Congratulations to the 10 graduates of Cleveland Engine’s first course offering of the Global Production Team Leader Training class, July 29 – August 2. Within a full 40 hours of classroom and “go and see” activities, attendees were treated to modules that provided in-depth instruction on duties and responsibilities as well as the technical aspects and measurables of the engine business. Class facilitation was provided by key members of the UAW Local 1250 and the leadership team, who co-presented material, led discussions, and answered questions pertinent to life on the floor.
Chuck McCartney, site Human Resources Manager kicked off the week-long training by welcoming the group and giving an overview of the purpose of the training. He was followed by site Plant Manager Charlie Binger who presented the Ford Production System (FPS) and the role of the Team Leader. After a question and answer session, Charlie offered, “I realize many of you may feel this is a rehash of information you already know. I truly believe each of you will learn something pertinent to your job that you will take away and be able to apply.”
The Team Leader training consists of modules such as “A Day in the Life,” which spans three four-hour segments in which participants learn about Time and Data Management, Situational Leadership and Conflict Management, and the roles and responsibilities of a Team Leader. One participant mentioned, “Communication, leadership, and conflict management are the types of skills that we need here at the plant. I wish everyone could have an opportunity to learn this.”
The class was treated to a talk by Joe Lee, the Global Director of Maintenance for Ford, who drove from Michigan to address the class attendees. “I have tried to make the Maintenance Operating System simplified by focusing on three main areas. By keeping things simplified, I believe that is the only way we will achieve our goals.”
Class #2 of the Team Leader training is slated for the week of September 9-13 in the CEP FPS Learning Center.