lean manufacturing & project management

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arv1in in Jersey City, New Jersey

51 months ago

Throughout my job search, I've been encountering "lean manufacturing" and "project management" experience as requirements for most, if not all, positions.

What I would like to know is what exactly qualifies as "lean manufacturing" and "project management" experience? Keep in mind that I graduated from college in Dec. 2009/Jan. 2010, so I have 2-3 years of actual professional experience.

In my last job I performed a lot of total productive maintenance (TPM) on machinery and equipment. I also did some research online about TPM and learned that it's a critical part of lean manufacturing. Would my experience in conducting TPM be considered as having experience in lean manufacturing?

Throughout my college years, I did 4 course projects (mainly dedicated to CAD design)-- 2 of which were group projects, and in 1 of those 2 course projects I was team leader. I took the initiative in organizing team duties and schedule team meetings. After graduating from college, I was an independent contractor doing design engineering work for entrepreneurs with small start-up companies. I was basically an engineering staff of 1, where I worked from home and set up my own deadlines in which to complete the projects. Would all that be considered as having project management experience?

Thank you in advance.

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Alex in Jacksonville, Florida

44 months ago

Just in case anyone else stumbles onto this post:

Lean manufacturing is generally glorified quality control on an actual process.

Look into Six Sigma for more information. Essentially, it's perpetual process flow improvement that increases the efficiency of the whole manufacturing process at your facility. There are 3 certifications to my knowlege: yellow belt, green belt, and black belt. You don't have to do them in order, but they do cost money and time to obtain.

I'm not in the workforce yet, so I can't tell you if TPM is considered experience as far as 'lean' goes.

Hope some of this helped anyone else looking.

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