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

Lean Certificate
Sep 09, 2014

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): Fall 2014 (September 9-10, October 7-8, November 4-5 and December 9-10, 2014)

Cost: $2900.00

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

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.