With the dramatic changes in the equipment in use the determination of the cause of a machine failure becomes even more critical. The design of the inspections required to assist in the Complaint – Cause – Correction structure in a repair and maintenance business has become even more significant. The changes we face from evolving machine design, exotic and special materials and computerization  of componentry requires a highly technical inspection of a machine in order to determine the cause of the customer complaint.

This comprehensive skills assessment covers all of the topics and subject matter required in the course of performing the job function of an Inspector. In assessing this job function we have taken the skills and knowledge requirements and created an assessment questionnaire. We have used as the foundation for this assessment the pretest and final assessment questions from all of the classes offered for the Service Department as well as the Technician Assessment for a Construction Industry Technician. We have taken all of these questions and boiled them down to ninety essential questions. Each question has an answer within a multiple-choice selection.

The results from the CSA, Comprehensive Skills Assessment, categorize the skills and knowledge of the individual being assessed, into one of our four levels of accomplishment: Developing, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced.

These assessments can be used, in conjunction with background checks and interviews, to screen applicants before they are hired. They should also be used in the annual performance review with each employee. They can even be used as a foundation piece of information related to the wages and salaries paid to the employees. Finally, and this is the genesis of the creation of the comprehensive skills assessment, the assessment has been developed to be used to create a specific employee development program for each employee in the parts and service business teams.