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Brecker Associates draws on rich business

  • Manufacturing
  • Service
  • Education
  • Government
  • Non-profit
and training experience
  • University
  • Corporate
  • Industrial
  • Continuing Education
to customize and apply a wide variety of value, quality, and productivity improvement methodologies. We specialize in helping workshop teams apply these methodologies to dramatically improve specific products / services and processes and lower their cost.

We develop customized Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement (CI) training programs and train Six Sigma Leaders and Value workshop leaders. Six Sigma, Value Analysis, DFM, Process Improvement, Problem solving, and simplified statistics training courses are also conducted.


Our mission is to quantifiably improve
the health of our partners' businesses by
enhancing the value of their products and services
while increasing their bottom-line profits.

We are continuous improving the Value of our services. We simplify techniques to provide 80% of the benefits for 20% of the effort -- the Pareto Rule. This provides our clients with better and faster results.

We are focused on obtaining results. All of our workshops have been successful and we will do whatever it takes to achieve your objectives.

James N. Brecker -- Principal


Time Key Accomplishments
Brecker Associates, Inc.
8 years
  • Six Sigma-based Value Analysis workshops typically save more than $500,000 each
  • Train Six Sigma Leaders in manufacturing and service industries
    (Six Sigma Master Black Belt)
  • Re-engineering business earned client a Greater Pittsburgh TQ Award
  • Developed Greater Pittsburgh Total Quality Award program
Production Systems Technology
20 years
  • Project manager of sheet metal system that exceeded 6 Sigma performance and enabled division to achieve 10 years of double digit revenue and profit growth - - received Chairman's Special Award
  • Managed technology, automation, and Value Analysis groups
  • Led executive team TQ assessments of divisions (10 years)
Management Consultant
  • Helped division General Managers achieve stretch financial goals through integrated planning and Process Improvement
  • Key team member in developing and administering TQ awards program
  • Re-engineered engineering, training, and staff organizations
Senior Engineer
  • Hands-on manufacturing development and equipment design experience including machine tools, robotics, machine modification
Carnegie Mellon University 5 years
  • Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering
  • Led manufacturing research programs
Carnegie Mellon University BS, MS, PhD
  • Authored first paper on Design of Experiments in manufacturing
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers
    • Board of Directors, 2002-2003
    • Fellow
  • Licensed Professional Engineer
  • Awarded 4 patents

Customer Comments


"I really appreciated the opportunity to obtain and discuss design information with personnel from varied disciplines."

"The workshop was the right length to focus on the most constructive ideas."

"The consensus building in the workshop will allow us to move forward quickly with implementation."


"The training was very educational and professional."

"Examples and exercises added greatly to the understanding."

"It was very beneficial to use our own processes as examples."


Brecker Associates draws on a variety of sources in developing its customized value techniques.

Business Consulting

  • Arthur Andersen
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Covey
  • Ernst & Young
  • McKinsey
  • Michael Porter


  • Crosby
  • Deming
  • Hoshin
  • Ishikawa
  • Juran
  • Shainin
  • Taguchi

Industrial Practices

  • Alcoa
  • Ford
  • General Electric
  • Motorola
  • Toyota
  • Westinghouse
  • Xerox


Brecker Associates protects your privacy as we do our own. We do not publish a client list nor disclose client results.

We do not use cookies nor send unsolicited email.

If you submit a question which is posted on the bulletin board,
we will not use your name without your permission.


To arrange a workshop, discuss your specific needs,
or to obtain more information:

  • Call us at 412-341-7523
  • E-mail us at info@(this site)
  • Fax us 412-341-9688
  • Write us at

Brecker Associates, Inc.
1783 Theodan Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216


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Last updated 6/11/03