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 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

CNC Programmer

Develops and maintains numerical control programs to manage machining of parts on computerized machine tools
Community/Technical College Program
Technical Leadership (office)

Estimator

Analyzes the costs associated with producing parts and assemblies. Working with prints, considers the machining operations, tools and materials required based on the most efficient method of producing the product.
Community/Technical College Program
Technical Leadership (office)

Fixture/Tool Designer

Generates feasible fixture concepts for a given scenario for desired application of Jigs/Fixtures. Prepares design concepts, sketches or models for approval, and analyzes the intended use of products and user preferences.
Community/Technical College Program
Technical Leadership (office)

Machine Shop Manager

Oversees machine shop personnel and supports related departments as required to ensure work is completed on time, on budget, and meets standards.
4-Year Degree Program
Mid-Management

Manufacturing Engineer Manager

Applies technical expertise and skills to plan, design, set up, modify, optimize, and monitor manufacturing processes.
4-Year Degree Program
Mid-Management

Production Planner

Develops and maintains the shop's production schedule, ship dates, budget, and monitors and controls man hours per sequence
Community/Technical College Program
Technical Leadership (office)

Quality Control Manager

Develops, implements and manages quality control systems designed to ensure products meet or exceed specifications. Supervises a team of quality control inspectors.
4-Year Degree Program
Mid-Management
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