DEARBORN, MI--The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is offering two online courses: "Lean Manufacturing Fundamentals" and "Fundamentals of Planning Manufacturing Cells."

"Lean Manufacturing Fundamentals" identifies the best practices for understanding and implementing lean manufacturing in an organization. Topics include performance metrics, kaizen and material management. Content for the course was supplied by Total Systems Development, a manufacturing consulting firm.

"Fundamentals of Planning Manufacturing Cells" will teach the seven steps of planning a manufacturing cell. Content for this course was supplied by Richard Muther & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in improving manufacturing planning methods.

Each course costs $395 for SME members and $495 for nonmembers. To register, or to try the courses before registering, log on to