Chrysler Educates at World Class Manufacturing Academy

Chrysler opened the doors to huge expansion two years ago. Since its opening, the Chrysler Group's World Class Manufacturing (WCM) Academy has added many features and now is finally finished and ready to mold the minds of the next Chrysler manufacturers to walk through the doors.

Originally boasting 25,000 square feet of learning space, the expansion has added tons of square footage with over 40,000 square feet of space now available to house hands-on learning stations and new classrooms.

With an impressive interior and extensive curriculum, it's only fitting for the exterior architecture to match. Boasting 10 pillars representing the technical pillars of WCM, the center offers a great place for Chrysler Group manufacturing employees to learn and collaborate.

Head of World Class Manufacturing at Chrysler Group LLC Marcel Breault spoke to the expansion and its influence on Chrysler.
"The WCM Academy has become a critical resource in furthering our employees' understanding of the WCM methodology," said Breault. "The more people we can train and the more classes we can offer, the faster we are able to accelerate the pace of change across our North American facilities and continue to deliver measurable results in all of our operations."

Since its opening in 2012, 9,000 Chrysler Group employees have already participated in classes at the WCM academy. First offering just four classes, the academy offerings have grown tremendously with 45 different class options.

The WCM method was first introduced by Fiat in 2006 but was adopted by Chrysler Group in summer of 2009. The WCM philosophy focuses on reducing waste, increasing productivity and improving quality and safety.

Scott Tolmie, Lead at the WCM Academy shed some light as to how the academy benefits the Chrysler Group manufacturing employees.

"The expansion of the WCM Academy allows us to provide new techniques and solutions to the challenges faced at our manufacturing facilities every day," said Tolmie. "In helping develop solutions together, we continue to improve our manufacturing processes and the quality of the vehicles our consumers drive."