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Production Planning and Scheduling Course
Average Rating: 4.65 out of 5 stars
Votes: 24
Reviews: 20

Very much liked the small class size. The training manual lays out the business plan perfectly. The class discussions helped me to better understand the information presented. Loved the trainer's stories and background.

R. K.

Company: Liberty Carton Company

This class is especially useful for anyone looking for ERP systems or implementing new software.

K. K.

Company: Tigé Boats, Inc.

Class was very helpful...will be nice to be "armed with knowledge."

L. B.

Very helpful to someone new to MRP systems.

M. I.

Company: Hydro Extrusions

I am new to planning and felt that I got a lot out of this course.

M. G.

Company: SRC, Inc.

Topics covered were very specific and relevant to our work environment.

M. D. S.

Helps assembly style shops a lot to be more productive.

E. B.

Company: Hughes-Peters

Really specific. The instructor was able to answer all my questions.

L. V.

Company: Ambrit Engineering

I feel much better about my understanding of a "planner" position.

B. L. L.

Company: Ramco Electric Motors

I appreciated being able to have the time to ask questions. The answers were beneficial.

C. S.

Company: Connor Sports

I learned many new ideas. I can't wait to take new ideas and implement.

S. P.

Company: Akro-Mils

Instructor did a great job answering questions and following through with making sure I understood information.

L. W.

Company: Taica North America

Very informative – lots of ideas to bring home.


Company: IMS Companies

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Production Planning and Scheduling Course Public Class and Webinar Schedule

Wed., Thurs., and Fri.,  March 6 - 8, 2019 Full

Wed., Thurs., and Fri.,  April 3 - 5, 2019 West Coast Webinar Only

Wed., Thurs., and Fri.,  April 10 - 12, 2019 Full

Wed., Thurs., and Fri.,  April 17 - 19, 2019

Wed., Thurs., and Fri.,  May 8 - 10, 2019 Full
Wed., Thurs., and Fri.,  May 15 - 17, 2019

Wed., Thurs., and Fri.,  June 5 - 6, 2019

Scheduled dates don’t work for you? Schedule your own start date (subject to availability) for only a 20% premium!  Contact customer service to check date availability at

What Production Planning and Scheduling Students Are Saying...

IMPROVE YOUR Production Planning, scheduling, and control sKILLS NOW

  • Learn industry recommended production planning and scheduling procedures and best practices.
  • Learn from a production planning and control professional with 30+ years experience.
  • Four ways to learn: public classwebinar, self-study, or on-site training.
  • Small classes for maximum learning.
  • Certificate issued on completion.
  • Cost: Three Day class $1,999.00   Available Discounts
  • The class schedule is located at the bottom of this page.

Production Planning and Scheduling Course Description

In this production planning, scheduling, and control course students will learn the administrative processes that cover all aspects of operations, from workforce activities to product delivery, that take place in a manufacturing company. The course examines the basic concepts of what to produce, when to produce, how much to produce, etc. to create finished products.  

This three-day class presents the industry recommended fundamentals of production planning and control.

Throughout the course, we will discuss the capabilities of your ERP and/or MRP system(s) as it applies to production planning and scheduling. It is our experience most companies seriously underutilize these systems. 

The class begins with an analysis of the business environment that influences manufacturing processes like order qualifiers and order winners. Students are then taught how to create a process map to help enable them to identify problems with a particular production line. 

The class then takes an extensive look at forecasting to provide students with an understanding of industry recommended procedures for reliable prediction. Next, we examine best practices in sales and operations planning and preparation of the master schedule.

Students are introduced to inventory management to foster cooperation with purchasing and the warehouse. 

We now discuss best practices in materials resource planning (MRP), capacity management, and production activity control to learn how to make the most of what we have. 

Students will use the process map they created the first day of class to identify how the process they have outlined can be improved through the application of the theory of constraints, lean manufacturing, and just in time (JIT).

The class finishes up with a review of how new technologies and software are changing the manufacturing process.  We take an in-depth look at:

  • Mobile Internet
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Cloud technology
  • Internet of Things
  • Advanced Robotics
  • Biometric Technology 
  • 3D Printing
  • Genomics
  • Blockchain 
  • Quantum Computing 

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Each Student Receives:

  • student manual or textbook for use during and after the class.
  • Instruction from an experienced business professional (minimum of 30 years) with at least five years in a corporate senior management position (CEO, President, COO, Vice President, CFO).
  • Real-life exercises to support training materials.
  • Individual attention (classes are limited to four students).
  • Personalized Certificate of Completion. 

Production Planning and Scheduling training course

Production Planning and Scheduling Course Outline

Module One: Overview of Planning

     and Control

Manufacturing versus Service Operations

Customer Influence in Design

Process Categories

Order Winners and Order Qualifiers

Business Environment Issues

Process Analysis and Information Flows

General Information Flows

Module Two: Forecasting


Fundamental Principles of Forecasting

Major Categories of Forecasts

Forecast Errors

Module Three: Sales and Operations


Purpose of Sales and Operations Planning

General Design of Sales and Operations


Approaches to Sales and Operations


Strategies for S & OP

Qualitative Issues

Some Business Environment Issues

Module Four:  The Master Schedule

Background and Links to the SOP

Master Schedule Horizon

Time Fences

Sources of Demand

Basic Methodology

Impact of Product Environment

Available-to-Promise Logic

Planning Options in an ATO Environment

The Two-Level Master Schedule

Master Scheduling Responsibility

Demand Management Overview

Elements of Demand Management

Module Five: Inventory Management

Basic Concepts of Inventory

Categories of Inventory

The Basic Inventory Lot Sizing Model-

     Economic Order Quantity (EOQ)

Basic Independent Demand Inventory Reorder Models

Inventory Control

Module Six: Material Requirements


Background and Fundamental Concepts

Bills of Material

The MRP Explosion

Other MRP Issues

Potential MRP Challenges

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Business Environmental Issues

Module Seven: Capacity Management

Capacity Definitions

Rough-cut Capacity Planning

Capacity Requirements Planning (CRP)

Input/Output Control

Capacity Measures

General Approach the Capacity


Module Eight: Production Activity


General PAC Information and Data

Prioritizing Work



Corrective Actions

Module Nine: Lean Production and JIT

Fundamental Concepts

Some Impacts on Capacity

The Pull System


Using the Kanban System for Process


Master Scheduling and Lean Production

Are MRP and JIT Compatible?

Module Ten:  Theory of Constraints

     and Drum-Buffer-Rope

Fundamental Principles of the Theory of


Understanding and Managing the


Improving the Process using TOC


Impacts on Operations Strategy

General Types of Constraint Causes

Logistics and Theory of Constraints

Scheduling and the Theory of Constraints  Multiple Time Buffers

Control Points and Batches

Major Steps in Using Drum-Buffer-Rope

Module Eleven: Partnering Activities-

     Purchasing and Distribution

Purchasing Information Issues

Purchasing Responsibility for Material


Distribution Requirement Planning

Using BOD

DRP in a  Lean Production Pull


Module Twelve: System Integration

     and Implementation

General System Design and Selection

Push, Pull, or Somewhere in Between

General Implementation Approaches

Module Thirteen: How Technology and

     New Software are Changing


Mobile Internet
Artificial Intelligence
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Cloud technology
Internet of Things
Advanced Robotics
Biometric Technology 
3D Printing
Quantum Computing