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Core Competencies in Vocational Welder Worker: Based on Thai Welding Industry Participator Perceptions

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Author(s): Pakamas Choosit | Chuchai Sujivorakul | Sak Kongsuwan

Journal: Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology
ISSN 2040-7459

Volume: 4;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 371;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Core competency | Thai welding industry | vocational welding education

ABSTRACT
A core competency facilitates the identification of training needs and guides the design of a professional development program. Thus, this research was to explore and examine the core competencies in vocational welder worker based on Thai welding industry participator perceptions. To synthesize core competencies first used the focus group technique with 17 experts to identify their perspectives on core competencies in vocational welder worker. After that competencies questionnaire survey was developed to collect data from a participator sample consist of , 206 welding industry participators. Research methods were applied to collect quantitative data using questionnaires, forms, interviews, discussion groups and workshops. The resulting analysis revealed that the main elements of the competencies in vocational welder worker could be divided into three core competencies categories, namely: 1) The knowledge and skills generally: Basic skills and Information technology skills 2) The knowledge and skills specific: Process of connection and control, Welding process design, Metal structuring, The selection of proper welding process, Welding control, Inspection and testing process piece, Drawing and design product, Handmade sheet metal product, Produce and control manufacturing, and Pipe installation 3) The attitude: Personalities and human relation.
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