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"We're committed to advancing technologies and practices so that Mississippi industries can compete successfully in a global market."
- Clarion Ledger, 2003
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Upcoming Training and Events

SPC - Statistical Process Control
Feb 16, 2016

Course Objective:

This two day workshop is structured so that participants gain a solid understanding of the use of Statistical Process Control to drive process improvement. The class is taught through a balance lecture, class discussion, class exercises, and follow-on participant projects. Specific topics include both variables and attribute control charting. Specific variables control charting tools include X-BAR and R charts, as well as X and Moving R. Specific Attribute charting techniques are also presented including P, C, and U Charts. Also process capability indexes are presented and explained (i.e., Cp, Cpk, Pp, Ppk). Throughout the class a strong emphasis is placed on how to connect SPC with root causes oriented problem solving. Key concepts are reinforced through the use of catapults to simulate the real world linkage between SPC and process improvement.

Course Content:
  • Basics of Process Variation
  • Introduction to the Control Chart
  • Using Systematic Problem Solving to Drive Improvement
  • How a Control Chart Really Works
  • Basic Measures of Process Capability
  • SPC Class Exercise using Catapults

Who Should Attend? Manufacturing Engineers, Quality Engineers, Managers, Supervisors, and other professionals.

Instructor(s): Clay Walden, Ph.D.

Date(s): February 16-17, 2016

Cost: $500.00

Please contact Jill Sellers at jsellers@cavse.msstate.edu or 601-407-2746 to register or if you have any questions.


Lean Certificate - Healthcare
Feb 17, 2016

Program Description:

Our team of lean experts ensure that you gain the skills and training necessary to plan and launch a lean healthcare initiative in your organization. You will receive kaizen project experience and certification training in essential Toyota Production System (TPS) tools, which will benefit your hospital, physician practice, nursing home, clinic, laboratory, or health service.


The "Healthcare Lean Certificate" course objective is to prepare participants for successful deployment of projects that improve the cost, quality, and speed of delivery of healthcare services. Each participant will develop skills in the recognition and elimination of "Wasteful practices", and the improvement of the "Flow" of service in hospital operations. Participants will also demonstrate the capability deploying systems improvement methodologies in the workplace on an approved project.


The training will be delivered in 4 two-day sessions (i.e., 64 hours of class time) scheduled during a four month period. Training will cover a broad spectrum of lean topics. The four segments of Lean Certificate training are:

  • Session 1 - Customer Focus: Lean Concepts, Implementation Strategies, Kaizen, "A3" problem solving, Lean Leadership, Class project planning, and Clinic Kaizen Simulation
  • Session 2 - Eliminate Waste: "5S", Workplace Design, Visual Controls, Standard Work, Poka-Yoke (error proofing), Class project review, and Process Flow Simulation
  • Session 3 - Improve Flow: Pull Systems, "Supermarkets", Kanban, Takt Time (capacity planning), Paced Operations, Investment Efficiency, Heijunka (load leveling), Planned Maintenance, Class project review, and FMEA
  • Session 4 - Continuous Improvement: Value Stream Mapping, Class project review, Strategic Planning, CI Measurement Systems, and CI Project Management
Required Reading:

Lean Hospitals by Mark Graban, This books will be provided for each participant.


To earn a certificate of completion, participants will be required to complete all eight days of training. In addition, each participant is expected to implement techniques and tools provided in this training on an approved project that provides tangible benefits to their respective organizations. Each participant will receive consulting support both in and outside the classroom to assist with the successful completion of their project. "Healthcare Lean Certificates" of program completion will be awarded to each participant on the completion of the project implementation. CEU's are available if requested prior to the start of class. An additional fee may be required.


This training is designed for all healthcare professionals: doctors, clinicians, support staff, and administrators are encouraged to attend. Class size is currently limited to 18 participants.

Instructor(s): John Moore and Susan Moore

Date(s): Spring (February 17-18, March 15-16, April 12-13, May 10-11, 2016)

Cost: $2900.00

Please contact Jill Sellers at jsellers@cavse.msstate.edu or 601-407-2746 to register or if you have any questions.


Simulation Modeling and Analysis Using FlexSim
Feb 23, 2016

Course Objective:

The intent of the workshop is to provide the participants with the capability to use simulation to analyze and improve organizational performance. The workshop will be hands-on, practical, and project focused. Participants will learn how to use FlexSim, a state-of-the-art simulation modeling environment, to address problems in their organization. During the workshop, participants are expected to develop a real, albeit simple, model, conduct the appropriate analysis, and present their findings to the class. The workshop is structured so that there is significant time for the participants to interact on a one-on-one basis with MSU modeling experts to facilitate the development of real models.

Course Content:
  • Executive summary of simulation modeling and analysis (SMA) addressing such issues as: What is SMA? How can SMA improve organizational performance? Demonstration of example Flexsim applications. What is involved in a SMA project? What is the process? What is required for a successful simulation project?
  • Overview of FlexSim modeling environment and interface
  • Basic FlexSim modeling constructs
  • Basic model building in FlexSim
  • Basic coding (Flexscript/C++, model tree)
  • Input data issues (parameter and distribution estimating)
  • FlexSim constructs: labels, global tables
  • Importing and exporting data with MS Excel
  • FlexSim constructs: downtime, time tables
  • Analysis (generating and interpreting output in FlexSim, using the Experimenter, simple comparisons of alternatives, model validation and verification)
  • Advanced topics in FlexSim (user commands, user libraries, custom task sequences)
  • Other topics generated by the participants

Instructor(s): Travis Hill

Date(s): Spring 2016 (February 23-25, March 15, April 5, 2016)

Cost: $1800.00

Please contact Jill Sellers at jsellers@cavse.msstate.edu or 601-407-2746 to register or if you have any questions.


Excellence in Asset Management
Mar 08, 2016


This is an interactive 3-day workshop designed to demonstrate reliability and asset stewardship in the context of reducing risks within your operating process and your business. Participants will gain an understanding of the requirements of Asset Management based on the tenets of ISO 55000.

Key Success Measures
  • Manage assets effectively at the lowest life cycle cost
  • Reduce asset-related risks that may impact organizational objectives
  • Maximize Return On Assets.
Learning Objectives:
Evaluating the Asset Management System
PDCA Improvement Methodology
Performance Monitoring Statistics
Identifying Asset Risks
Asset Management Plans
Managing Organizational Change
List the asset management objectives for your organization and identify the limitations of your current asset management practices.
Define the risks associated with asset management system implementation.
Describe the PDCA method used to develop effective asset management plans.
Explain how to calculate OEE, MTBF and process reliability.
Practice Failure Mode Analysis to identify asset risks.
Practice Root Cause Analysis techniques to resolve asset risks.
Discuss the "P-F Management" philosophy to extend asset life and improve maintainability.
Discuss how vibration analysis, infrared thermography, ultrasonic testing and oil analysis technologies improve maintenance effectiveness.
Explain how resistance to change, compliance and individual performance impacts stakeholder asset management expectations.
Who should attend?
  • Asset Managers
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Reliability Managers
  • Operations Managers

Date(s): March 8-10, 2016

Cost: $1495.00

Additional Information:

Please contact Jill Sellers at jsellers@cavse.msstate.edu or 601-407-2746 if you have any questions.


Fundamentals of Welding for Engineering
Mar 22, 2016

Course Objective:

The course is structured to teach the fundamental principles of welding to engineers and managers that have responsibility for welding processes but may have a minimal background in welding.

Course Content:

FUSION WELDING PROCESSES - Common fusion welding processes will be introduced including: shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and flux core arc welding.

RESISTANCE WELDING PROCESSES - The resistance welding process for the joining of thin materials will be introduced.

Some topics that will be covered in the workshop:
  • Welding Heat Transfer - Heat transfer in fusion welding: estimating peak temperatures and cooling rates. Effects of welding variables.
  • Welding Metallurgy (carbon and stainless steels) - Metallurgical principles governing microstructure evolution in steels.
  • Weld Defects - Common fusion weld defects and their prevention.
  • Residual Stress and Distortion - Fusion welding results in the formation of residual stresses and distortion, both of which can impair performance and reliability. Practical methods for mitigating residual stress and distortion will be discussed.
  • Fatigue Resistance of Weldments - Welding can seriously reduce fatigue resistance, and the fatigue behavior of welded components is very different from conventional machine elements. These differences are highlighted and practical design approaches will be presented.
  • Welding Safety - Important information to insure a safe welding environment.
  • Welding Codes - Discussion of applicable AWS welding codes.
  • A variety of other topics which include weld joint configuration, weld joint design, sizing of welds, laser welding, and solid state welding.

Who Should Attend? All who are responsible for welding processes: Welding Engineers, Quality Engineers, Industrial Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Engineering Managers, Quality Managers and Plant Managers.

Instructor(s): Steve Daniewicz, Ph.D. and Jack Raymond

Date(s): March 22-23, 2016

Cost: $500.00

Please contact Jill Sellers at jsellers@cavse.msstate.edu or 601-407-2746 to register or if you have any questions.


Introduction to Design of Experiments
Apr 12, 2016

Course Objective:

This class introduces the student to basic concepts of industrial experimental design using lecture, Minitab, and class exercises using the catapult. The course contents include paired t-test, Factorial design, Analysis of Variance, calculation of main effects and interactions. Also the course will include graphical analysis data.

Instructor(s): Clay Walden, Ph.D.

Date(s): April 12-13, 2016

Cost: $500.00

Please contact Jill Sellers at jsellers@cavse.msstate.edu or 601-407-2746 to register or if you have any questions.


Apr 19, 2016

Course Objective:

This one day workshop is structured so that participants gain a solid understanding of the use of AutoCAD computer aided design software. The class is taught through a balance lecture, class discussion, and in-class exercises. Time will also be allocated to discuss user specific needs and solutions. Specific topics include basic sketching, dimensioning, block creation and editing and proper usage of layers.

Instructor(s): Jonathan Curtis

Date(s): April 19, 2016

Cost: $250.00

Please contact Jill Sellers at jsellers@cavse.msstate.edu or 601-407-2746 to register or if you have any questions.