Are you looking for a higher customer satisfaction, greater profitability and a huge competitive edge for your company in the marketplace? Join us for a complimentary overview breakfast, available three times a year, to meet Dan Sommers, our Six Sigma trainer, ask questions, and find out how Six Sigma can benefit you and your organization. Need information now? Call us at 330-972-7577 to speak to a Six Sigma program coordinator.

Our Six Sigma program follows a project-focused approach and will teach you how to use the Six Sigma methodology.  Each DMAIC phase will be explored in great detail, so you will be able to lead quality projects with the necessary tools.  To learn more about the Six Sigma programs, please view our Course Catalog.

Six Sigma

Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating defective products. The fundamental objective of Six Sigma is to enable worldclass quality and continuous improvement so the highest level of customer satisfaction is achieved.

Six Sigma Certificate Courses

Green Belt Certificate

Green Belts typically use the Six Sigma methodology to work on projects within their own work areas. They play a vital role within a Six Sigma initiative by building on Black Belts' efforts of data collection, analysis, process mapping and design of experiments.

Black Belt Certificate

Black Belts are experts in the use of Six Sigma methodology and tools. They lead more complex projects and may also provide training and coaching to others. Black Belts may work on projects in their own areas or anywhere within the organization.

Six Sigma Champion Course

Champions are upper level managers who lead implementation efforts of Six Sigma. They ensure that the team is completing the project in a timely manner and assist the team with securing necessary resources.

To reach Six Sigma, a process must not produce more than 3.4 defects per million opportunities. According to the Six Sigma Academy, Black Belts save companies approximately $230,000 per project and can complete four to six projects per year.

General Electric, one of the most successful companies implementing Six Sigma, has estimated benefits of $10 billion during the first five years of implementation. GE first began Six Sigma in 1995 after it was introduced by Motorola and Allied Signal. Since then, thousands of companies around the world have discovered the benefits of Six Sigma.

Six Sigma methodology is a project-focused approach consisting of five phases: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC). The DMAIC phases are used to characterize and optimize business and industrial processes. Each project must complete the phases in order: 

Define: customer needs are stated and the processes and products to be improved are identified.

Measure: target performance and baselines are determined. Input/output variables are defined and the measurement system is validated.

Analyze: potential causes are identified and investigated by using data to establish the key process inputs.

Improve: a strategy is developed and the solution is linked to the cause.

Control: gains made by the process improvements are documented, monitored and assigned accountability.


  • When you complete the training and work-related projects, you will be fully qualified to implement Six Sigma.
  • You will be able to use practical data analysis methods and Minitab software for quality and process improvement.
  • You will be able to lead quality projects within your organization and become a valued resource.

About our Instructor

Dan Sommers has 22 years of service with General Electric Lighting.  During these years, he has been a Design for Six Sigma Master Black Belt in Lighting Technology, a Six Sigma Black Belt in a high-volume lamp manufacturing plant, a product-line quality manager, a product-line quality project leader, a quality manager and a quality engineer.  He has a M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, a M.S. in Statistics and a B.S. in Actuarial Science.






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