Twenty-three Brock employees in Kingsport recently earned a prestigious skill set by completing Certified Production Technician (CPT) Training.
The nationally recognized CPT credential is offered by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) through Northeast State Community College’s Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing.
The CPT curriculum focuses on Safety, Quality Practices and Measurement, Manufacturing Processes and Production, and Maintenance Awareness.
The Brock team is the first in the region to complete all four modules and Brock employs the only certified CPT instructor outside of NeSCC in the region, James Osborne. Team members include Michelle Bacon, Brian Bartley, Michael Brice, Justin Burton, Bridget Carr, Alex Cooter, Tim Dwyer, Gary Evens, Greg Feathers, Scott Fletcher, Mark Fugate, Tony Fugate, Jessica Galloway, Roger Hodges, Amy Lawson, Billy Lunsford, Dan Matherly, Charles McCaslin, Joe Miller, Cavin Reed, Mark Spencer and Brian Wallen. Robert McKinney of Northeast State was the other CPT instructor involved in the training.
According to MSSC, the goal of the CPT certification program is to raise the level of performance of production workers both to assist individuals in finding higher-paying jobs and helping employers ensure their workforce boosts the company’s productivity and competitiveness.
The program involves online education and assessments paired with classroom learning. Tests are based on MSSC’s industry-defined, nationally validated skill standards. Each assessment contains about 80-90 multiple-choice questions. Individuals are allowed 90 minutes to complete each test.
The college plans to roll out the program to additional Brock employees in 2019 as well as other companies and high schools in the region. According to Northeast State officials, a CPT partnership is already in place at Dobyns-Bennett High School.
The Brock Group is a leading provider of industrial specialty services with headquarters in Houston, Texas, and operating units in the United States and Canada. The company provides Operations Support and Logistics Services in Manufacturing facilities and supports routine maintenance, turnarounds, and capital projects. Types of services provided include material handling, packaging, warehousing, scaffolding and work access, insulation, coatings/linings, and asbestos abatement, as well as additional associated services. Brock has longstanding relationships with a broad array of customers including some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the oil and gas, refining, petrochemical, power generation, LNG and pharmaceutical industries.
The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), a 501(c)3 non-profit, is an industry-led, training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s front-line production and material handling workers. The nationwide MSSC System, based upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly needed in the technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century.