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Automation Competency Model Updated

The Automation Competency Model framework was developed through a collaborative effort involving the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and industry experts from the Automation Federation.

In May 2014, ETA worked with the Automation Federation and subject matter experts to update the model to reflect the knowledge and skills needed by today's automation professionals. The updated model contains new information on Cybersecurity in mission-critical operational technology, primarily focusing on industrial automation and control systems. Further, several key critical work functions and the competencies therein were modified to provide clarity. For more information, download the Summary of Changes.

In 2017, the model was revised again 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, an initiative designed to help protect America's workforce and create safe, healthy, and productive workplaces. The updated CMC competencies were reviewed and validated by subject matter experts identified by the Automation Federation.

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Automation Competency Model


Automation Building Blocks Pyramid

1.1 Interpersonal Skills Demonstrating the ability to work effectively with others. 1.2 Integrity Displaying accepted social and work behaviors. 1.3 Personal Acceptability Maintaining a socially acceptable demeanor. 1.4 Initiative Demonstrating a willingness to work. 1.5 Dependability and 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 English 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 Knowing and applying scientific principles and methods to solve problems. 2.5 Communication – Listening and Speaking Giving full attention to what others are saying and speaking in English well enough to be understood by others. 2.6 Critical and Analytic Thinking Using logic, reasoning, and analysis to address problems. 2.7 Basic Computer Skills Using a computer and related applications to input and retrieve information. 3.1 Business Fundamentals Knowledge of basic business principles, trends, and economics. 3.2 Teamwork Working cooperatively with others to complete work assignments. 3.3 Adaptability and Flexibility Being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. 3.4 Marketing and Customer Focus Actively looking for ways to identify market demands and meet the customer, client, or stakeholder need. 3.5 Scheduling and Coordinating Planning and prioritizing work to manage time effectively and accomplish assigned tasks as efficiently as possible. 3.6 Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Applying creative-thinking skills to solve problems by generating, evaluating, and implementing solutions. 3.7 Checking, Examining, and Recording Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/digital format. 3.8 Working with Tools and Technology Selecting, using, and maintaining tools and technology to facilitate work activity. 3.9 Personal Health and Safety Complying with procedures for a safe and healthy work environment. 3.10 Sustainability Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. 4.1 Design and Development Lifecycles Analyze, design and develop solutions to monitor and control the production and delivery of goods and services. 4.2 Operations Management Design, commission, monitor, control, and improve technology that supports production and process schedules to meet customer requirements. 4.3 Maintenance, Installation, and Repair Maintain and optimize technology in support of process or manufacturing equipment and systems. 4.4 Production in the Supply Chain Plan and monitor the movement and storage of materials and products in coordination with suppliers, internal systems, and customers. 4.5 Operational Quality Assurance Ensure product and process meets quality requirements as defined by customer specifications. 4.6 Process and Equipment Health, Safety, and Environment Equipment, practices, and procedures which promote a healthy and safe work environment. 5.1 Context of Automation Systems, processes, applications, and standards supporting the design and application of automation. 5.2 Measurement, Sensors, and Actuation The sensing, measurement, and actuation devices necessary for automation. 5.3 Control Ensuring predictable, stable, and consistent operation at target levels of performance with only normal variations. 5.4 Communication, Integration, and Software Design and implement the infrastructure for Automation Systems. 5.5 Automation System Safety and Reliability Understand, design and implement safe and reliable machinery and process control and safety systems. 5.6 Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS) Cybersecurity The knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to understand the purpose and implement the function of cybersecurity in operational technology, including tools and systems. Click here to view occupation descriptions for automation professions