In the second part of Simutech Multimedia’s video series on assessments in the manufacturing industry, CEO Samer Forzley discusses the benefits and drawbacks of using an electrical wiring trainer or board to evaluate a person’s skill level.
When looking at whether an assessment tool will work for your company, there are three factors to consider: capability, short-term benefits and long-term benefits. In the case of using an electrical wiring trainer, this solution is not capable of evaluating or training more than one person at a time, thus, does not offer scalability. Plus, setting up the board, evaluating the trainee’s performance and reconfiguring the board again eats up a lot of time and is not feasible for assessing big groups of workers in multiple locations at different plants.
However, an electrical wiring trainer will provide assessors with visual cues about the user. For instance, does the user exude confidence when working on the board? What kind of facial expressions are being given? So, electrical wiring trainers do provide some short-term benefits.
But in the long term, these boards do not provide a complete picture of the assessment, as they don’t have a good mechanism to capture multiple points of data. And if they are used to train personnel, the worker’s progress and what skills are being built are not being captured either.
Forzley says what businesses need to look for are assessment tools that allow scalability and provide data to inform decision making.