Basics of Industrial Engineering

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Who Should Attend?

Who should attend?

  • Industrial engineers
  • Manufacturing engineers
  • Quality assurance personnel
  • Line supervisors
  • Managers

Course Outline

Six Sigma and Key IE Tools

Ergonomic Issues in Workplace and Layout Design

Statistical Process Control (SPC) Techniques

Process Capability Studies

Simple Design of Experiment (DOE) Techniques

Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA)

Facilities Layout and Materials Handling Techniques

Factor Analysis and Selection Models

Material Handling

Cellular/Continuous Flow Manufacturing

Setup Time Reduction Techniques

Lean Six Sigma Manufacturing Techniques


Frank Rath

Prior to retiring in 2018, Mr. Rath was the Director of the Maintenance Management Certificate program at UW–Madison and a program director with the Department of Engineering Professional Development in the College of Engineering. He developed and taught seminars in Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, industrial engineering tools, product development and design, ergonomics, Build-To-Demand, supply chain engineering, quality management in radiation therapy, and Quick Response Manufacturing. During his 31 years with UW-Madison, Mr. Rath consulted and led projects at dozens of companies including John Deere, Harley-Davidson, National Oil Well Varco and Kimberly Clark.

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Jeff Oelke

Jeff Oelke oversees the Maintenance and Reliability Certificate offered through the University of Wisconsin–Madison Engineering Professional Development. Mr. Oelke has over 20 years of experience working with manufacturing companies. In addition to a thorough understanding of Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints and Quick Response Manufacturing strategies, Mr. Oelke has firsthand experience with assembly, metal forming, welding, plastics, printed circuit layout and fabrication, paint and wood products manufacturing processes. Prior to joining Engineering Professional Development, Mr. Oelke was the managing member of the Continuum Management Group, LLC, Richland Center, WI, and the division manager for supplier development at Deere and Company’s Commercial and Consumer Equipment Division. Mr. Oelke possesses MS and BS degrees with concentrations in manufacturing operations and computer hardware architecture.  He has been certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

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