To create a comprehensive industry-wide standard for workforce development, Tooling U-SME, the leader in manufacturing training and development, worked with a broad cross-section of industry to create the Competency Framework.

The committee of experts from manufacturing and academia included individuals from the following:

  • American Axle
  • Autoform
  • Boeing
  • Gonzaga University
  • GP Allied
  • Industrial Metal Supply
  • Lincoln Electric
  • Miyachi Unitek
  • Ogden Weber Applied Technology College
  • Okuma
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Tooling U-SME

Bringing decades of personal experience, the team:

  • Connected with people doing specific jobs as well as managers who define expectations for success in each role.
  • Tapped into SME's extensive resources from eight decades as an independent voice of manufacturing knowledge and experience, including access to its vast technical community network. This brought extensive expertise to define roles and map them to specific training resources.
  • Culled extensive benchmarking data on manufacturing jobs through known sources on job roles such as O*NET, Department of Labor and more.

The result is a validated industry resource, outlining the skills and objectives needed to be a high performer in jobs across manufacturing ensuring companies and academia have a development framework that is practical, efficient and cost-effective.