Career Pathways

The NIMS Career Pathway Tool helps employers, job seekers and educators understand the numerous career pathways in the industry and what NIMS credentials really mean—how they help validate skills at a variety of levels and how they can be earned to help students and workers enter and advance in careers. The goal is to help employers enhance HR practices; help educators design better curriculum; and provide actionable career information to job seekers.

Use the filters below to search through different positions available in manufacturing, and how NIMS credentials relate at every level.

CNC Machinist

Setup and operates CNC turning and milling machines; maintains quality and safety standards; keeps records; maintains equipment and supplies.
Apprenticeship
Technical Leadership (shop floor)

CNC Operator

Produces machined parts by operating a computer numerical control (CNC) machine; maintains quality and safety standards; keeps records; maintains equipment and supplies.
Career Technical Education
Entry Level

Journeyperson Machinist

Produces parts from a print without supervision; maintains quality and safety standards; keeps records; maintains equipment and supplies.
Apprenticeship
Technical Leadership (shop floor)
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