The DFSS Black Belt course is comprised of 16 modules which cover the following themes:
- Conventional Design of Experiments
- Taguchi Design of Experiment (Static and Dynamic)
- Response Surface Methodology
- Multi-Response Analysis and Desirability
- Central Composite Designed Experiments
- Reliability Analysis/System Allocation
Estimated: 40 self-paced hours
All requirements must be completed within 365 days after your start date. If you do not complete the course by your completion deadline, you will be required to re-enroll at a reduced cost of $500.
This is a self-paced online course consisting of 16 lecture modules, 4 exercises, and a DFSS Black Belt certification exam.
Participants pursuing their University of Michigan Design for Six Sigma Black Belt Certification are required to:
- Earn your U-M DFSS Green Belt Certification
- Complete all required online lecture modules
- Complete all testing exercises with an overall cumulative score > 80%
- Complete the DFSS Black Belt Certification Exam with a score > 80%
Black Belt Level II participants must have successfully completed our Design for Six Sigma Green Belt Level I course. In addition, this course requires the usage of Minitab® statistical software (or equivalent) and includes more advanced statistical analysis tools. Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (or equivalent) is recommended.
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Administrative/Online Technical Support
Support staff are available via phone and email to help with administrative and technical issues during our normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
Content Questions/Certification Project Support
Candidates are welcome to contact the course instructors for content questions and project support. The instructors will provide support via e-mail, phone consultation, and/or online videoconferencing.
- Understand advanced tools and techniques to assess performance of functional requirements and quality metrics, including techniques for optimization and validation
- Apply statistical and graphical analysis tools to support testing and evaluation processes
- Apply Design for Six Sigma Methods toward the development of new products and services
Who Should Take This Course
Design for Six Sigma Black Belt is aimed at Product Designers, Manufacturing Engineers, and Project Managers working in new product development who have applied statistical analysis training (e.g., Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Quality Engineer, or equivalent).
The assignment exercises and case studies involve the extensive use of Minitab (not Minitab Express) Statistical Software for analysis. Lectures and assignments are developed for Minitab 17 or higher or equivalent software (SPSS, STAT SOFT, SAS).
Minitab 13-16 also are acceptable, though some menus may appear different than those shown in lecture.
1. Install VMWare Fusion for Mac. Download: https://caenfaq.engin.umich.edu/vmap/what-is-vmap
2. Create a Windows Virtual machine using VMWare Fusion.
3. Install Minitab (Full version) inside the newly created Virtual Windows machine.