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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

<strong>Interpersonal Skills</strong>  Demonstrating the ability to work effectively with others. <strong>Integrity</strong>  Displaying accepted social and work behaviors. <strong>Professionalism</strong>  Maintaining a socially acceptable demeanor. <strong>Initiative</strong>  Demonstrating a willingness to work. <strong>Dependability and Reliability</strong>  Displaying responsible behaviors at work. <strong>Lifelong Learning</strong>  Displaying a willingness to learn and apply new knowledge and skills. <strong>Science</strong>  Knowing and applying scientific principles and methods to solve problems. <strong>Basic Computer Skills</strong>  Using a personal computer and related applications to convey and retrieve information. <strong>Mathematics</strong>  Using mathematics to solve problems. <strong>Reading</strong>  Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. <strong>Writing</strong>  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. <strong>Communication, Listening and Speaking</strong>  Giving full attention to what others are saying and speaking in English well enough to be understood by others. <strong>Critical and Analytical Thinking</strong>  Using logic, reasoning, and analysis to address problems. <strong>Information Literacy</strong>  Functional and critical thinking skills related to information, media, and technology. <strong>Business Fundamentals</strong>  Knowledge of basic business principles, trends, and economics. <strong>Teamwork</strong>  Working cooperatively with others to complete work assignments. <strong>Adaptability/Flexibility</strong>  Being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. <strong>Marketing and Customer Focus</strong>  Actively looking for ways to identify market demands and meet the customer or client need. <strong>Planning and Organizing</strong>  Planning and prioritizing work to manage time effectively and accomplish assigned tasks. <strong>Problem Solving and Decision Making</strong>  Applying critical-thinking skills to solve problems by generating, evaluating, and implementing solutions. <strong>Working with Tools and Technology</strong>  Selecting, using, and maintaining tools and technology to facilitate work activity. <strong>Checking, Examining, and Recording</strong>  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic format. <strong>Sustainable Practices</strong>  Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. <strong>Manufacturing Process Design and Development</strong>  Research, design, implement, and continuously improve the manufacturing process to ensure product meets customer needs. <strong>Production</strong>  Set up, operate, monitor, control, and improve manufacturing processes and schedules to meet customer requirements. <strong>Maintenance, Installation, and Repair</strong>  Maintain and optimize manufacturing equipment and systems. <strong>Supply Chain Logistics</strong>  Plan and monitor the movement and storage of materials and products in coordination with suppliers, internal systems, and customers. <strong>Quality Assurance/Continuous Improvement</strong>  Ensure product and process meets quality system requirements as defined by customer specifications. <strong>Sustainable and Green Manufacturing</strong>  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. <strong>Health, Safety, Security, and Environment</strong>  Employ equipment, practices, and procedures which promote a healthy, safe, and secure work environment. Click here to search for O*NET Occupational Competencies Profiles