ERIC Number: ED405480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Foundations for Excellence in the Chemical Process Industries. Voluntary Industry Standards for Chemical Process Industries Technical Workers.
Hofstader, Robert; Chapman, Kenneth
This document discusses the Voluntary Industry Standards for Chemical Process Industries Technical Workers Project and issues of relevance to the education and employment of chemical laboratory technicians (CLTs) and process technicians (PTs). Section 1 consists of the following background information: overview of the chemical process industries, history of voluntary industry standards development and implementation in the United States, and illustration of the skill standards in context through models of technicians' work. Examined in section 2 are the following: process used to develop the skill standards, critical issues affecting technical workers in the chemical process industries now and in the future, and the actual skill standards. Core and recommended competencies for the following eight CLT critical job functions are listed: working in the chemical process industries; maintaining a safe and clean lab; sampling and handling chemical materials; measuring physical properties; performing chemical analysis; performing instrumental analysis; planning, designing, and conducting experiments; and synthesizing compounds. Core and recommended competencies for six critical PT job functions are listed: working in the chemical process industries; maintaining safety/health and environmental standards; handling, storing and transporting chemical materials; operating, monitoring, and controlling continuous and batch processes; providing routine and preventive maintenance and service; and analyzing plant materials. Section 3 describes the study conducted to provide insight into alliance formation as a way of facilitating local-level implementation of the skill standards and the training materials resource database and tools (curriculum analysis matrix and gap analysis matrix) that were developed during the project. Appendixes contain lists of the following: steering and coordinating committee members; contract, employer, and academic institution contributors; meetings and sessions held to develop the skill standards; and standard industrial classification codes for the chemical process industries. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.