Montez King

Executive Director

Montez King is the Executive Director of NIMS, the nationally-recognized organization responsible for developing national standards and competency-based credentials in manufacturing trades. Mr. King is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the NIMS operation including administration, programs and strategic planning.

In October 2017, Mr. King was appointed to the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, formed by the Secretary of Labor “to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship progress are insufficient.” Prior to his promotion into the Executive Director role, Mr. King was the Credentialing Director at NIMS and led all technical support, data analytics and quality assurance activities for global credentialing.

Before joining NIMS, Mr. King served as Training and Technology Manager for Magna International, one of the world's largest OEM automotive parts manufacturers. At Magna, Mr. King oversaw training and technology development for the organization’s manufacturing training facility in the United States. He directed overall planning, development and implementation of their curriculum and instructions. He also directed the training, coaching, mentoring and evaluating of all instructors.

Previously, as a CNC Programming Manager at Kenlee Corporation, Mr. King managed the development and implementation of all manufacturing processes, CNC programming, and fixture design for the aerospace and medical device industry. He led a team of manufacturing specialists in developing reliable manufacturing process and work instructions to produce high precision parts and complex assemblies.

Mr. King launched his career at Teledyne Energy Systems as a Machinist Apprentice, where he earned his Maryland State Journeyperson Machinist certificate. Compelled to give back to his hometown of Baltimore, Mr. King taught the skills he learned and mentored in his childhood community for nearly a decade. He designed and implemented instructions for advanced manufacturing courses: CNC Machining Applications, CNC Programming, and Geometrical Dimensioning and Tolerancing.

His academic background includes a B.S. degree in Information Technology and M.ED degree in Adult Education from the University of Phoenix as well as his 4-year apprenticeship in Machine Tool Technology at the Community College of Baltimore County.

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