April 4, 2018by admin

From Green Belt to Black Belt Training

UTE Engineering having conducted Green Belt Training in 6 Sigma for the Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL), continued its journey towards being the best solutions provider for its customers by conducting the next level of training as Black Belts in Caterpillar 6 Sigma methodologies.

Nine high profile industry participants after successfully completing the course were awarded certificates from Caterpillar Inc. U.S.A., by the chief guest at the graduation ceremony, Mr. Moksevi Prelis. Mr. Prelis has B.Sc (Engr) Ceylon, Master degree in Ind. Engr. & Management from Purdue university in USA, as a Fulbright Scholar and is an Alumni of Harvard Business School, Fellow IESL, MIMechE (Lond) and Fellow Inst of Bankers.

The purpose of this program was to

  • Leverage Continuous Improvement tools for business processes
  • Lead 6 Sigma Projects
  • Identify root causes using facts & data
  • Process measurement & prioritization through People, Quality, Velocity, and Cost (PQVC)

Participants had access to Caterpillar standard learning material, through a series of presentations, workshops, roleplays, simulations, and one-on-one sessions, under the supervision of the Caterpillar Six Sigma Master Black Belt Tharaka Dayabandara.

This program is endorsed by Caterpillar, and the certificates are signed off by the CEO of Caterpillar Inc. Mr. Jim Umpleby.

What the participants had to say about the program:

Mr. Pamoda Kariyawasam, GM – Supply Chain and Planning, Teejay Lanka PLC

The entire program was designed with a mix of concepts and application to understand the concepts. As I’m transforming from a finance role to an operational role this training helped me through the transfer. Tharakas’ knowledge and experience helped us to understand the concepts. The projects we carried out have achieved very good results. In an inventory reduction project we saw the results in couple of months. Thank you for organizing this training.

Mr. Sudarshan Karunarathna, Operations Director, Litro Gas

We have been using some concepts here & there in our operation. Now after this program I do have better understanding about the methodology, concepts, theories and mostly the application in the way Tharaka explained was very useful. Had I known these concepts earlier, I would have done things in a better way in our operation. So it was very useful program and I really request UTE to continue to have this program, so that you can train a lot of people to apply the concepts in developing this country.

Mr. Sanjaya Basnayake, General Manager Production and Engineering, Teejay Lanka PLC
I thank UTE team and especially Tharaka for conducting this program. During the training, we didn’t consider him as the lecturer but treated him as one of our friends, because that much of friendliness was there throughout the program.

When we had the opportunity to study the theoretical and practical areas of Six Sigma we identified many areas we can improve with projects. Especially one project involved water, as one of the scarce areas of Teejay, as it was a barrier to increase our production capacity. By reducing 10% of water wastage, we were able to increase our capacity by 10%. And there are more areas to look at in the pipeline, so we are hoping to work with UTE in upcoming projects as well, big thank goes to the UTE team and Tharaka for conducting this valuable training program.

Following are the graduates of the program.
1. Mr. Sudarshan Karunarathna – Operations Director, Litro Gas
2. Mr. Sanjaya Basnayake – General Manager Production and Engineering, Teejay Lanka PLC
3. Mr. Pamoda Kariyawasam – GM – Supply Chain and Planning, Teejay Lanka PLC
4. Mr. Chandrasiri Sajeewa – Manager Knitting, Teejay Lanka PLC
5. Mr. Kanchana Dayabandara – Manager Operations, Teejay Lanka PLC
6. Mr. Wijeya Senarathna Manager – Material Technology Stretchline (Pvt) Limited
7. Mr. Thilakarathne Kapukotuwa – Manager – Weaving Stretchline (Pvt) Limited
8. Mr. Angelo Rodrigues – Asst Manager – Special Projects UTE
9. Mr. Gayan Maldeniya – Head of Training UTE