NIMS, LIFT and Ivy Tech Launch Instructor Training to Close High-Tech Industrial Technology Maintenance Skills Gap

New educational partnerships and workshops are ensuring high quality training for industrial technology maintenance workforce

Indianapolis, IN., January 20, 2016—NIMS, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) – one of the new national manufacturing innovation institutes -- and Ivy Tech Community College (Ivy Tech), announced the launch of a new program to train community and technical college instructors as well as industry trainers in industrial technology maintenance. The program is part of a comprehensive effort to prepare a new industrial technology maintenance workforce, which drives the performance and improvement of high-tech manufacturing, and has grown in demand by 118% from 2011 to 2015 in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.

The effort is bringing additional training and credentials in industrial technology maintenance (ITM) to market across states along the Midwest auto corridor and nationally. The components of the partnership include: rolling out the first-ever industry standards for educating and training the industrial technology maintenance workforce; developing nationally-portable, industry-recognized skills credentials based on these standards; training instructors from community colleges across the entire region; and equipping a competent workforce with the knowledge, skills and credentials they need to enter into and advance in the field.

“In 2015, there were over 53,000 industrial technology maintenance jobs posted in the region,” said Larry Brown, executive director, LIFT. “Our manufacturers depend on skilled workers in these jobs to support productive manufacturing and integrate the latest technologies into company processes and maintain their performance over time.”

“While employers are facing a real-time skills gap, job vacancies and competitive wages—which can average up to $25.00/hour—mean that opportunities abound for motivated people looking to secure good jobs in a growing, technology-driven field,” said NIMS executive director, Jim Wall.

Ivy Tech and NIMS have collaborated to launch the ITM workshop series to train instructors—in both educational institutions and company training programs—on how to implement the industrial technology maintenance industry standards into curriculum and deliver the related NIMS credentials to their students. Workshops are scheduled for March 21-23, 2016, and April 18-20, 2016. Interested instructors can sign up here.

“Training is key to ensuring we can fulfill the need for skilled workers throughout the Midwest corridor,” said Sue Smith, Vice President of the Technology Division at Ivy Tech. “Ivy Tech is a leader in providing training programs that respond quickly to industry demand and building a first-rate workforce pipeline to meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

As part of its commitment to provide leading-edge training and credentials for in-demand jobs, NIMS announced a partnership with Amatrol, the world’s leader in skills-based, interactive technical learning, to develop multi-media training materials to support the NIMS ITM certifications. Amatrol's eLearning suite includes industry-validated, interactive content like 3D simulations, videos, and quizzes that align with the nine NIMS ITM Level I certifications. Also included in the suite is an On-the-Job (OJT) training guide to assist companies in adapting the credentials to OJT training experiences.

“NIMS has taken a major step forward to help industry address the critical shortage of skilled technicians. Their approach of creating a multiple-credential, industrial maintenance certification will more quickly qualify people for well-paying jobs,” said Paul Perkins, president, Amatrol. “The selection of Amatrol as the eLearning provider for the program will ensure that the credentials and training curriculum emphasize hands-on, job ready skills.”

NIMS and LIFT are looking for training providers and employers to pilot the newlydeveloped credentials beginning this Spring. For more information on how to pilot the credentials, please contact NIMS Director of Marketing, Christine Hubley, at

For more information on LIFT contact LIFT Education & Workforce Director, Emily DeRocco at

For more information on Amatrol’s eLearning suite contact Amatrol’s Vice President, Joe Reid, at 812-288-8285, ext. 239 


Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) is part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation and serves as the nation’s essential bridge between basic research and final product commercialization for lightweight metals. The Institute’s worldclass facilities and technology development capabilities provide the “right” solutions for the nation's defense and commercial transportation sectors to promote American competitiveness, energy efficiency, defense readiness, and economic growth.

Ivy Tech

Community College Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.


Amatrol, the world’s leader in skills-based, interactive technical learning, creates innovative learning solutions for industry and education that are used to build a highlyskilled, well-informed workforce for careers in advanced manufacturing, industrial maintenance, and many more. Amatrol’s comprehensive learning solutions are used across a diverse field of industries like automated manufacturing, iron and steel, CNC, HVAC, oil and gas, green energy, packaging, and mining to name a few. Made in the USA, Amatrol’s proven learning solutions include hands-on training equipment featuring real-world, heavyduty components, interactive multimedia and print-based curriculum, and virtual trainers.