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If you are interested in the class please contact us.
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Lunch included.



Christa Sterling

Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA)

This highly interactive two-day course explains the principles behind technical risk management and shows how to apply these using the FMEA methodology.



Learning Objectives:
• Understand the principles of technical risk management
• Be able to conduct a Design FMEA analysis
• Be able to conduct a Process FMEA analysis

Topics Covered:
• Technical risk management principles
• FMEA methodology
• FMEA and the product development process
• The FMEA team
• Systems engineering, block diagrams, and failure mode identification
• Design FMEA
• Process FMEA
• FMEA Variations
• Mitigating technical risks

In today’s business environment, companies must manage risk to survive and thrive. They cannot avoid risk and stay competitive. But at the same time, excessive unmanaged risk jeopardizes the company’s future. The Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a well-accepted technique for addressing technical product design and manufacturing process risks. The FMEA methodology leads to better understanding of the risk by managers, engineers, and scientists. With this understanding, they can make wise decisions concerning the management of risk within design and manufacturing of products and services.

This highly interactive two-day course explains the principles behind technical risk management and shows how to apply these using the FMEA methodology. During the course, the participants will be able to complete a basic Design FMEA and Process FMEA. The course will discuss how to apply IEC and SAE FMEA standards. Variations on the FMEA process including Application FMEA and FMECA are also introduced. The course includes examples and exercises that support the creation of an FMEA. Where applicable, a company’s internal FMEA forms and ratings will be used when completing the examples.

Who Should Enroll

Who Should Attend:
• Design engineers
• Manufacturing engineers
• Quality engineers
• Product managers
• Project managers
• Sourcing/supply chain managers


Raymond Sheen, PMP®, LSS BB

Raymond Sheen, is president and founder of Product & Process Innovation, Inc. He is a veteran business leader with over 35 years of executive, functional, and project management experience working in government, industry and as an independent consultant. Ray is author of the book, Guide to Building Your Business Case, published by Harvard Business Review Press and is a co-author of the books Digital Transformation Demystified and Guide to Project Management. Ray was a member of a select committee that drafted the Digital Transformation Manifesto. Ray is currently an adjunct professor with Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he teaches systems thinking and project leadership in the MBA program. In addition, he teaches and consults in process improvement, digital transformation, project management, product development, strategy development, and risk management.

Ray received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and his M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He has recently completed a graduate certificate in Digital Leadership and Strategy from Boston University and graduate certificate in Business Leadership and Strategy from Liberty University. Ray is a Fellow at the Institute for Digital Transformation, a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) with the Project Management Institute and a certified Scrum Master with Scrum Alliance. Ray has also earned the Black Belt certification with the International Association for Six Sigma Certification.


Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06051
Elihu Burritt Library
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