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"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
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 2021 (March 10-11 (Starkville), April 7-8 (Canton), May 12-13 (Starkville), June 9-10 (Canton))
Time: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: Thad Cochran Research Park - 1 Research Blvd Starkville, MS 39759 &
MSU CAVS Extension - 153 Mississippi Parkway Canton, MS 39046
Please contact Jill Sellers at email@example.com or 601-407-2746 if you have any questions.
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.
Instructor(s): Travis Hill and Adam Collins
Date(s): Spring 2021 (March 17-18, April 14-15, May 19, 2021)
Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: MSU CAVS Extension - 153 Mississippi Parkway Canton, MS 39046
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
You will need a computer with AutoCAD installed prior to the training class.
Instructor(s): Jonathan Curtis and Jonathan Howell
Date(s): April 20-21, 2021 (Canton, MS)
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.
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): Jonathan Howell and Adam Collins
Date(s): May 11-12, 2021 (Canton, MS)
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.
Date(s): June 8-10, 2021 (Canton)
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): Judy Johnson, Les Goff, Ph.D., Adam Collins and Clay Walden, Ph.D.
Date(s): Fall 2021 (August 4-5, September 1-2, September 29-30, October 17-18, November 17-18, December 8)
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.
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.
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): Tonya McCall and Judy Johnson
Date(s): August 18, 2021 (Canton, MS)
153 Mississippi Parkway Canton, MS 39046