Skill Assessment for Career Planning

Introducing Trade Skills Assessment

Trade skills assessments(also known as trade tests) are the most flexible, economical and straightforward way to assess and validate the ability of individual employees or prospective recruits to perform the skill-based tasks that the industry needs. The rigorous but easy access format – tests can take as little as two(2) to four(4) hours to complete – means employers that need to analyse workforce skills and knowledge can easily test employees or recruits and can be confident that, if successful, they can be relied on to apply the skills tested immediately in a work environment.

MFI’s trade skills assessments are NOT  National Certifications. However, they are fully aligned with TESDA standards, combining the testing of critical skills and knowledge.

How do Trade Skills Assessments work?

Assessments take place at a simulated work environment for two(2) to four(4) hours (so several distinct skills can easily be tested in the same session if required). It is important before booking a test to choose exactly the right test (or tests) to meet the specific requirement.

The test itself combines a ‘knowledge’ element and a ‘task’ element, requiring the application of specific skills and abilities. The first part of the assessments is a written test undertaken to examine the individual’s Technical Aptitude(numeracy, language, mechanical) and Core Technical Ability (Safety, Quality and Measurement, Maintenance & Repair Fundamentals, Common Tools & Instruments , etc). Only once that has been successfully concluded, can the practical task-based part of the test go ahead. The task-based test focuses not merely on the technical skill being tested, but on the ability to apply that skill safely and efficiently.

In the practical stage, a single task will comprise a number of related activities. During the test the examiner observes specific skills and tasks in a sequence. This will include not just the core skill, but also such things as preparing equipment and materials prior to the core skill task and reinstating a work area afterwards.

The assessor and the candidate will both be aware of the candidate’s objectives and the performance expectations. The assessor’s job is to observe, record, examine, assess and provide constructive feedback.

The following are some of the skills assessment MFITI provides:

  • Welding Assessments
    – SMAW, GMAW, TIG, Arc gouging, Plasma Cutting, Gas cutting and welding
  • Automotive Mechanic Assessments
    – Braking systems, Steering and suspension, Engines, Final drives, Engine management and Engine forced induction systems, Electrical system.
  • Electrician Assessments
    –  Wiring / Cable installation and termination, fault finding, isolation procedures, motor control systems, PLCs, VFDs
  • Machining  / Fitter Assessments
    – Lathe Machine Operation, Milling Machine Operation, CNC Programming and Operation
  • Instrumentation and Process Control Assessments
    – Process Control,  Instrument Calibration, Instrument Fitting
  • Machine Automation Assessments
    – PLC, HMI, Electropneumatic Controls, Hydraulic Controls, SCADA
  • Refrigeration and Airconditioning Assessments
    – Refrigeration and Airconditioning
  • Pipefitting Assessments
  • Fiber Optic Assessments
    – Splicing / fusion, Installation, testing