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Advanced Manufacturing Competency Model

The competency model framework for Advanced Manufacturing was developed through a collaborative effort involving the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and leading industry organizations.

To ensure that the model reflects the knowledge and skills needed by today's manufacturing workforce ETA worked with its industry partners to update the original model. Completed in April 2010, the updated model contains new information on Sustainable and Green Manufacturing, as well as updated key behaviors in several competency areas. For more information, download the Summary of Changes.


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Advanced Manufacturing Competency Model

Advanced Manufacturing Building Blocks Pyramid

Interpersonal Skills  Demonstrating the ability to work effectively with others. Integrity  Displaying accepted social and work behaviors. Professionalism  Maintaining a socially acceptable demeanor. Initiative  Demonstrating a willingness to work. Dependability & Reliability  Displaying responsible behaviors at work. Lifelong Learning  Displaying a willingness to learn and apply new knowledge and skills. Science  Knowing and applying scientific principles and methods to solve problems. Basic Computer Skills  Using a personal computer and related applications to convey and retrieve information. Mathematics  Using mathematics to solve problems. Reading  Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Writing  Using standard business English, defined as writing that is direct, courteous, grammatically correct, and not overly casual.  The main requirement of workplace writing is clarity. Communication, Listening & Speaking  Giving full attention to what others are saying and speaking in English well enough to be understood by others. Critical & Analytical Thinking  Using logic, reasoning, and analysis to address problems. Information Literacy  Functional and critical thinking skills related to information, media, and technology. Business Fundamentals  Knowledge of basic business principles, trends, and economics. Teamwork  Working cooperatively with others to complete work assignments. Adaptability/Flexibility  Being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. Marketing & Customer Focus  Actively looking for ways to identify market demands and meet the customer or client need. Planning & Organizing  Planning and prioritizing work to manage time effectively and accomplish assigned tasks. Problem Solving & Decision Making  Applying critical-thinking skills to solve problems by generating, evaluating, and implementing solutions. Working with Tools & Technology  Selecting, using, and maintaining tools and technology to facilitate work activity. Checking, Examining, & Recording  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic format. Sustainable Practices  Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Manufacturing Process Design & Development  Research, design, implement, and continuously improve the manufacturing process to ensure product meets customer needs. Production  Set up, operate, monitor, control, and improve manufacturing processes and schedules to meet customer requirements. Maintenance, Installation, & Repair  Maintain and optimize manufacturing equipment and systems. Supply Chain Logistics  Plan and monitor the movement and storage of materials and products in coordination with suppliers, internal systems, and customers. Quality Assurance/Continuous Improvement  Ensure product and process meets quality system requirements as defined by customer specifications. Sustainable & Green Manufacturing  Manufacture products using processes that minimize negative environmental impacts; conserve energy and natural resources; are safe for employees, communities, and consumers; and are economically sound. Health, Safety, Security, & Environment  Employ equipment, practices, and procedures which promote a healthy, safe, and secure work environment. Click here to search for O*NET Occupational Competencies Profiles