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 Milling Specialist

Setup and operates CNC Milling Machines; maintains quality and safety standards; keeps records; maintains equipment and supplies.
Community/Technical College Program
Technical Leadership (shop floor)

CNC Programmer

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

CNC Turning Specialist

Setup and operate CNC Turning Center; maintains quality and safety standards; keeps records; maintains equipment and supplies.
Community/Technical College Program
Technical Leadership (shop floor)

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)

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)

Parts Inspector

Performs inspections, checks, tests, and sampling procedures of incoming materials, parts and components used in the manufacturing process.
Community/Technical College Program
Technical Leadership (shop floor)
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