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.

CEO

Responsible for the company’s operations and profitability; ensures the company is in compliance with regulations and laws; writes the major policies for the company; keeps the board and essential staff members informed of critical information about the health and operations of the company.
Advanced Degree Program
Executive/Entrepreneurial

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)
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