It is ironic in such a highly technical industry as production process and manufacturing that job titles are so technically incorrect, non-standard and most not listed by the Government's Occupational Outlook Handbook, or listed accurately for the 21st century.
I argue that our production process and manufacturing industries could be much more efficient and profitable on a large scale across the country, if only an official entity clearly define the CURRENT job titles in the industry. The country's industry as whole would have less turnover rate, better qualified individuals in each position, and more productive workers.
This rant was brought on when I ran into yet another job posting for "Maintenance Mechanic", yet the description of job duties for the job opening was not just mechanical, it was primarily electrical and even PLC experience was required. It should have been listed as a "Maintenance Technician", or at least a "Millwright" or "Maintenance Electrician". Some job posting just say "Maintenance Person".
You have no doubt seen my other posting and articles expressing my frustration with our industry's and Government's lack to define and communicate clearly job titles for the production process and manufacturing industries. Now days we not only have Mechanics, Electricians and Millwrights, we have general maintenance workers, maintenance technicians, PLC technicians, instrumentation technicians, maintenance planners... and the list goes on. If anyone out there is working toward clarifying the production process and manufacturing industries job titles and descriptions, please let me know.
Signed: A frustrated Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .)
Wednesday, October 5, 2011