Recognized Skill Standards
May 15, 2012
These national skill standards were developed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) in voluntary partnership with the National Skill Standards Board in the late 1990’s. The MSSC is a national industry group that is highly recognized by its constituent industry. It involved approximately 4,000 workers, 700 companies and 300 subject matter experts in the skill standards’ development. The skill standards are organized around the six major job concentrations in manufacturing: production; maintenance, installation, and repair; quality assurance; product and process development; logistics and inventory control; and health, safety, and environmental assurance. This introduction describes the skill standards developed for the production career concentration.
Importance to Texas
The Advanced Technologies and Manufacturing industry cluster is one of six industry clusters included in the Texas Industry Cluster Initiative, which is leading the state toward realizing a vision to build the future economy of the state by focusing on competitive advantage.
The report indicates a concern about a lack of a skilled workforce pipeline from which to draw future employees. A pool of skilled workers is instrumental in attracting manufacturing industry investment in Texas. The report includes among its recommendations to address this concern that industry must interface with academia for curriculum development. Skill standards are a vehicle for implementing this recommendation.
The manufacturing industry is a strong employer in the state. Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) data estimates employment for transportation, storage, and distribution managers to be approximately 9,500, and projects employment to remain level through 2018. They earn an average hourly wage of $43.31. Almost 28,000 production, planning and expediting clerks, who report to transportation, storage, and distribution managers, are currently employed in the state, a number that is expected to increase slightly by 2018. Clerks earn close to an average of $20.00 per hour in Texas, according to TWC data.
The original Manufacturing Logistics and Inventory Control skill standards were granted recognition in July 2001. They were developed nationally with industry by the MSSC, a voluntary partnership of the National Skill Standards Board.
In October 2006, the recognition of the Manufacturing Logistics and Inventory Control skill standards was extended, based on MSSC’s assurance of the standards’ ongoing validity as indicated by continued industry support and the skill standards’ use in MSSC’s training, assessment and credentialing system.
In 2011, the MSSC conducted an extensive review and update of its entire suite of six skill standards, which included: Health, Safety, and Environmental Assurance; Maintenance, Installation, and Repair; Production Concentration; Production Process Development; Quality Assurance; and Logistics and Inventory Control. As a result, the MSSC published the Certified Production Technician (CPT) skill standards, recognized in Texas in July 2011. The new CPT skill standards represented a consolidation of five of the six specialty areas included in the original suite of MSSC skill standards. During the same review and update effort, the final skill standards specialty area, Logistics and Inventory Control, was revised, consolidated, and re-titled as the Manufacturing Logistics skill standards.