FANUC America, Rochester Hills, Mich., and MSSC, which certifies front-line production technicians with foundational skills in advanced manufacturing and logistics, have aligned to co-market the stackability of their respective industry-recognized certifications.
This alliance represents a major step to address the acute shortage of skilled industrial robotics and automation operators, according to the company.
Both organizations offer their certification assessments through NOCTI/Nocti Business Solutions (NBS), which provides industry-developed and recognized certification assessments that follow international standards for personnel certification (ISO 17024). NOCTI/NBS have developed and validated the end-of-course assessments for both FANUC and MSSC to certify their technicians. This partnership creates a streamlined approach for schools and industry partners when administering the certifications.
FANUC, a supplier of CNCs, robotics and ROBOMACHINEs, offers industry 4.0 Connected Smart Manufacturing ™ occupational pathways and stackable certifications beginning with the FANUC Certified Robot-Operator (FCR-O1 & FCR-O2) to develop entry- level skills for exciting careers in robotics and automation. The objective is to align students and job seekers on a pathway to become advanced automation operators, technicians, systems integration specialists, or engineers.
The U.S. supply chain is confronting a severe shortage of entry-level operator job applicants with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to perform complex operator tasks. In addition, the accelerated use of emerging digital technologies in manufacturing is making it even more difficult to fill the skills gap.
MSSC has recently upgraded its signature Certified Production Technician (CPT) program for entry-level front-line production technicians to add a fundamental understanding of Industry 4.0 technologies such as artificial intelligence, 5G, 3D printing (additive manufacturing), Industrial Internet of Things, data analytics, autonomous robots, augmented reality, nano-manufacturing and advanced materials.
Dr. Katherine Manley, a national recognized expert on industrial assessments, recently completed a detailed crosswalk between FANUC’s FCR-O1 and FCR-O2 and MSSC’s CPT and found a high level of synergy between these two nationally portable industry certification programs. MSSC offers the added benefit of a nationwide delivery system of some 2,900 MSSC-trained instructors and 1,900 MSSC-qualified test sites, mostly at high schools and community colleges, and 72 technical field reps, in all 50 states.
“The collaboration between FANUC and MSSC will provide a major benefit to employers looking to fill industry 4.0 robotics and CNC technical positions,” said Paul Aiello, executive director of education at FANUC America. “The manufacturing industry in the U.S. is facing a growing shortage of higher-skilled technicians vitally needed at the operator level. We look forward to incorporating the highly regarded MSSC foundational CPT certification programs into our robotics and CNC operator training pathways, and will encourage our customers to use the CPT certifications as part of their employee training.”
Added Neil Reddy, CEO of MSSC: “Given the close fit between these FANUC and MSSC Certifications, we will encourage our entire nationwide network to use both to prepare individuals to build a robust pipeline of world-class robotics operators. The digital transformation of manufacturing globally requires the U.S. to build a highly competitive, next-generation front-line workforce capable of keeping pace with technological change.”