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EPIC Consultants is proud to lead some external training programs at Florida International University and glad to work with you in any instruction design specific to your needs.
If you’re looking for practical steps you can take to increase your knowledge of best practices and learn solution-based skills to better perform in your industry, advanced training is the place to start. The courses we offer result in desirable certifications that help you stand out as a leader.
FIU’s College of Engineering & Computing is reputable for the quality of its education and commitment to community engagement, which translates into a program that gives you:
- ^Real-life tools that can be immediately implement on the job;
- ^The opportunity to get professional feedback and one-on-one mentoring in any project or initiative from instructors with over 20 years in process improvement consulting;
- ^Live and interactive classes;
- ^A network of LSS professionals and membership to EPIC Consultants’ LSS LinkedIn Forum;
- ^An internationally distinguished certificate from FIU College of Engineering and Computing;
Through the FIU programs taught by EPIC consultants, you will gain practical knowledge and learn how to implement it in your specific field to garner the results you want.
Whether you are looking to develop effective team members in the Lean 6 Sigma process with a Lean 6 sigma Green Belt certification or leaders to teach and apply 6 sigma concepts, principles, tools, and methodologies with a Lean 6 sigma Black Belt certification, these programs provide you with practical and effective tools which consistently lead to significant gains in measures such as:
- ^Increased sales and profits;
- ^Lower costs;
- ^Enhanced customer satisfaction;
- ^Increased productivity and quality;
- ^Reduced waste;
- ^Boosted efficiency;
- Lean 6 Sigma Green Belt
- Lean 6 Sigma Black Belt
- Supply Chain Management
The Lean 6 sigma Green Belt Certification prepares you to manage improvement projects. Our program prepares you to work on company-wide improvement projects alongside with Black Belts or independently on smaller departmental projects. The Green Belt Certification provides you with the DMAIC data-driven tools to “Define” opportunities for improvement, properly “Measure” and collect data to understand the gap, “Analyze” and “Improve” processes and “Control” to guarantee the sustainability of the improvement effort.
- Unique Features
Working as a team, our instructors incorporate their real-world experiences and make this dynamic certification interactive and applicable to any industry. Each instructor is a specialist in a particular topic, providing the group with the practical knowledge needed to implement all the concepts learned in class. Our program will help you bring your professional experience to the next level, whether you want to make an impact in your company, resumé or both.
Using presentations, group interactions, videos and student guides, our instructors will make the direct connection between theory and practical business reality.
As a result of this program, you will gain:
- ^Tools that you can implement immediately in your job.
- ^The opportunity to get professional feedback and one-on-one mentoring in any project or initiative.
- ^Over 30 hours of live training and mentoring.
This course applies to anyone in the organization who will be part of a process improvement project, line supervisors, managers and directors in all areas of the company, such as manufacturing, operations, customer service, engineering, logistics, sales, quality and purchasing.
- Green Belts
Green Belts are professionals trained in advanced analysis and resolution of problems following the 6 sigma methodology. This training allows them to implement lean 6 sigma projects within their departments or participate in a variety of improvement projects along the organization in a team leader capacity.
Depending on the organization, they may hold a full-time position in quality or continuous improvement, or be a resource with a valued skillset to be allocated to specific projects in addition to other roles and responsibilities they may carry. They usually work alongside a Black Belt.
Green Belts are problem solvers, thus highly desirable within any team. They are methodical and usually involved in identifying and maximizing improvement opportunities. Typically, their involvement leads to increased effectiveness and reduced risks through the application of a data-based decision-making framework.
The Lean 6 sigma Black Belt Certification program is for individuals looking to teach and apply 6 sigma concepts, principles, tools and methodologies. Participants demonstrate complete comprehension of the DMAIC process improvement methodology in accordance with 6 sigma principles and a thorough understanding of the application of Lean Systems in a 6 sigma project and are able to identify and eliminate non-value-added elements and activities from their process.
- Unique Features
Our team of instructors incorporates their real-world experiences and makes this dynamic certification interactive and enlightening. Each instructor is a specialist in a particular topic, providing the group with the practical knowledge needed to implement all the concepts learned in class. Using presentations, group interactions, videos, and student guides, they will make the connection between theory and practical business reality.
Our professional classroom environment is conducive to adult learning and students will learn not only how to build and lead 6 sigma teams but also how to apply lean techniques and 6 sigma tools to maintain the continuous improvement efforts.
As a result of this program, you will gain:
- ^A comprehensive curriculum that covers all the necessary topics required to effectively participate and lead any 6 sigma project.
- ^Comprehensive curriculum that rivals ASQ, IIE and IQF.
- ^Over 120 hours of live training and mentoring.
This certification is designed for project managers, department managers, Green Belts, and other professional that would like to enhance their knowledge in process improvement and be recognized as leaders and agents of change.
- Black Belts
Their main role is to lead cross functional quality projects and mentor and coach Green Belts. Beyond their expertise on the methodology, they also have deep understanding of team dynamics and great skill at engaging and managing it.
Full time Black Belts can typically complete four to six projects per year driving significant results. It is also common to find Black Belts in Project Management or the highest Operations and Manufacturing positions. Their final goal is to improve overall quality and profitability.
In this 20-hour certification, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of supply chain management, main processes, and the direct impact supply chain has in supporting your organization’s strategy and as a competitive advantage.
You will delve into the main supply chain processes focusing on:
- ^Forecasting and demand planning.
- ^Demand fluctuations.
- ^Implications and how to address them.
- ^How product design can be aligned to the supply chain.
- ^How production, inventory and distribution are planned and executed.
- ^Maximizing revenues.
- ^Installed capacity and minimizing costs.
You will also go through the operational processes identifying the most suitable transportation methods, warehouse efficiencies, inventory controls, after-sales and international trade implications.
- Unique Features
In this first introductory block, we will define the scope of a Supply Chain and discuss the key requirements for managing it. We will analyze the key processes of all Supply Chains by utilizing a renowned methodology used by Fortune 500 companies. Further, we will demonstrate how a Supply Chain adds value to all stakeholders, and more importantly how it can support a company’s business strategy. Finally, we will explore how its risks can be mitigated.
Supply Chain Strategy
In this second block, we will focus on Supply Chain strategic decisions. We will use case studies to understand all variables and potential ramifications and analyze how strategy can have a direct impact into the companies’ financial results. Further, we will also learn how a Supply Chain can be controlled and improved by defining some key performance indicators (KPI) using acclaimed approaches. Finally, we will discuss security and compliance aspects, making sure that operations are being operated in alignment with internal and external requirements.
Supply Chain Tactical Processes
In this third block, we will review critical steps for moving forward. With strategy and direction defined, we will shift to all aspects of demand forecasting, inventory planning, and the impact of product design on the supply chain. Further, we will shed light on production and distribution planning. Finally, we will learn some publically acclaimed management methodologies such as S&OP (Sales & Operations Planning), and Supplier/Customer Collaboration.
Supply Chain Execution Processes
Now that we have defined the strategy and have planned the supply chain, it’s time to execute. In this final module, we will go over all practical aspects of procurement, inventory management, warehousing, distribution, transportation, imports/exports and reverse logistics.
Build a Supply Chain
Throughout the course, students will participate in a guided simulation exercise. Groups will work together to create a fictitious model Supply Chain. On the final day of our program, each group will present their unique Supply Chains.
- ^Operations and supply chain professionals.
- ^Employees in commercial or financial pillars of an organization that interact with supply chain and operations.
- ^Those in areas involved with enabling commercial delivery and execution; distribution and after-market support services; demand, supply and production planning; and managing relationships with suppliers.
- ^Leaders in strategic roles that seek to accelerate the cash-to-cash conversion cycle in their organization.
“I have been working in supply chain for more than 20 years. Throughout this time, I have worked with many companies such as Unilever, IBM, Motorola, Bellsouth International, Brightstar and Ingram Micro. I am a certified Supply Chain Professional by APICS and have participated in trainings at world-class institutions such as MIT and Georgia Tech.”