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The development of essential skills measurement for production workers in manufacturing environment

Samad, Onn (2013) The development of essential skills measurement for production workers in manufacturing environment. Masters thesis, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.

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Continuous assessment and training are common practices used in large organizations to ensure employees are motivated and well trained which indirectly improve the overall production and product quality. Various instruments are used to evaluate skill, examining the skills levels, skills requirements, skills change and skills utilization patterns and performance of production worker. Some of the widely instruments used are UKT, TOWES, CAMERA and CAES. UKT for instance has been used in Company A for nearly five years. However, the implementation of the method incurs more cost as the result has to be evaluated in Japan and charge is imposed to individual worker who takes the test. Moreover, more time is needed to get the result available to the company’s human resources department. Hence, this research proposes an alternative instrument called Workplace Essential Skills (WES) which can produce accurate result in a shorter time, cheaper, simpler to implement and locally manage. This is descriptive analysis and case study research which employ quantitative and using questionnaire as an instrument. The research had been conducted among the production workers from various processes includes assembly, machine and inspection in Company A. Data had been analyzed using Rasch Measurement Model with Winsteps software version 3.69.0. The total population is 450 of production workers in Company A and the sample size is 181 workers. The findings from the analysis shows that the value of Cronbach Alpha is 0.90 for internal consistency of the instrument. Person reliability is 0.87 and item reliability value is 0.98, all are excellent values because approaching to one. The value of person separation is 2.59 and item separation is 7.48. Both values are acceptable because more than two. The PTMEA CORR shows positive values and it indicates all items are functioning at the same direction with the construct that being measured. The Infit and Outfit MNSQ values are within 0.5 and 1.5, and is considered within range of productive measurement. The values of ZSTD is found within ±2, it shows a normality of items in WES. Thus, WES can be as an alternative instrument to UKT for selection and new recruitment of workers and also for existing workers in Company A.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD4801-8943 Labor. Work. Working class
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2014 06:16
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2014 06:16
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/5450
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