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Board 58: Concept Map-based Aviation Competency Mapping and Training

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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College-Industry Partnerships Division Poster Session

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College Industry Partnerships

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Yuetong Lin Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide

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Yuetong Lin received the Ph.D. degree in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 2005. He was with Indiana State University from 2005 to 2016, where he became associate professor of Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology, and the program coordinator for Computer Engineering Technology. He joined Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide in September 2016 as an associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Technology.

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A. Mehran Shahhosseini Indiana State University

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A. Mehran Shahhosseini is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology
Management at Indiana State University. He has published over 45 articles in different journals and conference proceedings. He has served as an investigator for research projects sponsored by National Science Foundation, Ford Motor Company, and the US Army. Before working at Indiana State University, he was a faculty
in the University of Louisville for 10 years. He also has over four years of industrial experience.
He received his D.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lamar University (USA) in 1999, M.Sc. in Materials Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology (Iran) in 1991, and B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from Tehran University (Iran) in 1988. He is a member of ASEE, ASME, SAE, and ATMAE.

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Christian Janke Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Christian Janke is an Assistant Professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical Universities Worldwide Campus and the Associate Program Chair for the Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Systems Applications. He teaches at degree programs involving Unmanned Systems in all domains, including regulation, applications as well as Safety and Security.

He is a trainer for Human Factors & Crew Resource Management, instructor for Safety Management and Risk Assessment in Aviation and Auditor for Quality Management. He has been in military service as a helicopter pilot and is a Research Fellow at the European Aviation Security Center.

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Competency mapping is a process of identifying key competencies for an organization and/or a job and incorporating those competencies throughout the various processes (i.e. job evaluation, training, recruitment). For the organization, competency mapping serves two important roles. On personal level, it analyzes individual's SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities \& Threats) and finds the success criteria (i.e., behavioral standards of performance excellence) required to improve his career growth. On corporate level, competency mapping reinforces corporate strategy, culture, and vision, and provides a common framework to improve the effectiveness of training and professional development programs.

In aviation industry, competency-based training has been implemented in United Kingdom and Australia for pilot training with the explicit objective of making its workforce globally competitive. Though the results are mixed, there is a general belief that this approach appears to confer considerable advantages in specific areas for preparing pilots to operate aircraft, particularly, practical flying skills. On the other hand, similar practice has not been established or well designed for ground crew workforce development. The safety department, for example, has a very urging demand to provide a common, organization-wide standards for career levels that enable inspectors to smoothly adapt to new working environment and tasks.

Current competency mapping methods tend to be slow and expensive exercises because they rely on extensive interviews and observations that consume the time of outstanding performers and analysts. More importantly, there is not a standard competency mapping process that works in all situations and in all companies. Each company needs to develop a model that is unique to itself, which adds to the mapping developing cost and time.

In this paper, we will propose a competency mapping framework for Federal Aviation Agency's Flight Standards Training Division for the safety inspector training. The framework will be based on extensive research of existing approaches and procedures, but will incorporate new tools and analysis methods to assure the mapping to be concrete and comprehensive in order to provide effective and meaningful guidance for the agency's recruitment, training, and appraisal.

Lin, Y., & Shahhosseini, A. M., & Janke, C. (2018, June), Board 58: Concept Map-based Aviation Competency Mapping and Training Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30063

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