TeCMEN Aerospace Quality Improvement Certificates

The University of West Florida and the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County are committed to retaining and expanding its aerospace manufacturing and engineering related industries and maintaining a technologically skilled workforce to support continual growth.

West Florida's Emerald Coast is home to the 20-year old Technology Coast Manufacturing and Engineering Network, a regional aerospace cluster known as TeCMEN. This is a group of interconnected companies, municipalities, CareerSource Okaloosa Walton, higher education centers, and research institutions linked formally by the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County and the University of West Florida.  A group of 37 firms meets monthly to discuss issues related to technology transfer, new business, contract-teaming, and program needs. Guest speakers at TeCMEN meetings include aerospace researchers and business leaders, most of whom live and work nearby. Read more about UWF's partnership with the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County and CareerSource Okaloosa Walton.

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Course Offerings in 2018

December 2017 - Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
January 2018 - Process Mapping
February 2018 - Principles of Problem Solving
April and May 2018 - Strategies for Supervisory Success

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Schedule: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 - Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017; 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuition: $2,500* (No cost to TeCMEN members)

Course Description: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt introduces a practical understanding of the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) process. Attendees will learn methods to support and be involved with their company’s Six Sigma Improvement Team. The Six Sigma Green Belt program overlaps with the first week of Six Sigma Black Belt program, with Green Belts spending up to 20% of their time assisting Black Belt projects or working on their own projects. Attendees will learn how to use the proper Six Sigma methods or tools to solve problems related to their organizations. A simulation called “Boards-R-Us” is used to help attendees understand the DMAIC process.

Note: This course does not cover the area of statistics. For statistics, see the course in Data Measurement and Analysis.

Who Should Attend?
Any employee of an organization participating in Six Sigma teams
Anyone who works at an organization that could benefit by doing things more efficiently

Key Topics:
Define - Participants will be taught the tools to help identify and/or validate their improvement project, define customer requirements, and prepare themselves to be an effective project participant/leader.
Measure - Participants will learn and practice employing tools to determine critical measures necessary to satisfy customer requirements and develop a measurement plan to document process performance. Participants will learn the basics of variation and measure/calculate process sigma.
Analyze - Participants will learn how to analyze process performance data to further refine the opportunity for improvement. Participants will use stratification and root cause analysis, and determine true sources of variation and customer dissatisfaction.
Improve - Participants will learn how to generate creative solutions that eliminate the root cause of customer defects. Participants will be introduced to various methods of solution identification, prioritization, and implementation and learn how to gain approval for the solution and plan for impacts the changes will have on the organization.
Control - Participants will learn how to execute against the plan by determining the approach to ensure achievement of the targeted results. Participants will discuss how to disseminate lessons learned, identify replication and standardization opportunities, and develop a process monitoring and management plan to assure new process performance is sustained.


Process Mapping

Schedule: Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 - Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuition: $1,000* (No cost to TeCMEN members)
Course Description: Process mapping allows examination of a business’s organizational structure, removal of ineffective practices and errors, implementation of changes, and improvement of customer satisfaction. By examining a business’s core processes, one will be able to implement improvements that will make a business more efficient. Instructors experienced in various industries will teach attendees how to improve businesses via process mapping. Because business processes are essential to connecting with customers, it is necessary to understand a business’s core processes.

Who Should Attend?
System implementers
Management representatives
System coordinators
Change managers
Improvement teams

Key Topics:
What is a process map?
Benefits of process mapping
Information required for process mapping
Best practices and watch-outs
Effective process mapping sessions
Analyzing process maps


Principles of Problem Solving

Schedule: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 - Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuition: $2,000* (No cost to TeCMEN members)
Course Description: This three-day interactive program allows participants to learn, digest, and apply problem-solving knowledge to drive immediate value to their organizations. Additionally, mentorship will be offered to participants who bring projects to class.

Key Topics:
What is problem solving?
Six Sigma DMAIC methodology
Problem and goal definition
Brainstorming, testing, and implementing solutions
Methodology variations



Strategies for Supervisory Success

Schedule: April and May 2018

Strategies for Supervisory Success Registration Coming Soon



*Tuition rates based on enrollment for one participant. 
Group pricing is available, economical & provides organizations scheduling flexibility.