ERIC Number: ED136056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep-20
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Technological Change upon the Instrument Technician in the Pulp and Paper Industry and Some Implications for Vocational Education.
Forsgren, Roderick A.; Clark, David H.
Implications for Maine's vocational technical institutes of changes in the pulp and paper industry are examined in this study designed to help vocational educators realize the importance of keeping current with the needs of employers in relevant labor markets. Information used was gathered from relevant literature and from indepth interviews with instrumentation supervisors in eight paper companies in Maine. Although emphasis is placed on the paper and pulp industry and the role of the instrument technician within this setting, this study also provides a general description and analysis of the difficulties involved in keeping an occupationally oriented education program up to date with the needs of major employers in the relevant labor markets. The following major topics are covered: Role and Impact of Maine's Paper Industry, Technological Change in the Pulp and Paper Industry, Employment Trends, Changing Role of the Instrument Technician, Current Methods of Skill Development, Career Opportunities in Instrumentation, Necessary Training and Background for Instrumentation, Summary and Conclusion of Results, A Conceptual Framework, and Recommendations for Vocational Education. The three appendixes include the study's methodology, the interview guide, and a sample course description for the first two years of a 4-year apprenticeship program in instrumentation. (SH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maine State Dept. of Educational and Cultural Services, Augusta. Vocational Education Research Coordinating Unit.