Amatrol and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) have developed a new technology to create more supply chain automation technicians. The Skill Boss Logistics was designed to train and test students and workers to operate, troubleshoot and maintain supply chain automation technology.

Consumption of goods is at an all-time high, and companies are turning to automation to meet demand. For example, with the explosion of online shopping, distribution centers are popping up all over the country to house these orders and meet rapid delivery windows. The supply chain logistics needed to manufacture, distribute, warehouse, ship and track these goods are highly advanced.

Amatrol and MSSC recognized the need for highly-qualified technicians to work in these environments. And so they created the Skill Boss Logistics.

Skill Boss Logistics

Amatrol Skill Boss Logistics LAB MidwestThe Skill Boss Logistics is a hands-on training and testing device aligned to over 100 skills from MSSC’s nationally-validated Logistics Standards. The system is bench-top sized, but it’s designed as a miniature automated distribution system, complete with material handling, conveyors, package tracking, automatic package queuing and priority release, sorting and more.

Skill Boss Logistics includes a variety of supply chain automation components, including multiple types of conveyors, electro-pneumatic sorters, vacuum, 2D barcode reader, PLC control, Ethernet network, AC and DC drives, and warehouse control software. It also includes an innovative computerized fault insertion system to provide testing of troubleshooting skills based on realistic sortation system problems.

Over a dozen of the world’s leading distribution and package delivery corporations advised Amatrol on the design of Skill Boss Logistics. It will enable both students and incumbent workers to gain the skills needed to meet the definition of a supply chain automation technician established by the National Science Foundation-funded National Center for Supply Chain Automation: a technician who installs, operates, supports, upgrades or maintains the automated material handling equipment and systems which support the supply chain.

Supply Chain Automation Certifications

To meet the need for more technicians, MSSC has developed the Certified Technician in Supply Chain Automation (CT-SCA) certification. The CT-SCA program is an industry-led standards-based training, assessment, and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s logistics workforce.

Using the Skill Boss Logistics, learners can earn three full certifications under the CT-SCA heading:

  1. Certification in Maintaining Equipment/Systems: CTSCA – EM
  2. Certification in Installing, Modifying, Troubleshooting, and Repairing Equipment/Systems: CTSCA – ER
  3. Certification in Installing, Modifying, Troubleshooting, and Repairing Basic Controllers and Networks: CTSCA – NR

Those who earn all three will receive a full “Automation Master” recognition and insignia from MSSC.

Skill Boss Logistics adds the hands-on component for both training and assessment, and it can fit seamlessly into any logistics program. Students can be inspired and equipped to enter into a logistics career, while incumbent workers can be upskilled to work in a fast-paced, automated world.

Skill Boss Logistics For Your Program

A major retail supply chain facilities engineering team recently concluded,

“Our team was very impressed by both Amatrol and the MSSC certification, and are excited about how we can bring them into our training path moving forward. Amatrol clearly displays their expertise in this space with outstanding and highly effective hands-on tools.”

Skill Boss Logistics, coupled with the CT-SCA certification, can be the perfect addition for your company or logistics courses. Fill out the form below and we’ll gladly provide more information.