TWI Network
2121 Rawsonville Rd.
Belleville, MI 48111
TEL: (734)484-4788
FAX: (734)484-4785


Donald A. Dinero

Donald A. Dinero, PE, CPIM has more than forty years of experience designing and implementing manufacturing methods and processes and is the principal of The TWI Learning Partnership. He has addressed problems in all aspects of operations including but not limited to change management, personnel, labor unions, production systems, and production control.

After over thirty years in positions of manufacturing and engineering management and as a direct contributor, Don entering the Lean consulting field by joining existing consulting firms. In 2002, he learned about TWI (Training Within Industry) and its reemergence in the U.S. After becoming certified as a TWI trainer in the three "J" courses, he began to study all the material he could find on the subject. His studies and talks on TWI led to his writing the book Training Within Industry: The Foundation of Lean, published by Productivity Press, 2005. This book won a Shingo Prize for Research in 2006.

As he continued implementing Lean concepts, he began to realize that the Lean movement is hindered by its omission of TWI training. TWI offers fundamental skills training which helps to stabilize an organization, preparing it to seriously begin its Lean journey. In order to assist in stabilizing an organization and thus assist in the acceptance of Lean, Don is concentrating his efforts on spreading the word of TWI. His consulting practice focuses solely on the TWI Programs. To that end, he delivers training in all three of the 'J' programs and in Program Development. In keeping with the “multiplier effect” cited by the Training Within Industry Service, Don also offers Train The Trainer sessions for all four programs. This allows an organization's employees to independently deliver the training.

Don is not only a teacher of the TWI Programs, he is also a student of them and is continually learning about them through experiences with clients and reading. As a result, he continues to write papers about what he has learned, which appear on his web site. He also presents at the annual TWI Summit and at various other conferences around the world. More important, however, is that by having a deep understanding TWI combined with forty years industrial experience, he is well suited to successfully implementing these Programs into any organization.

His BS degree in Mechanical Engineering is from the University of Rochester and his MBA and MS (Career and Human Resource Development) degrees are from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Don deliberately sought degrees in these areas so that he would have a balanced academic background in technology, business and organization development. He received his Professional Engineering license (NYS) in 1983 and his Certification in Production and Inventory Control from APICS in 1986.

Telephone: (585) 453-9478