The Academy for Manufacturing Careers (AMC) offers assessments for companies to determine employee skills for pre-employment. Assessments are also great tools for companies interested in increasing the skill level of their current workforce. Improving employee skills and providing them with the training and knowledge necessary to be cross-trained within an organization is becoming increasingly important. AMC staff works with each company to put together an assessment package that meets the company’s needs and enables each company to place the right persons into the right jobs and/or trainings. In addition to conducting assessments at our offices, we can also provide on-site proctoring and interpretation of results, allowing companies to measure knowledge and skill within their place of business.
Assessments we regularly provide include:
BENNETT MECHANICAL COMPREHENSION TEST
An assessment designed to measure the ability to perceive and understand the relationship of physical forces and mechanical elements in practical situations. A test booklet and answer sheet is used for this 68 question, 30 minute assessment.
WIDE RANGE ACHIEVEMENT TEST 3
Measures the basic academic skills of reading, spelling and math computation. This 36 question assessment lasts up to 25 minutes using a test booklet and answer sheet.
BLACKFOX CALIPER TEST
An assessment to determine an individual’s knowledge and ability to read a set of calipers. This 15-20 question assessment is done using a computer and usually lasts no more than 30 minutes.
VCAT-VALPAR CAREER ABILITY TEST
An assessment that includes an interest survey which determines the relative strengths of an individual’s career interests and aptitudes. This test measures such things as an individual’s ability in reasoning, mathematics and language, spatial perception, color discrimination, and more. This assessment is computer-based and typically can be completed within 60 minutes (though the more questions one answers correctly, the longer it takes due to additional questions being asked).
VALPAR’S TOOL MANIPULATION
There are several standard exercises in this assessment, and exercises may be modified to suit specific uses. The exercises require finger and manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, bi-manual coordination, size discrimination ability, and make a number of other physical demands. The assessment also provides information on secondary characteristics such as ability to follow instructions, concentration skills, and so forth. This assessment is hands-on and self-timed.
INDUSTRIAL BLUEPRINT READING ASSESSMENT
This assessment measures an individual’s understanding and knowledge of mechanical blueprints through recognition and identification of symbols common to industrial blueprints. This 10 question paper and pencil assessment takes approximately 30 minutes.
METAL WORKING ASSESSMENT
Evaluates the skills of workers with limited manufacturing experience who are seeking employment and/or training in the metalworking industry. This test evaluates the core competencies required of workers such as: punch press and other machine operators, assemblers, material handlers, and lower level inspectors. This test contains 56 questions and takes approximately 45 minutes.
Many other assessment tools are available and can be provided as needs arise. If you have special assessment needs or would like more information, please contact AMC Staff at 517-782-8268.