Union County College Schedules “Manufacturing Skills Day”

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Union County College's Kellogg Building in Elizabeth (Union County College photo)

Union County College’s Kellogg Building in Elizabeth (Union County College photo)

ELIZABETH – Union County College will host a “Manufacturing Skills Day” at the Elizabeth I. Kellogg Building, located at 40 W. Jersey Street, Elizabeth on Jan. 14, 2014. The two-hour event will begin at 8 a.m. The demonstration program is open to all manufacturing skill stakeholders in the area.

“We are inviting all local manufacturers, state workforce professionals, and local organizations concerned about the industrial skills shortage in our area,” states Dr. Lisa Hiscano, Union’s Director of Continuing and Professional Education. “Union County College is very excited about these new capabilities and we look forward to introducing the programs to those most impacted by the manufacturing skills shortage.”

The industrial skill programs developed by Scientific Management Techniques (SMT) have proven to be highly effective across a wide variety of industrial platforms. Many Fortune 500 manufacturing organizations embrace SMT’s programs to improve the skill set of their workforce and drive productivity.

Union County College will have five industrial skill assessment machines on display during the presentation; the Mechanical Skills assessment machine, Electrical Skills assessment machine, PLC Skills assessment machine, Process Control assessment machine, and the CNC Skills assessment machine. SMT’s President, Mr. Stephen Berry, will demonstrate how each machine functions, discuss the assessment methodology, and describe how the assessment scores are used to predict workforce performance.

“Identifying and measuring skills in the hiring process is the single most effective way to insure a quality hire in manufacturing,” states Berry. “The program simplifies the hiring process, lowering both the risk and cost of hiring.”

SMT is the global leader in manufacturing skills training and manufacturing skills assessments. Their programs are currently deployed in thirty-one countries and across a wide variety of manufacturing platforms. SMT’s hands-on, performance-based manufacturing skills assessment machines are used in the hiring process to identify and measure the skills of candidates. Many organizations assess their incumbent workforce and deliver targeted training based on the assessment data.

Also on display will be many of the hands-on training aids used in SMT’s industrial skills training curriculum. SMT’s Industrial Skills Training Program is a hands-on, 100% demand-driven program. The curriculum has been built by and for industrial operations professionals.

“We have delivered this training in manufacturing facilities globally for many years,” explains Berry, “The skills curriculum trains the critical “Hard Skills” required to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot a modern manufacturing facility. Currently, the demand for our training program in formal education is growing rapidly as schools work with their industrial partners to identify and deploy an effective solution to the skills shortage. We work with many community colleges, effectively improving employment and industrial performance in each market. With these capabilities Union County College will be helping local manufacturers drive performance by improving the skill level of the manufacturing workforce.”

If you plan to attend the event, contact Madeline Velez at 908-965-6024 or by email at velez@ucc.edu


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