Mississippi State University CAVS Extension's capabilities are driven by the needs of the automotive industry. Resulting capabilities are leveraged to benefit other manufacturing industries throughout the state. This is accomplished in a variety of ways including on-site engineering support and professional development training. Our goal is to introduce best practices and emerging technologies which enable Mississippi Manufacturers to compete successfully in global markets.

"The Center's goal is jobs, more jobs, safer jobs, higher paying jobs... We envision Mississippi as the hub of a new automotive manufacturing corridor stretching across much of the south... We're committed to advancing technologies and practices so that Mississippi industries can compete successfully in a global market."
- Clarion Ledger, 2003
Economic Impact: $5,804,892,852
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Upcoming Training and Events

OSHA Requirements that Affect your Operation: An Overview
Sep 16, 2014

The University of Southern Mississippi
Innovation and Commercialization Accelerator
46 Shelby Thames Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39402

Course Objectives:

  1. Conduct an overview of OSHA's General Industry Standards (40 CFR 1910) with practical approach to help participants address areas in their workplace subject to these requirements.
  2. Provide practical tools for compliance with OSHA standards.
  3. Respond to any site-specific questions concerning OSHA programs for your facility.
  4. Identify potential follow-up site visits to your facility.

Who Should Attend?Business owners, plant managers, departmental managers, safety managers, human resource managers, those subject to regulatory compliance for safety, and those responsible for safety in the workplace, and those who want to answer the questions.

Instructor(s): Paul Finger Lynes, PE, CHMM

Date(s): Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Cost: $250.00

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

Minitab Statistical Software for Engineers
Oct 07, 2014

Course Objective:

This workshop focuses on the visual exploration of data and problem solving using Minitab statistical software. We will use the Minitab to generate and interpret graphs to help analyze real-world industrial problems. The workshop will be highly interactive and include many hands-on practical examples. Topics will cover basic statistical principles and the application and use of statistical analysis methods.

Who Should Attend? The participants are expected to have some basic statistical experience since it is not possible to cover the details of probability and statistics during the workshop.

Instructor(s): Travis Hill and Robbie Holt

Date(s): October 7, 2014

Cost: $250.00

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

Financial Fundamentals
Oct 14, 2014

Course Objective:

In this course, using interactive business simulation where you will be immersed in setting and running your own business, you will develop a new ability to visualize corporate financial information as a single landscape of interacting forces. You will experience how other departments affect how you do your job, and how you do your job affects other departments.

Instructor(s): Steve Puryear

Date(s): October 14, 2014

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

Fundamentals of Welding for Engineering
Oct 23, 2014

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): October 23, 2014

Cost: $500.00

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

Gage R & R: Repeatability & Reproducibility - Variables
Nov 04, 2014

Course Objective:

Course objective is to provide an introduction to the concepts of Measurement System Analysis (MSA), which is often referred to as Gage Repeatability & Reproducibility (Gage R&R). Participants will hone their individual skills during a step-by-step, instructor led interactive example using sample demonstration parts.

Course Content:
  • Introduction
    • What is MSA (Gage R&R)?
    • Why measurement Error Matters
    • Measurement System Analysis Terms
    • Gage Repeatability
    • Gage Reproducibility
    • Assessing Measurement System Capability
  • Classroom Activity - Attribute Data
    • Overview of Gage R&R Forms
    • Exercise: Actual Inspection & Data Collection Using Sample Parts
    • Step-by-Step Calculations
    • Interpretation and Explanation of Calculated Results
    • Verification of Results Using Computer Software (Minitab, Excel, etc.)
  • In Plant Application
    • Divide the class into teams and perform the Gage R&R on actual inspection equipment
    • Each team present results to the rest of the class.

Who Should Attend? Engineers practicing in any discipline, managers, other technical professionals, and anyone responsible for collection and/or analysis of measurement data.

Participant Involvement: This workshop will provide attendees with basic instruction in the statistical analysis of measured data for the purpose of measurement system validation. Each participant should have a working knowledge of the typical measuring system(s) used in their work or professional environment and an understanding of how related data measurements are collected. The participant's basic understanding of mathematics (average, percentage, & square root, etc.) is assumed. A prior understanding of basic descriptive statistics such as mean, range, and standard deviation is desirable, but these topics will be also be defined and explained during the workshop. Participants will benefit from instructor led lecture, individual hands-on activity, and general discussion on related topics.

Instructor(s): Robbie Holt and Glenn Dennis

Date(s): November 4, 2014

Cost: $250.00

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