Manufacturing Skills Assessment Programs

Our Hands-On Skills Assessment Programs identify and measure the skills required to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot a modern manufacturing facility.

Our Assessment Machines and Methodologies are recognized as “Best Practice” productivity tools by many of the world’s most respected manufacturing organizations

Lower the Risk & Cost of Hiring by Identifying Skills Prior to Hire

As the skills shortage grows more acute each year and margin pressures mount, it’s more critical than ever before to make the right hiring decision. Our validated, competency-based Manufacturing Skills Assessment Program, using portable assessment machines and a hands-on, performance-based methodology, identifies the most skilled, most capable, and most trainable candidates and incumbents.

These industrial skills assessments are used for the selection and evaluation of maintenance mechanics, machine operators, industrial electricians, PLC technicians, electro-mechanical personnel, process control technicians, and CNC operation personnel.

Hands-On, Performance-Based

Identifying and quantifying skills prior to hire is the single most effective means to insure a quality, highly productive hiring decision. This solution provides a Return-On-Investment over 100% the first year of implementation. These industrial skills assessments have been administered over 1,000,000 times generating savings in excess of $10 billion for our manufacturing clients.

The efficacy of the assessment program has been confirmed by over three dozen validation studies conducted by Industrial/Organizational PhD’s and by over forty-five years of success driving productivity in the field.

Make The Right Hiring Decision

We understand the hiring process in industry. Our Manufacturing Skills Assessment Program is designed to eliminate the uncertainty. Will this candidate be a productive addition to my team? How can you know for sure? SMT’s assessment program answers these questions and drives performance in your facility by identifying skills prior to hire. No more “hoping” this individual has the skills represented on his/her CV, you will know the skill set of each candidate before they walk onto your production floor.

Many organizations assess incumbents for internal advancement and to benchmark the skill set of their existing workforce. With this assessment data, we help manufacturers design targeted training programs that quickly increase workforce skills and productivity.  This targeted training significantly increases the ROI of your training dollars spent.

Each industrial skills assessment tool replicates conditions found in industry and is used to identify and measure the skills required to run your facility at optimal performance levels. These competency-based Assessment Machines and Protocols are powerful productivity tools. Both our skills assessment and skills training programs dramatically impact Lean, Six Sigma, and TPM initiatives by increasing the skill level of the workforce resulting in significant productivity enhancements and a stronger bottom-line.

In addition to the uses / capabilities listed above, the Mechanical, Electrical and PLC Assessment Programs can be used to issue college credit for participants based on the assessment score achieved.

Our Manufacturing Skills Assessment Program will:
  • Improve Performance & Profitability
  • Identify Problem Solving Skills
  • Lower the Risk & Cost of Hiring
  • Confirm Skills Represented on CV
  • Measure Competencies & Instinct
  • Decrease Work Related Injuries
  • Minimize Downtime
  • Align the Hiring Process with your Lean/TPM Initiatives
  • Identify Troubleshooting Ability
  • Identify Trainability
  • Separate Candidates by Skill Level
  • Match the Right Person with the Right Job
  • Avoid the Bad Hire
  • Reduce Employee Turnover

If you’re hiring without identifying hard skills in advance, you are accepting risks that can be easily avoided.


The portable industrial skills assessment machines are available for purchase or lease. SMT can conduct the assessments at our location, in your facility, or we can train and certify your incumbents as assessment administrators. Our most popular deliverable is the option where we train and certify incumbent employees to administer the assessment program. Please contact us for a pricing proposal specific to your needs and objectives.

Methodology & Scoring

SMT’s Manufacturing Skills Assessment Program is a Hands-On, Performance-Based program using assessment “machines” that replicate conditions found in manufacturing facilities.

There are varying degrees of assessment difficulty depending on the positions(s) being staffed. For instance, using the Standard Timing Model (mechanical skills assessment machine), the assessment protocol for maintenance professionals is more challenging than that for a machine operator.

Skills are measured on a percentile basis from zero to 99%. Please contact us if you would like to discuss our scoring methodology and reporting process in greater detail.