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4 Credits
Available Fall term*

College limitation;
Chinweike Eseonu
406 Rogers Hall

Course Description

The planning, evaluation, deployment, and integration of lean manufacturing theory and methods. Examines manufacturing processes/equipment and systems, e.g., planning/control, product design, supply chain resource management. Lec/lab.


  • History of production systems
  • Founding concepts of lean
  • Value stream mapping
  • Pull production
  • Driving continuous improvement through lean concepts
  • Setup reduction
  • TPM
  • Work cells
  • Standard work
  • Standard work activity & eliminating defects activity
  • Kaizen events
  • Beyond lean: sustainability
  • The human side of lean: a summary of an NSF-funded research project

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Describe, in writing, lean manufacturing principles and the appropriate lean manufacturing practices to apply in response to specific problems posed in case studies, homework problems, and exams.
  2. Identify and describe the relevance of lean manufacturing principles and practices in the enterprise to manufacturing processes and equipment, supply chain management, product development, and human resource management.
  3. Plan, implement and evaluate the impact of lean manufacturing principles and practices in a simulated manufacturing setting.

Additional Availability

* Available summer term depending on enrollment.