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ERIC Number: ED016832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jul
Pages: 112
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Reference Count: 0
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AN INVESTIGATION OF THE TRAINING AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS OF INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY MAINTENANCE WORKERS. VOLUME I. FINAL REPORT.
LYNN, FRANK
DRAMATIC CHANGES IN THE CHARACTERISTICS AND COMPLEXITY OF PRODUCTION MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT HAVE CREATED A GROWING NEED FOR ADEQUATELY TRAINED AND SKILLED MACHINERY MAINTENANCE WORKERS IN INDUSTRY. THIS STUDY DEFINED THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LABOR MARKET FOR MACHINERY MAINTENANCE WORKERS SUCH AS MILLWRIGHTS, MECHANICAL HYDRAULIC, ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONICS REPAIRMEN, AND WELDERS TO ASSESS THE EXTENT TO WHICH RESOURCES SHOULD BE DEVOTED TO DEVELOPING AND ESTABLISHING MACHINERY MAINTENANCE TRAINING PROGRAMS, BUT PRIMARILY IT IDENTIFIED THE SPECIFIC TRAINING AND SKILLS NEEDED BY MAINTENANCE WORKERS IN INDUSTRY. DATA AND INFORMATION WERE OBTAINED THROUGH FIELD INTERVIEWS WITH MORE THAN 100 PLANT ENGINEERS, MAINTENANCE SUPERVISORS, AND TRAINING DIRECTORS IN THE CHICAGO AREA, AND A QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY OF MORE THAN 250 MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PLANT ENGINEERS. RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATION INDICATED THAT THE FIELD OF INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY MAINTENANCE IS PARTICULARLY SUITABLE FOR OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING. THE LABOR MARKET SIZE, DISTRIBUTION WITHIN THE ECONOMY, RATE OF GROWTH, AND EARNING POTENTIAL ALL SUGGEST THAT PERSONS TRAINED FOR THIS FIELD CAN EXPECT TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF THE INDUSTRIAL WORK FORCE. THERE IS AN IMMEDIATE NEED FOR TRAINING PROGRAMS IN HIGH SCHOOLS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS THAT WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO ADULT WORKERS. TRAINING AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS CAN BE GROUPED INTO CLASSIFICATIONS OF BASIC MAINTENANCE, FUNDAMENTAL SPECIALIZED, AND ADVANCED SPECIALIZED TRAINING. THE SPECIFIC MATERIALS IN EACH AREA ARE INCLUDED. MOST OF THE TRAINING IS PRESENTLY PROVIDED BY INFORMAL, ON-THE-JOB TRAINING, OFTEN WITHOUT DIRECT CONTROL OR SUPERVISION. SUPPLEMENTARY AND SUPPORTING DATA STUDY ARE GIVEN IN VT 002 821. (HC)
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Authoring Institution: Midwest Inst. for Educational Research and Training, Chicago, IL.
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