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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
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: $5,972,122,195
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Upcoming Training and Events

Facilitation and Teambuilding Skills
Aug 20, 2018

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): August 20-21, 2018 (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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SPC 101 - Statistical Process Control
Aug 23, 2018

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): Sara Fuller, Jenna Johnson and Emily Wall

Date(s): August 23-24, 2018 (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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SPC 101 - Statistical Process Control
Sep 04, 2018

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): Sara Fuller, Jenna Johnson and Emily Wall

Date(s): September 4-5, 2018 (Starkville, MS)

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: Thad Cochran Research Park - 1 Research Blvd Starkville, MS 39759

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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Minitab Statistical Software for Data Driven Problem Solving
Oct 03, 2018

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): October 3, 2018

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
Oct 09, 2018

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 9, 2018 (Starkville, MS)

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: Thad Cochran Research Park - 1 Research Blvd Starkville, MS 39759

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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AutoCAD
Oct 30, 2018

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): October 30-31, 2018

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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Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices Workshop
Oct 30, 2018

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): October 30 - November 1, 2018; The ANSI accredited Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP) exam from SMRP is available after the course on November 2, 2018. REGISTER FOR CMRP EXAM HERE

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

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

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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8D Root Cause Problem Solving
Nov 06, 2018

Course Objective:

This one day workshop will discuss the 8D problem solving process which has become a standard in the Auto, Assembly and other industries worldwide. It is a disciplined and effective approach to solve chronic and recurring problems. 8D provides excellent guidelines to identify the root cause of the problem, implement containment actions, develop and then implement corrective and preventive actions to eliminate the problem permanently.

Instructor(s): Tonya McCall and Judy Johnson

Date(s): November 6, 2018

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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