Walter Oakley


Walt has over 35 years of experience in operations, engineering and training.

Walt began his career in the tool & die industry and is active in the practice of Continuous Improvement / Lean Manufacturing. His expertise includes:

  • Facility rationalization / consolidation and related workforce issues,
  • Successful implementation of MRP and CRM systems including integration of their respective supply chains and off-shore strategies, and
  • Implementation of Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing techniques

Walt is an Instructor for The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), which certifies the skill level of candidates for materials handing and front-line production positions. Walt also certifies job sites for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Contact Information

Direct: (312) 201-8210



  • Value Creation & Turnaround Consulting

Industry Experience

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Transportation

Certifications and Memberships

  • Precision Metal Association
  • Illinois Manufacturers Association
  • Tool and Manufacturing Association




Marketing Director

Direct: (312) 683-3746

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