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
Economic Impact: $5,946,013,661
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Upcoming Training and Events

Lean Certificate
Sep 15, 2015

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 (September 15-16, October 13-14, November 10-11, December 8-9, 2015)

Cost: $2900.00

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

Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices Workshop
Sep 15, 2015


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

The CMRP exam will be given on September 18, 2015. This requires a separate registration at the SMRP website. REGISTER FOR EXAM

Date(s): September 15-17, 2015 7:00AM-5:00PM

Cost: $1250.00

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

PFMEA - Control Plan
Sep 16, 2015

Course Objective:

This one day workshop will provide an introduction to "Mistake-Proofing Solutions" following a 10 step process combining Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, Root Cause Analysis, Poka-yoke Principles and Process Control Plans with a systematic team driven approaching process.

Instructor(s): Glenn Dennis

Date(s): September 16, 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.

Minitab Statistical Software for Engineers
Sep 22, 2015

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

Date(s): September 22, 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.

Practical Energy Management - Low-cost energy solutions for high payback
Sep 29, 2015

Energy Topics
  • Lighting
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Chillers & Cooling Towers
  • Boilers, Steam & Hot Water Systems
  • Motors
  • Compressed Air
Participant Comments
  • "Translated difficult concepts into practical and useful knowledge via good handouts, checklists and demos that can be immediately put to use."
  • "Instructor's approach of less theory and more applications is right on."
  • "Overall, one of the best technical workshops I've attended in years!"
Who Should Attend:
  • Managers and staff responsible for energy management
  • Maintenance
  • Engineering
  • Production
  • Environment & Safety
  • Accounting
Registration: Click here to Register. Registration ends September 25, 2015.

Instructor(s): Dr. Joe Davis, PE, CEM, CEA, CxA

Date(s): September 29, 2015 8:00AM - 4:30PM

Additional Information:

For additional information contact Mary Jean Gates at maryjeangates@bellsouth.net or 662-846-0448.

Gage R & R: Repeatability & Reproducibility
Oct 06, 2015

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.

Date(s): October 6-7, 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.

Financial Fundamentals
Oct 20, 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): October 20, 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.