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Aerospace Competency Model

In collaboration with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has worked with industry leaders to develop a comprehensive competency model for the aerospace industry. The model is designed to evolve along with changing skill requirements. AIA and NDIA have committed to working with their industry partners to keep the model current.

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In 2018, the model was revised to incorporate foundational workplace health and safety skills from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) Safe Skilled and Ready Workforce Program designed to help protect America's workforce and create safe, healthy, and productive workplaces. For more information, download the Summary of Changes.

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Aerospace Competency Model

Aerospace Building Blocks Pyramid

1.1 Interpersonal Skills Displaying skills to work with others from diverse backgrounds. 1.2 Integrity Displaying accepted social and work behaviors. 1.3 Professionalism Maintaining a professional demeanor at work. 1.4 Initiative Demonstrating a willingness to work. 1.5 Dependability & Reliability Displaying responsible behaviors at work. 1.6 Lifelong Learning Displaying a willingness to learn and apply new knowledge and skills. 2.1 Reading Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents. 2.2 Writing Using standard English to compile information and prepare written reports. 2.3 Mathematics Using principles of mathematics such as algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to solve problems. 2.4 Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. 2.5 Engineering & Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 2.6 Communication-Listening & Speaking Giving full attention to what others are saying and speaking in English well enough to be understood by others. 2.7 Critical & Analytical Thinking Using logic, reasoning, and analysis to address problems. 2.8 Basic Computer Skills Using a computer and related applications to input and retrieve information. 3.1 Teamwork Working cooperatively with others to complete work assignments. 3.2 Planning & Organizing Planning and prioritizing work to manage time effectively and accomplish assigned tasks. 3.3 Innovation and Invention Formulating new ideas for and applications of processes and products. 3.4 Problem Solving & Decision Making Applying knowledge of STEM principles to solve problems by generating, evaluating, and implementing solutions. 3.5 Working with Tools and Technology Selecting, using, and maintaining tools and technology to facilitate work activity. 3.6 Checking, Examining, & Recording Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic format. 3.7 Business Fundamentals Knowledge of basic business principles, trends, and economics. 4.1 Aerospace Fundamentals Knowledge of the aerospace industry and its principles, its key sectors, and relevant laws and regulations. 4.2 Design & Development Application of engineering and mathematical principles to design aerospace components. 4.3 Product & Parts Manufacturing Assembly, installation, inspection, and repair of aerospace components. 4.4 Project Management & Quality Assurance Management of projects to ensure products and processes meet quality system requirements as defined by the industry and customer specifications. 4.5 Aviation Maintenance Inspection, servicing, and repair aircraft components and systems. 4.6 Environmental, Safety & Health Practices and procedures necessary to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Click here to search for O*NET Occupational Competencies Profiles