Journal of Research in Technical Careers


structured on-the-job training, job analysis, CTE, SMEs, talent development


Adult and Continuing Education | Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations


This study explored the process followed by a small manufacturing company in a rural area to implement a planned training program to develop the technical skills of its engineering/production workers as the company expands its operation. A case study design was used. Data was collected over an eight-month period by the examination of documents, direct observation, and interview. Findings indicate the process followed were consistent with elements of the Talent Development Architecture. The growth of the company presents learning opportunities for both the owner and his management team. The job analysis provided inputs to implement a planned training program and to develop documents to support talent development. To maintain a pipeline of skilled entry-level workers, partnership needs to be built with the high school CTE program.