Lean and Six Sigma for Environmental Professionals: Introduction to Process Improvement

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Course Title: Lean and Six Sigma for Environmental Professionals: Introduction to Process Improvement
Course ID: MGMT-201
Status: CLOSED
Date(s): January 20, 2015: 10:00am - 12:00pm
January 21, 2015: 10:00am - 12:00pm
January 22, 2015: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Online-WEBINAR

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Instructor: Brion Hurley
Tuition: $276
$236 / $236* (Before January 4, 2015)
Class is Closed



**This course will be presented online as a live webinar in three 2-hour sessions. Sessions will be recorded and will be available to all enrolled attendees. **

All classes will be from 10 a.m.-noon Pacific (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain) (noon to 2 p.m. Central) and (1-3 p.m. Eastern).

NWETC recommends that anyone enrolling in this Introductory course consider enrolling in Course 2: Lean and Six Sigma Tools for Process Improvement in order to gain a more complete understanding of the concepts.  When enrolling in both courses together, an automatic $50 Series Discount will be applied.

This six-hour webinar will challenge your ideas about how processes should operate, and discuss why processes are often setup to fail. We will also cover popular problem solving techniques such as 8D, A3, and PDCA that provide a foundation for improvement, and cover an overview of both Lean (Toyota) and Six Sigma (Motorola and GE), and discuss how these techniques can be applied to city and state agencies, environmental consultants, and other groups involved in environmental and government work.

Lean and Six Sigma are proven techniques for process improvement that many companies and organizations have used for decades to save money, increase customer satisfaction, engage employees, and become a more sustainable business or organization. 

Process improvement is not just for manufacturing companies. City governments, law firms, military, public schools, software developers, non-profits, and even TV and movie studios are seeing benefits to learning and applying these techniques. 

Environmental organizations are also getting on board to address their own inefficiencies, and they are finding success reducing the environmental impact of the organizations they work with by speaking the same process improvement language.

Intended Audience:

Government agency personnel, city/state/municipal managers, contractors engaged in work with agencies, environmental engineers and managers, or anyone who is interested in learning techniques to improve efficiency and processes.

Continuing Education Units: 0.60 CEUs

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Course Topics

  • An overview of the principles and mindset of Lean and Six Sigma
  • Introduction to some ways to deal with inefficient, error-prone, costly processes inside your organization 
  • Discussion of how to establish a common language with stakeholders/clients to talk about improvements

About the Instructor

Brion Hurley

Brion Hurley

Brion Hurley is a Principal Lean Consultant at Rockwell Collins in Wilsonville, OR. He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) from the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and Lean Master certified. He has a bachelor’s degree in Statistics, and a master’s degree in Quality Management and Productivity from the University of Iowa. He obtained a Certificate of Sustainability from the University of Iowa.

He has a Certificate of Sustainability from the University of Iowa, and has achieved Zero Waste Business Associate, SME Green Manufacturing Specialist, and Senior Certified Sustainability Professional certifications. He recently led the Rockwell Collins Wilsonville facility to the Leaders in Sustainability Gold Level certification from Clackamas County (Oregon).

What to Bring

Attendees should have a reliable internet connection and if desired, headphones/headset. Login credentials will be sent after enrollment and payment are received.

Billing Information

In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel


  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available

*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

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*Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members.

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