Six Sigma Black Belt Manufacturing, Six Sigma in Manufacturing

Six Sigma Black Belt Manufacturing

  • Lead the Way on High-Impact Manufacturing Projects

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    The online Michigan Six Sigma Black Belt certification course provides participants with the necessary skills to execute Lean Six Sigma techniques and strategies at the Black Belt level. Effective quality analysis often requires finding the right tool for the right problem. This course examines many Lean Six Sigma analytical and problem solving techniques from descriptive statistics to advanced design of experiments. Extensive case studies developed from world-class University of Michigan instructors' practical experiences are used to demonstrate the application of lean six sigma tools and techniques, ultimately qualifying participants for full Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.

    Organizations typically use Black Belts to address high-impact projects. Black Belt skills are frequently used by project team leaders. The focus is on developing a participants ability to effectively apply Six Sigma techniques to solve actual problems that affect corporate performance in quality, lead time, and cost in addition to customer-driven problem resolution. Attention is given to using these tools and techniques through extensive case studies derived from the practical experience of the instructor.

  • Components

    1. Course Introduction: Six Sigma Black Belt Overview
    2. DMAIC Problem Solving Process
    3. Minitab© Tutorial
    4. Measuring the Current State of the Process (DPM, DPMO, Yield)
    5. Basic Six Sigma Quality Tools
    6. Six Sigma Problem Solving Session
    7. Assessing Process Stability: Variable Control Charts
    8. Statistical Process Control: Attributes Charts/Special
    9. Six Sigma Problem Solving Session
    10. Process Capability Analysis: Normal
    11. Process Capability: Non-normal Distributions
    12. Six Sigma Problem Solving Session
    13. Two Variable Analysis: Correlation Analysis
    14. Two Group Hypothesis Tests (F-tests, t-tests)
    15. Six Sigma Problem Solving Session
    16. Attribute Response (proportions/yield analysis)
    17. One-Factor ANOVA—Robust Operating Windows
    18. Six Sigma Problem Solving Session
    19. Measurement System Analysis: Gage R&R
    20. Voice of the Customer Survey/Survey Analysis
    21. Six Sigma Problem Solving Session
    22. Multiple Regression/Stepwise Regression
    23. DOE: Principles of Design of Experiments
    24. Six Sigma Problem Solving Session
    25. DOE: 2k Factorial, General Linear Model
    26. DOE: Full Factorial Designs—Interactions
    27. Six Sigma Problem Solving Session
    28. DOE: Taguchi Methods
    29. Design for Six Sigma Concepts
    30. Problem Solving Session
    31. Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
    32. Design for Reliability
    33. Product Design Verification Analysis
    34. Problem Solving Session
    35. Tolerance Analysis
    36. Control Systems (ISO 9000, MBNQA, APQP)

    Six Sigma Black Belt Course Project Report

    At the completion of the online training, students may apply for Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the University of Michigan by successfully completing online exams and a Six Sigma Black Belt project report that demonstrates the use of Six Sigma concepts toward reducing costs, increasing quality, or accelerating lead-time. Students are expected to select Six Sigma Black Belt Projects from their own employer with approval from both their employer and University of Michigan course instructors. Students are expected to submit their completed Black Belt project report within 360 days after the start of the program. Students are not expected to include any proprietary company information in their reports.

  • Prerequisites

    Participants should have working knowledge of:

    • Descriptive statistics (mean, std. deviation, etc.)
    • Basic graphical analysis (scatter plot, histogram, pareto)
    • Basic linear regression / correlation (fitting a line)
    • Basic probability distribution fitting (e.g., normal)
    • Basic Microsoft Excel (and/or statistical software) skills
    • All black belt participants are given entry into the UM Green Belt course for the purpose of reviewing lectures presented at the basic level

    Professional Certification

    Students pursuing the University of Michigan Online Six Sigma Black Belt Certification must score 80% or higher on required exercises. Final Six Sigma Black Belt certification is granted based on passing the final certification exam with a score of 80% or higher and successful completion of the Black Belt course project. Students are expected to select Six Sigma Black Belt Projects from their own employer with approval from both their employer and University of Michigan Six Sigma Black Belt course instructors.

    CEU and Academic Credit

    Upon successful completion of this 120 hour program, participants can earn 12 Continuing Education Units. CEU credits may not be applied toward a degree. The University of Michigan will provide necessary documentation upon request.

    Students who are enrolled in MFG 461 will received 3 academic credits from the University of Michigan and their Black Belt Certification upon successful completion of the course and Black Belt requirements.

    Program Fees and Timeline

    Option One

    Most participants prefer to take this program as a non-credit Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Program, primarily because of the flexibility the e-learning format provides.

    Option 1 including Minitab® software costs $5,900.

    Option 1 without Minitab® software is $4,800.

    Option Two

    Includes both the three-credit course MFG 461 Quality Engineering Principles & Analysis and Black Belt Certification. Students must be admitted to the College of Engineering to register for MFG 461. Depending on whether they take MFG 461 on campus or online, they pay on campus tuition or distance learning tuition plus a $1,250 Black Belt Certification fee. Unlike Option 1, students must follow the schedule for MFG 461, including submitting homework and taking exams and quizzes.


    Students who have enrolled in MFG 461 have 180 days from the end of the course to submit their Black Belt project and take a Black Belt certification exam.

    All others have 1 year from the start of the program to complete it, submit their project, and take a Black Belt certification exam. Typically, students complete the full certification within 6 months. If you do not complete the course within 1 year from your start date you will be required to re-enroll at a reduced cost of $500 to receive an additional 120 days to complete the program.