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AIAG and SAE International Launch Global Sourcing Engineering Certificate Program - Courses promote best practices within the global design engineering community

WARRENDALE, Pa., June 15, 2011 - AIAG, a not-for-profit, member-supported organization that works with a wide range of manufacturing companies and service providers to help them operate at peak performance, is partnering with the SAE International to launch a joint global sourcing engineering certificate program. The courses will help teach engineers, quality professionals, purchasers and other specialists how to improve efficiencies and cut costs within the global design engineering community

“Our vision in creating this program was to develop a standardized learning platform that addresses inefficient practices within the automotive industry,” said J. Scot Sharland, executive director of AIAG.

The global sourcing engineering certificate program consists of nearly 100 hours of class time and is comprised of nine courses taught by AIAG and SAE International experts. The courses, which are conveniently offered at AIAG’s headquarters in Southfield, Mich., and SAE International’s office in Troy, Mich., cover topics including project management, quality planning, patent litigation, implementing a statistical process control program, identifying linkages between measurement systems and using techniques of measurement system analysis, and more.

“By partnering with AIAG, we’ve identified industry needs and developed a program to equip our leaders with the newest tools and knowledge to advance today’s automotive commercial vehicle industry,” said Kevin Perry, EdD, Manager, Professional Development, SAE International

To learn more about the global sourcing engineering certificate program, visit or call (248) 358-3003. A course outline, along with class descriptions is available online. 

  • Program fee is $3,595.  
  • AIAG classes will be held at 26200 Lahser Road - Suite 200, Southfield, MI 48033  
  • SAE classes will be held at 755 W. Big Beaver Road - Suite 1600, Troy, MI 48084

About AIAG
AIAG is a unique not-for-profit organization where, for more than 25 years, OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government entities and individuals in academia have worked collaboratively to drive down costs and complexity from the supply chain via global standards development and harmonized business practices. AIAG membership has grown to include preeminent OEMs, such as Caterpillar, Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Honda, Navistar International, Nissan, Toyota, and many of their parts suppliers and service providers. For more information, visit

About SAE International
SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series. For more information, visit

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AIAG Contact: Lorrie Kinney, 1-248-213-4676,

SAE International Contact: Shawn Andreassi, 1-724-772-8522,