Title page for ETD etd-06102012-040353

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Ward, John T.
URN etd-06102012-040353
Title Worker profile :two functional assessment models
Degree Master of Science
Department Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dryden, Robert D. Committee Chair
Kemmerling, Paul T. Jr. Committee Member
Williges, Beverly A. Committee Member
  • Rehabilitation
Date of Defense 1988-11-08
Availability restricted
The traditional functional assessment techniques developed by medical,

psychological and social care providers lack the quantitative precision

of industrial engineering work descriptors. This study develops

two models of disabled worker behavior for use in the vocational assessment

and job design process. In addition to providin the rehabilitation

engineer a usable assessment of the client's abilities the Worker Profile

should aid in the sharing of information among the specialists on the

rehabilitation team.

Unlike previous efforts directed at modeling disabled workers'

abilities, this study individually modifies the elements used to describe

unique, specific jobs. The element by element Worker Profile approach

encourages proper job selection and work station modification. This study

uses both a traditional Motion Class Model and a novel Action Set Model.

Both models use standard Available Motions Inventory test scores as inputs.

Each of the models produces a Worker Profile which can be used to predict the worker's performance on any job for which an appropriate job

standard has been written.

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