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


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?
Managers
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 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.

 

 

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.

Register for SolidWorks Technical Workshop

 

 

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