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AIAG, SAE team to give auto engineers enhanced training

The AIAG nonprofit performance-enhancement group for manufacturers is partnering with SAE International to launch a joint global sourcing engineering certificate program to benefit the automotive industry, the groups announced Wednesday.

Courses will help teach engineers, quality professionals, purchasers and other specialists how to improve efficiencies and cut costs.

“Our vision in creating this program was to develop a standardized learning platform that addresses inefficient practices within the automotive industry,” said J. Scot Sharland, executive director of the Automotive Industry Action Group.

The program consists of 100 hours of class time comprised of nine courses taught by AIAG and SAE International experts. The courses in Southfield and Troy, Mich., in suburban Detroit, cover many topics, which include project management, quality planning, patent litigation, implementing a statistical process control program, identifying linkages between measurement systems and using techniques of measurement-system analysis.

“By partnering with AIAG, we’ve identified industry needs and developed a program to equip our leaders with the newest tools and knowledge to advance today’s automotive commercial vehicle industry,” said Kevin Perry, manager of professional development for SAE International.

A course outline, along with class descriptions is available online. The program fee is $3,595. AIAG classes will be held at 26200 Lahser, Suite 200, Southfield, MI 48033. SAE classes will be held at 755 W. Big Beaver, Suite 1600, Troy, MI 48084. To learn more about the global sourcing engineering certificate program, call (248) 358-3003.

AIAG is a unique not-for-profit organization where, for more than 25 years, OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government entities and individuals in academia have worked collaboratively to drive down costs and complexity from the supply chain via global standards development and harmonized business practices, according to a company statement. AIAG membership includes Caterpillar, Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Honda, Navistar International, Nissan, Toyota, and many of their parts suppliers and service providers.

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive and other industries. SAE's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development.

Hawke Fracassa covers the auto industry from Detroit for You can reach him at [email protected].

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