ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- At its June meeting, the Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC) unanimously recognized the 2015 Edition of MSSC's Manufacturing Production and Logistics Standards. These standards are the substantive foundation for MSSC's Certified Production Technician (CPT) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) training and certification programs.
According to Leo Reddy, MSSC CEO, "This new approval by the prestigious TWIC is fresh testimony to MSSC's continued role as the nation's 'Gold Standard' for industry-defined skill standards for front-line work in advanced manufacturing and logistics."
MSSC was recognized by the federal National Skill Standards Board (NSSB) in 1998 as the Voluntary Partnership of industry, education and labor responsible for defining the industry-wide skills requirements for front-line work (i.e., entry-level up to first-line supervisory) in high performance, advanced manufacturing. The work to develop and nationally validate the initial standards involved over 200 leading corporations, 15 national trade associations, 4000 front-line workers, and 400 career-tech educational institutions at a cost of some $9 million public-private funds.
The NSSB formally endorsed those standards in 2001. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Labor funded the development of an analogous MSSC program for front-line material handling and distribution workers in the transportation-distribution-logistics (TDL) industry. These CPT and CLT programs certify these skill sets for all manufacturing production jobs (6.1 million) and all material handling/distribution jobs (6 million) in the U.S.
MSSC keeps its Production and Logistics Standards current through annual reviews by panels of industry subject matter experts to ensure that the are keeping pace with technological change. For example, the 2015 edition reflects MSSC studies of emerging technologies to assess their likely impact on manufacturing and TDL processes on the nation's factory floors, warehouses and distribution centers.
The outcome was the addition, to the MSSC training, of a basket of emerging technologies that could become commonly used in the next one to four years, such as Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), Advanced Materials, Internet of Things, Mass Customization, Mechatronics, Mobile Internet, Nanotechnology and Next Generation Robotics. The MSSC also modified its Safety standards to reflect the new Global Hazmat System.
The 2015 Edition of the MSSC Production and Logistics Standards are available without charge at http://www.msscusa.org/2015-standards/.
A non-profit, industry-led 501(c)(3) organization, MSSC is the national leader in training and certifying front-line work in advanced manufacturing and logistics. It delivers its instructional materials and assessments through a network of 1620 MSSC-trained instructors and 950 MSSC-authorized test sites in 49 states. MSSC is the only national certification body to be accredited by the American National Standards Institute under ISO 17024, the international quality standard for personnel certification.
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