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Mechanical Components / Mechanical Maintenance Foundations

Career Field:  Technical

Adult Career Pathway:  Mechanical maintenance

Type:  Integrated education and training (IET) / Basic Skills

Prepares Students for:  success in a Level 1 Mechanical Maintenance course and passing Level 1 of the U.S. Department of Labor and Manufacturers Institute’s Skills Certification System

Target Student Population: Educational functioning level of low adult secondary; incumbent workers in entry level manufacturing positions seeking to improve their skills to become industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, or millwrights.

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Course Description:  The Integrated Education and Training (IET) course is designed to fulfill requirements of the Electrical and Instrumentation Technician Curriculum of PMMI Certification, The Association of Packaging and Processing Technologies. This course is intended to be offered in conjunction with a state-approved apprenticeship program.  The basic skills lessons equip participants with the basic academic skills needed to be successful in a Level 1 Mechanical Maintenance course.  The overall IET program provides incumbent workers an opportunity to improve their skills to meet the needs of local manufactures.  Skill areas include the assembly, test, startup, repair or upgrade of basic machinery models.

Duration:  20 hours basic skills training + 144 for state apprenticeship

Curriculum Materials:  Six detailed lesson plans, CCRS-aligned, with links to instructional materials, reference to specific pages of copyrighted instructional materials, plus two instructional items in the packet.

Curriculum Pluses:  Qualifies as IET (in conjunction with an apprenticeship).  Detailed lesson plans follow best practice in IET and are CCRS-aligned.

Curriculum Drawbacks:  Developed to support a specific apprenticeship in one county in Pennsylvania; will need to be modified in another context.  Some lesson materials are drawn from copyrighted materials that an ABE program may not have.

Author:  Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, Penn State College of Education

Created:  2017


Carol Clymer
Penn State University
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