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Welcome to CAVS Extension, a unit of Mississippi State University focused on delivering solutions to industry.

  • Strong track record of results working with teams across wide variety of industries.
  • Engagement occurs through professional development training and on-site engineering support with experienced staff.

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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
Providing Advanced Technical Expertise in the Areas of Product and Process Improvement and Technology Transfer Mississippi State University Awarded EDA Grant for Southeast Mississippi Jobs Accelerator Improving Processes with Six Sigma Training and Support Helping Manufacturing, Service and Healthcare Industries through Lean Enhancing Industrial Systems Through Simulation and Decision Support
Economic Impact: $5,966,466,145
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Upcoming Training and Events

Fundamentals of Welding for Engineering
Dec 14, 2017

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): December 14-15, 2017

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: MSU CAVS Extension - 153 Mississippi Parkway Canton, MS 39046

Cost: $500.00

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

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Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
Jan 30, 2018

Course Objective:

Course objective is to develop participant skills in problem solving techniques that have been popularized under the banner of Six Sigma. Participants will apply these techniques on an approved project. Upon project completion participants will receive a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.

Participant Involvement: The training will consist of 11 days scheduled during a five month period. Each participant is required to implement techniques and tools on an approved project that targets substantial 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. It is anticipated that significant work outside the classroom will be expected in order to ensure maximum results from the student project.

Who Should Attend: Manufacturing and Quality Engineers and Technicians, Industrial Engineers, individuals supporting Six Sigma projects, and/or individuals looking to achieve their Green Belt Certification.

Class Resources:

Instructor(s): Clay Walden, Ph.D., Les Goff, Ph.D. and Jenna Johnson

Date(s): Spring 2018 (January 30-31, February 27-28, March 27-28, May 1-2, May 30-31, June 19)

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: MSU CAVS Extension - 153 Mississippi Parkway Canton, MS 39046

Cost: $3000.00

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

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Six Sigma Black Belt Certification
Jan 30, 2018

Course Objective:

This 11 day workshop requires each student to demonstrate mastery of the Six Sigma Body of knowledge and is accomplished through the participant leading a black belt project which illustrates the DMAIC methodology, use of appropriate statistical tools, and substantial business results. Upon project completion and after successfully passing a written examination participants will receive a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.

Participant Involvement: The training will consist of 11 days scheduled during a five month period. Each participant is required to implement techniques and tools on an approved project that targets substantial 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. It is anticipated that significant work outside the classroom will be expected in order to ensure maximum results from the student project.

Who Should Attend: Manufacturing and Quality Engineers and Technicians, Industrial Engineers, individuals supporting Six Sigma projects, and/or individuals looking to achieve their Black Belt Certification.

Class Resources:

Instructor(s): Clay Walden, Ph.D., Les Goff, Ph.D. and Jenna Johnson

Date(s): Spring 2018 (January 30-31, February 27-28, March 27-28, May 1-2, May 30-31, June 19)

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: MSU CAVS Extension - 153 Mississippi Parkway Canton, MS 39046

Cost: $3500.00

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

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Lean Certificate - Healthcare
Jan 31, 2018

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.

Objective:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Certificate:

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.

Attendees:

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 2018 (January 31-February 1, February 28-March 1, April 4-5, May 2-3)

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: MSU CAVS Extension - 153 Mississippi Parkway Canton, MS 39046

Cost: $2900.00

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

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SPC 101 - Statistical Process Control
Feb 06, 2018

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): Judy Johnson and Sara Fuller

Date(s): February 6-7, 2018 (Biloxi, MS)

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: The Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy 2721 Jerry St. Pè Hwy., Pascagoula, MS 39581 (Outside Huntington Ingalls Gate)

Cost: $500.00

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

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Lean Certificate
Feb 07, 2018

Course Objective:

Course objective is to develop participant skills in the recognition and elimination of Waste, and to improve Flow in their operations. Participants will apply these techniques on an approved project.

Who Should Attend? Manufacturing Engineers, Quality Engineers, Industrial Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Engineering Managers, Plant Managers

Participant Involvement: The training will consist of 4 two-day sessions (i.e., 64 hours of class time) scheduled during a four month period. Each participant is required to implement techniques and tools on an approved project that targets substantial 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. It is anticipated that significant work outside the classroom will be expected in order to ensure maximum results from the student project. The goal of each participant is to develop project results that are commensurate with satisfying the project requirements of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Bronze Certification. SME conducts certification examination independently of this training.

Instructor(s): John Moore and Clay Walden, Ph.D.

Date(s): Spring 2018 (February 7-8 (Starkville), March 14-15 (Canton), April 11-12 (Starkville), May 16-17 (Canton))

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: Thad Cochran Research Park - 1 Research Blvd Starkville, MS 39759 & MSU CAVS Extension - 153 Mississippi Parkway Canton, MS 39046

Cost: $2900.00

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

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Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices Workshop
Feb 20, 2018

Description:

This three day course is taught by Ramesh Gulati, who is the world leader in this area and the author of 'Maintenance & Reliability Best Practices'.

The M&R fundamentals course will boost your technical workforce's understanding of reliability & maintenance principles and help create a sustainable reliability culture to maximize the benefits.

The asset/equipment management practices in any organization determine whether an operation is considered a financial drain or a well-run business unit, which operates utilizing best reliability & maintenance practices to ensure assets reliability, safety, improved productivity, and profits.

Seminar Topics:
  • Introduction to Asset Management and It's Business Impact
  • Reliability Culture Examples
  • Defining Best Practices and Asset performance
  • Understanding Maintenance Role - Capacity Assurance
  • Workflow and Roles
  • Planning & Scheduling
  • Materials Management
  • Operations Role - Operator Driven Reliability
  • Workplace Design - 5S Plus
  • Optimizing Maintenance - RCM/CBM
  • Designing for reliability and Maintenance
  • Improvement Tools (Including 6 Sigma)
  • Workforce/People Development Organization, Team Building and Communication
  • Current Trends - Lean, Energy & Safety
  • Sustaining Reliability and Safety Culture
Recommended Audience
  • Reliability Engineers
  • Manufacturing Managers
  • Process Engineering
  • Maintenance Engineers
  • Technicians
  • Maintenance and Reliability Managers

Date(s): February 20-22 (Starkville), 2018; The ANSI accredited Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP) exam from SMRP is available after the course on February 23, 2018. REGISTER FOR CMRP EXAM HERE

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: Thad Cochran Research Park - 1 Research Blvd Starkville, MS 39759

Cost: $1250.00

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

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Gage R & R: Repeatability & Reproducibility
Mar 13, 2018

Course Objective:

This two day course will 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
    • 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): Clay Walden, Ph.D., Judy Johnson and Jenna Johnson

Date(s): March 13-14, 2018 (Biloxi, MS)

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: The Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy 2721 Jerry St. Pè Hwy., Pascagoula, MS 39581 (Outside Huntington Ingalls Gate)

Cost: $500.00

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

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