Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
College Industry Partnerships
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. https://peer.asee.org/30063
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