Lean Management 4.0 Production Expert

Lean Management 4.0 Production Expert

Implementing Lean Production Management in the digital transformation process

What we offer

The certificate course offers extensive expertise to understand and apply, within the work process, through the use of Lean methods in the design of workflows using potential from innovative Industrie 4.0 environments in production. Lean Thinking can demonstrably improve competitiveness in conjunction with increasing employee skills. The certificate course counteracts the shortage of skilled workers and the resulting turnover. Moreover, it leads to a sustained increase in efficiency and lead-time in companies. In this course, the actors are empowered to tap potentials an implement them through targeted Lean measures based on the five basic principles of Lean strategy: costumer values, values stream, flowing processes, pull and perfection.

Karosserie Auto Fabrik

Target group

Specialist and operational executives entrusted with the implementation of organizational change processes in the areas of production, administration, maintenance and development.

Course objective

The certificate course Lean Management 4.0 Production Expert deals with the program module „Integrate Lean Principles in the Process of Digital Transformation“ as part of the Y-Mas continuing education offer for operative production management. By means of this course, participants will be enabled to implement design principles in an innovative and solution-oriented manner in accordance with the lean strategy through employee participation. High acceptance of the concepts is specifically promoted. The participants learn u. a. How to sustainably support your colleagues on the way to successful lean management in Industry 4.0. They learn how to design Lean principles in their work environment so that the principles of Lean-Pull-Pull-zeros can be achieved. The various didactic methods of mediation, augmented by the building blocks of blended learning, are at your disposal. It provides a hands-on overview of how the principles of lean management in the diversity of companies act as a successful planning system in the implementation of change as guard rails and enable directional organizational development. Through the certificate course, participants acquire application knowledge about the task-appropriate selection of methods and their application for Lean Production. They will be qualified to adapt the learned measures to their business environment and to implement them in teams after the successful completion of the course.

Key skills to be acquired

After completion of the course the participant will be successfully able to:

● Initiate change processes in the company and supervise their implementation,
● Recognize wastefulness and actively avoid and eliminate it,
● Actively convey Lean Methods to the employees, put them into practice and develop them together,
● Know important organizational differences between the automobile industry in Germany and Mexico and consider this knowledge in their change processes,
● Moderate a continuous improvement process in the company,
● Identify critical success factors and key indicators and visualize their development in the context of a regular shopfloor management with regard to their impact on processes,
● Recognize potentials and challenges in cooperation and create synergies.


The certificate course „Lean Management 4.0 Production Expert“ is offered by the WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie. The WBA is active in the fields of research, industry consulting and training. It was founded in 2010 as a spin-off of the machine tool laboratory WZL of the RWTH Aachen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT. With over 80 member companies (including Audi, Daimler, Hirschvogel, Rathgeber), it develops innovative solutions for toolmaking. By mapping the entire process chain of toolmaking, new solutions can be tested in our own state-of-the-art machinery. Accordingly, new ideas and technologies for the industry are being developed and piloted in the demonstration world of the WBA at the RWTH Aachen Campus. In this context, the WBA is built on its extensive international experience in consulting and continuing education in the automotive sector.