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 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)

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)

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

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)

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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