The Joyce Foundation, the Magnet Manufacturing and Growth Network and the Manufacturing Institute surveyed more than 60 operational stakeholders at industrial firms across the U.S. to quantify the impact of manufacturing training and certifications. Approximately 90 percent of survey respondents asserted that the following had a significant or modest effect on company performance.
These essential operations workers manage automated workflows, which have become increasingly important in recent years. The International Society of Automation offers perhaps the most respected certification programs aimed at these key professionals. The training track addresses central themes such as calibration, maintenance and troubleshooting.
Machine configuration is the primary duty of the setup technician. These specialists ensure shop floor equipment is running smoothly and capable of meeting production preset targets. SME, formerly known as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, maintain a technical certification program aimed at helping machine technicians and others gain modern mechanical engineering knowledge.
Multi-skill or multi-craft maintenance technicians
These manufacturing professionals wear many hats and often float among several operational departments using their multifaceted skill sets to optimize productivity and troubleshoot snags. The Manufacturing Skills Institute offers multiple certification programs that include instruction on disparate topics like CAD usage, precision measurement and diagnostic data collection.
In sum, employers pushing workers to train up should focus their energy on the training that tends to have the most impact: those aimed at control, setup and multi-skill maintenance according to Area Development.