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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.

ETA worked with industry partners, including for the first time the rapidly growing semiconductor industry, to update the Advanced Manufacturing model framework in January 2020. The updated model represented a unification of competencies across a wider range of industries related to Advanced Manufacturing. It improved skills transparency to support a deeper workforce pipeline and allow job seekers, training providers and employers to have greater alignment and efficiency in recruiting, training, retaining and upskilling talent in US-based Advanced Manufacturing.

In December 2021, the National Institute for Innovation and Technology (NIIT) contributed to a refresh of the 2020 model framework based on industry stakeholder input and feedback collected through its talent development web portal. For more information on the most recent updates, 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 professional presence. <strong>Initiative</strong>  Demonstrating a commitment to effective job performance by acting on one’s own and following through to get the job done. <strong>Dependability and Reliability</strong>  Displaying responsible behaviors at work. <strong>Adaptability and Flexibility</strong>  Displaying the capability to adapt to new, different or changing requirements. <strong>Lifelong Learning</strong>  Displaying a willingness to learn and apply new knowledge and skills. <strong>Reading</strong>  Understanding written sentences, paragraphs, and figures in work-related documents on paper, on computers, or adaptive devices. <strong>Writing</strong>  Using standard business English to compile information and prepare written documents on paper, on computers, or adaptive devices. <strong>Mathematics</strong>  Using principles of mathematics such as algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to solve problems. <strong>Science</strong>  Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. <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 logical thought processes to analyze information and draw conclusions. <strong>Basic Computer Skills</strong>  Using information technology and related applications, including adaptive devices and software, to convey and retrieve information. <strong>Business Fundamentals</strong>  Using information on basic business principles, trends, and economics. <strong>Teamwork</strong>  Working cooperatively with others to complete work assignments. <strong>Customer Focus</strong>  Efficiently and effectively addressing the needs of clients/customers. <strong>Scheduling and Coordinating</strong>  Planning and prioritizing work to manage time effectively and accomplish assigned tasks as efficiently as possible. <strong>Creative Thinking and Problem Solving</strong>  Applying creative-thinking skills to solve problems by generating, evaluating, and implementing solutions. <strong>Checking, Examining, and Recording</strong>  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/digital format, including adaptive devices and software. <strong>Working with Tools and Technology</strong>  Selecting, using, and maintaining tools and technology, including adaptive tools and technology, to facilitate work activity (with accommodation when necessary). <strong>Personal Health and Safety</strong>  Supporting a safe and healthy workplace. <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/Development</strong>  Research design, implement, and continuously improve the manufacturing process to ensure product meets customer needs. <strong>Operations Management</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>Production in the Supply Chain/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 and Continuous Improvement</strong>  Ensure product and process meets quality system requirements as defined by customer specifications. <strong>Process and Equipment Health, Safety, and Environment</strong>  Equipment, practices, and procedures which promote a healthy, safe, and secure work environment. Click here to search for O*NET Occupational Competencies Profiles