ERIC Number: ED401431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Machine Tool Advanced Skills Technology (MAST). Common Ground: Toward a Standards-Based Training System for the U.S. Machine Tool and Metal Related Industries. Volume 1: Executive Summary, of a 15-Volume Set of Skills Standards and Curriculum Training Materials for the Precision Manufacturing Industry.
Texas State Technical Coll., Waco.
The Machine Tool Advanced Skills Technology (MAST) consortium was formed to address the shortage of skilled workers for the machine tools and metals-related industries. Featuring six of the nation's leading advanced technology centers, the MAST consortium developed, tested, and disseminated industry-specific skill standards and model curricula for 15 occupational specialty areas within the U.S. machine tool and metals-related industries. The project brought together the centers at six two-year colleges: Texas State Technical College, Augusta Technical Institute (Georgia), Itawamba Community College (Mississippi), Moraine Valley Community College (Illinois); San Diego City College (California), and Springfield Technical Community College (Massachusetts), representing states having about one-third of the machine tool and metals-related manufacturers in the country. Other partners included college affiliates, national laboratories, secondary schools associated with the colleges, and professional associations. During the project, questionnaires identifying industry-specific skills, coordinated with SCANS (Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills) standards, for entry workers in 15 metals-industry occupations were developed and validated through a mailing to 3,216 small- and medium-sized manufacturers within the 6 geographic regions of the centers. The project found that metals-industry workers were older and few had training beyond high school. Recommendations included national implementation of the standards through the curriculum that was developed and pilot tested during the project. (This document includes a project report, an overview of the MAST skill standards for the 15 specialty areas, definition of occupational specialties, sample surveys, and a ranking of workplace competencies for each technology area/occupation.) (KC)
Descriptors: Competence, Competency Based Education, Computer Assisted Manufacturing, Consortia, Curriculum Development, Entry Workers, Job Skills, Job Training, Machine Tool Operators, Machine Tools, Machinery Industry, Manufacturing Industry, Metal Working, Postsecondary Education, Standards
World Wide Web: http://machinetool.tstc.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas State Technical Coll., Waco.
Note: For other volumes in this set, see CE 072 925-938.