Webinar: Viewing Maintenance as a Competitive Advantage

Jim Burgin
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Jim Burgin

The campus community and members of the public are invited to a free webinar at noon Thursday, May 28, about how to view maintenance as a competitive advantage.  

This webinar is part of the Engineering and Operations Management Lunch and Learn Webinar Series.

The webinar, titled "Maintenance, More Than Grease Under Your Fingernails," will be presented by Jim Burgin, instructor in the Master of Science in Operations Management Program.

Maintenance is becoming a challenge for organizations, business leaders are realizing that maintenance isn't just a necessary evil, but a competitive advantage that can help differentiate their company from industry peers. Maintenance is a broad concept, and this webinar will help you rethink maintenance.

Maintenance costs real money. Depending on the size of the operation, the maintenance cost of labor, contractors, and material costs can be significant. However, consider the costs when your equipment and processes either doesn't work, or produce low quality products. Those are the dollars that will get the attention of the business leaders.

Burgin has taught with the MSOM program since 2010. He currently teaches Quality Management, Organizing for Change and Maintenance Management. Burgin is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas and a master's in business administration from Golden Gate University. Burgin honed his leadership and teaching during his 22-year Air Force career through diverse assignments from flying fighter jets in Europe to commanding the Arctic Survival School in Fairbanks, Alabama. Since completing his military career, he has worked as a quality manager in manufacturing and as the director of maintenance management for Tyson Foods. Burgin has certifications in LEAN manufacturing, Six Sigma and leadership.

The webinar will begin at noon. Registration is required. Click here to sign up.

To learn more about the series, visit the webinar series webpage. 



Blake Chapman, marketing and recruitment coordinator
Industrial Engineering - Operations Managment
479-575-5192, pchapman@uark.edu

Nick DeMoss, director of communications
College of Engineering
479-575-5697, ndemoss@uark.edu


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