Welcome

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: $5,909,645,352
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Upcoming Training and Events

Financial Fundamentals
May 19, 2015

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): May 19, 2015

Cost: $250.00

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

Metrology Lunch & Learn
May 20, 2015

Come and see the latest in metrology technology featuring demonstrations by Mitutoyo American Corporation

Schedule:
10:00 AMSeminar on Basic Principles of GD&T
11:00 AMLive and Hands-on Demonstrations of Measuring Devices
12:00 PMLunch will be served
1:00 PMAdditional Demonstrations and Q&A Opportunity

Date(s): May 20, 2015 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Please contact Scott Pilcher at scott.pilcher@mitutoyo.com to register or if you have any questions.

Reliability Centered Maintenance
Jun 02, 2015

Description:

This 3 day course teaches the fundamentals of Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and focuses on preserving equipment functions by identifying appropriate Preventive Maintenance (PM) tasks, Predictive Maintenance (PdM) tasks, failure finding tasks, and other actions that protect against failure or mitigate the consequences of failure. Examples and exercises give participants "hands on" experience to help them begin to master RCM concepts and refine facility maintenance strategies.

Objectives:
  • The importance and history of RCM
  • RCM terminology and fundamental RCM philosophies
  • Identifying and allocating resources for a RCM program
  • Preparing for an RCM analysis
  • Techniques for prioritizing systems for analysis
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) for RCM
  • How to evaluating failure consequences
  • How to select PM, PdM, and failure finding tasks and intervals
  • What other function protective actions are available
  • When Run-to-Failure (RTF) is appropriate
  • Packaging and implementing RCM analysis results
  • When to use a subject matter expert team
  • Common barriers to implementation and how to get buy-in from all levels
Who should attend?
  • Reliability Engineers
  • Maintenance Engineers
  • Technicians
  • Maintenance and Reliability Managers

Date(s): June 2-4, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Cost: $1499.00

Additional Information: eruditiollc.com/product/mississippi-state-rcm/

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

Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
Aug 04, 2015

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.

Instructor(s): Clay Walden, Ph.D. and Glenn Dennis

Date(s): Fall (August 4-5, September 1-2, September 29-30, October 27-28, November 17-18, December 15, 2015)

Cost: $3000.00

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

Six Sigma Black Belt Certification
Aug 04, 2015

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.

Instructor(s): Clay Walden, Ph.D., Glenn Dennis and Les Goff, Ph.D.

Date(s): Fall (August 4-5, September 1-2, September 29-30, October 27-28, November 17-18, December 15, 2015)

Cost: $3500.00

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

SPC - Statistical Process Control
Aug 18, 2015

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): August 18-19, 2015

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
Sep 08, 2015

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): September 8-9, 2015

Cost: $500.00

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