Lean Manufacturing (Apprenticeship)


This module gives an introduction to Lean Engineering Concepts and Tools (including Lean Manufacturing and Lean Services), and to the Principles of Change Management. Lean manufacturing, originally developed by Toyota, is widely practiced in Irish industry and is vital for its continued competitiveness.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the principles of lean engineering and change management and their applicability to manufacturing, services and to the interaction with customers.

  2. Perform data analysis in MS Excel to solve Lean Engineering problems.

  3. Review and comment on lean case studies

  4. Perform lean manufacturing analysis (Value Stream mapping, Overall Equipment Effectiveness, Takt Time Calculation, Process Throughput measurement, 5S) to identify areas for improvement, and solve problems

  5. Evaluate problems and select optimisation solutions appropriately, in order to ensure that an ethical engineering approach, including addressing the impact on society and sustainability, is taken.

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