ERIC Number: ED309313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
Reference Count: N/A
Needs Assessment for Curriculum Design and Development in the Powdered Metals Industry. Project Number One.
Immel, Michael C.; Geroy, Gary D.
This study, which investigated industry-wide needs for training development in the powdered metals industry, identified the following knowledge areas as those most needed by workers: (1) basic reading and communication skills; (2) basic and algebra mathematical skills; (3) blueprint reading; (4) statistical process control; (5) standard and precision measurement; and (6) machine set-up, operation, and maintenance. (The preceding list is prioritized, with the area listed as 1 being the most frequent response of the combined data.) The data were collected through administration of a desired skill and knowledge instrument to employees and managers at 24 powdered metals manufacturers in six counties in north central Pennsylvania and through structured interviews with the managers. Minor discrepancies of less than 10 percent were identified between the ratings of employees and managers concerning the knowledge areas of blending, sintering, and tumbling (a need for which employees rated higher than did managers) and hydraulics and pneumatics knowledge of presses (the need for which managers rated higher than employees). The bulk of the document is appendices containing copies of the interview questions asked of managers, the employee survey, one-way analysis of variance tables, and pie and line charts reporting the data on each knowledge area. (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. for Research in Training and Development.