PLYMOUTH — The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center will launch a new training course entitled Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification starting Oct. 1.

MMTC is the Michigan affiliate of the federal Manufacturing Extension Partnership through the National Institute of Standards and Technology and receives support from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

The new certification course is designed to encourage the appropriate application of Lean and Six Sigma tools in the minimization of process waste and the reduction of process variability. Emphasis is placed on providing trainees with the well-known concepts, tools and methodologies to apply the Six Sigma Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control and Lean methodologies to assist in problem solving initiatives. The course is project-based and process-oriented. It is designed to promote quick application of the tools to save both time and money.

According to MMTC’s Director and Strategic Advisor, Bob Lyscas, “We still offer distinct training in both the lean and Six Sigma disciplines but felt it was appropriate to provide a combination offering with the principles and tools of both to support process improvements. Through eight days of training over a two week period, trainees are introduced to the principles and given the tools needed to examine and solve costly operational problems.”

MMTC strongly recommends that Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification candidates have a managerial sponsor support their project selection and completion. Lyscas added, “Having managerial support is the key in sustaining operational improvements.”

MMTC’s Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification training is included in the MMTC promotion of Buy-One Get-One at 50 percent off which runs through the start of this class. To learn more visit

MMTC is the Michigan affiliate of federal Manufacturing Extension Partnership through the National Institute of Standards and Technology. MMTC is also supported through the MEDC and provides Michigan’s small and medium- sized manufacturers with operational assessment, process and product innovation, technical assistance, process and product innovation, training and mentoring services, and business development services.

Clients of the MMTC reported during the most recent full year survey sales gains of $62.3 million, with retention of $85.2 million in sales, investments of $53.6 million, cost savings of $17.6 million and 1,308 jobs created or retained as a direct result of their work with MMTC.

Headquartered in Plymouth, the MMTC has affiliate offices located throughout the state to serve Michigan manufacturers. More at


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