Chrysler LLC is building on its existing technical specialist and Six Sigma programs with a newer, more rigorous curriculum designed to improve product designs and increase efficiency, the company said on Feb. 27.
The Technical Fellow and Master Black Belt Senior Specialist programs will provide engineers with opportunities for recognition and advancement. To be recognized as a technical specialist, engineers must meet criteria that include education and experience, job performance and accomplishments and a peer review.
"The mission of the Master Black Belt program is to build on our culture of creating robust designs, rapidly solving problems, and ensuring the most efficient business processes are used throughout the organization," said Doug Betts, vice president and chief customer officer at Chrysler LLC, in a statement.
Chrysler says the new programs provide the company with a competitive advantage by developing and implementing new technology, refining internal processes and identifying cost-savings opportunities.
Chrysler's Technical Specialist program has been in place since 1988. Technical specialists help Chrysler develop state-of-the-art technology, stay abreast of emerging technologies, and they share knowledge, as well as coach and mentor other engineers.