AN ANALYSIS OF THE PRODUCTION, QUALITY, AND MANUFACTURING (PQM) CAREER FIELD COMPETENCY MODEL
Staggs, Patricia S.
Pickar, Charles K.
Mortlock, Robert F.
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This project examines the Production, Quality, and Manufacturing (PQM) career field competency model against three sources of information: the DAU PQM course learning objectives required for PQM certification Levels 1-3; the top five coded acquisition positions coded as PQM Level 3; and the AT&L PQM Position Category Description (PCD) document used to classify acquisition positions as PQM. The PQM competency model studied in this project has yet to be approved by the Functional Integrated Product Tem (FIPT) Chair. First, the analysis of the DAU PQM course learning objectives validated the PQM competency model. Second, the analysis of a sampling of PDs coded as PQM Level 3 also validated the PQM competency model. The third analysis of the AT&L Workforce PQM PCD did not validate the PQM competency model. Even though the PQM competency model was validated using the DAU PQM course content learning objectives, more thorough research is needed to determine if the entire PQM course content required for certification to Level 3 satisfactorily prepares the candidate to practice the desired competencies outlined in the PQM competency model. In addition, further research needs to be conducted to determine if Army positions are coded properly as PQM acquisition positions based on the AT&L PQM PCD; there are some major gaps between the competency model and the PQM PCD. Through this analysis, it is my hope to impart further confidence that the PQM competency model studied is approvable.
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