Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Overview

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council
(MSSC): Certified Production Technician
Presenter: Leo Reddy, CEO
About the Manufacturing Skill
Standards Council (MSSC)
 An industry-led standards-based, training, assessment
and certification system focused on the core technical
skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s front-line
production and supply chain logistics workers.
 The nationwide MSSC system, based upon industrydefined and federally-endorsed national standards,
offers both new and incumbent manufacturing workers
(entry-level through first-line supervision) the opportunity
to credential the skills increasingly needed in the
technology-intensive jobs of 21st century advanced
manufacturing: the “Industrial Athlete of the Future.”
MSSC: What is the Certified Production
Technician (CPT)
Quality Practices & Measurement;
Manufacturing Processes & Production; and
Maintenance Awareness
Green Production (Available Oct. 2011)
How it Works
MSSC: Certified Production Technician (CPT)
Skill standards
MSSC National Standards developed 1999-2001 involving 700 companies, 4000
workers, 350 experts at cost of $5 million federal/$4 million industry in-kind.
Endorsed by federal National Skill Standards Board in 2001 and used as research basis
for USDOL Advanced Mfg. Competencies Model and US Dept. of ED Manufacturing
Career Pathway
MSSC National Experts Panel reviews and updates standards annually.
The three types of courses offered by MSSC as follows:
Integrated Course: 140 hours, continuous, intensive study covering all four modules,
with all 4 assessments preferably given at the end of the course. Recommended primarily
for dislocated workers, summer semester students or others who have time for
continuous study, such as continuous study throughout one semester or academic year.
Modular Courses: 35-40 hours, 3-credit equivalent, one course for each of the four
MSSC modules with an assessment given at the end of each course. Recommended
primarily for students and others studying in the framework of academic semesters or
school years.
“Fast Track” Courses: 15-18 hours for each of the four MSSC modules with an
assessment given at the end of each course. Recommended primarily for experienced
incumbent workers with limited available time for study. Not available to HS students.
How it Works
MSSC: Certified Production Technician (CPT)
Testing Centers/Process
Tests must be given at MSSC-authorized Test Center. Fee for test center
authorization training: $500 per center, $250 per center for statewide initiatives
adding 5+ centers. MSSC issues certificates for success in each Modular CPT
test, but full CPT Certification only for success in all four Modules.
Postsecondary Education: One-time registration fee: $60
Test Fee: MSSC Cost - $40 for each of four CPT Modules. Recommended
markup for test center cost: $15 for center.
Secondary Education: One-time registration fee: $25
Test Fee: MSSC Cost: $19 for each of four CPT Modules
Benefits: MSSC - Certified
Production Technician (CPT)
MSSC benefits both employers and the manufacturing industry as a whole by:
 Decreasing recruitment costs by providing job candidates with industryrecognized credentials
 Eliminating time and costs associated with providing remedial education
and training
 Meeting employer and industry needs for workers with the right core skills
and knowledge to keep pace with technological change (including math,
science, reading, writing, communications, IT, analysis, problem-solving,
teamwork, organization, planning, and basic technical skills) all in a
manufacturing context.
 Increasing productivity and innovation through reinforcement of core
knowledge and skill sets
 Enabling employers to use a diagnostic tool to benchmark their workers
against high-performance national standards to identify skill gaps and
increase their ROI for training by targeting skill enhancements that close the
identified gaps
 Enhancing the ability to attract, motivate, and retain qualified employees
NAM-Endorsed Skills Certification System
MSSC Program Elements
Certified Production Technician (CPT)
MSSC Certification System Tools
 National Standards
 Curriculum
 Instructor Training
 Proctor Training
 Assessments
 Credentials
Industry Standards
 Developed and nationally validated with 4000 workers, 700
companies, 350 experts (1999-01)
 $5 million federal investment / $4 million private in-kind
 Endorsed by National Skill Standards Board in 2001
 Expanded in 2009 to include Logistics (CLT) and again in
2011 to include Green Production (CPT)
 Reviewed and updated annually by MSSC National Experts
Panels on manufacturing production and logistics
 Based on actual work activities performed and skills and
knowledge needed to perform the work
CPT Key Activities
Quality Practices & Measurement
Work in a safe an productive
manufacturing workplace
Perform safety and environmental
Perform emergency drills and participate
in emergency teams
Identify unsafe conditions and take
corrective action
Provide safety orientation for all
Train personnel to use equipment safely
Suggest process and procedures that
support safety of work environment
Fulfill safety and health requirements for
maintenance, installation and repair
Monitor safe equipment and operator
Utilize effective, safety-enhancing
workplace practices
Participate in periodic internal quality audit
Check calibration of gages and other data
collection equipment
Suggest continuous improvements
Inspect materials and product/process at
all stages to ensure they meet
Document the results of quality problems
Communicate quality problems
Take corrective actions to restore or
maintain quality
Record process outcomes and trends
Identify fundamentals of blueprint reading
Use common measurement systems and
precision measurement tools
CPT Key Activities cont’d
Process & Production
Maintenance Awareness
Green Production
Identify customer needs
Determine resources available
for the production process
Set up equipment for the
production process
Set team production goals
Make job assignments
Coordinate work flow with
team members and other work
Communicate production and
material requirements and
product specifications
Preform and monitor the
process to make the product
Document product and
process compliance with
customer requirements
Prepare final product for
shipping or distribution
Prepare preventative
maintenance and routine repair
Monitor indicators to ensure
correct operations
Perform all housekeeping to
maintain production schedule
Recognize potential
maintenance issues with basic
production systems, including
knowledge of when to inform
maintenance personnel about
problems with:
• electrical systems;
• pneumatic systems
• hydraulic systems;
• machine automation
• lubrication systems
• bearings and couplings
Train workers in environmental
Implement and promote
environmental programs,
projects, policies or procedures
Conduct environmental incident
and hazard investigations
Conduct preventive
environmental inspections
Monitor environmental aspects
at each stage of productions
Implement continuous
improvement in environmental
Use advanced materials in
production to reduce waste
Reprocess materials by
recycling and reuse
 Blended learning with online and instructor-led classroom
 Fully-online with online instructor
 E-learning provides interactive learning experience
 Includes pre- and post-tests to allow students and
instructors to gauge progress
 Textbooks provide compliment to e-learning
Curriculum Options
2 course formats
 Regular Courses: 35-40 hours, 3-credit equivalent, for
each module
 Fast Track: fully-online, 16-18 hours for each module
(CPT only, does not include Green); designed for
incumbent or dislocated workers with previous
manufacturing experience
Instructor Training
 Authorized Instructors or use of Instructors Package
 All Fast-track or fully-online courses require online
 Instructors able to track individual progress through
learning management system
 Instructor Training available at national training centers,
or if you have 6 or more instructors, we will send our
master trainer to you
• CPT Instructor Training – Jeffersonville, IN
Individuals who earn
a full-CPTAE
credential will
• A diploma-style
• Wallet card
• Sew-on patch for
their uniform
Note: “AE” designates
ANSI/ISO Edition
Qualifying for CPT:
 Individuals earn a certificate for each module passed
 Must earn all four certificates (Safety, Quality, Process and
Production, and Maintenance Awareness) to earn full-CPT
 At this time, Green certificate is not required to obtain full-CPT
How It Works
MSSC: CPT Cost (non-profit)
Per Site (Set-up Costs)
No charge
Registration Fee (one-time fee)
Each Regular Course (35-40 hr)
Each Fast-track Course (16-18 hr)
Each Assessment
Assessment Center Authorization / Proctor Training
3-day Instructor Training Class
Instructor Package only
Per Candidate(Ongoing Costs)
Avg total per candidate (one registration, one regular
course, one assessment)
Benefits to Industry
 Offers a pipeline of highly-skilled knowledge
 Decreases recruitment costs by providing job
candidates with industry-recognized credentials
 Eliminates remedial training costs
 Serves to attract, motivate and retain qualified
 Provides agile workers capable of keeping pace
with technological change
Added Benefits to Industry: ISO
 MSSC only U.S. certification body accredited under
ANSI-ISO 17024 for manufacturing and logistics
 Can be deployed globally by multinationals to
ensure common practice in all plants
 Reduces costs through economies of scale
 Standard for use with foreign governments in
requiring certified job applicants
 Can be used with all suppliers to ensure quality of
their workforces and seamlessness of workforce
training practices
Benefits to Workers
 Document skills and knowledge in short period at low
 Obtain industry-recognized, nationally portable
 Improve career advancement opportunities and
 Enhances transferable skills applicable to all sectors
of manufacturing or logistics
Benefits to Educators
 Increases industry client base through MSSC
network and nationally recognized certificationbased training
 Increases student enrollment through on-demand elearning solutions
 Provides instructor training to increase skills and
 Multiple delivery formats allow flexible scheduling
 Enables schools to offer certifications as well as
Contact Information
Neil Reddy
Executive Director
[email protected]
703.739.9000 x221

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