Spring Training: Six Sigma Green Belt Certification


Picture of certificate.

When you first hear Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, you may be thinking about dojos and karate chopping, but the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program, which was held on January 24-26, 2013 at the YSU Metro Campus, chopped something a little different: numbers. This event was the first time YSU has participated with this program, which is offered by the Institute of Industrial Engineering.

Ted Mullan, a senior Industrial Engineering student and member of the Student Chapter of IIE, was appointed by Dr. Martin Cala as the Program Certification Liaison. His efforts, along with the teaching efforts of IIE instructor Doug Long, brought this new certification to campus to make our students and University more distinguished.

Six Sigma is a set of tools and methodologies that break down statistical data for process improvement within industry. The 44 people who participated in the program, six people from industry and the rest graduate and undergraduate students, will be able to use these functions in their jobs and save their companies money.

The Green Belt certification is not the only belt that a person can achieve. At level one there is the steering committee with upper management and level two are the champions, or the motivators. Yellow, Orange, and White belts are normally people who have the most basic form of Six Sigma training. These members are normally certified by their company and vary from company to company. Green Belt certified members work on preliminary statistical analysis for smaller projects; they also have other job duties. Black Belt and Master Black Belt certified members work solely on Six Sigma strategies. They perform more in-depth analysis of statistical data, and they work on bigger projects. In order to achieve Master Black Belt status you must save your company more than three million dollars on three different projects, but this can also be dependent on the company.

Organizing an event like this takes a lot of time and takes a lot of patience, and Ted Mullan, the student organizer of the event, took a lot of care in setting up this event. The goal was to bring everyone together—the different engineering programs, the business college, and even industry—to raise awareness for what the YSU STEM Engineering departments have to offer, for example the Engineering Management Master’s program.

“I learned how to interface between forty-four different individuals with all forty-four of the same question at the same time,” Ted says about the liaison experience. “I also learned to interface between students and professionals.” Ted continued to say that he learned how to anticipate problems before they happened and learned how to maintain a great level of organization, which was truly a growing experience.

After three days of training, each of the participants achieved Green Belt status and received their certificates of completion. The knowledge that they gained will help their companies save money, help them in their job searches in the future, and give the peace of mind that they are doing all they can to improve the processes they already love.