Chairman of the Board, President and C.E.O.
Ciba Geigy Corporation
444 Saw Mill River Road
Ardsley, New York 10502-2699
Telephone 914 479 2421
Fax 914 479 2227
November 30, 1994
To: Educators and Employers of CPI Technical Workers
For the past 18 months I have had the privilege of chairing the Steering Committee for the project to develop "Voluntary Industry Standards for Chemical Process Industries Technical Workers." Phase l of the project focused on industry to identify the knowledge and skills expected of entry-level chemical laboratory technicians and plant technical operators. More than 110 employers (companies, university research units, and government agencies); industry organizations such as the Chemical Manufacturers Association, American Petroleum Institute, and the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry; professional societies such as the American Chemical Society; and union workers, particularly through the International Chemical Workers Union, have enthusiastically supported the effort by contributing many hours to develop the skill standards. Technical workers participated in work analysis sessions where tasks and performance skill standards were identified. Human resource specialists, technical leaders, and corporate mangers focused on the future roles of technical workers and the skills required to meet the needs of changing work environments. Workers at all levels reviewed and validated the output. The result is a comprehensive set of performance-based knowledge and skills the chemical process industries (CPI) believe these technical workers should meet.
The skill standards presented in this report are considered to be in draft form. Thus, your comments and critique are desired and will be considered for incorporation into the final product of the project. The measure of success for the project, however, is not in the drafting of the skill standards, but rather in how these standards will be implemented to develop workers with the necessary skills to maintain America's high standards of performance in CPI. To meet that end, Phase II of this project will focus on the educators and seek responses to the standards. Learning objectives and instructional models for both public and private suppliers of education at both the secondary and post-secondary levels will be developed. As part of Phase II , criteria for industry/academic alliances will be developed, and existing models for developing CPI technical workers both nationally and internationally will be studied. In addition, the role of technology in delivering the required training will be evaluated. Recognizing the symbiotic ties between the organization of work and worker education, the awareness of industry and academic leaders about issues affecting the quality of CPI technical workers will be increased.
On behalf of the CPI, I would like to acknowledge the support of the U.S. Department of Education and the work carried out by the American Chemical Society as we enter a new phase of chemical education in the United States.