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 2019

Process Mapping

Schedule: Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 10
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

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Schedule: Tuesday, Feb. 5 - Thursday, Feb. 7
Tuition: $2,500* (No cost to TeCMEN members)
Course Description:
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

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 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.

Wicked Problem Solving

Schedule: Tuesday, Feb. 19
Tuition: $2,000* (No cost to TeCMEN members)
Course Description:
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.

Key Topics:
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.

SolidWorks Technical Workshop

Schedule: Thursday, March 21, Thursday, March 28, and Thursday, April 4
Course Description:
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.

Topics Overview:

Engineering drafting, dimension, and tolerancing
3-dimensional drawing
3D simulation
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.

What Is Leadership?

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.

Key Topics:
Management versus Leadership
Influential leadership
Servant 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!

ISO 45001

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?
System implementers
Management representatives
Safety representatives

Key Topics
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
Continual Improvement

CATIA Technical Engagement

Schedule: Mon, July 29 - Thurs, August 1

UWF Fort Walton Beach Campus
Bldg 8 (Library) Rm 831 (2nd Floor)
8:30 – 5:30

Course Description

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

Master Projects


Class Exercise

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.

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Supervising Others
Defining requirements and delegating work appropriately
Setting expectations for direct reports
Providing effective feedback 
Setting SMART Goals for yourself and your staff

Time Management
Planning and prioritizing tasks efficiently and effectively
Overcoming procrastination
Organizing your workspace to effectively manage your time
Delegating work effectively and appropriately
Planning effective meetings

Effective Communication
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
Networking skills

Teamwork and Teambuilding
Understanding different types of teams
The five stages of team development and how to lead effectively through each
Resolving conflict
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

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The purpose of this program is to provide participants with an overview of the core project management skills (communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution) and project management methodologies and prepare participants to take the PMP and CAPM credential examinations. The program includes an extensive overview of the ten project management knowledge areas: Integration, Scope, Schedule, Cost, Quality, Resource, Communications, Risk, Procurement, and Stakeholder Management. This program satisfies the 35-contact hour requirement participants need to qualify to take the PMP examination. Upon completion of the three days of on-site preparation, participants will be given a username and password to access presentation review questions. Each participant will have access to these questions for six months following the completion of the on-site portion of the program.

Registration Closes On

Friday, October 28, 2019 

Design Thinking Workshop

Schedule: Friday, Nov. 1, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Innovation Institute
321 N. DeVilliers St.
Pensacola, FL  32501

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The UWF Innovation Institute's Design Thinking Workshop will teach the basic principles of Design Thinking. From interviewing and empathy-building to brainstorming, prototyping, and testing, participants will have the chance to learn how to problem-solve through the Institute’s trademarked IDEA method. At the conclusion of the one-day event, attendees will be able to put the basic principles to use in their own professional environment.
Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Fri
Location: Innovation Institute
Instructor: Multiple
Tuition: $149.00

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

Vertex Aerospace
5486 Fairchild Rd
Crestview, FL 32539

Gulf Coast State College
Advanced Technology Ctr
5230 W Hwy 98
Panama City, FL 325401

Sponsored by: 

LandrumHR - UWF Global Online
Vertex Aerospace - Vertex
Gulf Coast State College - Gulf Coast State College
Haas Center