Open Enrollment Training Offerings

Current CIMS Training offerings and registration information are listed here. Click here for general descriptions of CIMS' ongoing Training Programs.

Center for Excellence in Lean Enterprise (CELE) Lean Certification Program
The Lean Certification Program teaches participants the tools and the Lean implementation model, including workshops where students are required to update their Value Stream by providing current and future state maps, action plans for implementation, documentation of improvements implemented, a key measure review, and problems encountered since the last session.

Step 1 - Click here for INFORMATION on the program.
Step 2 - Click here for the Fall 2011 SCHEDULE for dates and times.
Step 3 - Click here for the REGISTRATION & PAYMENT FORMS. NOTE: The Registration form should be faxed to Lisa Dammeyer at 585-475-5455.  The Payment Form should be faxed to the number indicated on the form (585-475-5307). Both a Registration Form and Payment Form are required for each participant.

The program start date is September 7, 2011. The location is at The Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) on the RIT Campus – here is a link to the map of the campus  The CIMS building is building #78. All participants should park in parking lot T in any open spots that do not have “Reserved” or “Visitors” signs in them.

Winter 2010 Schedule: Click here for the Wnter 2010 SCHEDULE.

Seating is limited - Registration is required.
If you have questions, contact Lisa Dammeyer at 585-475-6091, or email

Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification Program
The Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt certification program is presented one day a week for thirteen weeks. The program is instructor-led and will involve participants in extensive interactive training. Participants will gain in-depth exposure to each topic through classroom assignments and structured exercises within team environments.

Location: The John D Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics on the RIT Campus
Seating is limited - Registration is required
If you have questions, contact Greg Evershed at 585-475-5442.

Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt Certification Program
The Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt certification program builds on the Greenbelt training, providing additional lean manufacturing methods and course work to managers and line workers in a host of sectors.

Location: The John D Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics on the RIT Campus
Seating is limited - Registration is required
If you have questions, contact Greg Evershed at 585-475-5442.

General Descriptions of Training Programs

CIMS leads an array of training initiatives. Click the respective links to view the associated, relevant courses in the areas of Lean, Ergonomics and Health & Safety, remanufacturing, engineering and manufacturing, and business programs. CIMS also offers assessments. Please contact CIMS if you need more information on these programs.

Lean Training

Lean programs equip professionals with the essential tools needed to promote lean principles and increase overall productivity.

Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt/Blackbelt Lean Certification Program:

The Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt Lean Certification Program is presented over a three-month period, equaling a twelve day program. The program is instructor-led and will involve participants in extensive interactive training. Participants will gain in-depth exposure to each topic through classroom assignments and structured exercises within team environments. Successful completion of this program will result in Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt certification. Participants can follow up Greenbelt certification with an additional 12-day program, including more enhanced project development and training, resulting in Blackbelt certification.


Lean Overview, Takt
Lean Overview In this session, participants will be exposed to a broad list of Lean tools and definitions that will be covered in the subsequent sessions. The first session, compares some of traditional/batch manufacturing vs Lean manufacturing. More Info...

Value Stream Mapping, 5-S and Visual Controls
Value Stream Mapping Participants will experience a combination of classroom material and classroom exercises. Participants will review the theory and value of VSM and why it serves as a road map for an organization's Lean journey. Included in this module will be discussion surrounding process mapping, information flow, material flow, and distribution methods. More Info...

Standard Work, Line Design, Kanban
Standard Work Participants will learn why standard work is a building block for continuous improvement, how to create it, and how to visually present it to the associates on the manufacturing floor. More Info...

Kaizen, Setup Reduction, Mistake Proofing
Kaizen Participants will learn how to structure a Kaizen event, including pre-event preparation, tools and forms to be used, and how to document results. From this, they will understand the necessity of a structured approach to Kaizen. As a result of this session, participants will clearly understand the difference between 'kamikaze' Kaizens and Kaizen that is driven as directed by the future state map.

Setup Reduction Participants will learn to break a setup down into four individual tasks: internal, external, adjustment, and actual setup. They will be exposed to examples of techniques used to reduce and/or eliminate unnecessary activities. Participants will understand why quick changeovers are critical to key business metrics such as capacity, and thus represent a direct impact to inventory levels.

Mistake Proofing In this session, a foundation of mistake-proofing concepts will be established. Devices and techniques for achieving mistake-proofing effects to prevent or detect errors will be explored. Lastly, participants will be shown how mistake-proofing fits into a structured problem-solving process.

Total Productive Maintenance, Impact and Culture, Other Tools
Total Productive Maintenance Participants will learn the differences between preventive maintenance programs and total productive maintenance (TPM) programs. They will learn how to calculate, monitor and improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). They will learn how to run a TPM Kaizen event and how to organizationally structure a sustainable TPM program.

Impact and Culture In this session participants will discuss the reasons why changes fail. Eight steps to producing sustained change within a manufacturing environment will be introduced. The instructor will lead the discussion surrounding the organizational structures necessary to support Lean efforts. Lastly, various methods for promoting, communicating and rewarding change efforts will be investigated.

Other Tools In this session, three types of tools that are used in the journey to Lean will be discussed. These are: assessment tools, a waste-spotter's guide, and single-point lessons.

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Ergonomics and Health & Safety Training

Learn how to protect your company and your workers with the right ergonomic program. CIMS' Occupational Safety and Ergonomic Excellence Program offers comprehensive training and assistance both on site and in our specialized facility on RIT's campus. Click here to learn more about how OSEE can help you!.

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NC3R is committed to offering technical training to industry members. In its education program, RemanU®, NC3R offers workshops in a variety of technology areas valuable to the remanufacturing industry. The cornerstone objective of each workshop is to offer hands-on training that will provide immediate benefits to remanufacturers and their businesses.

Surface Cleaning/Surface Finishing Technologies

This workshop provides information on environmentally responsible, alternative cleaning and finishing processes. Surface cleaning is a critical and costly operation in most remanufacturing operations. However, many traditionally-used chemicals have been banned or are considered hazardous and require costly waste management. NC3R has experience helping small and medium-sized businesses identify and implement alternate cleaning technologies and has developed a number of techniques to improve surface quality in remanufacturing. This course offers remanufacturers ideas to solve specific cleaning problems.

Quality Systems in Remanufacturing Operations

This course will focus on the quality assurance problem-solving tools needed in a remanufacturing environment. These tools can help a remanufacturing business achieve process stability and improve the ability of a process to meet specifications through the reduction of variation. A good quality assurance program will reduce scrap and rework, assist in defect prevention, reduce quality costs, increase productivity, and increase margins. Participants will gain insight into improving their operations with an effective quality program.

ISO 9000 for Remanufacturers

This course will provide a basic understanding of ISO 9000 requirements and the necessary commitments needed to achieve compliance or registration. Besides outlining both the costs and benefits of ISO certification, the course will also cover the issues involved in implementing ISO standards in your business, including documentation and record-keeping, management responsibility and procedures for registration.

Facility Planning

This training session will detail the many facets of facility planning and offer insight into the evaluation methodologies required to improve remanufacturing environments. Facility planning determines how to use a company's fixed assets to meet the company's objectives, and it requires a continuous process of evaluation and change to meet the needs of a dynamic remanufacturing environment. The session will cover topics including strategic planning, data collection, material flow analysis, inventory management, and production planning.

Production Planning

This session will focus on production planning and control methodologies, models, and accepted practices to enhance the ability of small to medium-size manufacturers to schedule more efficiently. Participants will learn techniques to develop part families for planning purposes and the use of standard times as a method for capacity planning.

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Engineering and Manufacturing

CIMS offers the following courses for engineering and manufacturing:
  • CE Mark Certification Training
  • Cisco Certification
  • Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA)
  • Environmental and Clean Technologies
  • Ergonomic Analysis
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • ISO Certification
  • Ladder Logics
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Materials Analysis
  • Metrology
  • Metrology Practices using Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM)
  • Object Oriented Design
  • Packaging
  • Quality Function Deployment (QFD)
  • Quality Systems Development

  • Reliability
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Robust Design
  • Safety and Health Management
  • Six Sigma
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Surface Mount Technology (SMT)
  • Taguchi Methods (Design of Experiments)
  • Technical Writing
  • Telecommunications
  • Total Quality Management (TQM)
  • Trouble Shooting
  • Value Analysis/Value Engineering (VA/VE)
  • Welding

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Business Programs

CIMS offers the following courses for business-related programs:
  • Harassment Awareness
  • Leadership and Management Skills
  • Project Management
  • Team Building
  • Trainer Training
  • Customer Service
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Customer Relationship Building and Management
  • IT Hardware
  • IT Software

Please contact CIMS if you are interested in assessments.

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