ORLANDO, FLA. - The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. will expand its molder certification program to define and measure national skill standards for machine operators in other processing disciplines. SPI's board of directors Sept. 27 also added $373,000 over three years to fund the association's certification program. SPI announced the decision Oct. 1 at the Florida Plastics Summit in Orlando.
``This opportunity will enable other processors, like blow molders, extruders and thermoformers, to join the molders in certifying skilled machine attendants,'' said Drew Fleming, SPI director of industry work force development.
The board authorized the SPI Molders Division and a task force of the board's Processors Committee to establish a unified governing board to make policy and oversee development of what is now an industrywide machine attendant-level certification program.
The board of directors has approved more than $400,000 for the certification program, but SPI officials said another $500,000 will be needed to be raised to complete the long-anticipated certification program.
``Our intent is to take advantage of the efficiencies of the common tasks that all these processes show, while at the same time maintain the integrity of certification for each program,'' Fleming said.
Early last month, the first phase of the certification program, identifying essential job functions related to injection molding, was completed.