Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


Can the cost of technical training at John Deere Waterloo Foundry pay for itself in the reduction of internal defects? This research compared training costs to the savings from reduced internal defects on Molding Unit 801 located in the John Deere Waterloo Foundry. Training was the independent variable of this research. The results of this research identified a correlation between training costs ( operational definition on page 10) and defect reduction costs. A correlation between these two established a break even point for training dollars spent.

The dependent variable was the dollar savings based on reduction of internal defects. There was several research questions that were answered.

1. Was there a correlation between training dollars invested and reduction of defects?

2. At what point was the cost-to-train equal to the return from defect reductions?

3. Can this R. 0. I. Be determined for budgetary planning purposes?

Year of Submission

Spring 1999

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Industrial Technology

First Advisor

Michael R. White


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Date Original

Spring 1999

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