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MTM Exports Practitioner Training Course

E-Mas Research Project: Qualification Courses for German Automotive Corporations Abroad

The demands linked to the issue of Industry 4.0, the shortage of special workers and the increasing age of workforces are enormous. Automobile manufacturers in particular are fully aware of this: Increasing productivity, continually producing innovations, ensuring the adaptability of technical systems and maintaining the health and performance of employees – this only works with all-round work design, permanent process optimization and, above all, qualified personnel. However, this is not available to the necessary extent at all business locations. The “E-Mas” research project, in which Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V. (German MTM Association) is involved, is therefore focusing on exporting innovative further training courses for specialist workers, human resources developers and operational management personnel – and is initially being used for German automotive corporations that have production sites in Mexico.

The project planners – FIR e.V. at RWTH Aachen University (FIR), Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V., WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie GmbH (WBA) and Lean Enterprise Institut GmbH (LEI) – are first determining the specific requirements during discussions held in Germany and at the sites. This project is specifically geared towards corporations with production sites in Mexico, which are interested in training courses for MTM Practitioners with the teaching documents in Mexican Spanish and Spanish-speaking instructors.

Teaching and learning courses take into consideration the requirements of Industry 4.0
The consortium partners are drawing up teaching and learning courses, which also take into account the requirements of Industry 4.0, together with the Mexican partner, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). The package covers four certified training courses, including the qualifications to become an MTM Practitioner with the “blue card” as the certificate at the end. MTM will adapt the Practitioner training course to the requirements and general conditions in the Mexican automotive sector and therefore ensure a transfer of knowledge on scientifically founded means for assessing human resources and work design that takes ergonomic issues into account – in order to meet needs there.

Exporting further training via blended learning
The partners of E-Mas are developing an all-round and integrated further training concept in Spanish on the basis of blended learning, a learning method where the advantages of face-to-face classes and e-learning are combined. Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V. is particularly responsible for technically implementing the training courses – i. e. setting up and later also operating the e-learning platform. Those who attended the 2017 MTM German Conference had the opportunity of viewing the online platform for the first time. Prof. Dr. Peter Kuhlang, Head of the MTM Institute and the E-Mas contact partner at MTM, presented the tool.

FIR, which is coordinating the joint project, is dealing with the systematic and agile development of innovative training courses at the meta level. The results are due to be processed to provide guidelines and a digital planning tool for blended learning further training services that can be exported for other users too. The E-Mas project is being included here as a specific application and example.

Corporations that wish to use the blended learning concepts to provide MTM training for their employees at Mexican factories should please contact Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V., Prof. Dr. Peter Kuhlang, e-mail:

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The Schaeffler Group with its business location at Irapuato is also interested in innovative further training courses for its Mexican workers. In the photo (from left): Prof. Dr. Peter Kuhlang, Head of the MTM Institute, Robert Probst, Industrial Engineering/Manufacturing Planning Schaeffler Mexico, and Roman Senderek, FIR e. V. at RWTH Aachen University.

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Those attending the latest working session on the E-Mas research project not only included Prof. Dr. Peter Kuhlang and Roman Senderek, but also Carmen Halm, Project Manager at WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie GmbH, and Dr. Gerd Conrads from Lean Enterprise Institut GmbH in Aachen.