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Duration: 6 Days
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Pilot Dates:

  • August 28 to October 6: Online on-demand modules accessible through SAE LMS

  • October 9 to 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Classroom modules, SAE Troy Office: Product Development Process and Project Management, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Personal Time Management and Workflow Efficiency, and Record Keeping and Documentation

  • October 16 to 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Classroom modules, SAE Troy Office: Cost and Finance, The Human Side of Organizations, Communications/Conflict Management, Working in Teams, Managing Your Career

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 six-day instructor-led classroom experience.

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.

Learning Objectives
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

Who Should Attend
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.

Individuals holding a college degree in an engineering, technical or business discipline will be able to understand and apply the principles presented. Proficiency in solving algebraic and exponential expressions will aid in the financial modules.

Topical Outline
On-Demand, Online Modules

  • Automotive Ecosystem (webinar replay)—4 hours
    • Industry definition (OEM’s, 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
  • Standards Development and Application (webinar replay)—4 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—choose from the following menu of up to 67.5 hours of coursework
    • Finite Element Analysis for Design Engineers—8 hours
    • FMEA for Robust Design: What, Why, When, & How (webinar replay)—12 hours
    • Fundamentals of GD&T (webinar replay)—16 hours
    • Design of Experiments (DOE) for Engineers (webinar replay)—12 hours
    • Keys to Creating a Cybersecurity Process from the J3061 Process Framework (webinar reply)--7 hours
    • Overview and Impact of the ISO 26262 Standard (webinar replay)—4.5 hours
    • Root cause problem solving: Methods and Tools—8 hours

Classroom Modules

DAY ONE - Angelo Mago

  • Product development process and project management
    • The Product Development process—generic model vs Automotive (APQP) model
    • Key Elements of the 5-Phase APQP Product Development process
    • Understanding the Automotive Design Review Process
    • Project scope development and sequencing
    • Project costing and tracking
DAY TWO - Angelo Mago
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Definition and the need for Critical Thinking
    • Problem Solving
      • The 7 QC tools for product/process problem solving
      • The 7 Management tools for project problem solving
      • Specific formats for Automotive
    • Process, tools, methods—where to start when it’s not clear what to do
    • Dealing with ambiguity—how to proceed when project not clearly defined
  • Personal Time Management and Workflow Efficiency—Angelo Mago
    • Challenges in transitioning from University workload to office workload
    • Communication management
    • Personal time management
    • Role of mentors to help build and reinforce these skills
DAY THREE - Angelo Mago
  • Record Keeping and Documentation
    • Clarity and brevity as a lost skill – Effective Presentations
    • Documentation practices to survive legalistic scrutiny:
      • Contractual Scope
      • Design Record File
      • Test results
      • Design Specification documents
    • Guidelines for effective documentation
DAY FOUR - Jim Masiak
  • Financial & Costing Principles
    • Time value of money, discounting, cost of capital
    • Decision Criteria
    • Financial Statements
  • Program/Project Financial Management
    • Business case analysis
    • Depreciation & amortization
    • Pricing and Elasticity of Demand
    • Managerial & cost accounting
    • Market Targets
DAY FIVE - JIm Masiak
  • Production and Inventory Costing
    • Production cost relationships
    • Cost definitions
    • Inventory management
  • Cost Estimating
    • Product Examples
  • Cost Controls
    • Product Definition & Design
    • DFSS, DFM/A, Benchmarking, Value Engineering
    • Commercial initiatives, Economies of Scale
DAY SIX - Joseph Doyle
  • The Human Side of Organizations
    • Understanding Human Nature
    • Psychological Foundations
    • Recognizing Toxic Personalities
    • Elements of Organizational Culture
  • Communications
    • Barriers to Interpersonal Effectiveness
    • Improving Relationships
    • Increasing Self-Awareness
    • Managing Conflict
  • Working in Teams
    • Synergy and Sub-optimization
    • Stages of Team Development
    • Tribal Thinking Patterns
    • Managing Cultural Diversity
    • Multi-Functional, International and Virtual Teams
    • Developing Self-Awareness
    • Critical Factors in Decision making
    • Reaching Consensus
  • Managing Your Career
    • Developing Political Savvy
    • Shaping your Image
    • Acquiring Wisdom

Instructor(s): James Masiak, Joseph Doyle, Angelo Mago
James Masiak has more than 25 years of experience in the implementation of business processes for General Motors. Activities include the implementation of an enhanced engineering product cost management process within GM North America, the alignment of cross functional organizational initiatives, and development of an engineering resource allocation plan for GM Regions. Mr. Masiak was also responsible for the development and implementation of Global Engineering and Business Strategies across all of General Motors International Operations. He has recently worked with applying the Innovation Corps Business Model Canvas methodology in assisting college and private sector startups. Mr. Masiak received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his M.B.A. from Michigan State University Executive Management Program.

Joseph Doyle is the principal of Strategic Insights, Inc., a Michigan-based consulting firm, specializing in executive leadership. Mr. Doyle completed a 30-year career with General Motors Corporation, where he held a variety of positions including: Internal Business Consultant with General Motors University, Senior Research Manager with the Corporate Organization Research and Development Activity, Manager of the Corporate Executive Development Activity and Lead Consultant with the Corporate Strategy and Decision Support Staff. Prior to joining General Motors, he held positions with the U.S. Public Health Service, Ford Motor Company and the Management and Organization Development Department of General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).

While at GM, Mr. Doyle established GM’s Executive Development Curriculum; facilitated Executive Global Task Teams in India, Indonesia, Thailand, England and Australia; and served as the Corporate Liaison on Leadership and Strategy to the US Army War College and the National Defense University. As an adjunct professor, he has taught Engineering Administration at the University of Detroit's Graduate School of Engineering, Organization Behavior at The University of Michigan Dearborn's School of Business and Business Strategy at Oakland University's School of Business Administration. Dr. Doyle holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Physical Science from Eastern Michigan University, a Master’s Degree in Applied Statistics and Research Methodology from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan.

Angelo Mago is senior consultant and owner of ATM Consulting, Inc., which provides customized training and consulting services to a varied design and manufacturing supplier community in the areas of Project Management, Design to Cost, Quality Assurance, Document Management, Supplier Development and Management, and Customer Management. He has over 25 years of experience in product design, quality assurance, and project management working in both the Governmental and Commercial mobility industry. DOD experience includes serving in the US Army TACOM Program Office in the M1 Abrams and Bradley Program Management offices and Plant Manager for the Depot Repair Facility in Mannheim Germany. Commercially Mr. Mago has worked as the Senior Supplier Quality Engineer for GM Truck Group responsible for NAO and off-shore supplier ISO qualification, Product Development, and PPAP qualification and approval. Through ATM Consulting, Mr. Mago has played a lead role in deploying a PM and APQP environment for both large and small companies. He is a recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award for distinction in professional development/education. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.

Fees: $4895.00 ; SAE Members: $3916.00 - $4406.00

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