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
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
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 by 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 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