Recently Arizona MEP graduated its first Lean Green Belt cohort, providing students with the tools needed to sustain lean projects at their company. The five-day course was held over four months and provided intensive exposure to lean concepts and toolsets. In addition to in-class training, students applied the concepts learned to a project at their company. The program received an average score of 4.5 out of 5 when attendees rated how beneficial it was to them, and 95% would recommend the program to their peers. The total cost savings documented from the student projects was $777K!


A must-attend event for leaders in charge of implementing lean, the course is expertly designed to help leaders sustain efforts and maximize results. Don’t just take our word for it—here is what the recent graduates said.


“The Green Belt course through Arizona MEP was pivotal to my company and me. The 5-day program was thoughtfully planned out and executed to teach the lean principles to people with varying levels of prior knowledge on the subject. Before the course, I had a basic understanding of lean from working in manufacturing for ten years. After going through this program, I now know how to apply what I have learned to benefit my company. The project helped me learn to take a step back, look at the big picture, and use the tools and methods to let the information tell a story so that I can address any problems or shortcomings within the company and turn them into opportunities for growth. I would absolutely recommend this program to businesses of any size to train lean champions to lead in the growth and expansion of their company!”


- Matt Sujishi, a Quality Engineer Associate at E3Displays 


“As a newcomer to the continuous improvement culture, I found it challenging to grasp the complexities of lean manufacturing. Participating in the Arizona MEP Lean Green Belt program gave me the necessary training and education to comprehend these lessons fully. The program offered hands-on simulation training, which enhanced my understanding and application of lean.”


- Israel Martinez, Continuous Improvement Coordinator at ASSA ABLOY


“The course improved the quality of projects and helped individuals become bigger stakeholders in each program’s [CTM] success. The most beneficial aspect of the course was helping our teammates be constantly in the lean mindset. Changing the status quo starts with training key people in lean principles and maintaining the expectation that they train others. After a few projects, people start to see the value with their own eyes. Change is always hard, but any real growth always comes after a period of being uncomfortable.”


- Matt Cotner of CTM Magnetics, Inc 


Past Success Leading to Future Changes

According to Kyle Randels, Senior Client Advisor, Continuous Improvement at Arizona MEP, the team is developing a new program that builds on these successes and includes more interactive simulations to engage the audience. The course will include 32 hours of in-class instruction and is ideal for production supervisors, technicians, operators or anyone responsible for implementing lean projects. Covered topics include the Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) process, 5S, Kaizens, Lean Performance Measures, Strategic Planning, Mistake Proofing and much more! All training materials, handouts and lunches will be included. New sessions start in May and August, email [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.