Companies 2018-08-23T22:13:15+00:00

The Alabama Community College System knows that manufacturing is the backbone of our nation’s economy and is a wealth creating industry.

You know we are facing workforce shortages. ACCS is making every effort to help close that gap but ACCS cannot make these initiatives work by themselves. Get involved with your community, your local Community Colleges, your local high schools, and your future employees.

ACCS is going statewide with the Dream It Do It program and plans to have a DIDI Ambassador at every Community College campus. Their function will be to assist companies in getting involved with their community’s school systems to help show young students the opportunities for careers in today’s manufacturing. The initiative includes class visits to promote manufacturing careers, student and educator tours of manufacturing facilities, Career Pathways Fairs, internships, job shadows and other career experiences. Your ACCS Ambassador is there to help assist companies with connections, planning, and actual events.

MFG Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of makers, builders and dreamers. Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs on October 6th, any day around that time can be a Manufacturing Day event. This is an opportunity to showcase the amazing work your manufacturing employees are doing on a daily basis. Any company can initiate or participate in a Manufacturing Day event. Some suggested activities are plant tours, hiring events, classroom visits, career fairs, and open houses.

Visit www.mfgday.com for more ideas and resources. We ask that everyone register their activities on www.mfgday.com.

What is the MSSC Certificate Program?

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is the nation’s leading industry-led training, assessment and certification organization focused on the core technical competencies needed by the nation’s frontline production and material handling workers.

Certified Production Technician

The Certified Production Technician (CPT) program addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled production workers in all sectors of manufacturing. Certificates are awarded in Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production, and Maintenance Awareness and Green Production.

Safety Module

  • Customer Needs
  • Communication and Leadership
  • Team Building and Decision Making
  • Safety Organization
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Fire and Electrical Safety
  • Hazardous Material Safety
  • Aligned with OSHA 10

Quality Module

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Basic Measurement
  • Precision Measurement
  • Dimensional Gauging
  • SPC and Control Charts
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Inspections and Audits
  • Prevention and Correction
  • Documentation

Manufacturing Processes and Production Module

  • Mechanical Principles
  • Materials and Material Testing
  • Production Processes
  • Machining Processes and Tooling
  • Procedures & Process Documentation
  • Production Planning and Workflow
  • Packaging and Distribution

Maintenance Awareness

  • Basic Electrical Circuits
  • Pneumatic & Hydraulic Power Systems
  • Lubrication
  • Bearings and Couplings
  • Belt and Chain Drives
  • Machine Control Concepts
  • Machine Automation
  • High Vacuum Systems
  • Laser Systems

Certified Logistics Technician

The Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) program addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled, frontline material handling workers in all supply chain facilities: in factories, warehouses, distribution centers and transportation companies.

MSSC ensures competency in critical work functions of manufacturing and logistics, with ROI data showing 70 – 80% higher performance by MSSC.

CPT and CLT are both accredited under ANSI-ISO 17024 (Personnel Certification). In the U.S., the CPT certification meets the standards of 6 million front-line production jobs, and the CLT certification meets the standards of 5.8 million front-line material handling and distribution jobs.

Credentialing ensures that potential hires are evaluated from the same baseline. Employers have the certainty and confidence that new employees arrive with core competencies assessed by an objective, outside organization.

Manufacturing Institute Special Report Manufacturing Skills Certification: Employer Perspectives

More information on Dream It. Do It. and the MSSC certification program

Report on the Skills Gap in the Manufacturing Industry and the effect it will have on jobs in the coming years.


Booklet for companies to understand the change in the future workforce and how to recruit that future workforce.


Newsletter for companies to introduce the MSSC Certification program that the Alabama Community College System is rolling out in the fall of 2017.


Information on how corporations are utilizing the MSSC certifications to improve their workforce.


Information on the organizations that recognize the MSSC certifications in the United States and worldwide.


Booklet showing a step-by-step approach used by a manufacturing company to plan and execute a Manufacturing Day event.


Information on the Dream It Do It Ambassador program.


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