I have a couple solutions for the frustrated maintenance technicians side of the problem and the frustrated maintenance managers (or whoever is doing the hiring) side of the problem.
1. When hiring maintenance technicians and others, use the internet for pre-screening before deciding who gets to send a resume in for your review. You can develop your own customized little quiz with the free online assessment tool at http://www.bin95.com/Employee-Training-Assessments/Industrial_Training.php After you receive an acceptable score for your quiz from a potential candidate, you can email them instructions on how to get you their resume. (this will cut out computer illiterate, bogus applicants to reduce # of resumes you need to consider)
2. Promote throughout our industry the need to define the “Maintenance Technician” job, training and certification, so employers are more likely to get what they expect and maintenance technicians can know what pay they should expect. I have written a new article to help start to organize this grey area called the “Maintenance Technician”. http://www.bin95.com/Maintenance-Technician-Jobs-Training.htm The more industry leaders see this, the better chance they will come together to correct it. Resulting in a stinger industry and trade. So please share my observations with others in the industry.
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Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .)
Saturday, September 10, 2011