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ATQT 1050 - Quality Standards & Core Tools

Credit Hours: 2.00

Prerequisites: None

This course covers the most commonly used quality standards and guidelines used in Automotive Industry Tier One and Tier Two manufacturing: IS09001, ISO TS16949, and the supporting AIAG “Core Tools” of: Advanced Product Quality Planning & Control Plans (APQP), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), Measurement System Analysis (MSA), Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA), and Statistical Process Control (SPC). These standards are also applicable to most other manufacturing processes and companies. Class work addresses the intent and application of the standards and reference manuals. This course intended for students needing an introduction to quality standards, and for non-Quality Assurance associates who are internal auditors and need the required Technical Standard and related Core Tool training.

Billable Contact Hours: 2

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Outcome 1: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to describe the requirements and guidelines of the ISO9001and the automotive ISO‐TS16949 standards.

Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the appropriate standard for each circumstance or business.
  2. Identify the organization issuing the standard or guideline.
  3. Implement and/or apply the standard or guideline
  4. Explain the requirements, tools, skills, and metrics to document compliance to the standard or guideline.

Outcome 2: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to apply the requirements of the standards to a manufacturing related situation.

Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Perform Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) activities.
  2. Perform a DFMEA.
  3. Perform a PFMEA.
  4. Complete a Process Flow Diagram.
  5. Complete a Control Plan.

Outcome 3: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to perform the requirement of and document compliance to the standards.


  1. Apply the required and appropriate statistical process controls to a manufacturing situation.
  2. Recognize, define, and quantify measurement system variation.
  3. Perform a capability analysis and recognize if a process is statistically capable.

Outcome 4: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to describe the requirements of the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP).


  1. Compile the required components of a PPAP package.
  2. Construct a “balloon” part drawing.
  3. Compile a Dimensional Inspection Report.

Outcome 5: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to explain the relationship between the different requirements and how they relate to the Internal Auditing process.


  1. Describe compliance to the Core Tools relating to “audit trail” during an internal audit.
  2. Audit for compliance to the standards and to the Core Tool requirements.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Introduction to the ISO9001 and ISO16949 Standards
    • History
    • General Requirements of both Standards
    • Difference between ISO9001 and ISO16949 Standards
    • Customer-Specific Requirements
    • Registration Process
  2. Introduction to the supporting Core Tools of the TS16949 Standard
    • Internal Auditor training requirement
    • Why Internal Auditors need to be familiar with the Core Tools / Audit Trails
  3. Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)
    • Introduction / Benefits of APQP
    • Progression of the process: Process Flow Diagram, DFMEA, PFMEA, the Control Plan.
    • Quiz #1 covering ISO9001 and TS16949 Standard and APQP
  4. DFMEA (Design Failure Mode Effects and Analysis)
    • How to construct and interpret
    • Severity / Occurrence / Detection Ranking
  5. Process Flow Diagrams (PFD)
    • Introduction and how to construct
    • A team effort - involve multiple departments and stakeholders
    • How the information on the Process Flow Charts feeds the PFMEA
  6. PFMEA (Process Failure Mode Effects and Analysis)
    • Introduction
    • How to construct and interpret
    • Severity / Occurrence / Detection Rankings
  7. PFMEA Lab / Case Study
    • Quiz #2 covering DFMEA, PFMEA, and Process Flow Diagrams
  8. Control Plans
    • Introduction and how to construct
    • Linkage to the PFMEA and Process Flow Diagram
    • Process step numbering / numbers should match on the Process Flow Diagram, PFMEA, and Control Plan.
  9. Introduction to Statistical Process Control (SPC)
    • Chance vs. Assignable Causes
    • Attribute vs. Variable Data
    • Specification Limits vs. Control Limits
    • Attribute and Variable Control Charts
  10. Statistical Process Control - Capability Analysis
    • Histograms
    • CP and Cpk Calculation and analysis
  11. Measurement System Analysis
    • Introduction
    • Attribute and Variable Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility Studies
    • Interpretation and Analysis
    • How to improve if necessary
    • Quiz #3 covering SPC and MSA
  12. Production Part Approval Process
    • Introduction
    • Nineteen required components
    • Drawing Ballooning, Dimensional Inspection Report
    • Putting together a PPAP package
  13. Production Part Approval Process Lab
  14. PPAP Package Class Review and Evaluation
    • Quiz #4 covering PPAP
  15. Applying the knowledge of the Core Tools to be a successful Internal Auditor
  16. Final Exam

Primary Faculty
Walters, Gary
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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