About NIMS

NIMS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, formed in 1995 to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. Today, we are a nationally recognized validator of performance through practical experiences that reflect the manufacturing industry. ​

Our mission is to provide world-class training solutions that enable collaboration between educators, manufacturers, policy makers, and community-based organizations in a joint effort to increase the skills of the manufacturing workforce.

The vision of NIMS is to empower organizations and individuals through workforce standards and credentials to build a thriving and globally competitive manufacturing industry.


The Challenge of the "Complexity Gap"

The Complexity Gap is a reality that manufacturers are facing as they prepare their workforce for the next industrial revolution. This Gap is widening as the velocity of emerging technologies demands that workers learn and perform higher level of skills for specific job duties. Existing standards and training programs live in a rigid framework that is not aligned to the realities of the Gap employers continue to face.

To remain competitive, employers need agile workers and training programs that allow new job duties to be introduced and accomplished at a faster pace. While 30 years ago, a worker was expected to master 75% of their occupation throughout their tenure, with today’s expanding technology, the average employee cannot master even half of their occupational duties within a 30-year career.

Therefore, instead of training employees for occupations, employers are shifting to train toward specific job roles within an occupation. Most employers are no longer focusing on long-term training tracks of 4-5 years. The future is short-term specific job role training that can stack into a masterful career.

The NIMS Smart Training Solutions

We at NIMS have built upon this trend applying the concepts of modularity and adaptability in training and performance validation as we developed our new framework. Its customizable format is aligned with manufacturers on the smart manufacturing journey and it is created with job roles, not occupations. 

There are three main pillars of the new framework:

  • Smart Standards: Updated NIMS standards for machining, industrial maintenance, and more.
  • Smart Performance Measures: Customizable performance evaluations for training programs and NIMS credentials.
  • Smart Training Principles: Universal concepts to help companies enhance their OJT.

25 Years of Excellence 

NIMS was formed in 1995 to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. Today, NIMS is the industry standard for training and skill validation within precision manufacturing. NIMS has a stakeholder base of over 6,000 metalworking companies in partnership with five major industry trade associations: The Association for Manufacturing Technology, the National Tooling & Machining Association, the Precision Machine Products Association, the Precision Metalforming Association, and the Technology and Manufacturing Association. These partners have invested over $7.5 million in private funds for the development of the NIMS standards and its credentials. The associations also contribute annually to sustain NIMS operations and are committed to the upgrading and maintenance of the standards.