Summary of Automation Competency Model progress is available

Automation Federation and the U.S. Department of Labor are working to develop the Automation Competency Model, which, when completed, will be a formal federal document defining the skills and competencies needed in the automation field.

12/30/2008


Research Triangle Park, NC – Automation Federation and the U.S. Department of Labor are working to develop the Automation Competency Model , which, when completed, will be a formal federal document defining the skills and competencies needed in the automation field. The Department of Labor developed the model via their Employment and Training Administration (ETA) . A summary appears on the ETA Website, which offers a downloadable Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. Hiring, training, and promoting those with automation skills are likely to be easier using the model.
The Automation Federation approached ETA requesting a collaborative effort to develop a competency model for the automation professions. ETA conducted initial research and analysis, drafted a model based on the Building Blocks Model, and facilitated several sessions to obtain industry feedback and input to refine and expand the model.
A competency model is a clear description of what a person needs to know and be able to do– the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform well in an occupation. Competency models are developed through research and industry validation, and once completed, are promoted, maintained, and updated.
At a meeting of the Automation Federation in October, the group validated the first five tiers of the model, which is made up of nine tiers, including personal effectiveness competencies, academic competencies, workplace competencies, industry-wide competencies, automation technical competencies, occupation-specific technical competencies, occupation-specific requirements, and management competencies.
The first three tiers are largely universal among professions– competencies such as interpersonal skills, professionalism, basic academic competencies, business fundamentals, teamwork, adaptability, problem solving, and working with technology. Tier four, Industry-Wide Technical Competencies, includes the categories of design and development; operations; maintenance, installation, and repair; supply chain logistics; quality assurance and continuous improvement; and health, safety, and environment. Tier five, Automation Technical Competencies, includes principles of automation; measurement and actuation; control; communications, integration, and software; and process and equipment safety.
Future meetings will explore the specifics of tiers six through nine. The model will be applied globally, especially in countries where the Automation Federation is currently active in workforce development activities as a partner seeking to advance the automation profession.
The goal of the model initiative is to develop a dynamic, industry-driven framework for the foundational and technical competencies that are necessary for workers in the automation industry. The model is intended to provide a common language to inform discussion and collaboration among industry leaders, educators, economic developers and public workforce investment professionals
The final model is ready for launch . ETA will seek to introduce and review the final Automation Industry Competency Model to the workforce investment system partners.

– Control Engineering News Desk
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