Manufacturing Skills Training Programs

Competency-Based Manufacturing Skills Training for Industry and Education

SMT’s industrial skills curriculum trains the critical “HARD SKILLS” required to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot a modern manufacturing facility

Troubleshooting skills are the focus, the heart and soul, of the training curriculum

SMT’s manufacturing skills training program is a hands-on, 100% demand-driven program. The curriculum has been built by and for industrial operations professionals. These professionals possess an in depth understanding of the skills required to optimize manufacturing performance/profitability.  This is the skill set we train to.

The curriculum is dynamic, we amend existing curriculum and design new training systems based on the real world requirements of our global clientele.

This is a Hands-On Training Program incorporating the use of over 200 hands-on training aids. Students learn using the same tools, components, and systems they will encounter in the manufacturing facility. We train the theory, then directly apply the theory using training aids that replicate real-world conditions in manufacturing. The program is customizable. You can pick and choose those units most specific to your training needs and objectives based on identified strengths and weaknesses.

Training in industry is driven by two primary objectives; 1) deliver highly effective training that will improve performance/profitability both immediately and long-term, and 2) deliver the training efficiently in order to get manpower back into production as soon as possible. This is the environment our curriculum has been built in and designed for; highly effective training delivered in a reasonably short period of time.

We have delivered this training in manufacturing facilities globally since 1975. Currently, demand for our training curriculum is growing rapidly in formal education as schools collaborate with industry to identify and deploy an effective solution to the industrial skills shortage. The program is particularly effective in an environment where education and industry work together to address and solve the skills shortage.

Skills Gap Analysis

Who needs what training? In addition to its use in the hiring process, our hands-on, performance-based assessment program is used to benchmark the skill level / skill set of the incumbent manufacturing workforce. With this assessment data, SMT works closely with each manufacturer to design an appropriate targeted training program. This methodology ensures that you only take manpower out of production for the specific training required. Targeted training dramatically increases the ROI of training dollars spent.

SMT Training Grid, Assessment Scoring and Targeted Training Example

Training in Industry

SMT has been delivering skills training in manufacturing facilities since 1975.  We have delivered specific training solutions in industrial settings lasting from one day to over a year. A typical training engagement is for four to eight weeks of training.  In this time frame (4-Week Sample Training Program), we can dramatically improve the skill level of your workforce.  In 24/7 facilities, we find it efficient to deliver the same four hour block of training, twice each day, to accommodate internal shift dynamics.

The training program is highly customizable, we work with each manufacturer to identify the specific training volumes/units applicable to the specific skill sets required to optimize performance.

Please contact us for a copy of our Training Objectives document.  This document lists the skills trained in each specific training unit.

We provide a BASIC and ADVANCED Mechatronics training program.  A graduate of the BASIC program will be a highly effective operator/technician with good troubleshooting skills. A graduate of the ADVANCED program will a highly effective maintenance professional with advanced troubleshooting ability.

When we deliver the training program in industry, it typically consists of training units from both the BASIC and ADVANCED program.

SMT can assess your incumbent workforce to identify strengths and weaknesses and deliver targeted training based on the assessment data.  This targeted training dramatically increases the ROI of training dollars spent.  You only take manpower out of production for the specific training required.

Formal Education

SMT works with many community colleges in the U.S. to improve manufacturing workforce skills. Our education partners work closely with industrial organizations in their market to identify training needs and objectives. SMT’s training curriculum, designed and delivered in industrial facilities, translates exceptionally well into formal education. SMT provides a train-the-trainer program for education staff and the school enjoys long term use of an industrial skills training program proven to be highly effective by manufacturers worldwide.

Logistics of SMT’s Manufacturing Skill Program Deployment in Education

Many of our education clients also embrace the industrial skills assessment program. SMT will come to your school to train and certify staff members as assessment administrators. For many schools, the assessment and training capabilities generate a new revenue stream as the school provides both solutions for manufacturers in their market. The assessment capabilities, together with the training curriculum, serve to position your school as an innovative solutions provider and the primary go to resource for all local manufacturers.

SMT Bar Charts Training Data with Curriculum Overview

The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for twelve of Scientific Management Techniques’ Manufacturing Skill Programs, eight Manufacturing Skill Training Curriculum Programs and four Hands-On Skill Assessment Programs.

Global Vocational Training Initiatives

The global skills shortage in manufacturing is acute and growing. Advanced economies are struggling to fill jobs as the last generation that considered manufacturing a top career choice is retiring. Developing countries need to train their workforce in order to attract manufacturing capital and raise the standard of living for their citizens. SMT’s demand-driven skills training program fills these needs by training to the specific skill set required for long-term productive employment in manufacturing. Our assessment and training programs are currently deployed in 37 countries, both advanced and developing economies.