A METHOD FOR STRUCTURING TECHNICAL TASKS (TECHNICAL SUPPLEMENT),
NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY SAN DIEGO CALIF
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Research was conducted to develop a method for determining the basic technical skills for current and future weapons and support systems so as to provide the basis for the Navy enlisted personnel classification structure required for the next decade. The engineering department in destroyers was selected for the pilot study. The method being developed in this research involves the analysis of tasks and patterns of tasks in terms of the Technical, Organizational, and Communicational dimensions of the work situation. The acronym SAMOA Systematic Approach to Multidimensional Occupational Analysis was adopted as a label for this method. In developing the variables that characterize the Technical dimension, techniques for measuring the complexity and variety of tasks were devised. The report contains the following sections structure of functions scales, equipment rating form, engineering task lists, task complexity classification list, task comparison forms.