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Introduction to Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL)

GTMI Workshop:
An Introduction to Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL): When Are Inventions Ready to Move from the Research Lab to Manufacturing and Industry?

Tom Lastoskie.
Course Director,
Air Force Institute of Technology 

This workshop is intended to provide attendees an appreciation for what the Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) means in relation to moving newly engineered inventions out of the research lab, to manufacturing, and into industry.

The Department of Defense (DoD) has published a MRL Deskbook and Industry Standards that apply not only to DoD contractors but are also widely adopted by many other industries. This workshop will cover the DoD MRL Deskbook and the Industry Standards which are the basis for assessing manufacturing readiness (or industry readiness) of new technologies.

The workshop will cover the proper application of the Manufacturing Readiness Process to systematically analyze the readiness of manufacturing operations in industry operations and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) activities to build hardware that conforms to both industry standards and DoD standards.

Mr. Lastoskie has worked for the Federal Government in various capacities for more than 48 years (active duty Army, Federal Civil Service and Government contractor). He has been employed at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, since Jan 2009 as the Course Director and Instructor for SYS 213, Management of the Manufacturing Readiness Process (Live Course) with over 1,900 students (USAF, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and industry contractors) taught to date. Mr. Lastoskie has been an active member of the MRL Working Group (tri-Service & Industry, National Group) for over 10 years and has been a conference speaker/presenter at the DoD Manufacturing Conference for 6 of the last 10 years. Mr. Lastoskie is a Liaison Member of the SAE G-23 Manufacturing Management Committee which published the national Aerospace Standard, AS6500, “Manufacturing Management Program”. He has also participated in numerous Manufacturing Readiness Level Assessments as a Subject Matter Expert since 2009. 

Mr. Lastoskie graduated from the US Military Academy (West Point) with a B.S. degree in Applied Science and Engineering in 1975. He attended the Armor Officer Basic and Maintenance Officer courses at Ft. Knox, KY, before being stationed with the 2/64 Armor battalion in Schweinfurt, West Germany, for 4-plus years. He then returned to the U.S. and obtained a USAF Civil Service position as a Producibility Engineer with the Aeronautical Systems Division (which is now Life Cycle Management Center) at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, where he worked in the Production, Quality and Manufacturing (PQM) career field in various System Program Offices (SPOs) for 27 ½ years. Examples of programs that he worked in the PQM career field include Combat Talon, AC-130U Gunship, C-5B, CV-22, C-17, F-22, and Propulsion (F129- GE, F229- PW, F117-PW, and F119-PW). He retired from Civil Service in Jan 2009 as a Propulsion Manufacturing & Quality Manager.

Mr. Lastoskie holds DoD Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) Certifications for:
1)    Engineering - Level 3
2)    Production, Quality and Manufacturing - Level 3.

Honors that Mr. Lastoskie received include:
AFIT/LS Instructor of the Quarter – 2012
USAF Civilian Commendation Medal – Jan 2009
Director of Propulsion Awards – Member (Secretary and Manufacturing/Quality SME) of the Winning Team “F119 Augmentor Ignition Team” – April 2008
Aeronautical Systems Center Engineering’s (ASC/EN’s) Annual Awards – Winner of “Outstanding Manufacturing and Quality Assurance Award” – Sep 2007
USAF Propulsion Product Group (PPG) Gregory L. Ronck Award “Best of the Best” – 2004
USAF Propulsion Product Group (PPG) Awards – Winner of “Propulsion Production Manufacturing Professional of the Year” Award – 2004


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