SIX SIGMA CERTIFICATIONS
Design for Six Sigma - Black Belt
Time CommitmentApproximately 40 self-paced hours
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Earn your DFSS Black Belt from the University of Michigan. 100% online.
It is estimated that 70-80% of quality problems originate in product definition and design. The Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology aims to preempt those problems by translating customer requirements into functional requirements — ensuring more robust product, service, and process designs. Learn more advanced statistical analysis techniques and earn your Black Belt certification prepared to meet customer-driven design objectives.
- 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
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 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.
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 or equivalent software (SPSS, STAT SOFT, SAS).
If your organization does not offer Minitab please email firstname.lastname@example.org and Nexus will help provide access for this course.
Pat Hammett, PhD
- Lead Faculty, Six Sigma Programs
- Lecturer, College of Engineering
Don Lynch, PhD
- Instructor, Nexus
- Vice President of Quality, Strategy, and Transformation, SKF USA Inc.
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