Large-Scale Workforce Training Schedule for Logistics Skills – UL05-03 Crane

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Large-Scale Workforce Training Schedule for Logistics Skills – UL05-03 Crane

The objective of this project is to develop a method for matching workers to tasks based on skills/requirements profile, develop heuristic to determine which workers should be trained in which skills to minimize the overall training cost, and develop customer solution software


Crane – Naval Surface Warfare Ctr.

Research Team:

Gail W. DePuy, Allison Douglas, John S. Usher

Universities Involved:

University of Louisville

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The goal of this project is to develop a heuristic to assign tasks to workers based on requirements/competency profiles as well as generate a low cost training schedule to resolve current skills gaps. The solution quality of three heuristic solution methodologies developed in this paper is compared to the optimal solution for small problems.
This project will investigate the problem of defining workforce training requirements so that employee skills best match current and projected workload requirements at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, IN. As new large-scale workload is projected, management needs a tool for assessing the amount and specific types of training needed across the workforce to enable success. The question then arises as to which employees need training and also the specific types of training needed. The problem becomes of optimizing the allocation and assignment of training time and resources to achieve the best possible results.