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Skilled Trades

Building Skilled Trades Maintenance Teams

Mark Kelly, UAW & Dave Kady, GM
UAW-GM Skilled Trades and Apprentice Committee Chairpersons

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Building Skilled Trades Maintenance Teams

Provide guidelines to the Plant Joint Leadership for the effective implementation of "Skilled Trades Teams" utilizing the following framework by:

  • Laying the Foundation
  • Implementation
  • Monitoring and Providing Support

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Building Skilled Trades Maintenance Teams

Key Points

  • Understanding the current situation
  • Define the vision
  • Develop Guidelines, Boundaries, & Structure
  • Joint Leadership Training
  • Team Leader Training
  • Team Member Training
  • On-going Evaluation (Measurement) & Providing Support


Building Skilled Trades Maintenance Teams

  • Potential Barriers to Obtaining Successful Teams
  • Unclear goals
  • Poor implementation strategy plan
  • Decision-making power not shared
  • Lack of role clarity for leaders and team members
  • No measurement
  • Insufficient resources
  • Lack of skills to work together

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Building Skilled Trades Maintenance Teams

  • Assess organizational readiness
  • Create awareness of teams and implementation issues for key players
  • Select Steering Team Members
  • Identify internal "Key Personnel"
  • Gain "working knowledge" about teams through site visits, conferences, workshops, etc.

Building Skilled Trades Maintenance Teams Laying the Foundation
By Creating a Strategic Focus to:

  • Ensure thorough understanding of the organization's business strategies
  • Determine objectives and scope of implementation
  • Set specific Team Responsibilities and Goals. Define or enhance roles for Team Leaders/Members
  • Determine Measurement Methods
  • Determine Communication Strategy

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Building Skilled Trades Maintenance Teams

  • Communication
  • Accountability
  • Skills
  • Alignment (of systems and processes)
  • Measurements
  1. Team Development
  2. Team Performance
  3. Quality Network GMS and Plant Scorecard

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Building Skilled Trades Maintenance Teams

Who

  • Key UAW & Management Leaders

What

  • Define team strategy, objectives, parameters, and overall implementation plan
  • Provide resources} support} and break down barriers for Teams(s)
  • Monitor Team(s) progress and direction
  • Approve team recommendations (suggested changes, etc.) .
  • Help implement and assess changes

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Building Skilled Trades Maintenance Teams

Who

  • Supervisors, skilled trades employees, union representatives, and support personnel from targeted area(s) as needed

What

  • Analyze current situation
  • Provide recommendations for successful team implementation by reviewing
    1. Team Boundaries
    2. Team Logistics
    3. Team Leader/Member Roles and responsibilities
      • Identify NVA (non-value-added) activities
      • Track progress and reevaluate the objectives

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Building Skilled Trades Maintenance Teams

Steering Committee to provide oversight for:

  • Auditing Team Development/Performance

— Greater frequency during start-up

  • On-going Evaluation of related GMS Scorecard items

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Building Skilled Trades Maintenance Teams

Team Composition

Identify Core Trades

  • Consolidation of non-core trades (Document #63/112). Develop retraining plans and implement

Maintenance Team Size & Team Structures vary by location due to several factors:

  • Equipment Complexity
  • Level of Tolerances
  • Technology Amount of Automation & Automation Density

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Building Skilled Trades Maintenance Teams

Develop a comprehensive training plan to include:

  • Overall training requirements to address elements of the core trade(s).
  • Site/Area specific work elements
  • Documented Tracking Process (Versatility Charts)

 Approval by the National Parties

 Implement

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Building Skilled Trades Maintenance Teams

  • General Profile -Overall training requirements to address elements of the core trade(s).
  • Technical Profile - Site/Area specific work elements
  • Qualification Tracking - A filled-in circle will indicate training complete, the circle will remain empty until such time as the training has been completed
  • Training Top 3 (Bottom Corner) - Classroom training needed

 Note: Examples of a Versatility Chart will be made available

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  • Training and Communication are the cornerstones to the successful implementation of the Skilled Trades Maintenance Teams
  • The intent of the Skilled Trades Maintenance Teams is to improve the overall quality, responsiveness, and cost while maintaining safety as the overriding priority

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