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Continuous Improvement Associate

Time-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
New York State Department of Labor
O*Net Code
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 16, 2021

Time-Based Skills

4 skill sets | 25 total skills
Safety and Workplace Orientation - 50 req. hrs
Follow employer-specific safety procedures around things such as: workstations, machinery, equipment.
Recognize and minimize potential hazards (if applicable).
Adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) General Industry safety standards (if applicable).
Maintain clean workspace.
Demonstrate awareness of First Aid, CPR, and bloodborne pathogens (if applicable).
Complete all employer-specific “onboarding”.
The Continuous Improvement Blueprint - 500 req. hrs
Describe Continuous Improvement (CI).
Learn employer’s Operations Management System (OMS): What is it? What does it do? What is its goal?
Develop an understanding of workplace culture; describe its elements; describe process of moving from a state of cultural “unawareness” to embedded cultural change.
Describe the difference between a Lean Production Model and the Classical Management Model.
Learn and define the “8 types of waste”.
Continuous Improvement Methodology: Cell Formatting/Redesign - 1450 req. hrs
Learn, understand, and explain the mission and goals of CI.
Learn and perform value stream mapping; define the rationale for a value stream map; construct a current-state map, including at minimum process material movement, information flow, push and pull, inventory and process time, apply Lean Guidelines, draw Future-State Map.
Perform Process Mapping: include common elements, such as tasks and activities, decision points, cycle times, work in process, sequence, loops, travel/distance, yield/scrap.
Define and calculate Takt Time.
Perform a Product-Quality Analysis.
Compose a Process-at-a-glance chart.
Construct a Process Matrix, with special attention to “Star Part”.
Draw a Part Spaghetti Chart.
Continuous Improvement Methodology: Standard Work - 1000 req. hrs
Conduct Time Observation(s): observe, record task(s), and time of person's actual work.
Perform a Capacity Analysis.
Create a Standard Work Combination Sheet.
Draw a Standard Work Sheet: outline work path of operator(s).
Use an Operator Bar Chart to compare actual task cycle time to Takt Time; plot manual, automatic, walking, and set-up time for each operation as it pertains to material/workflow.
Calculate the Standard Work In Process (SWIP); combine to create a SWIP & Operators Calculation.

Technical Instruction

Safety, Health and The Workplace - 48 req. hrs
General Workplace Safety
Proper Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (if applicable)
OSHA 10 Hour for General Industry (if applicable)
Right-to-Know/Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
First Aid & CPR (6.5 hours minimum) (if applicable)
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – MUST comply with Section 201-g of the Labor Law
Trade Theory, Trade Science, and Trade Skills - 24 req. hrs
Workplace Culture – Mission & Goals
Waste – manufacturing and/or support/administrative processes
Cell Formation/Redesign - 24 req. hrs
Takt Time Calculation(s)
Product Quantity (P-Q) Analysis
Process Matrix
Part Spaghetti Chart
Standard Work - 24 req. hrs
Time Observations
Capacity Analysis
Standard Work Combination Sheet
Standard Work Sheet
Operator Bar Chart
Standard Work In Process (SWIP)

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