Skilled Trades Professional Development Program

Our center serves as the technical lead in an effort to modernize job classifications and career progressions for current and future facilities personnel at Ohio State. This is a multi-year, multi-phase, and university-wide project that engages with:

  • College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Athletics
  • Division of Business and Finance
  • Facilities Operations and Development
  • Office of Student Life
  • OSU Lima
  • OSU Mansfield
  • OSU Marion
  • OSU Newark
  • Wexner Medical Center

This program leverages internal resources and supports student research within the College of Education and Human Ecology’s  Workforce Development and Education academic program. Our associates:

  • define the body of knowledge for all new classification series and job titles
  • customize our approach to job analysis, including additional task analysis, knowledge-skill-ability identification, and linkage as well as verification through real-time data collection using iPads and electronic survey software
  • create online and performance assessments to aid in job classification and training plan development
  • partner with technical curriculum and training providers to deliver skilled trades coursework
  • create on-the-job training manuals and supporting Ohio State trainers in implementing real-time, hands-on, practical work-based learning
  • develop the infrastructure and operating procedures to support a one of a kind training system
  • evaluate the work to support program improvement

Funded by The Ohio State University Facilities Services Departments

Project Contact Traci Lepicki

Desiree Weber
Desiree Weber
Senior Business Operations Analyst, Ohio State’s Facilities Operations and Development Operations
“We are fortunate to work with The Center on Education and Training for Employment because the team has such a breadth of knowledge. Due to the complexity of our project, it would have required the resources of multiple external consultants to meet our needs.  Fortunately, our project has been able to tap into different areas [of the center] to meet our needs and they have all been very proactive in anticipating and responding to our needs.  We couldn’t ask for better partner and are lucky to have a very highly skilled, very dedicated team.”