The GaMEP compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers in areas such as General Inquiries, ISO Registration, and Lean Consortium. If you have a question that is not on this list, contact us.
General Questions and Answers
Why does Georgia Tech charge for their services?
Most of our programs receive some support from the state and/or federal government, and depending upon the service you need and the program you fit into, there may be no fee for our work. However our largest sponsor, the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership program (MEP), is based upon a funding plan of one state dollar, matching one federal dollar, matching one client dollar.
Our fees make up a small percentage of the overall investment an organization must make to implement the improvements we suggest, such as purchasing equipment, relaying out a line, training operators, etc. Our recommendations for improvement are specific to each company and are based on an individual company’s goals and needs. Our recommendations are well-thought out and designed to provide you with reasonable return on your investment.
Did you drive all the way from Atlanta?
No, Georgia Tech has nine regional offices throughout the state with project leaders living in those communities.
Do you conduct Safety training?
We conduct training in Lean Safety, 5S, and other safety services, however the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) which is another unit of Georgia Tech has specialists that can provide Safety training, coaching, and OSHA based assessments. The regional manager in your area can put you in touch with the right person.
Can you sign our confidentiality statement?
As state employees, we, as individuals, are not authorized to sign confidentiality agreements. However, the Georgia Tech Legal Department does have standard non-disclosure agreement forms that are jointly signed by the designated university representative and the client. The agreement will list all Georgia Tech employees involved with the contract. The standard agreement is then signed by both parties and kept on file as needed for confidential project work. Client-requested changes to the standard agreement will require review and approval by the Georgia Tech Legal Department prior to contract work.
Where can I get information about your course offerings?
How can I find out if my child got accepted to Georgia Tech?
Contact the Georgia Tech Office of Undergraduate Admission at 404-894-4154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I get a Summer Intern from Georgia Tech to work at my facility?
Georgia Tech has a formal intern program. Visit Georgia Tech’s Division of Professional Practice for more information.
ISO Registration Questions and Answers
How long does it take to get an organization registered to an ISO management standard?
It depends on what systems you have in place when you start and what resources you allocate to the implementation. As an estimate, most companies are able to complete their implementation in 12 to 18 months.
Who in my organization should get trained on the ISO management standard?
After top management makes the decision to get registered, the management representative and the team that will lead the implementation should get trained on the details of the standard and on auditing to the standard. Everyone in the company should be given a short overview of what it will mean to their particular situation and what they can expect. As systems are rolled out and data and records are compiled, the internal audit team should get trained on auditing. By the time of the registration audit, every employee should know the management system policy and how it applies to their assigned responsibilities.
How long is registration good for?
You will need to work out the details with your registrar. Usually, registration is good for three years, with surveillance audits every six to 12 months. The registration and re-registration audits cover all the systems required by the standard, whereas the surveillance audits often delve deeper into the requirements that are more critical to your organization.
How long do I have to get my lead auditor personnel certification after I finish training?
Training is generally valid for three years. Immediately upon successful completion of the classroom training, you can apply to RABQSA for certification as a provisional auditor. To become a certified auditor, you will need to meet additional requirements (i.e. a skill assessment or a certain number of days spent auditing under a certified lead auditor). To become a certified lead auditor, additional experience or another skill assessment is required. Check www.rabqsa.com for specific details.
Lean Consortium Questions and Answers
Who can be a member of a Lean Consortium?
The Consortium welcomes organizations from all economic sectors including manufacturing, service, government, and healthcare that possess:
- A vision for Lean in their organization
- A commitment and strategy for its implementation
- Successful experiences to share within the Consortium
How much does it cost to participate in a Lean Consortium?
Member organizations represent a single establishment, plant, or facility operating with a defined physical address. Annual membership pricing is based upon the total number of employees at your site. For information on pricing for your organization, contact the regional manager in your area.
A customized annual proposal is available for organizations that would like to have more than one site represented in the Consortium.
Fees are reviewed annually.
How do you avoid confidentiality issues within a Lean Consortium?
We seek to limit concerns by never placing competitive organizations in the same Regional Group. Also the host firm for any meeting has the right to limit attendance if confidentiality concerns exist. Georgia Tech will be involved in these decisions. Ultimately it is the responsibility of each member to control their proprietary information by not presenting nor discussing matters that they consider confidential.
Who can attend the Lean Consortium meetings?
Any member of your organization can attend on a space available basis. Consortium meetings are great development opportunities that allow individuals to see how other organizations approach their improvement goals. Our events provide a range of topics from Lean Accounting to TPM and seek to involve the entire organization over time.