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Whatever your organization's operational, quality or growth challenges are, Auburn works to help your organization improve its competitiveness, increase efficiency, explore market expansions and gain business improvement.

Auburn Technical Assistance Center (ATAC) is how Auburn works in these areas. Through hands-on partnerships with its clients in manufacturing, business, government and non-profit organizations, ATAC provides nationally recognized assistance, training and education in the key service areas of:

Rapid changes in a global economy dictate that businesses and organizations improve and innovate. As Alabama's first university assistance for existing industry, ATAC is a business consultant and training group that helps manufacturers and service industries improve their performance utilizing the expertise and resources of Auburn University. Since 1976, ATAC has served thousands of manufacturers and organizations.

For more than three decades, our project work has been recognized by the National Association of Management and Technical Assistance Centers and the Southern Growth Policies Board.

Our business consultant expertise is in Lean Manufacturing training and implementation, Six Sigma training and assistance, business growth, and community festival development. We are an affiliate of the Alabama Technology Network and an Economic Development Administration University Center. As an arm of the Auburn University College of Business Outreach program, ATAC provides business and technical assistance, customized instruction, and consultation in implementing value-added strategies to manufacturers and other businesses, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies in Alabama and the Southeast.

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Class Canceled: Print Reading for Industry at Auburn, AL

March 27, 2018 at 8am to March 29, 2018 at 5pm
PRINT READING FOR INDUSTRY OPEN ENROLLMENT COURSE DESCRIPTION Purpose: The purpose of this training course is to teach basic and general print reading skills. Duration: 3 Days. Scheduled class time is 8:00AM. to 5:00 PM.Dates: March 27 - 29, 2018 Is inaccurate print reading costing your firm big money in scrap and rework? Manufacturers must make products according to print specifications. If your employees can’t read or understand prints, your customers will point out product defects due to…See More
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CLASS CLOSED: ISO 9001 Internal Auditor at Auburn, AL

March 5, 2018 at 8am to March 8, 2018 at 5pm
Purpose: The purpose of this training course is to prepare learners to plan and conduct internal audits within their organization. Training Overview: The training is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to successfully plan and prepare for an audit, perform an audit, document an audit, reporting on the results of an audit, and manage corrective actions. Specific Key topics to be addressed: .Practice/simulation audit of a specific area of an environmental management system…See More
Feb 27
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Lean Bronze Review at Auburn, AL

August 21, 2018 at 8am to August 23, 2018 at 12pm
This course is intended to prepare participants to take and pass the Lean Bronze Certification Examination, which will be offered on the third day for those who sign up for the exam separately with SME. This 3-hour multiple choice exam is designed to test understanding of the Lean Certification Body of Knowledge. The review course helps participants understand the body of knowledge that test questions are drawn from, provides practice exams and exercises to give students a good idea of what…See More
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Lean manufacturing: the balance of costs versus productivity

Posted on March 11, 2016 at 9:00am 0 Comments

"... if you place inventory management, energy management and knowledge management at the heart of your strategy, it is possible to both decrease expenditure and improve efficiency..."

In industry, an increased need for budget cuts can put even the best manufacturing efficiency plans under pressure. European manufacturers are estimated to spend over €400 billion every year on maintenance. With this figure in mind, could it be possible to decrease…


Dean's Status Report Spotlights ATAC's Work

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 9:48am 0 Comments

Dr. Bill Hardgrave, dean of our parent college, the Harbert College of Business, spotlighted our center today in his monthly status report on accomplishments within the college. Following is his ATAC excerpt :

February 26, 2016 HCOB colleagues:



o Submitted 103 proposals resulting in $1.3 million in contracts. ...…


Auburn observing 'Manufacturing Day' Oct. 3 with ATC Open House

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Auburn Manufacturing Day is Friday, Oct. 3.  In support of the National Manufacturing Day, the public is invited to an open house and tour at the…



Posted on August 10, 2012 at 9:42am 0 Comments

The Auburn Technical Assistance Center (ATAC), an outreach arm of Auburn University’s College of Business, has been re-funded as Auburn University’s EDA University Center. The designation carries a $129,000 operating grant, which ATAC is required to match up to $100,000 through its outreach services.

EDA-funded University Centers conduct applied research, provide technical assistance to public and private-sector organizations, and conduct other activities with the goal of enhancing…


ATAC NEWS: ATAC's David Mixson to talk 'innovation' to Mobile manufacturers

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 9:22am 0 Comments


David Mixson of the Auburn Technical Assistance Center (ATAC) is the guest speaker for the Business Retention and Expansion Committee meeting Aug. 14 in Mobile.

Mixson, one of the trained "Innovation Engineering" facilitators with the Alabama Technology Network (ATN), of which ATAC is a member center, will…


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