WASHINGTON - The Molders Division of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., working on national certification for plastics employees, said it initially will focus on two job levels: machine operator and process technician. The Molders Division released the results of the logical analysis phase of its National Employee Certification in Plastics Molding program. CTB/McGraw-Hill, retained by SPI, interviewed plastics workers to identify essential job functions related to injection molding. According to a Sept. 4 announcement by SPI, 130 tasks were divided into the four job levels. SPI issued descriptions of the four job levels - but Molders Division officials stressed these should not be considered the final job titles.
Production Level A (machine attending): Attend molding machine, inspect (visual and dimensional) and chart, finish, assemble and pack product.
Production Level B (material handling): Supply necessary materials and equipment to the manufacturing flow, move products to the warehouse, troubleshoot material-related auxiliary equipment.
Production Level C (Mold Setup): Install or remove mold and auxiliary equipment, set machine parameters according to given specifications and test setup.
Production Level D (Process Technician): Apply process and technical knowledge at job start-up and while troubleshooting existing jobs, produce quality and cost-effective parts.
SPI selected levels A and D for initial certification. After that is completed, the trade association will develop certification for B and C.
While important for injection molding, other jobs such as quality control and maintenance were determined to be peripheral support to the molding process and were not selected for certification at this time, SPI said.
The Washington-based trade group said the logical analysis results are the base for next phase called job analysis - of the certification effort.
Job analysis, which is scheduled for completion in mid-1997, will include an in-depth study of job levels A and D, refining the task lists, ranking tasks in order of importance and finalizing a ``content framework'' for skill standards and measurements.