In 1997, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) ¬ģ won a national competition under the National Skill Standards Act to serve as the industry-led non-profit responsible for developing the national industry standards for front-line production work (entry-level up to first-line supervisory) in advanced manufacturing.¬† Those ‚ÄúProduction Standards‚ÄĚ are the substantive foundation for the nationwide MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) ¬ģ training and credentialing program. ¬†
In 2007, MSSC won a further federal grant to develop analogous industry-led standards, called ‚ÄúLogistics Standards,‚ÄĚ for front-line work in material handling and distribution.¬† Those standards provided the substantive foundation for the nationwide MSSC Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) ¬ģ training and credentialing program.¬†¬† MSSC reviews both sets of standards annually to ensure that they are keeping pace with technological change.¬†
MSSC Standards are organized around critical work function modules.¬† In the Production Standards, those modules are Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes and Production, Maintenance Awareness, and Green Production.¬† In the Logistics Standards, those modules are Foundational-Level and Mid-Level Technical.
Each set of standards is then organized under two headings broadly applicable to the entire sector:
Work Standards:¬† Key Activities and Related Performance Indicators.¬† These define the work the individual needs to perform to meet each industry-defined standard.
Technician Standards:¬† Basic Technical Core Competencies.¬† These define the knowledge and skills needed to perform the work listed in the Work Standards.
To request the full 22-page Production Standards and/or 11-page Logistics Standards, please contact email@example.com¬†