Lean Management


Process efficiency and continuous improvement are essential components for running a successful fabrication business. This course will introduce participants to lean management, a methodology that aims to maximize efficiency and reduce costs in manufacturing environments. First pioneered by the Toyota Motor Company in the 1930s, lean thinking quickly took hold and became a guiding principle for Motorola and many other prominent companies.

This self-paced course is a powerful resource for any business owner looking to improve their processes and increase profits. The course covers fundamental concepts, like the types of waste you can eliminate from your processes, and provides tips for implementing lean management in a welding operation. Upon completion of this course, participants will understand how to improve their business using lean management ideas and tools.

Concepts covered include:

  • Introduction to lean management
  • Review of key lean principles
    • Kaizen
    • Hoshin
    • Kanban
    • Push pull
    • Throughput
    • Takt time
    • Waste reduction

At a Glance



Member: $152
Non-member: $203
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Materials Access

Course: 30 days
Exam: 10 more days


Length & PDH / CEU

Approximately 4 hours
4 PDHs / 4 CEUs

course details

  • Who Should Take This Course
  • Prerequisites
  • Objectives
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Course Modules
  • Welding professionals seeking to refine their production process
  • Welding professionals seeking to train their workforce
  • Welding professionals seeking to scale up a small business

  • This student body may encompass many positions, including:
    • Industry business owners
    • Welding supervisors
    • Welding sales representatives
    • Welding personnel

Prior to taking this course, students should be familiar with basic welding processes and welding terminology. This prerequisite knowledge can be obtained by:

  • Obtaining and referencing a copy of AWS A3.0 Standard Terms and Definitions

This course teaches students:

  • The history of lean management
  • Lean management principles
  • How to appraise value
  • Analyze the pace of production using cycle time, throughput, and velocity
  • Refine processes
  • Basic tenets of waste reduction
  • Apply learned principles to a production setting

Upon completion of Lean Management, students will be able to:

  • Reassess thinking as it applies to management
  • Differentiate between value added and non-value-added activities
  • Use the principles of Kaizen and Hoshin to evaluate current state
  • Encourage customer-first thinking
  • Explain the benefits of using pull to guide production
  • Breakdown production using one piece flow
  • Analyze the pace of production using takt time, cycle time, throughput, and velocity Identify production constraints
  • Make improvements by trimming any activity that hinders production Identify and consider the 8 wastes of lean management
  • Utilize lean measurement tools to evaluate costs and production
  • Apply learned principles to true-to-life scenarios
  • Module 1: Introduction To Lean Management
  • Module 2: Lean Thinking
  • Module 3: Value and Workforce Management in Lean
  • Module 4: Kaizen and Hoshin
  • Module 5: Push, Pull, and One-Piece Flow
  • Module 6: Takt Time
  • Module 7: Pace of Production: Cycle Time, Throughput, Velocity
  • Module 8: Bottlenecks
  • Module 9: Waste I
  • Module 10: Wastes II
  • Module 11: Lean Implementation
  • Module 12: Lean Tools

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should take this course?

    The Lean Management for Welding Productivity course is ideal for:

    • Anyone involved in the supervision of production as it pertains to welding or allied processes
    • Anyone who affiliated with a service provider tied to welding and fabrication

    This student body may encompass many positions, including:

    • Welding sales representatives
    • Welding supervisors
    • Shop owners
  • How long do I have to complete the course?

    Participants are granted access to the course materials for 30 days from the date of registration. The completion exam must be taken within this 30-day access period.

  • Does this course include a completion exam?

    Yes, this course includes an exam designed to evaluate comprehension and retention of the subject matter. Students will be prompted to take this exam once they have successfully completed all the modules within the course. The completion exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within a 90-minute period.

    In order to earn a printable Certificate of Completion from AWS and 4 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)/0.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), a student must attain a score of 75% or higher on the completion exam. Participants who do not achieve a pass score will be granted a second opportunity to take the exam.

  • Do I need to purchase any supplemental materials or resources in order to complete this course?

    No. The course content is entirely web-based, so no additional purchases are necessary in order progress through the coursework and complete the course objectives.

  • Do I receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completing this course?

    Yes. In order to earn PDHs/CEUs, you must score at least 75% on the course completion exam. Participants who pass the exam will receive an AWS Certificate of Completion and 4 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)/0.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Can Professional Development Hours (PDHs)/Continuing Education Units (CEUs) earned by completing this course be used to meet the training requirement for AWS certification programs?

    Absolutely! Professional Development Hours (PDHs) earned through AWS online courses can be applied toward any certification training requirement, such as those for CWI re-testing or recertification, provided that they are earned within a specified time period. For example, PDHs earned by completing this course are only valid for CWI recertification if the course is completed within the specified 3-year CWI certification period.

  • What equipment or devices do I need in order to access and complete this course?

    This course, as well as all online courses offered by AWS Learning, require a computer, tablet, or other mobile device with an active internet connection and built-in or external speakers. The AWS Learning platform supports most web browsers, including the current versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer (Edge). This course is largely video-based and features significant amounts of interactive multimedia content, so a high-speed internet connection and a monitor or device with a large viewing area are highly recommended.





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