MSSC Launches Industry 4.0 Manufacturing Skills Standards

MSSC’s Certified Production Technician certification will now incorporate several emerging Industry 4.0 technologies. 


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The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) has released the 2020 “Industry 4.0 Edition” of its national skill standards for production technicians. If widely adopted, these standards are expected to help the post-COVID-19 resurgence in manufacturing to boost labor productivity, economic growth and global competitiveness.

Based on extensive research with subject matter experts, MSSC has chosen nine, emerging Industry 4.0 technologies to add to its national skill standards for advanced manufacturing production: 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), additive manufacturing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), autonomous robots, data analytics, augmented reality, nanomanufacturing and advanced materials.

These standards are the basis for a related upgrade to MSSC’s Certified Production Technician (CPT) training and certification program. MSSC is making this enhanced CPT 4.0 program fully available online. Working at home on their PCs, students, incumbent workers or unemployed persons can earn the full CPT 4.0 certification in six to eight weeks.