a competitive and low-cost manufacturing operation. In this course, work analysis of the application of process analysis, methods improvement, work measurement and ergonomic techniques to meet the competitive goals of a manufacturing company or office environment.

The intent of this course is to survey the basic techniques of methods design, work measurement, business process analysis and ergonomics. The student is expected to solve fundamental and open-ended problems encountered during the design, analysis or operation of a manufacturing facility or office that produces a discrete product or service.

►MFGO 639 | Quality Assurance and Reliability
This course covers topics in quality assurance. Specifically, it includes 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. Statistical software such as MINITAB is used throughout the course.

►MFGO 649 | Metrics for Lean Production Improvement
This course provides the manufacturing operations professional with an understanding of the data typically available within a manufacturing environment and how to use this information for improving those operations within the lean paradigm. The course covers basic financial accounting, activity-based metrics, links to strategy, trend analysis and decision-making. Student teams operate simulated companies in competition with other student teams to gain experience in applying the concepts covered.

►MFGO 659 | Integrative Capstone Project
The course establishes a business-focused, project-oriented perspective applicable to the integrated manufacturing operating (IMO) environment. Students learn about the principles and techniques that lie within the discipline of project management by focusing on the body of knowledge recognized by the Project Management Institute.

The IMO environment is the basis for team projects as students integrate knowledge gained from their other courses and professional experience. The project requirement allows students to apply the project management concepts and techniques learned in the class. This course helps students both understand and practice project management, as well as learn its applications and limitations.

Certificate Component

The 40-credit Master of Science Lean Manufacturing curriculum consists of 10 courses and your choice of graduate certificate in Global Leadership, Healthcare Management, Operations Management, or Supply Chain & Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

Global Leadership Courses:
Prepare for a leadership position in our rapidly changing world with a comprehensive examination of different organizational behavior and management theories.

►BUSN 689 | Organizational Behavior
This class conducts a comprehensive examination of different organizational behavior theories, including the analysis at individual, group and organizational levels. Individual levels include perception, personality and motivation. Group levels include decision-making, group dynamics and team building. Organizational levels include communications, empowerment, leadership, diversity and cross-cultural issues. Experiential activities include class exercises such as case studies, videos and survey instruments, as well as team and individual assignments.

►MGMT 649 | Ethics and Leadership
The course prepares students for leadership roles in the workplace and in society by giving them knowledge of management and leadership from an ethical perspective. This course focuses on the evolution of ethical theories and the role of the leader within the business context. Students use their understanding of business, leadership and the processes of moral reasoning to examine contemporary issues relating to organizations. Through lecture and case method, students apply their knowledge of leadership to contemporary situations.

►MGMT 679 | Leadership
This course offers a comprehensive examination of different leadership theories, with emphasis on relevant empirical evidence and application of the theories to case studies that involve leadership and group functioning. Students thoroughly examine a professional review of concepts and apply their understanding through a variety of means. Ethics and persuasion are covered.

Healthcare Management Courses:
Healthcare management provides a working knowledge of organizational, financial and policy issues to optimize performance and streamline the process for patients.

►IME 656 | Engineering for Healthcare Systems
This course examines the technical structure of the healthcare delivery system and the role that industrial and systems engineering (ISE) plays in its design and improvement. Topics include how healthcare systems work in hospitals, medical offices, clinics and other healthcare organizations. Traditional ISE methods for improving quality, patient safety, and employee productivity and satisfaction are presented within a systematic application of value chain engineering designed to produce lean processes.

►HMGT 609 | Healthcare Management
In this course, students gain a broad understanding of organizational, financial and policy issues in healthcare delivery systems in the U.S. Students apply core business skills and knowledge of functional areas unique to healthcare in analyzing healthcare case studies. Students critically evaluate healthcare issues and policies and their effects on healthcare system performance.

Plus one of the following:

►IME 676 | Lean Six Sigma
This course examines techniques to maximize production efficiency and maintain control over each step in the process. The structured problem-solving methodology DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) provides the course framework.

►MGMT 669 | Supply Chain Operations
This course provides students with a conceptual framework for understanding supply chain management (SCM) and covers concepts, trends and technologies that enable global SCM. Students learn how customer needs, competitive advantage, operational measures and financial performance support successful SCM implementation. They also learn how operational activities, including information systems, procurement, demand planning and forecasting, inventory management, and logistics, support organizational goals. Students use software and case studies to illustrate concepts.

Operations Management Courses:
Prepare for a senior operations leadership position in our rapidly changing world when you select the Operations Management graduate certificate.

►IME 676 | Lean Six Sigma
This course examines techniques to maximize production efficiency and maintain control over each step in the process. The structured problem-solving methodology DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) will provide the framework for the course.

►MGMT 609 | Technology Management
This course is an overview of Management of Technology and Innovation (MTI) and its impact on contemporary management practices. The focus of the course is on the application of skills and knowledge required of managers and technology professionals responsible for technology implementation in a product development environment. The course analyzes the critical aspects of the management of technology and innovation at the product line, business unit and corporate levels. Case studies and simulations are used to bring to life the critical challenges confronting technology managers.

►MGMT 619 | Project and Change Management
This course covers managing projects within an organizational context, including the processes related to initiating, planning, executing, controlling, reporting and closing a project. Additional topics include project integration, scope, time, cost, quality control and risk management, managing the changes in organizations resulting from introducing or revising information systems, identifying project champions, working with user teams, training, documentation, and the change management role of the IS specialist.

Supply Chain & Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Courses:
Master the decision-making tools necessary to design value in the global supply chain from concept to customer.

►IME 652 | Designing Value in the Supply Chain
Students gain an understanding of the decision-making tools necessary to design value in the global supply chain from concept to customer. Quantitative methods are employed to aid the decision-making process of demand forecasting and enterprise planning for the purpose of increased profit and value to stakeholders. Basic concepts in strategy, forecasting, demand planning, inventory control and value stream mapping are taught and utilized to enable the decision-making process to be based on quantitative metrics.

►IME 654 | Enterprise Resource Planning
This course provides an understanding of the integrated approach to enterprise planning and its evolution from MRP I and MRP II. It describes the core structure of ERP systems and highlights the characteristics of emerging ERP based organizations. Various ERP tools and techniques are described and compared. The fundamental success factors in moving from traditional business functions to an integrated process-based ERP environment are introduced.

►MGMT 669 | Supply Chain Operations
This course provides students with a conceptual framework for understanding Supply Chain Management (SCM). The course covers concepts, trends and technologies that enable global SCM. Students learn how customer needs, competitive advantage, operational measures and financial performance support successful implementation of SCM. They also learn how operational activities, including information systems, procurement, demand planning and forecasting, inventory management, and logistics, support organizational goals. Students use software and case studies to illustrate concepts.

*http://www.industryweek.com/salary-survey/ready-steady-go-slow-2016-industryweek-manufacturing-salary-survey