ATU launches free Lean Construction course to reduce waste and increase productivity in the industry

25 Mar 2024

Atlantic Technological University (ATU) officially launches a free online ‘Introduction to Lean Construction MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)’ course delivered through ATU’s online learning platform.

Developed with funding from the Higher Education Authorities (HEA) Human Capital Initiative and with support from Lean Construction Ireland (LCI) and the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), this initiative aims to provide the construction industry with an introduction to lean construction principles at no cost.

The ‘Introduction to Lean Construction MOOC’ provides learners with a basic understanding of lean construction methodologies and best practices. By completing this course, participants can start their journey towards improving efficiency, reducing waste, and boosting productivity in construction projects. The program consists of online modules covering Value Stream Mapping, Construction Waste, Lean Tools (Last Planner, Fishbone, Pareto), Lean Management, and Lean Visual Management. The course includes video lectures, industry-based interviews, quizzes, and additional resources on lean construction topics.

Trevor McSharry, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering & Construction, ATU Sligo, expressed enthusiasm for the program:

“We are excited to launch the ‘Introduction to Lean Construction MOOC’ in partnership with Higher Ed 4.0, LCi, and CIF. This program represents a significant milestone in our commitment to advancing education and innovation in the construction industry. By offering this free resource, we aim to empower professionals at all levels to embrace lean principles and drive sustainable growth and success within their organisations.”

Richard Fitzpatrick, Chair of Lean Construction Ireland (LCi), commented the initiative:

“We are delighted to support ATU in launching the ‘Introduction to Lean Construction MOOC’, which complements LCi’s White Belt training course. This initiative exemplifies the power of partnership in driving positive change and innovation in education and industry. The Irish construction sector is going through significant change as it responds to the need to achieve greater productivity, deliver sustainable infrastructure, and embrace new techniques and digital technologies. By equipping learners with the knowledge and skills to adopt lean principles, we are paving the way for a more efficient, sustainable, and lean construction sector.”

Dermot Carey, Director of Safety & Training at CIF, added, “CIF is proud to support this innovation in delivering high-quality education to the sector at no cost. This program will help our members become more efficient in delivering key projects, and we encourage contractors to explore this resource.”

Upon course completion, learners will receive an electronic Certificate of Completion. They may pursue further lean construction training, such as LCi’s Yellow Belt in Lean Construction or ATU’s online Lean Construction programs.

Enrollment for the ‘Introduction to Lean Construction MOOC’ is now open to learners worldwide. For more information and to register, please visit the MOOC programme page here.


Photo caption: L to R –  Richard Fitzpatrick, Chair LCi, Professor Jacqueline McCormack Vice President for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and Online Development ATU, Dr. Orla Flynn, President ATU, Dr. David Collery, Lecturer ATU Sligo, Trevor McSharry, Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Construction ATU Sligo, Úna Parsons, Head of Faculty of Engineering and Design and Head of College ATU Sligo.

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