TechHelp’s Hamacher to Help Deliver LECP Course in Inland Northwest

Lean Enterprise Certificate Program Develops Internal Lean Champions!

Classes begin March 13th, 2017 in the Spokane/Post Falls area.

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Companies that realize sustained success implementing Lean know that developing their employees’ capabilities to lead continuous improvement efforts is key to that success. The Lean Enterprise Certificate Program arms participants with demonstrated understanding of the Lean Body of Knowledge and provides them hands-on practice applying Lean tools and strategies.

Benefits to an Organization

  • Development of Internal Lean Champions
  • Enables employee involvement in sustained continuous improvement
  • Helps an organization build a Lean Transformation The Program
  • Seven days of instruction over seven weeks including the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) exam.\Provides Lean training and experience to those individuals who then can play the roles of “Lean Champions” for their organizations with a curriculum comprised of 32 hours of classroom and 24 hours of project application. Participants earn a certificate of completion.
  • The training will be combined with tours of local companies employing best practices to demonstrate and visualize Lean techniques in practice.
  • Participants receive and must read the following texts: Lean Thinking by James Womack and Daniel Jones, Gemba Kaizen by Masaaki Imai, Lean Production Simplified by Pascal Dennis and Learning to See by Mike Rother and John Shook. An additional text, Toyota Kata, by Mike Rother is also included. Also, instructional manuals that reflect the classroom presentations will be provided.
  • A three-hour test from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) based on the instructional material and the required texts is administered at the end of the program where participants demonstrate an understanding of the Lean Body of Knowledge.This certified test completion, along with additional project hours can be applied towards a Bronze Level Certification, and career progression for silver and gold certification (listed at Each Lean Enterprise Certificate Program (LECP) participant will:
    • Have demonstrated knowledge of the Lean Body of Knowledge
    • Apply their learning to their organization with a practicum project
    • Go back to their organization equipped to help champion continuous improvement
Gene Hamacher of TechHelp and the University of Idaho keeps track of a Lean Laundry List during a course activity.

Gene Hamacher of TechHelp and the University of Idaho keeps track of a Lean Laundry List during a course activity.

All of the students in our last LECP course passed the SME Lean Bronze exam; 80% on the first try! Course Instructor, Gene Hamacher, Manufacturing Specialist with TechHelp & University of Idaho

Classes begin March 13th in the Spokane/Post Falls area.

Classes are held one day a week for seven weeks.

LECP certified students are those who have successfully met the LECP requirements of reading the four prescribed books, completing five days of theory and simulation training, performing a minimum of 24 hours of work on an internal Lean project, and successfully completing SME’s Bronze test. Successful completion of the test is the first step in going on to meet the requirements of SME’s Bronze, Silver and Gold certification requirements. LECP Curriculum.

Day 1 – 13 MARCH in Spokane Valley – Introduction to Lean Manufacturing (Lean 101). The day consists of an introductory seminar combining the theory of LEAN Manufacturing with a live simulation that incorporates and applies the theory.

Day 2 – 20 MARCH in Post Falls ID  – Introduction to the Theory of Value Stream Mapping, Workplace Organization and Standardization, 5-S and Cellular Flow, Lean Applied in Office Environments.

Day 3 – 27 MARCH in Spokane Valley  – Set-Up Reduction/Quick Changeover, Pull/Kanban, and Total Production Maintenance, Lean Champion Development, Kaizen Events.

Day 4 and 5 – 3 APRIL in Post Falls and 11 APRIL in Spokane Valley (Tuesday class)  – Problem Solving, Process Design, Quality, Productivity & Delivery Measures Product Development and Leadership & High Performing Teams. The Daily Improvement “Kata” Discipline is incorporated into the training.

Day 6 – 17 APRIL in Post Falls Practicum – In addition to the presentation of the Theory of Lean, students will be assigned to work with a team on a practical application of a fundamental component of Lean Transformation. Students will present their projects.

Day 7 -24 APRIL in Post Falls  – Short review, Q&A and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Lean Bronze Exam. Company Tours & Exam Preparation are interspersed among the days of instruction outlined above. To demonstrate and visualize lean techniques in practice, the class will visit local businesses that have already embarked on their Lean journey and are working to employ best practices.

  • For more information, please contact Impact Washington at
  • $1995 per participant inclusive of texts, manuals, and SME Bronze exam.
  • Lunch provided. Classes are to be held one day a week for seven weeks.
  • First class is March 13, 2017, in Spokane Valley

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