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Enhancing Instruction In Lean Manufacturing Through The Development Of Simulation Activities In Shipbuilding Operations

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Lean Manufacturing Education

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9.565.1 - 9.565.9



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James Hughes

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Alok Verma

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2663 Session

Enhancing Instruction in Lean Manufacturing through Development of Simulation Activities in Shipbuilding Operations

Alok K. Verma Department of Engineering Technology Old Dominion University

James Hughes Scott Christman Apprentice School Apprentice School Northrop Grumman Newport News Northrop Grumman Newport News


Lean Manufacturing is a powerful philosophy that advocates minimization of waste within an organization. The adoption of Lean Manufacturing philosophy by major manufacturers has created a demand for qualified personnel in this area. A training program in Lean Enterprise was developed by Old Dominion University for the Apprentice School at Northrop Grumman Newport News. Physical simulation activities are an integral part of this training program. Simulation activities related to shipbuilding operations have been incorporated in the Lean training course. These activities have been used in the Business Operations course for three semesters. Results show increased student participation and better understanding of lean concepts.

The paper discusses the structure of the simulation activities and their effect on learning of Lean concepts. The paper also discusses measurement of performance metrics to evaluate the impact of lean concepts. An attitudinal survey has been developed to assess the impact of the training program on student’s thinking.

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 train students who are technically qualified in the implementation techniques of lean.

The training program has been developed under the summer faculty internship program offered by Northrop Grumman Newport News. A faculty member in the Engineering Technology Department at Old Dominion University (ODU) developed the

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education1

Hughes, J., & Verma, A. (2004, June), Enhancing Instruction In Lean Manufacturing Through The Development Of Simulation Activities In Shipbuilding Operations Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13225

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