Workforce Readiness Academy

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.

What Will You Learn

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

Is This Course For You

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.

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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