Machining Standards

NIMS Smart Standards are centered on job roles defined by collections of individual duties. These duties establish minimum performance requirements independent of specifications or tolerances.

Performance Measures (PMs) are practical experiences that validate an individual or team meets the minimum requirements to perform on the job. NIMS has developed a framework that organizations may use to design customized PMs to include specifications and tolerances most relevant to their operations. Organizations may also select pre-developed PMs from a NIMS catalog.

Knowledge Requirements are specified for each job role in the standard. NIMS theory tests validate successful retention of knowledge required to perform duties within a role.


Knowledge Requirements

How do these relate to current NIMS credentials?


The content of this standard is the result of hours of work from national Technical Work Groups and has been validated by over 100 subject matter experts in industry and education. Material from the classic Machining standards, the Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) standard, and the 5-Axis CNC Machining standard were combined and reconfigured to fit the state of industry today.

NIMS extends a special thank you to Autodesk, Inc. for their partnership and sponsorship in the development of the CAM portion of the standard, and to the Gene Haas Foundation through the ProjectMFG initiative for the sponsorship of the 5-Axis CNC Machining portion.

Standard ID: TBD

First Published: June 2020

Last Modified: June 2020