ERIC Number: ED391072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
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Development of High-Tech Skills.
Theuerkauf, Walter E.
High tech systems not only generate new structures in the production process, but also involve profound changes in job organization, which in turn imply that job qualifications must be modified. In view of the changes within engineering systems and the relevant technologies, it seems expedient to choose a curricular approach based on the concepts of key qualifications and key contents. A model production system serves as a teaching plant at which students would develop company-specific key qualifications. The teaching plant is an assembly plant composed of six self-reliant, but networked learner subsections. A material flow is determined by the structure of production cells (micro view), and the plant represents the product-related production of a model car. To simulate the sequence of the production steps, beginning with the vehicle as ordered by the customer, the production planning system follows the normal company practice and includes elements of the forecasting phase and of production planning. The course provides for a training program in which faults within automated systems must be eliminated. The course covers three major categories of competencies: expert, methodological, and social. Instructional methods include team conferences, self-study of manuals, and group or cooperative learning. Production statistics serve as evidence of the performance in the learning process. (Contains 10 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Denver, CO, December 1995).