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Workforce Readiness Academy ACAD13

Corporations today are on-boarding new employees critical to their mission in supporting various industries. The ramp up of these individuals is necessary to quickly contribute to the core expertise of the business. The challenge to corporations is to introduce these individuals into a far more complex world, both external and internal to the enterprise. The purpose of this Academy is to quickly address the gap between knowledge learned in university engineering degree programs and knowledge/skills needed to be productive in the automotive environment including technical, organizational, and personal disciplines. The curriculum consists of a series of on-line, self-directed modules and a five-day instructor-led classroom experience that includes lecture, discussion, case studies, and hands-on exercises.

Note: Attendees are requested to bring with them a business or scientific calculator capable of doing exponential calculations, for the financial section during the class portion.

Learning Objectives
By attending this academy, you will be able to:

  • Explain the ecosystem known as the global automotive sector
  • Describe the best practices organizational structure of an OEM
  • Define the vehicle product and its subsystems and typical terminology used within the industry
  • Explain the automotive supply chain, its Tiered structure and integration with the OEM
  • Highlight the significant business processes that produce market-segment leading products.
  • Define automotive standards and role within the industry
  • Highlight standards' development, use and application as a business advantage
  • Review a primer of engineering methods: FMEA, DFMEA, FEA, GD&T, Design of Experiments, etc.
  • Identify the key components of business process: PDP, APQP, Validation, Gate Reviews, Project Management, Target Costing and Allocation and Program Scorecards
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving processes
  • Improve personal time management, workflow efficiency
  • Implement an effective documentation and versioning process
  • Apply individual and cross-functional team dynamics
  • Learn and apply financial principles and cost allocation processes for product and manufacturing: business case analyses, cost definitions, cost accounting, inventory costing, cost estimation and cost control alternatives

Who Should Attend
This seminar will benefit new hires having responsibilities in manufacturing, maintenance, research, design, product and process development, program and project management, troubleshooting, and materials management. Additionally, individuals in non-engineering disciplines, including marketing and general management, will benefit from this academy.

Individuals holding a college degree in an engineering, technical or business discipline will be able to understand and apply the principles presented. Proficiency in solving algebraic and exponential expressions will aid in the financial modules.
On-Demand, Online Modules
  • Introduction to the Automotive Ecosystem - 2 hours
    • Industry definition (OEMs, Supply Base, Third-party assemblers & contractors)
    • Impact of markets, tariffs, trade, exchange rates, business mitigation actions
    • Product & manufacturing definition and terminology
    • Product, manufacturing and business processes
    • High-level review of vehicle subsystems
    • Systems engineering overview and common software solutions
  • Standardization in a Competitive Environment - 2 hours
    • Business Competitiveness
    • Role of standards versus role of standardization
    • Standards versus Regulations versus Guides, etc.
    • What is a standard? What does it mean?
    • Standards development: Initial drafts... national... global
    • Approval bodies: Self-certification, type approval, third party registration versus certification versus recognition
    • Relationship chart (Ecosystem)
    • Key Players (ASTM, ASME, SAE, IEEE, API, etc.)
    • SAE standards development process
    • Role of standards in supporting regulation
    • Interdependency of standards: Reference standards and complexity
    • Value chain for standards... raw material to finished products (products not standards)
  • Core Engineering Methods Introductory Overviews
    • Introduction to Finite Element Analysis - 1 hour
    • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) for Robust Design Case Study - 6 hours
    • Introduction to Design of Experiments (DOE) for Engineers - .75 hour
    • ISO 26262 Functional Safety - Road Vehicles: Focus on Second Edition Changes - 4 hours
    • Foundations for Implementing Root Cause Analysis - 1.1 hour

Classroom Modules

Day One, Joseph Doyle
  • The Human Side of Organizations
    • Understanding Human Nature
    • Factors Influencing Human Personality
    • How Organizational Cultures Evolve
    • Inter-Cultural Conflict and Tribalism
  • Organizations as Systems
    • Systems Thinking
    • Open Versus Closed Systems
    • Elements of Organizational Design
    • Axioms of Organizational Systems
  • Managing Interpersonal Relationships
    • Increasing Self-Awareness
    • Barriers to Interpersonal Effectiveness
    • Giving and Receiving Feedback
    • Managing Conflict
    • Dealing with Difficult Personalities
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making
    • Critical Thinking & Situational Analysis
    • Problem Solving Tools
    • Decision Making Concepts
    • Potential Problem Analysis
    • Implementation Planning
Day Two (First Half), Joseph Doyle
  • Working in Teams
    • Stages of Team Development
    • Synergy and Sub-optimization
    • Managing Cultural Diversity
    • Reaching Consensus
    • Virtual and International Teams
  • Managing Your Career
    • Defining Career Objectives
    • Avoiding Common Career Errors
    • Developing Political Savvy
    • Acquiring Wisdom
Day Two (Second Half), Angelo Mago
  • Product Development and Project Management Basics
    • The Product Development process - generic model vs Automotive (APQP) model
    • Key Elements of the 5-Phase APQP Product Development process
    • Understanding your role as an APQP Project Team member
    • The Mobility specific Design Review Process
    • Project scope development and sequencing methods
Day Three, Angelo Mago
  • Personal Time Management and Workflow Efficiency
    • Challenges in transitioning from university workload to office workload
    • Personal time management
    • Role of mentors to help build and reinforce these skills
    • Introduction to the 7 Management tools for project problem solving
    • Specific formats for Automotive
  • Record Keeping and Documentation
    • Clarity and brevity as a lost skill - Effective Presentations
    • Documentation you need to be familiar with creating:
      • Design Record File (PPAP)
      • Test Planning (DVP&R)
      • Design Review formats
    • Guidelines for creating effective documentation
Day Four, James Masiak
  • Financial & Costing Principles
    • Principles
    • Financial Statements
    • Time Value of Money
    • Decision Making Strategies
  • Program/Project Financial Management
    • Capital and Project Funding
    • Alternative Financial Decisions
Day Five, John Chrisekos
  • Production and Inventory Costing
    • Production cost relationship descriptions (e.g., break-even)
    • Inventory cost management
  • Evolution of Production Costing
    • Standard Costing
    • Activity-based Costing
    • Lifecycle Costing
  • Cost Estimation
    • Definitions & History
    • Process (general description of how costs are developed)
    • Examples of estimating costs by material type or manufacturing process
      • Metallics (castings, forgings, stampings, hydroforming, etc.)
      • Plastics (Injection-molded, other)
      • Electronics (PCB"s, etc.)
    • Composites (Metals, plastics, carbon fiber, etc.)
  • Cost Controls
    • Product Definition & Design
    • DFSS, DFM/A, Benchmarking, Value Engineering
    • Commercial initiatives, Economies of Scale
John Chrisekos, Jr.; Joseph Doyle; William Krizisnik; Angelo Mago; James Masiak

James Masiak has more than 32 years of experience in product and process development and implementation of business processes for General Motors. Activities include the implementation of an enhanced engineering product cost management process within GM North America, the alignment of cross-functional organizational initiatives, and development of an engineering resource allocation plan for GM Regions. Mr. Masiak was also responsible for the development and implementation of Global Engineering and Business Strategies across General Motors International Operations. His initial assignments at GM included vehicle and component testing & analyses, product development & management and strategic planning and benchmarking. He has recently applied the Innovation Corps Business Model Canvas methodology in assisting college and private sector startups. Mr. Masiak received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his M.B.A. from the Michigan State University Executive Management Program.

Joseph Doyle is the principal of Strategic Insights, Inc., a Michigan-based consulting firm, specializing in executive leadership. Mr. Doyle completed a 30-year career with General Motors Corporation, where he held a variety of positions including: Internal Business Consultant with General Motors University, Senior Research Manager with the Corporate Organization Research and Development Activity, Manager of the Corporate Executive Development Activity and Lead Consultant with the Corporate Strategy and Decision Support Staff. Prior to joining General Motors, he held positions with the U.S. Public Health Service, Ford Motor Company and the Management and Organization Development Department of General Motors Institute (now Kettering University). 

While at GM, Mr. Doyle established GM's Executive Development Curriculum; facilitated Executive Global Task Teams in India, Indonesia, Thailand, England and Australia; and served as the Corporate Liaison on Leadership and Strategy to the US Army War College and the National Defense University. As an adjunct professor, he has taught Engineering Administration at the University of Detroit's Graduate School of Engineering, Organization Behavior at The University of Michigan Dearborn's School of Business and Business Strategy at Oakland University's School of Business Administration. Dr. Doyle holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Physical Science from Eastern Michigan University, a Master's Degree in Applied Statistics and Research Methodology from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan.

Angelo Mago is senior consultant and owner of ATM Consulting, Inc., which provides customized training and consulting services to a varied design and manufacturing supplier community in the areas of Project Management, Design to Cost, Quality Assurance, Document Management, Supplier Development and Management, and Customer Management. Since 1993, he has been obtaining experience in product design, quality assurance, and project management working in both the Governmental and Commercial mobility industry. DOD experience includes serving in the US Army TACOM Program Office in the M1 Abrams and Bradley Program Management offices and Plant Manager for the Depot Repair Facility in Mannheim Germany. Commercially Mr. Mago has worked as the Senior Supplier Quality Engineer for GM Truck Group responsible for NAO and off-shore supplier ISO qualification, Product Development, and PPAP qualification and approval. Through ATM Consulting, Mr. Mago has played a lead role in deploying a PM and APQP environment for both large and small companies. He is a recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award for distinction in professional development/education. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.

John Chrisekos, Jr. is the Founder and CEO of Intellicosting, LLC. He has over 20 years of global automotive experience in advanced manufacturing engineering, supplier development, supplier quality, purchasing program management, competitive assessment and cost engineering. His expertise includes program management, operations management and material cost reduction. Prior to Intellicosting, John was employed by General Motors Corporation and served in several positions within Engineering, Program Management, Strategic Planning, Telematics, Purchasing, and Powertrain. John has an MBA in Finance from Wayne State University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University.

William Krizisnik has over fifteen years of experience as a Program Manager where he has led cross-functional teams, and developed and implemented new product programs, including the Chevrolet Volt. He has detailed knowledge of the global vehicle development process, material cost reduction expertise, and international experience with China, Europe, Mexico and Korea. He has significant expertise in various quality functions and held the position of Quality Director of a vehicle assembly plant. Furthermore, he is well versed in ISO Certification, JD Power implementation, Lean Manufacturing and many other quality tools. Bill has Master’s in Management from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University. He is a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), and DFSS Green Belt Certified.

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Fees: $3895.00
SAE Members: $3506.00 - $3506.00

5.25 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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Duration: 5 Days
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