MOS will provide a harmonizedskills’ standards/specifications for all the required skill sets that is necessary for the building and construction of oil, gas, power and petrochemical plants. It will also provide requirements for training/test centers and test/inspection personnel through a system of accreditations. All transactions to run MOS is through an electronic data base management system.

This is an electronic data base management system that captures all the relevant data of workers, test personnel, test centers, contractors and plant owners. The following are the key modules of MOS.

    All participating companies must first register with the system and be given a unique number/code to identify the category of the company i.e. plant owner, EPC contractor, sub-contractor, training center, test center, authorization body and manpower recruitment center.
    Workers’ Registration Module
    Each skilled worker has to be registered and details like passport or unique national number, skill qualification details and all relevant personal particulars including contact address and contact numbers. Worker information like work permit expiry date, qualification expiry date, will be monitored by the system to remind the employer for necessary actions.
    Test Management Module
    This module helps a company or test centre to keep track of the test history. It allows a test centre to publish the test date and allow company to apply a test for their workers online. Upon conducting the test, the test centre may enter the test result to the system. Test centre may also use this module to generate test certificate. All test application will be monitored by the system.
    Worker Worksite Assignment
    This module helps plant owner and contractor to keep track of the workers work site assignment. Plant owners and contractors are able to check their workers’ assignment history, i.e. assignment period, worksite location and job type. Advanced features like “Access Card Scanning” cab be integrated with this module to have “real-time” information of workers’ activities and location.
    Performance Update
    This module allows a certified/qualified welding inspector to update a welder’s job performance and to extend the welder’s qualification. The Performance Update report will be kept by the system forFuture references.
    Customized report and statistic can be generated to provide useful information, i.e. Workers’ Skills Report, Test Statistic, Welders’ Qualification Report, Worksite Assignment Report.

    Delivers a structured system for assuring minimum quality of the skilled work force.
    Reduces wastages and improve efficiencies by the sharing of harmonized standards/specifications.
    Reduces cost through the sharing of common training centers and the removal of non-core activities for the contractors.
    All relevant data are captured and can be used for future jobs.
    This is a sustainable development as MOS can be universally applied and thus will reduce start-up time for the next project/construction.
    Provides a standard system for performance monitoring of welders, the data captured can help to quickly focus on any common problem areas thus allowing quick intervention when required.
    Can be handed over post commissioning for application by the Operating units to maintain the same high quality standards for their plant maintenance activities.
    Is a cost effective tool to apply and is definitely lower in cost for the contractors through the sharing of common facilities for training/testing and above all the removal of duplicated resources that would otherwise be needed to carry out these activities.
    Is a win-win proposition as the process of qualifying testing and monitoring still need to be conducted with or without MOS. The main difference is the MOS once applied can be reapplied for subsequent projects and is therefore providing a cycle for continual improvement.

Before the MOS can be realized, the following preconditions have to be met, Namely:

    The Plant Owner must be convinced the MOS is a value added scheme that will deliver the premise of quality skilled workforce without any increase in cost to the Owner and that MOS will not cause a delay to the project or construction schedule.
    Harmonisation Of EPC Contractors’ Standards/Specifications
    The EPC contractors have to agree to harmonize their requirements for the skill standards of the various categories of workers and are prepared to invest in resources to work towards the development of the harmonized skills Standards.
    Endorsement By Accreditation Body
    This scheme will only work if there is a transparent process of training, testing, qualification and certification and that there is in-process monitoring of the workers’ performance. Only parties or personnel that have met the requirements of the harmonized standards/specifications must carry out the above process. In other words, there must be an unbiased watchdog to ensure that all the participants of the scheme comply with the MOS standards.
    Buy-In By Sub-Contractors
    Sub Contractors are the base elements that will ultimately be the ones to implement and comply with the daily working of MOS. It is therefore important that this group of people understands fully the requirement of MOS and be trained to operate the system with ease and confidence.
    A User-friendly e-System
    In order to operate the whole scheme, there is a need to have an efficient electronic data management system in place. Such a system must be able to capture and store all the required particulars of all participating companies, data of workers, accredited training/test centers and inspection and test personnel. This electronic system must be efficient with fast response time. It must be user friendly and requires only minimal training to use.
    Project Leadership
    Finally to realize MOS, We need to have good leadership who understand and is knowledgeable of all the elements that will make MOS a successful proposition. Above all, the leadership must have the network of all the key parties and be able to galvanise all these parties towards the timely realization of the MOS.

The MOS concept has been presented at various conferences around the region and also to various interested corporations over these last 2 years. The sequences of events are listed as follow;

    Introduction of MOS
    In April 2002, the Japan Welding Engineering Society and the Singapore Welding Society initiated the Asian Welding Standardization Forum (AWSF) With the objectives of harmonizing welding standards in Asia in order to reduce cost and to improve efficiency to the industry. The MOS concept was presented at this forum and was endorsed as a project to be pursued in support of the AWSF. Beside Japan and Singapore, representatives from welding societies of China, Vietnam, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, and the Philippines were present.
    EPC Contractors Support
    In July, follow up presentations were made to Japanese Corporation; JGC, Chiyoda, NKK, Shimiszu, etc to gain support for the concept and to invite their representatives to sit in Technical Working Committees. This offer was accepted.

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