Shop Floor Training in Complex Discrete Manufacturing

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Shop Floor Training in Complex Discrete Manufacturing

Speaker: Slavko Jovanovic

There are two types of training in a shop floor environment. One is general, and the other is product-specific or process-specific. The general training includes things like certifications to perform a job or training on tasks encountered in the normal course of work. Typically, general training is very easy to accomplish and there are many sources for how to do it. The other type of training is product-specific and process-specific training. This is the training that is required to do a specific job and it typically entails very specific step-by-step instructions on how to do assembly or perform a test. Typically, this is where training becomes difficult and hard to implement.

The current approaches to specific training are deficient because the source of the training is unclear. With general training, the problem is just managing which employees require what training. You need to know what training is required for what employees and whether their training has expired or is about to expire. When we talk about specific or product-related and process-related training, we are talking about a lot of tribal knowledge that is out on the shop floor. There are a lot of seasoned employees that have been doing the same job for 10 or 15 years and of course, they know how to do their jobs. There is no need to tell them how to do it differently. The new employees coming into these positions have to figure out the process on their own and try to tap into that tribal knowledge somehow.

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