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.
See what we've done in previous years in the archive.
Course Offerings in 2019
- January 2019 - Process Mapping
- February 2019 - Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
- February 2019 - Wicked Problem Solving
- March and April 2019 - SolidWorks Technical Workshop
- April 2019 - What Is Leadership?
- May 2019 - ISO 45001
- July and August 2019 - CATIA Technical Engagement
- September 2019 - 3-Day Leadership Technical Engagement
- October 2019 - Effective Leadership Skills
- October 2019 - Project Management Professional Technical Engagement
- November 2019 - Veterans - Workforce Recruitment and Training Funds- UWF Global Online
- November 2019 - Veterans - Workforce Recruitment and Training Funds- Vertex Aerospace
- November 2019 - Veterans - Workforce Recruitment and Training Funds- Gulf Coast State College
Schedule: Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 10
Tuition: $1,000* (No cost to TeCMEN members)
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?
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
Schedule: Tuesday, Feb. 5 - Thursday, Feb. 7
Tuition: $2,500* (No cost to TeCMEN members)
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training introduces a practical understanding of the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) process. With this training, attendees will learn methods to support and be involved with their company’s Six Sigma Improvement Team. Six Sigma Green Belt Training overlaps with the first week of Six Sigma Black Belt training, 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 training, 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 from doing things more efficiently
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 the 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.
Schedule: Tuesday, Feb. 19
Tuition: $2,000* (No cost to TeCMEN members)
This class is a one-day seminar based on the material in the Principles of Problem Solving class in Georgia Tech’s Advanced Problem Solving Certificate program. Principles of Problem Solving class covers the fundamental principles that all good problem solvers either intuitively know or have learned through repeated application of their skills. With the information in this seminar and some disciplined practice, anyone can become a more effective problem solver.
Who Should Attend?
Basically, anyone that wants to improve their problem-solving skills. The class does have a technical bent to it in that most of the examples are taken from the engineering and business communities, however, the material will be easily digested by anyone interested in improving their problem-solving skills. Note, this class is not about mathematical problem solving and no mathematical skills other than basic algebra will be necessary.
An introduction to the notion of a Wicked Problem and how all the problem-solving tools and techniques covered in the class are geared towards “taming” wicked problems.
An introduction to formal problem-solving methodologies and the key aspects that all good problem-solving methods contain.
Introduction to tools and techniques to aid in the problem formulation and problem definition stages of problem-solving.
Introduction to tools and techniques to aid in the solution generation stages of problem-solving.
Introduction to tools and techniques to aid in the solution evaluation and selection stages of problem-solving.
Schedule: Thursday, March 21, Thursday, March 28, and Thursday, April 4
Introduction to industry standards for graphical representation of objects and simulation of processes utilizing 2D presentations and 3D modeling using SOLIDWORKS.
The course will cover the following:
Identify basic dimensioning and tolerancing terminology and requirements.
Create common pictorial representations of objects used in industry such as orthographic views, section views, and auxiliary views.
Create 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional drawings of mechanical objects.
Perform elementary simulations of mechanical or thermal processes.
Engineering drafting, dimension, and tolerancing
CAD design for manufacturing
NOTE: You will need your own laptop for this workshop. If at all possible, please bring a Windows laptop instead of a Mac, as it is more complicated to get SolidWorks to work properly on a Mac, and technical support for Mac will not be available. It is also highly recommended that you bring a three-button mouse that has a middle scroll wheel, as it will make your drawing process much more efficient than using the touchpad of your laptop.
If you do not have SolidWorks, you will have the opportunity to install a trial version during the first day of the workshop.
Schedule: Thursday, April 11; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Each participant will take the time to develop their own understanding or definition of leadership congruent to their own mission, vision, and values.
Who Should Attend?
Anyone who is interested in leadership, is a leader, will be a leader or inspires to lead.
Management versus Leadership
Mission, Vision, and Values
Culture and Leadership
As a man thinks, so shall he be!
When was the last time you took a day to think about you and the direction for your life and leadership? This one day event will allow you to shut-off the cellphone and treat yourself to a day of personal development and reflection to better you and the people around you. Imagine if you learned just one thing from attending, what the impact to your future will be? Like the lottery, you need to buy a ticket to win!
Schedule: Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
ISO 45001 is the world’s first occupational health and safety international standard and is currently being developed to assist organizations to provide a safe and healthy workplace for your workers and other people, prevent deaths, work-related injury and ill-health as well as continually improving OHS performance. ISO 45001 provides requirements for an effective occupational health and safety management system. ISO 45001 is one of the world’s most anticipated standards for occupational health and safety (OHS) systems. It is aligned with ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environment Management and builds on OHSAS 18001, which is a framework aimed at controlling risks. In combination, these measures will ensure that an organization’s reputation as a safe place to work will be promoted, and can have more direct benefits, such as:
- Improving its ability to respond to regulatory compliance issues
- Reducing the overall costs of incidents
- Reducing downtime and the costs of disruption to operations
- Reducing the cost of insurance premiums
- Reducing absenteeism and employee turnover rates
- Recognition for having achieved an international benchmark, which may in turn influence customers
Who Should Attend?
Overview of ISO 45001:2018 and Management Systems
ISO 45001- Requirements
Actions to Address Risks and Opportunities
Occupational Health and Safety Objectives
Operational Planning and Control
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Internal Audit Program
Schedule: Mon, July 29 - Thurs, August 1
UWF Fort Walton Beach Campus
Bldg 8 (Library) Rm 831 (2nd Floor)
8:30 – 5:30
CATIA V5 is the leading product development solution in place for all manufacturing organizations, from OEMs, through their supply chains, to small independent producers. The range of CATIA V5 capabilities allows it to be applied in a wide variety of industries, such as aerospace, automotive, industrial machinery, electrical, electronics, shipbuilding, plant design, and consumer goods, including design for such diverse products as jewelry and clothing.
Lesson 1 – Introduction
Lesson 2 – Design Complex Parts
Lesson 3 – Surface Design
Lesson 4 – Analyze and Annotate Parts
Lesson 5 – Sharing Information
Lesson 6 – Assembly Design
Lesson 7 – Design in Context
Lesson 8 – Complex Assembly Design
Ex. 1 Introduction
Ex. 10 Case Study
Ex. 19 Surface Design
Ex. 2 Rib and Slot
Ex. 11 Complex Wireframe Creation
Ex. 20 Curvature Analysis
Ex. 3 Thin Rib
Ex. 12 Splines, Circles, and Projections
Ex. 21 Draft Analysis
Ex. 4 Multi-Sections Feature
Ex. 13 Simple Surfaces
Ex. 22 3D Constraints
Ex. 5 Rib & Multi-Section Solid
Ex. 14 Sweep & Blend
Ex. 6 Geometry Replace
Ex. 15 Sweep & Fill
Ex. 7 Solid Combine & Advanced Draft
Ex. 16 Join, Trim & Transformations
Ex. 8 Advanced Draft
Ex. 17 Join, Trim & Close Surface
Ex. 9 Multi-Body Work
Ex. 18 Join, Trim & Fillet
3-Day Leadership Technical Engagement
Schedule: Tuesday, 10 - Friday, Sept. 12, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
UWF Fort Walton Beach Campus, Bldg 8, Rm 831
Led by Amanda Potts
Effective leadership in any industry requires mastery of both technical and soft skills. While technical skills are tangible and easy to measure, soft skills are a little more difficult. In this 3-day engagement, we will explore some of the most sought-after soft skills and give you strategies to improve your ability to lead in any position.
Defining requirements and delegating work appropriately
Setting expectations for direct reports
Providing effective feedback
Setting SMART Goals for yourself and your staff
Planning and prioritizing tasks efficiently and effectively
Organizing your workspace to effectively manage your time
Delegating work effectively and appropriately
Planning effective meetings
Understanding different methods of communication, and when to use each appropriately
Overcoming barriers to communication
Active listening skills
Non-verbal communication skills
Asking good questions
Teamwork and Teambuilding
Understanding different types of teams
The five stages of team development and how to lead effectively through each
Benefits and advantages of various team-building activities
Leading and Managing Change
Coaching and mentoring
Understanding different leadership styles and when to use each effectively
Establishing personal goals
Project Management Professional Technical Engagement
Schedule: Tuesday - Thursday, Oct. 29 - 31, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
UWF Fort Walton Beach Campus
1170 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Bldg 8, Rm 831
Fort Walton Beach, FL, FL 32547
Registration Closes On
Friday, October 28, 2019
Design Thinking Workshop
Schedule: Friday, Nov. 1, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
321 N. DeVilliers St.
Pensacola, FL 32501
Weekly - Fri
Location: Innovation Institute
Registration Closes On
Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 12:00 AM
Veterans - Workforce Recruitment and Training Funds
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019; 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - UWF Global Online
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019; 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. - Vertex Aerospace
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019; 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Gulf Coast State College
Our local area is fortunate to be the home of many Veterans. If you are interested in finding out more about:
- How to recruit Veterans.
- Understanding Veteran credentials /skills and how they align with jobs in industry.
- Available state funds for training new and current Veteran employees.
- Process to apply for state funds and what is covered.
- How companies can help Veterans transition from military to civilian life / work.
Then you will not want to miss this informative session.
UWF Global Online
630 E Government St
Pensacola, FL 32502
5486 Fairchild Rd
Crestview, FL 32539
Gulf Coast State College
Advanced Technology Ctr
5230 W Hwy 98
Panama City, FL 325401
LandrumHR - UWF Global Online
Vertex Aerospace - Vertex
Gulf Coast State College - Gulf Coast State College