April 26, 2013,13:00 +0900(JST) Certifying Mastery of Manufacturing Skills
Sumitomo Electric awards employees the titles of “Meister” and “Expert” in recognition of their high levels of manufacturing skills. The Meister title is bestowed on outstanding Experts. Thirty-nine employees were certified as Experts, and two as Meisters this fiscal year. Nine of the new Experts and Meisters attended a certification ceremony held on April 9 at the Osaka Head Office.
An important aim of this certification program is to encourage Meister and Expert employees to generously share their hard-earned expertise with younger fellow workers. However, advanced levels of manufacturing skills often don’t render themselves to verbal explanations; overcoming this dilemma to successfully communicate professional secrets is the challenge we face.
The award ceremony was followed by a luncheon, during which more than one title recipient remarked that persistence is essential for achieving mastery. I felt that this strikes a chord with the notion of adhering conscientiously to the basics that I mention on every occasion. Perhaps somewhere here lies the key to solving the aforementioned challenge.
* This is the summary of the Japanese blog entry on April 16, 2013.