Kosta Chingas began his career with Ford Motor Company in production supervision. In May 2000, he joined the first wave of black-belt candidates at his facility. He became a certified black-belt by Ford in September, 2001. In 2002, he joined BorgWarner automotive as press area operations supervisor where he optimized kanban min-max levels and introduced team-leaders into the press area. In 2003, he returned to Ford and was selected to become the facility master black-belt, coaching the facility black-belts and delivering green-belt training to roughly 200 total hourly employees. He also co-delivered one of the first waves of manufacturing black-belt training in the Chicago area for regional candidates.
Kosta obtained a B.S. Mechanical Engineering degree from Northern Illinois University in December, 1999.
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