Title: Entry-level engineering professionals and Product Lifecycle Management: a competency model

Authors: Sharron A. Frillman, Kari L. Wilde, Jonathan F. Kochert, Scott R. Homan, Cynthia L. Tomovic

Addresses: Department of Organizational Leadership and Supervision, Purdue University, 155 South Grant Street, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA. ' EDS Corporation, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. ' University of Central Michigan, USA. ' Purdue University, USA. ' Department of Occupational Studies, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA

Abstract: Today|s global job market requires a worker-oriented focus that emphasises individuals| competencies and is steadily phasing out the task-oriented model that once dominated most work environments. Also impacting the world of work is the pressure to eliminate all forms of waste in manufacturing as companies strive to compete on a global scale. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), considered to be the next generation of lean thinking, shows great promise as a means of managing and tracking products through their entire lifecycle, from design through recycling. This paper proposes the creation of a competency model for engineers functioning in a PLM environment.

Keywords: competencies; competency modelling; PLM; product lifecycle management; lean thinking.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMTM.2010.031375

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 2010 Vol.19 No.3/4, pp.306 - 311

Available online: 02 Feb 2010 *

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