Course & Workshop Schedule

Current public courses and workshops are listed below. Click on the title for details / descriptions. For further information, contact Kevin Hogan at (630) 505-0500 ext. 228.

* Illinois BIS may have grant funding for eligible companies. Contact us for information.


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Aug 038:00 am - 4:30 pm$300This is a one-day workshop

Description:   View Lean as an overall strategy to operating your business, and understand how to introduce the concept of Lean at all levels of the organization. A simulation will point out how the transformation will take place.

In this workshop, you will learn about lean tools by applying them in a simulation to reduce waste and improve overall operations. You will also understand how lean is fundamentally different from mass production. Finally, you will learn some key requirements for your organization to be successful with lean.

  • Intro to Lean Thinking
  • Value & Waste
  • 5S, Flow & Setup Reduction
  • Takt Time & Level Loading, Visual Controls, Mistake Proofing and Pull
  • Standard Work & Process Metrics
Using a mixture of lectures, discussions, and a simulation, this workshop is designed for individuals and teams that want to gain a better understanding of the components and underlying philosophy of lean, and how the elements and philosophy work together to create a Lean Enterprise.
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Aug 038:00 am - 4:30 pm (6 days)$2,600 ($1,560 with grant)*August 3, 10, 17, 31, September 5 & 14

Description:   Six Sigma Green Belt Training is a hands-on program designed for those team members who will actually implement the projects identified as improvement opportunities. This class will teach you how to apply the DMAIC process to your own work processes. Homework assignments may include implementation of the project at your company site.

This course introduces the application of DMAIC - Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control to solve problems and improve processes. The course introduces the participants to a hands-on learning experience that will give them the tools and knowledge necessary to get significant results from their problem solving efforts.

Overview of DMAIC:
  • Be able to identify the steps and proper progression of DMAIC
  • Understand the outputs necessary for each step
  • Gain an idea of the various tools used for each step
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Aug 068:00 am - 4:30 pm (5 days)$2,200 ($1,320 with grant)*August 6, 13, 27, September 4 & 10

Description:   Illinois BIS offers a full spectrum of programs designed to enhance both the people and practical skills required to be an effective supervisor. This Supervisory Development program focuses on best practices regarding managing people in today's workplace. Topics include: The Role of the Leader, Problem-Solving, Communication, Building Trust, Resolving Conflicts, Coaching, Time Management, Teamwork, Legal Aspects and Diversity.

This forty-hour Certificate Program provides supervisors with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of fast-moving work environments by learning to effectively achieve results through others. The focus is on developing leadership skills that will motivate and energize the workforce.

1 - The Role of the Leader
2 - A3 Problem Solving
3 - Communication: The Key to Successful Leadership
4 - Building Trust and Commitment
5 - Resolving Conflicts
6 - Coaching for Higher Performance
7 - Planning, Time Management & Delegating
8 - Customer-Focused Teamwork
9 - Laws Every Supervisor Should Know
10 - Valuing Diversity

Who Should Attend: This program is designed for current and new supervisors responsible for implementing company strategies at the line management level.
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Aug 108:00 am - 4:30 pm$300This is a one-day workshop

Description:   This training provides participants with an introduction to advanced quality planning and control plans. Participants will gain the tools and techniques needed to develop and document advanced quality planning in design and manufacturing and understand the elements and requirements for advanced quality planning and control plans.

Learn how to determine customer needs and expectations and ensure that the design and manufacturing processes meet those needs; and prepare a system for compliance.

What You Will Learn:
  • Determine Customer's needs
  • Design the product
  • Design the process
  • Validate the product and process
  • Feedback, assessment, improvement
Who Should Attend: This training is intended for companies that require a documented quality system meeting all quality management system requirements.
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Aug 178:00 am - 4:30 pm$300This is a one-day workshop

Description:   Learn about 52 validated best practices that define a total lean implementation, including the conditions that must exist in an organization as a prerequisite for effective long term lean results.

Experts in lean say that 80% of lean is adopting a new culture in the organization, and 20% is using the tools of lean. Participants will learn about 52 validated best practices that define a total lean implementation, including the conditions that must exist in an organization as prerequisites for effective long term lean results. Hands-on exercises will help to enhance your understanding of this Lean standard and how to assess an organization. Included is a comparison of Lean to the Shingo Prize Criteria.

Topics include:
  • How Did the Lean Companies Get There?
  • How Was SAE J4000 Created?
  • Lean Transformation Task Areas
  • J4000 Elements
  • J4001 Survey Assessment Tool
  • Levels of Implementation
  • Assessment Comparison
  • Lean Prerequisites
Who Should Attend: Those employees responsible for assessing and preparing their organization for a lean implementation.
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Aug 278:00 am - 4:30 pm (3 days)$1,300 ($780 with grant)*
Participants will receive a copy of the ISO 9001:2015 Standard
August 27, 28 & 29

Description:   This three-day training provides the knowledge necessary to audit a Quality Management System based on ISO 9001:2015. The auditing methodology presented is based upon ISO 19011, Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems.

  • Intro
  • Quality Systems
  • ISO 9001 Principals Team Exercise
  • QMS Requirements
  • Exercise to Understand the Standard
  • Internal Auditor Qualifications
  • Steps of Auditing
  • Process Approach to Auditing
  • Team Mock Audit
  • Summary, Review, Q&A
  • Final Exam
Who Should Attend: Anyone involved in the auditing, maintaining or supervising of ISO Management Systems, staff responsible for conducting internal audits, and those who monitor management system performance.
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Aug 308:00 am - 4:30 pm (2 days)$600August 30 & 31

Description:   Learn a systematic method to identify the true root causes and implement permanent corrective actions, understand the difference between solving a problem and identifying the root cause of that problem, learn a proven step-by-step methodology that will make your analytical skills more effective and efficient and have the ability to critique and support root cause analysis carried out by others.

You will learn a basic, systematic problem solving model and how to apply it to your own organization. Participants will learn how to identify the true root cause(s) of problems and eliminate them permanently.

Key Topics:

1. Problem Solving Investigation vs. Root Cause Analysis - What's the difference?

2. The Defect Cycle - What it is and how to break it permanently

3. Systematic Problem Solving Process:
  • Admit/Identify Problem Exists and Establish a Team
  • Clearly Define and Describe the Problem
  • Take Interim Action
  • Brainstorming - Cause & Effect
  • Identify and Agree on Countermeasures/Solution(s)
  • Implement Countermeasures/Solution(s)
  • Follow-up
  • Recognize & Congratulate the Team
4. Additional Problem Solving Tools

Who should attend: Any employees who are required to perform root cause analysis, troubleshoot, and conduct problem solving, including engineering, quality, operations, manufacturing, IT, customer service, and maintenance.


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Sep 078:00 am - 4:30 pm$300This is a one-day workshop

Description:   Lean is best implemented when the people closest to the work identify and eliminate problems using a structured team process. Learn how to harness the power of A3 problem solving, an extremely simple tool, used by Toyota, to empower every employee to solve problems, using a simple model and reporting method.

In this workshop, participants will learn the A3 Process to help engage in collaborative, in-depth problem-solving. The A3 approach drives problem-solvers to address the root causes of problems which surface every day. The A3 Process can be used for almost any situation. When used properly, the chances of success improve dramatically.

  • Symptom Approach vs. Root Causes
  • Improving your Management System
  • Fix the Output - 3 C's!
  • Communicate
  • Fix the Management System
  • What is an A3?
  • A3 Sections
  • The A3 Report - Step by Step
  • Problem Statement
  • Tool Review
  • 5 Ws 3 Hs
  • Focusing the Problem Statement - Extent of the Problem
  • Cause and Effect
  • Types of Causes
  • 5 Why's
  • Goals and Targets
  • Four Basic Components
  • Purpose of Brainstorming
  • Implementing Countermeasures
  • Develop an Action Plan
  • Implementation Plan
  • Follow Up - Lessons Learned
  • Close Issue
  • Congratulate the Team
Who Should Attend: This workshop is for employees at all levels required to troubleshoot, make decisions and implement plans. Particularly well suited for engineering, quality, operations, manufacturing, IT, customer service, maintenance, marketing and sales.
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Sep 128:00 am - 4:30 pm$4,500 with grant*September 12, 19, 26,
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31,
November 7, 14, 21, 28,
December 5 & 12

Description:   Who will lead the future in your business? This 6-month Executive Leadership Program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of the next-generation of leaders in a manufacturing organization.

Participants will learn to maximize team productivity, drive breakthrough innovation, and secure a competitive edge for your company. Through hands-on exercises and dynamic discussions, they will learn key concepts and leadership best practices to help to master complex challenges and capitalize on emerging opportunities. They will learn to build on their strengths, encourage introspection and self-discovery and apply what they learn immediately back at work.

Sessions will tie leadership development to real on-the-job projects that have a true business impact. This leadership-development program requires participants to apply their learnings directly in their organizations to address high-priority needs, i.e. accelerating a new product launch, negotiating an external collaboration, developing a new digital-marketing strategy or turning around a sales region.

Each participant will be required to have a company mentor to oversee, coach and guide the participant throughout the year-long program and participants must come prepared with a project that will provide support to apply the new learning.

Participants will be exposed to key concepts in all major business functions of a manufacturing company. Given the pace of change today, adapting systems, processes and culture that can support continuous improvement and transformational culture is critically important for the future growth and success of manufacturing organizations.

This program is designed for high-performing managers who are being groomed for leadership positions. The sponsoring company must identify an internal mentor and a strategic project for the participant to complete during the year practicing the new skills.
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Sep 148:00 am - 4:30 pm$300This is a one-day workshop

Description:   Participants will learn the logic behind FMEA. This one-day workshop provides participants with an understanding of FMEAs (Failure Mode and Effect Analysis) and how to get the most out of them.

An FMEA can be described as a systematic group of activities intended to:
1) recognize and evaluate the potential failure of a product/process and the effects of that failure,
2) identify actions that could eliminate or reduce the chance of the potential failure occurring, and
3) document the entire process. This course provides the knowledge and general guidance in the application of the FMEA technique (Design and/or Process).

Key Topics:
  • Overview - Risk Analysis
  • Where Does FMEA Come From - Types of FMEA's
  • What Happens Before The FMEA?
  • Benefits of FMEA's
  • Function, Failure Mode, Cause and Effect
  • Process FMEA's
  • RPN Calculation and Thresholds
  • Design FMEA
  • Rating The Failures: Severity, Occurrence, and Detection
  • What Happens After The FMEA?
  • Improving RPN's
  • Summary
Who Should Attend: Anyone involved with manufacturing, product design, reliability, testing, quality, development, logistics/support, product assurance/design assurance, materials, and their management or anyone responsible for the design and development of manufacturing, assembly or service processes in the completion of a Design or Process FMEA.
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Sep 208:00 am - 4:30 pm$9,900 ($5,940 with grant)*September 20, 21, 27, 28
October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
November 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 26, 27

Description:   The Lean and Six Sigma methodologies work together as a combined long-term business strategy that can produce exceptional results. The purpose of the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification program is to prepare Team leaders to lead and implement improvement projects using the proven DMAIC methodology, and Lean Tools.

The training includes 160 hours of classroom time, with hands-on, demanding and thorough instruction. During training, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt participants work on an actual identified management-approved project that can realize at least $100,000 in cost savings to the organization. The instructional design process involves learning a technique and then applying it to the working project.

The class is instructor-led and offers numerous exercises and examples designed to help the participant learn tools and techniques to eliminate waste and improve productivity, and to achieve lasting financial results.
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Sep 218:00 am - 4:30 pm$300This is a one-day workshop

Description:   Thorough implementation of visual controls and 5S is a requirement of any lean operation. Learn how to develop routines that maintain organization and orderliness - essential to a smooth and efficient flow of activities.

Zero defects cannot be achieved if a process relies on inspections and sorting. Learn how to create processes where the chance of making errors is eliminated using simple error-proofing techniques.

This class is part of our Lean Operations Series:
  1. Lean Overview
  2. Creating a Lean Culture
  3. A3 Problem Solving
  4. Visual Management / 5S / Mistake Proofing
  5. Set Up Reduction / Total Productive Maintenance
  6. Value Stream Mapping / Running a Rapid Improvement Event
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Sep 288:00 am - 4:30 pm$300This is a one-day workshop

Description:   True flexibility means being able to change over at a moments notice without adding costs. Learn how to reduce lot sizes by reducing set up time.

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) seeks to maximize equipment effectiveness by applying aspects of periodic, preventive, and autonomous maintenance. Lean Maintenance focuses on optimization of the maintenance process, is lead by maintenance managers, and is implemented by the maintenance employees. Lean Maintenance strategies can be applied today to provide immediate improvements and return on investment.

This class is part of our Lean Operations Series:
  1. Lean Overview
  2. Creating a Lean Culture
  3. A3 Problem Solving
  4. Visual Management / 5S / Mistake Proofing
  5. Set Up Reduction / Total Productive Maintenance
  6. Value Stream Mapping / Running a Rapid Improvement Event


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Oct 058:00 am - 4:30 pm$300This is a one-day workshop

Description:   This training provides participants with an understanding of the new 4th edition of PPAP published by the automobile industry. Topics include: the purpose and intent of PPAP, a detailed review of the specific requirements and PPAP submission status.

You will learn the relationship between PPAP and quality planning, running parts for PPAP evaluation, detailed review of the specific requirements for PPAP, customer notification and submission requirements for product and process changes, understanding PPAP submission status and more.

Training Objective:
  • Provide an understanding of the intent of each step of the PPAP process to all employees involved.
  • Gain familiarity with the PPAP fourth edition manual for ongoing reference.
  • Relate company-specific objectives with PPAP
  • Process Approach Review
  • Source of PPAP - APQP
  • PPAP in ISO/TS 16949
  • Purpose of PPAP
  • PPAP Process Requirements in Detail
  • Customer-Specific Requirements and Appendices
Who Should Attend: Anyone doing business in the automotive, or truck industries including plant managers, quality managers and technicians, supplier quality engineers, internal auditors, ISO team members, manufacturing engineers, design engineers, purchasing managers, etc.
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Oct 128:00 am - 4:30 pm$300This is a one-day workshop

Description:   The starting point of the lean journey, creating the current state value stream map helps you "see" where to focus your attention to ensure improvement activities truly create continuous flow from supplier to customer.

A Lean Event is a way to accelerate the lean implementation process by using a focused group of people on a team to improve on cost, time and space for a particular product or process, with a one-week deadline. Learn how to effectively plan and facilitate Kaizen events for your company.

This class is part of our Lean Operations Series:
  1. Lean Overview
  2. Creating a Lean Culture
  3. A3 Problem Solving
  4. Visual Management / 5S / Mistake Proofing
  5. Set Up Reduction / Total Productive Maintenance
  6. Value Stream Mapping / Running a Rapid Improvement Event
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Oct 188:00 am - 4:30 pm (2 days)$600October 18 & 19

Description:   Statistical Process Control is a powerful tool that can be used to predict percent conformance to specifications and help improve quality throughout a company. Learn a straightforward approach to setting up and maintaining an effective SPC program in your company. Participants will be able to apply these techniques immediately.

SPC can be applied whether you operate in a long or short run environment.

Key Topics:
  • Introduction to Statistical Process Control
  • Predicting Percent Conformance
  • Process Potential and Capability Studies
  • Traditional and Short Run Variable Charting
  • Traditional and Short Run Attribute Charting
  • Pattern Analysis
Who Should Attend: This class is intended for Quality Engineers, Technicians, Managers, Engineers, Engineering Technicians, Manufacturing Engineers, Production Managers, and Supervisors
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Oct 238:00 am - 4:30 pm (2 days)$600October 23 & 24

Description:   This training is designed for individuals who have little to no experience managing projects, those who feel the need to strengthen their project management skill sets, and those who support project managers and project teams. Participants will learn how to: assess the project's environment to determine the right tools to use when managing the project, plan a project to achieve success and use important tools to successfully manage, execute, and control the project.

Topics include:
  • Defining success in project management
  • Understanding what can go wrong in a project, and their causes
  • Assessing the project to determine appropriate tools, based on risk factors
  • Identifying the appropriate tools to use, based on the project's risk factors