YKK AP Launches New Career Development Program for Engineers

Glass Magazine
April 14, 2014

YKK AP America launched a career development program for its existing and future engineering employees, helping engineers foster personal and professional development as well as grow within the company and the fenestration industry, YKK AP reports. The program is the third in a series of YKK AP employee development programs. 

“Every engineer at YKK AP understands their current competencies and proficiencies and now has a clear vision and path to foster continual learning and personal development over a lifetime career with YKK AP, ” said Oliver Stepe, senior vice president, YKK AP America. 

A keystone to the program is the inclusion of independent certifications, including a minimum certification requirement for all engineers to become a FenestrationAssociate under the American Architectural Manufacturers Association FenestrationMasters program. Engineers can stop at the FenestrationAssociate level certification or continue to certify as a FenestrationMaster. Additional career path certification options for advancement include credentials from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Construction Specifications Institute as well as Engineer in Training and Professional Engineer credentials.  

The key to the program’s success is its use of progressive levels within the job function allowing employees the opportunity to take on new responsibilities within their current role while developing their competencies in other engineering disciplines, according to YKK AP.