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March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2015 – Manufacturing Supervisor Certification Program
When: March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
Building 68, Conference Room “I”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: SAMA member and non-member fees
Registration: Registration through SAMA (posted soon)
Inquiries: Debbie Santos at 210-979-7530 or email debbiesantos@sama-tx.org
Course Description:

The Supervisor Certification curriculum targets firstline supervisors at manufacturing facilities with a comprehensive overview of supervisory principles. With a strong emphasis on continuous improvement, job instruction, employee relations, problem solving, and effective communication, the course teaches students the interpersonal strategies to become a productive and respected supervisor.

Course Based on Training Within Industry (TWI). TWI is an improvement process that addresses the essential skills needed by supervisors (anyone leading others). TWI’s rich history originated in the United States in the 1940s where the program was an resounding success, boosting industrial production beyond expectations.

  • 86% of companies increased production by at least 25%
  • 100% reduced training time by more than 25%
  • 55% reduced scrap by at least 25%

During the prosperity of post-war America, the TWI program was abandoned and it soon became a faded memory. TWI is experiencing a rebirth throughout industry. Lean enterprises are increasingly turning to TWI as a means to sustain improvements and achieve standard work. TWI has been successfully applied in hundreds of companies worldwide.

March 19, 2015 – Safety Seminar
When: March 19, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
Building 209, Conference Room “103”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: SAMA member and non-member fees
Registration: Registration through SAMA (posted soon)
Inquiries: Debbie Santos at 210-979-7530 or email debbiesantos@sama-tx.org
Course Description:

The Top 10 Manufacturing Violations, National and Local Emphasis Programs, Preventing Severe Injuries and Fatalities. How to Effectively Handle An OSHA Inspection-Preparation and Compliance Forms and More!

As a manufacturer, what types of violations is OSHA likely to find if they inspect my workplace? Why would they want to inspect my workplace anyway? And if OSHA does show up, how do I best handle the situation?

This presentation will help you take a fresh look at your safety program and will provide you with practical advice on compliance issues OSHA has targeted for manufacturers and the best way to prepare for and handle an OSHA inspection.

Although most companies strive to maintain an effective safety program for their employees, it is easy to get out of compliance with OSHA regulations. What’s new with OSHA’s regulations and enforcement efforts? How can I make sure my safety program meets the requirements of OSHA’s push for an Injury and Illness Prevention Program regulation?

Targeted Audience – This seminar is designed for managers, supervisors, and individuals that are involved in implementing safety, health and environmental activities.

May 5, 2015 – TWI: Foundation of Lean
When: May 5, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $475/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

The Training Within Industry program was developed in the early 1940’s by the War Manpower Commission in order to increase America’s industrial output for the war effort. It was used to train inexperienced workers (Rosie the Riveter), teach supervisors how to lead, and provide industry a method for process improvement. It was so successful that Gen. Douglas MacArthur used it to help rebuild Japan’s industrial base after the war. It is still used for its supervisory training and a TWI safety course which will also be reviewed.

Application of these methods will provide leads and supervisors with the baseline skills needed for a Lean implementation/transformation. This course is recommended for mid and upper level managers who want to familiarize themselves with TWI’s content, but don’t feel it necessary to go through the 40 hours of training needed to complete the 4 main TWI courses.

May 14, 2015 – Fundamentals of Project Management
When: May 14, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
Building 160 Auditorium
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: SAMA member and non-member fees
Registration: Registration through SAMA
Inquiries: Debbie Santos at 210-979-7530 or email debbiesantos@sama-tx.org
Course Description:

When managing projects, you organize scarce resources, work under tight deadlines, and control project changes all while ensuring maximum team performance. In Fundamentals of Project Management you are provided the steps to effectively implement and see projects through to completion. Utilizing a hypothetical project, you will learn to successfully plan, manage and deliver projects. You also learn how to select and implement project management processes, develop leadership skills and respond to real-world scenarios.

May 20-21, 2015 – ISO Internal Audit
When: May 20-21, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
Building 68, Conference Room “I”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: $650/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

Learn the fundamentals and applications of ISO 9001 Internal Auditing. This two-day internal auditing course covers the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (QMS) Standard, requirements and auditing techniques.

This internal audit training class will benefit individuals participating in an internal audit for the first time; employees of companies interested in implementation or management of ISO QMS; and quality professionals who want a refresher course. No prior audit experience necessary.

Topics covered in this Internal Auditing course will enable you to:

  • Understand the ISO 9001:2008 QMS requirements
  • Plan and conduct effective internal audits
  • Apply the proper interpretation of the standard in actual internal audit situations
  • Understand management’s role in the QMS and auditing process
June 3–4, 2015 – The 7 Kata: Lean Skills Defined
When: June 3–4, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $525/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

This course will be delivered by the author of the Shingo Prize winning book, “The 7 Kata: Toyota Kata, TWI and Lean Training.” The content will include detailed instruction on the 3 Toyota Kata and the 4 TWI Kata. The three major management skill sets: improvement, coaching, and problem solving and their variants will be placed in context of a Lean implementation strategy.

July 7–8, 2015 – QMS Internal Auditor Training
When: July 7-8, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $925/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

This unique course will be customized to the attendee’s specific requirements. The ISO 9001:2008 standard will provide the baseline, however, AS 9100, TS 16949 and ISO 13485 requirements could be included in conjunction, depending on the attendee’s requests. Since all four standards use the same vernacular, emphasis will be placed on the interpretation of the prose and what/how to audit once understood.

July 16, 2015 – Managing by VSM
When: July 16, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
Building 68, Conference Room “I”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: $175/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

Value Stream Mapping is a powerful technique for visualizing the flow of raw materials, information, and finished products through all production steps from receiving to shipping. You start by mapping your “current state,” to identify all the inefficiencies and bottlenecks, and plan your way ahead by mapping an “ideal state” and the steps it will take to get there.

Mapping out the “value stream” in your operation will enable you to minimize wasted labor, time, and materials. Streamlined work processes allow for shorter lead times for supplies, faster changeover of products, and reduced operating costs – which means more profit to use in improving and expanding your product line and capturing more of the market.

In this class you will learn how to:

  • Map out your processes the correct way.
  • See the flow of your value stream and identify wastes in the flow.
  • View all products from a system perspective.
  • Draw both material and information flows of your value stream.
  • Draw a blueprint for lean transformation – the future state map.
  • Prioritize activities needed to achieve the future state.
August 4, 2015 – The 5S/Visual Controls Nexus
When: August 4, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $595/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

This course will integrate the fundamentals of a 5S implementation with the basic tenets of visual controls. All phases of a 5S system will be included; however, special emphasis will be placed on the 4th and 5th “S’s” of a 5S system. As such, the course is designed for those directing their own 5S implementation.

September 8 and 15, 2015 – Cellular Manufacturing and Pull Systems
When: September 8 and 15, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $1,250/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

This is a higher level course designed for mid to upper level managers. Since cellular manufacturing and Kanban systems are so interdependent, both subject areas will be addressed thoroughly. A simulation is included in the cellular curriculum, and some basic knowledge of descriptive statistics will be required for the Kanban curriculum.

September 28, October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2015 – Lean Manufacturing Certification Program
When: September 28, October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
Building 68, Conference Room “I”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: SAMA member and non-member fees
Registration: Registration through SAMA (posted soon)
Inquiries: Debbie Santos at 210-979-7530 or email debbiesantos@sama-tx.org
Course Description:

This unique program provides companies the opportunity to provide their employees with a strong foundation in the Lean concepts and tools that are used to drive continuous improvement and achieve world-class business performance. A “first-of-its-kind” in the San Antonio Metropolitan Area, the certification consists of nine “Lean Tools” that can be applied in any business environment (Principles of Lean, Value Stream Mapping, 5S Workplace Organization, Cellular Manufacturing, Standard Work, Pull Systems, Setup Reduction, Total Productive Maintenance and Kaizen Events and Facilitation). Participants completing the entire series will receive a certificate of completion on Lean Manufacturing. Continuing Education Units will also be available!

November 10, 2015 – ISO 9001:2015 Overview
When: November 10, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $495/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

The newly published changes to the ISO 9001 standard will be explained. Necessary changes to a company’s QMS and ramifications will be presented. This course has been developed for quality professionals seeking a deeper understanding of the new standard and possible documentation options.

November 12, 2015 – Introduction to Basic Six Sigma Problem Solving Tools
When: November 12, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
Building 68, Conference Room “I”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: $350/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

Are you tired of going around in circles when trying to solve a simple problem or running out of creative solutions to try? If so, this Basic Six Sigma Problem Solving Tools class is for you. This training introduces effective approaches to problem solving and decision making that have proven to be successful in improving efficiency, performance, and productivity.

December 2–3, 2015 – Toyota Kata
When: December 2–3, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $1,595/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

The improvement and coaching Kata will be introduced on day one. The cognitive science behind adaptability and how organizational dynamics are optimized will be a main focus. Day one will culminate with an overview of the improvement Kata application. Day two will involve the actual application of the improvement Kata in a live industrial environment. This course is meant for any manager interested in daily incremental improvement and those interested in industrial psychology.

January 19, 2016 – P2, Environmental Performance and Lean
When: January 19, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $495/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

The nexus between the eight wastes of “Lean” and pollution prevention (P2) will be presented. Strategies for integrating environmental performance into a Lean transformation will be presented. This course is designed for EH&S professionals as well as those responsible for production.

February 2, 2016 – ISO 9001:2015 Making the Transition
When: February 2, 2016
Time: 8 a.m. – noon
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $195/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

This seminar will brief quality professionals on the methods being used to transition from the 2008 to the 2015 versions of ISO 9001.

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Texas cities in the South Central TMAC Region include: Austin, Georgetown, New Braunfels, Round Rock, San Angelo, San Antonio, San Marcos, Seguin, Temple, Uvalde, Victoria, and Waco.

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