Industrial Engineering

Six Sigma

What is Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is one of the most well-known quality improvement methodologies, and it represents the latest incarnation of the quality movement to date. It is a structured program for improving product and process quality by pinpointing and removing inconsistencies in the manufacture and delivery of products and services. Sigma (σ) is the mathematical symbol for standard deviation and is a measure of variability. Variation is the cause of unstable processes, which leads to poor quality and unsatisfied customers. Therefore, the goal of the Six Sigma process is to reduce variation such that performance up to 6 standard deviations from the mean will fall into the customer’s desired specification limits (i.e. tightly controlled process variation).

Clemson University Six Sigma Training Programs

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The Clemson Difference

Clemson’s Six Sigma Training Program is designed to provide engineers and managers involved in quality improvement initiatives in both manufacturing and service sectors with the tools they need to implement Six Sigma in their organization, including the knowledge necessary to better understand manufacturing processes and a method for reducing process variability. Experience and location distinguish Clemson’s program from all the rest. Clemson’s instructors have extensive teaching, research, and consulting experiences in Six Sigma. Additionally, Clemson is located in the Upstate of South Carolina to conveniently meet all your Six Sigma training needs.

Upon completion of the Six Sigma training seminars offered by the Center for Excellence in Quality, a final exam will be given to all participants and an official certificate mailed from the Clemson University's Center for Excellence within four to six weeks to all participants who pass the final exam with a grade of 70% or higher. In addition, some Six Sigma courses require submission of a project in compliance with the Six Sigma and passing the final exam before receiving an official certificate for completing the training seminar.  For specific instructions regarding project requirements, please view the “Training Requirements” segment listed on each of the Six Sigma course outlines.


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