Don B. Skousen, Jr., MS


Business Management Mentor

It seems like I have always loved manufacturing. I began working in manufacturing while going to school at the University of Utah. One of the requirements for my Masters Degree was doing an internship. I found one with an electronics manufacturer. That transitioned into a regular full-time position with the same company. I began in the Human Resources Department and ended up in Manufacturing. Positions I held along the way included: HR Representative, Wage and Salary Analyst, Electro-Mechanical Assembly/Shipping Supervisor and Manufacturing Manager. During this time we introduced SPC, Teams, ISO 9000, TPM and many other cutting-edge concepts. This career lasted fifteen years.

A different career began when the new Division-Chair, Blair Carruth asked me to teach some Statistics and Calculus classes for the School of Business at Salt Lake Community College. Since then, I have taught Business, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance and Management classes. From the first class I taught in Statistics to the classes I am teaching now, I always try to emphasize real-world application of what they are learning. I have been teaching at Salt Lake Community College in some capacity for the past eighteen years.

During some of these years at SLCC, I had the privilege of working directly with manufacturing companies in providing training in SPC, TQM, TPM, ISO 9000 Quality Systems, Lean Manufacturing, Materials Management, Project Management, etc. In addition, I helped students obtain internships locally, throughout the U.S. and internationally. These students worked with small start-up companies to large Fortune 100 companies. They worked on real projects that had real economic impact to the host company’s bottom-line. I collected these impacts and their stories and reported them to NIST MEP.

Through all of this, I saw the importance of students getting real world experience to improve and enhance their educational experience at SLCC, UVSC and BYU. I continue to urge students to do several internships during their academic careers. It’s a real competitive advantage for them.

This same opportunity is now readily available for our SLCC students in STUDENTfacturED. This is an opportunity for the students in the School of Business to work with the students of the Biotechnology Department in a small startup company environment. This is a safe environment where they can try and do the things they have learned in the classroom, as well as, their own talents and abilities.


  • BS in Psychology, Behavioral Science, University of Utah, 1977
  • MS in Human Resources Management, Business, University of Utah, 1980

Other Positions

  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership Utah, Field Engineer and Extension Agent, Orem, Utah
  • Utah Valley State College, Technology Management, Adjunct Faculty, Orem, Utah
  • Brigham Young University, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Director Manufacturing Leadership Forum, Provo, Utah
  • Salt Lake Community College, Director of Manufacturing Resource Services, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Evans and Sutherland Computer Corporation, Manufacturing Manager, Salt Lake City, Utah

Pertinent Certifications:

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (Train-The-Trainer):
    • Lean Thinking Executive Overview
    • Principles of Lean Manufacturing with Live Simulation 
    • Value Stream Mapping
    • 5S / Visual Manufacturing
    • Setup Reduction / Quick Changeover
    • Cellular / Flow Manufacturing
    • Pull / Kanban Systems
    • Total Productive Maintenance
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers—SPC