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Development Of A Training Program In Lean Manufacturing

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Innovative Curriculum in ET

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8.422.1 - 8.422.8



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Alok Verma

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Alok K. Verma Department of Engineering Technology Old Dominion University

James Hughes Apprentice School Northrop Grumman Newport News


Lean Manufacturing is quickly becoming a philosophy adopted by manufacturer’s through out the world to cut out waste and improve productivity. Lean is a people-centric philosophy, which focuses on changing the work-culture within an organization and across the supply chain. Thus, training the work force in lean principles is a major part of any lean implementation. This paper presents the development of a lean training program for the Apprentice School at Northrop Grumman Newport News. The instructional pedagogy relies on both classroom instruction and hands-on simulation activity to relay lean concepts to students. The training program is being incorporated into the curriculum at the Apprentice School of Northrop Grumman and at Old Dominion University.

I. Introduction

The adoption of Lean Manufacturing philosophy by manufacturer’s worldwide has created a demand for workers who are trained in the lean principles and have an eye for the waste in the value stream [1]. The Lean Enterprise training program is designed to graduate students who are technically qualified in the implementation techniques of lean. The training program is modular in nature and contains seven modules which can be either used independently or as one cohesive unit. The training program has been developed under the summer faculty internship program offered by Northrop Grumman Newport News. Currently, the work continues under a research grant from Northrop Grumman.

Upon completion of this course, the students will understand the fundamental principles of lean and the value of reducing waste within an organization. They will be

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Verma, A. (2003, June), Development Of A Training Program In Lean Manufacturing Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12271

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