Parttime Classroom Engineering, manufacturing and construction

Skills to compete Continuous Improvement in Manufacturing (Evenings)

The aim of the programme is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to utilise a range of continuous improvement methodologies whilst working at operative level in the life sciences manufacturing sector.

Start Date: 17-09-2024 Hours/week: 06 Hrs 00 Mins Duration: 10 weeks


Day Mornings Afternoons Evenings
Education Requirements

Age Requirements
Applicants must have reached the current statutory school leaving age.

Learning Aptitude
Good numerical and communication skills are essential including verbal and written command of the English language.

Previous Experience
Currently employed in suitable industry or successfully completed the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Course or the Introduction to the Pharmaceutical Industry Night Class

Module Award Body
Continuous Improvement In Manufacturing (5N1915) Continuous Improvement in Manufacturing (5N1915) QQI
Induction (Evenings)
On successful completion of the training programme, the learner will be able to:

1- Explain continuous improvement in terms of objectives and benefits

2- Describe a range of tools which support continuous improvement

3- Distinguish between added-value and non value-added in relation to products and services

4- Explain the role of value stream mapping in continuous improvement

5- Explain the key principles of leading process management strategies including Six Sigma, and DMAIC (Define, Measure,Analyse, Improve and Control)

6- Participate in a 5S audit utilising the 5S methodology to enhance workplace organisation

7- Demonstrate how a mistake-proofing technique such as Poka-Yoke can be used to minimise manufacturing process defects

8- Complete a task that supports analysis of equipment effectiveness and performance for your area of responsibility such as total preventative maintenance (TPM), overall equipment effectiveness
(OEE), single minute exchange of die (SMED) or shift start up checks

9-Contribute to a continuous improvement or Kaizen event in your own area of responsibility

10- Apply a problem solving technique such as Pareto Principle, 5 Why’s, Brainstorming, Cause and Effect diagram and Failure, Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) appropriate to a range of events


Waterford Training Centre


Waterford Industrial Park , Cork Road , Waterford , X91PX02

Contact Details

Course Contact:
Catherine Prendergast