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Manufacturing Skill Standards Certification (MSSC) For Employers

The Manufacturing Skill Standard Council, known as MSSC is a nonprofit organization that that focuses on the core skills and knowledge needed for front-line and material handling workers. This is done through a system of industry-led training, assessments and certifications. MSSC offers both entry-level and the current workforce with the skills they need to carry out high tech jobs of the 21st Century through demonstration during the certification process.

MSSC offers a combination of blended learning led by certified instructors which allows participants to develop high performance manufacturing skills through:

  • lectures,
  • self-paced studies,
  • computer-based simulation labs,
  • presentations, and
  • individual/group activities.

A certificate is awarded for successful completion of coursework and online assessment for each module. The MSSC System awards a Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential to individuals who pass all four Production modules.

More about MSSC Production Technician Certification (CPT)

MSSC training is offered in four key skill areas that are applicable to all manufacturing sectors:

    Machine Shop Safety  625-404
    This course covers general shop safety for a machining environment and awareness of hazards.  Safety topics covered include MSDS sheets, personal protective equipment, lockout tag out, and more.
    Managing for Quality  625-405
    This course examines the employee’s role in producing a quality product including the benefits of quality and the costs of quality, and problem solving tools for continuous improvement.
    Lean Operating Principles  625-403
    This course investigates how to improve quality, eliminate waste, reduce lead time and inventory, and develop productive customer and supplier relationships. Cycle time, kanban, demand-pull, and order push techniques to reduce inventory in the supply chain are also covered.
    Mechanical Skills for Technicians  625-406
    This course covers the basic mechanical skills needed by a technician, including use and care of hand tools and small power tools, drilling, tapping, removal of broken bolts, studs, and helicoil insertion. Basic measuring tools and techniques are covered, as well as type and use of fasteners, lubricants and adhesives used in repair, and assembly.

Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)
he CLT is a mid-level certification offered to instill the core technical competencies of skilled, front-line material handling and distribution workers in all supply chain companies which include factories, warehouses, distribution centers and the transportation industry. MSSC also awards the foundational-level Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certificate which is a prerequisite to CLT.

MSSC modules must be taken in sequence. Basic computer literacy required.

Program hours: Each course is 16-hours plus assessment time

Cost: $240 each course plus a one-time $60 registration fee.

Matt Janisin
Vice President, Business & Workforce Solutions

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