Lean Management for Welding Productivity


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Non-member: $196

Course Length & Earnings

Approximately 4 hours
4 PDHs / 0.4 CEUs

Access to Course

30 days

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Lean Management for Welding Productivity

Course Description

Waste is inherent to businesses and can result in slow production, inefficient inventory, and other costs associated with production, making process efficiency and continuous improvement essential components of running a successful fabrication business. First pioneered by the Toyota Motor Company in the 1930s, lean thinking quickly became a guiding principle for Motorola and many other prominent companies. This new course will build on these principles and provide training to eliminate these issues and teach learners to refine their production process, train their workforce, and scale up their businesses.

Lean Management for Welding Productivity is a self-paced course that is a powerful resource for business owners looking to improve their processes and increase profits. The course covers fundamental concepts, like the types of waste you can eliminate from your processes and provides tips for implementing lean management in a welding operation. Upon completion, participants will understand how to improve their business processes using lean management ideas and tools.

Who Should Take this Course?
  • Anyone involved in the supervision of production as it pertains to welding or allied processes
  • Anyone affiliated with a service provider tied to welding and fabrication

This student body may encompass many positions, including:

  • Welding sales representatives
  • Welding supervisors
  • Shop owners

Prerequisites While no prior courses are necessary to fulfill prerequisite level knowledge, we advise novice students to take our Welding Fundamentals I course to become more familiar with welding terminology.

Objectives This course teaches students how to:

  • Apply the principles of lean management in a welding environment
  • Implement lean tools and methods to optimize a welding business
  • Differentiate value-added and non-value added activities and their impact on manufacturing processes
  • Utilize lean tools like 5S, root cause analysis, SIPOC diagrams, and more to help assist with implementing lean in a welding operation

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of Lean Management for Welding Productivity, students will be able to:

Analyze the basics of lean management

Explain the basics of the Six Sigma methodology

Discuss the history of Lean Management

Differentiate between mura, muri, and muda

Identify the 8 wastes of lean management

Implement customer-first thinking

Differentiate between customers and consumers

Explain the Kano Model of customer needs

Differentiate between various value-added and non-value-added activities

Choose the best strategies for managing your workforce

Identify the current and ideal states of a business

Explain the concepts of Kaizen, Kaikaku, and Hoshin

Explain how Kaizen can be used to take a business to its ideal state

Align a business using Hoshin vantage points

Discuss how 5S can be used to create and maintain respect for the workplace

Explain the concepts of push, pull, and one-piece flow

Differentiate between the batch and queue style of fabrication and one led by pull

Explain various production cell designs for efficiency


MODULE 1 – Introduction to Lean

MODULE 2 – Lean Thinking

MODULE 3 – Value

MODULE 4 – Kaizen and Hoshin

MODULE 5 – Push, Pull, One Piece Flow

MODULE 6 – Takt Time

MODULE 7 – Pace of Production

MODULE 8 – Bottlenecks

MODULE 9 – Wastes I

MODULE 10 – Wastes II

MODULE 11 – Lean Implementation

MODULE 12 – Lean Tools


Who should take this course?

The Lean Management for Welding Productivity course is ideal for:

  • Anyone involved in the supervision of production as it pertains to welding or allied processes
  • Anyone who affiliated with a service provider tied to welding and fabrication

This student body may encompass many positions, including:

  • Welding sales representatives
  • Welding supervisors
  • Shop owners

How long do I have to complete this course?

Participants are granted access to the course materials for 30 days from the date of registration. The completion exam must be taken within this 30-day access period.

Does this course include a completion exam?

Yes, this course includes an exam designed to evaluate comprehension and retention of the subject matter. Students will be prompted to take this exam once they have successfully completed all the modules within the course. The completion exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within a 90-minute period.

In order to earn a printable Certificate of Completion from AWS and 4 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)/0.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), a student must attain a score of 75% or higher on the completion exam. Participants who do not achieve a pass score will be granted a second opportunity to take the exam.

Do I need to purchase any supplemental materials or resources in order to complete this course?

No. The course content is entirely web-based, so no additional purchases are necessary in order progress through the coursework and complete the course objectives.

Do I receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completing this course?

Yes. In order to earn PDHs/CEUs, you must score at least 75% on the course completion exam. Participants who pass the exam will receive an AWS Certificate of Completion and 4 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)/0.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Can Professional Development Hours (PDHs)/Continuing Education Units (CEUs) earned by completing this course be used to meet the training requirement for AWS certification programs?

Absolutely! Professional Development Hours (PDHs) earned through AWS online courses can be applied toward any certification training requirement, such as those for CWI re-testing or recertification, provided that they are earned within a specified time period. For example, PDHs earned by completing this course are only valid for CWI recertification if the course is completed within the specified 3-year CWI certification period.

What equipment or devices do I need in order to access and complete this course?

This course, as well as all online courses offered by AWS Learning, require a computer, tablet, or other mobile device with an active internet connection and built-in or external speakers. The AWS Learning platform supports most web browsers, including the current versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer (Edge). This course is largely video-based and features significant amounts of interactive multimedia content, so a high-speed internet connection and a monitor or device with a large viewing area are highly recommended.


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