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Manufacturing Skill Standards Council

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Titles of all evaluated learning experiences
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The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), a National CCRS member since October 2012, is an industry-led training, assessment, and certification organization based on the core technical competencies need by the nation's front-line production and material handling workers. Current MSSC certifications are based on industry-defined and federally-endorsed national standards and offer both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills increasingly needed in the technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century. MSSC has developed two nationally portable certifications for this workforce.

Source of official student records: For Certified Logistics Associate (CLA), Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) and all Certified Production Technician (CPT) and Certified Production Technician Green Production (GPM): info@msscusa.org or
703-739-9000 ext. 2222.


Titles of all evaluated learning experiences


Descriptions and credit recommendations

Certified Logistics Associate

Location: Various, distance learning format.
Length: 30 hours.
Dates: May 2009 - Present.
Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Outline and explain the various roles in the global supply chain logistics life cycle; Describe the logistics environment; Correctly operate and use equipment; Consistently practice safety principles when handling materials and operating equipment; Employ quality control principles and work communication practices; Utilize relevant computer systems and applications to increase productivity.
Instruction: This course is delivered via classroom or online formats via study guides, required and supplemental readings, quizzes, homework, labs, required interaction with instructor, and final exam. The course assesses students' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online or printed format at proctored testing centers. Topics include: global supply chain logistics life cycle, logistics environment, material handling equipment, safety principles, safe material handling and equipment operation, quality control principles, workplace communications, and problem solving in the workplace.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Material Handling (10/12). NOTE: Students must complete Certified Logistics Associate and Certified Logistics Technician courses to receive credit recommendations. Discrete credit is not awarded.

Certified Logistics Technician

Location: Various, distance learning format.
Length: 30 hours.
Dates: May 2009 - Present.
Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:Receive and stock products; Process products orders; Prepare packages for shipment; Ship products; Maintain inventory control; Safely handle hazardous materials; Evaluate transportation modes; Perform dispatch, routing, and tracking operations; and correctly use and convert U.S. measurements and metric systems.
Instruction: Instruction is offered via classroom or online through the use of study guides, required and supplemental readings, quizzes, homework, lab required interaction with instructor, and final exams. The course assesses students’ end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online or printed form at proctored testing centers. Topics include: product receiving and storage, order processing, packaging and shipment, inventory control, safe handling of hazardous materials, evaluation of transportation modes, dispatch and tracking, and measurement and metric conversions.
Pre-requisite: Certified Logistics Associate
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Material Handling or Warehouse Supervision (10/12). NOTE: Students must complete Certified Logistics Technician and Certified Logistics Associate courses to receive credit recommendations. Discrete credit is not awarded.

Certified Production Technician Green Production

Location: Various, distance learning format.
Length: 30 hours.
Dates: October 2011 - Present.
Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Effectively train workers in environmental issues; Implement and promote environmental programs, projects, policies or procedures; Conduct environmental incident and hazard investigations; Conduct preventive environmental inspections; Monitor environmental aspects in production stages; Implement continuous improvement in environmental assurance practices; Use advanced materials in production to reduce weight and increase life; Reprocess materials by recycling and reuse throughout product life cycle to optimize waste reduction.
Instruction: Instruction is offered via classroom or online through the use of study guides, required and supplemental readings, quizzes, homework, lab required interaction with instructor, and final exams. The course assesses students’ end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online or printed form at proctored testing centers. Topics include: environmental issues, programs, projects, policies, or procedures, environmental incident and hazard investigations, preventive environmental inspections, environmental aspects in production, improvement of environmental assurance practices, utilization of advanced materials to reduce weight and increase life, reprocessing of materials though recycling and reuse to optimize waste production.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Leadership, Management, Sustainability or as Technology Elective (10/12).

Certified Production Technician Maintenance Awareness

Location: Various, distance learning format.
Length:
35-45 hours.
Dates:
October 2007 - Present.
Objectives:
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Perform preventive maintenance and routine repair; Monitor indicators to ensure correct operations; Perform all housekeeping to maintain production schedule; Use welding techniques; Recognize potential maintenance issues with basic production systems: Assess situations to inform maintenance personnel about problems with the following issues: Electrical systems, pneumatic systems, hydraulic systems, machine automation systems, lubrication processes, bearings and couplings, belts and chain drives.
Instruction:
Instruction is offered via classroom or online through the use of study guides, required and supplemental readings, quizzes, homework, lab required interaction with instructor, and final exams. The course assesses students’ end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online or printed form at proctored testing centers. Topics include: Welding, Machine automation systems, preventive maintenance and repair, correct operations, maintenance of production schedules, maintenance issues affecting production systems, including: electrical systems, pneumatic systems, hydraulic systems, machine automation systems, lubrication processes, bearings and couplings, belts and chain drives.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Machine Tool Technology, Supervisory Management, or as Technology Elective(10/12).

Certified Production Technician Manufacturing Process and Production

Location: Various, distance learning format.
Length:
35-45 hours.
Dates:
November 2007 - Present.
Objectives:
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Identify customer needs; Determine and apply available resources for the production process; Set up production process equipment; Establish team production goals; Determine job assignments; Coordinate work flow with team members and other work groups; Communicate production and material requirements and production specifications; Perform and monitor the process to make the product; Document product and process compliance with customer requirements; Prepare final product for shipping or distribution; Identify basic concepts of mechanical linkages, and set up and operate machine tooling.
Instruction:
Instruction is offered via classroom or online through the use of study guides, required and supplemental readings, quizzes, homework, lab required interaction with instructor, and final exams. The course assesses students’ end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online or printed form at proctored testing centers. Topics include: customer needs, available resources for production process, equipment set up for production process, team production goals, job assignments, work flow with team members and work groups, production and material requirements and product specification, process of making the product, documentation and process compliance with customer requirements, preparation of final product for shipping or distribution.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Industrial Management, Machine Tool Technology, or Technology Elective (10/12).

Certified Production Technician Quality Practices and Measurement

Location: Various, distance learning format.
Length:
35-45 hours.
Dates:
November 2007 - Present.
Objectives:
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Participate in periodic internal quality audit activities; Correctly check calibration of gages and other data collection equipment; Suggest continuous improvements; Inspect materials and product/process at all stages to ensure required specifications; Document results of quality tests; Communicate issues with quality and take corrective action to restore or maintain quality; Record process outcomes and trends; Identify fundamentals of blueprint reading; and use common metric and measurement systems and precision measurement tools.
Instruction: Instruction is offered via classroom or online through the use of study guides, required and supplemental readings, quizzes, homework, lab required interaction with instructor, and final exams. The course assesses students’ end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online or printed form at proctored testing centers. Topics include: internal quality audit activities, calibration of gages and other data collection equipment; inspection of  materials and product/process at all stages, quality test results, communicate of issues with quality, corrective action to restore or maintain quality, process outcomes and trends, fundamentals of blueprint reading,  common metric and measurement systems and precision measurement tools.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Quality Assurance Technology, Industrial Supervision, Machine Tool Technology, or Technology Elective(10/12).

Certified Production Technician Safety

Location: Various, distance learning format.
Length:
30 hours.
Dates:
October 2007 - Present.
Objectives:
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Work in a safe and productive manufacturing workplace; Perform safety and environmental inspections; Perform emergency drills and participate on emergency teams; Identify unsafe conditions and take appropriate corrective action; Provide safety orientation for all employees; Train personnel to correctly use safety equipment; Suggest processes and procedures that support work environment safety; Fulfill safety and health requirements for maintenance, installation, and repair; Monitor safe equipment and operator performance; Utilize effective safety-enhancing workplace practices.
Instruction: Instruction is offered via classroom or online through the use of study guides, required and supplemental readings, quizzes, homework, lab required interaction with instructor, and final exams. The course assesses students’ end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online or printed form at proctored testing centers. Topics include: safe and productive manufacturing workplace, safety and environmental inspections, emergency drills and participation on emergency teams, unsafe conditions and appropriate corrective action, safety orientation for all employees, training with safety equipment,  processes and procedures to support work environment safety, safety and health requirements for maintenance, installation, and repair, safe equipment and operator performance, and safety-enhancing workplace practices.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Industrial Management, Industrial Psychology, Machine Tool Technology, Electronics, General Machine Technology, or Technology Elective (10/12).

Last Updated: June 27, 2013