Welcome

Welcome to CAVS Extension, a unit of Mississippi State University focused on meeting the needs of Mississippi’s manufacturers by:

  • Providing technical expertise with advanced engineering tools
  • Providing professional development training geared for industry
  • Providing on-site project support in the areas of product and process improvement

Let us know how we can assist you.

"Our staff has industry experience – so we understand the problems industry faces – and we want to help solve these problems so that companies can grow and prosper in Mississippi."
- Glenn Dennis
Director, CAVS Extension
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: $6,001,003,334
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Upcoming Training and Events

Minitab Statistical Software for Data Driven Problem Solving
Mar 27, 2019

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): Sara Fuller, Emily Wall and Travis Hill

Date(s): March 27, 2019 (Canton, MS)

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

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

Cost: $250.00

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

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Financial Fundamentals
Apr 09, 2019

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): April 9, 2019 (Canton, MS)

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

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

Cost: $250.00

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
May 21, 2019

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): May 21-23, 2019 (Starkville); The ANSI accredited Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP) exam from SMRP is available after the course on May 24, 2019. 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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AutoCAD
May 22, 2019

Course Objective:

This two day workshop is structured so that participants gain a solid understanding of the use of AutoCAD computer aided design software. The class is taught through a balance lecture, class discussion, and in-class exercises. Time will also be allocated to discuss user specific needs and solutions. Specific topics include basic sketching, dimensioning, block creation and editing and proper usage of layers.

Instructor(s): Jonathan Curtis and Jenna Johnson

Date(s): May 22-23, 2019 (Canton, MS)

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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Facilitation and Teambuilding Skills
Jun 05, 2019

Description:

After obtaining formal technical education, work experience, and additional training, often retaining and expanding technical skills are the focus. However, without additional soft skills, challenges in leading a project from team formation through completion of the project might arise.

The two-day Facilitation and Teambuilding Skills workshop is designed to assist individuals and organizations to have a structured, planned approach to leading teams and to be effective team members themselves. This workshop will give participants an understanding of practical tools that they can use to facilitate project team meetings, assist others in sharing ideas to reach potential solutions, evaluating effectiveness of alternatives, and delivering and effectively presenting results to key sponsors and stakeholders.

Workshop Objectives:
  • Define facilitation, clarify the role and focus of a facilitator and differentiate between process and content in the context of a group discussion.
  • Explore group and team dynamics as well as adult learning principles.
  • Provide structured planning and implementation tools for a successfully facilitated session.
  • Identify a facilitator's role when leading groups during each of the stages of group development: forming, storming, norming and performing.
  • Enhance communication and presentation skills.
  • Identify ways a facilitator can help a group in the decision-making process, in identifying potential solutions and reaching a consensus on a course of action.
  • Recommend effective methods of dealing with disruptions, dysfunctions and difficult people in groups, without alienating them.
  • Learn project meeting time management and follow-up skills.

The workshop will include a variety of delivery methods, with exercises and interactive activities that will allow the participants to work as a team during a facilitated session, to practice new skills and to prepare for the utilization of them in their own projects.

Instructor(s): Judy Johnson and Jenna Johnson

Date(s): June 5-6, 2019 (Biloxi, MS)

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: Coastal Research and Extension Center 1815 Popps Ferry Road Biloxi, MS 39532

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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Simulation Modeling and Analysis Using FlexSim
Jun 19, 2019

Course Objective:

The intent of the workshop is to provide the participants with the capability to use simulation to analyze and improve organizational performance. The workshop will be hands-on, practical, and project focused. Participants will learn how to use FlexSim, a state-of-the-art simulation modeling environment, to address problems in their organization. During the workshop, participants are expected to develop a real, albeit simple, model, conduct the appropriate analysis, and present their findings to the class. The workshop is structured so that there is significant time for the participants to interact on a one-on-one basis with MSU modeling experts to facilitate the development of real models.

Course Content:
  • Executive summary of simulation modeling and analysis (SMA) addressing such issues as: What is SMA? How can SMA improve organizational performance? Demonstration of example Flexsim applications. What is involved in a SMA project? What is the process? What is required for a successful simulation project?
  • Overview of FlexSim modeling environment and interface
  • Basic FlexSim modeling constructs
  • Basic model building in FlexSim
  • Basic coding (Flexscript/C++, model tree)
  • Input data issues (parameter and distribution estimating)
  • FlexSim constructs: labels, global tables
  • Importing and exporting data with MS Excel
  • FlexSim constructs: downtime, time tables
  • Analysis (generating and interpreting output in FlexSim, using the Experimenter, simple comparisons of alternatives, model validation and verification)
  • Advanced topics in FlexSim (user commands, user libraries, custom task sequences)
  • Other topics generated by the participants

Instructor(s): Travis Hill and Adam Collins

Date(s): Summer 2019 (June 19-20, July 23-24, August 21, 2019)

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

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

Cost: $1800.00

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

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Lean Certificate
Jul 31, 2019

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 2019 (July 31 - August 1 (Starkville), August 28-29 (Canton), September 25-26 (Starkville), October 30-31 (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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Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
Aug 07, 2019

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., Jenna Johnson and Judy Johnson

Date(s): Fall 2019 (August 7-8, September 4-5, October 2-3, October 30-31, November 20-21, December 4)

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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