AMT Smartforce News says "NIMS: on the right track"
As a long time NIMS stakeholder, The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) is committed to Smartforce Development to fortify and sustain the future of U.S. Manufacturing. In the February 2014 issue of AMT News, Vice President of Smartforce Development Greg Jones takes an in-depth look at the strides NIMS has made to support these goals and how a NIMS-AMT partnership is extending national standards to new areas of manufacturing.
A mere two years after opening its doors for instructor and adult workforce training, the HTEC CNC Training Center at VU has issued more than 250 NIMS credentials to nearly 100 individuals who enrolled for the purpose of aligning their competencies with today's industry standards for high speed machining. An impressive Advisory Committee steers the center, with members from major industry leaders such as Haas Automation and Sandvik Coromant.
Implicit to the mission of the training center, CNC machining skills are central to the accreditation and the following NIMS credentials are paramount within the training curriculum:
-CNC Milling: Operations I
-CNC Milling: Programming, Setup & Operations I
-CNC Milling II
-CNC Turning: Operations I
-CNC Turning: Programming, Setup & Operations I
-CNC Turning II
Led by HTEC Director Doug Bowman, the CNC Training Center excelled in all areas of evaluation as required by NIMS Accreditation Policy. On December 4-5, 2013 NIMS expert Evaluation Team Leader Joan Cook conducted a comprehensive two-day evaluation of the HTEC Center. Joan was accompanied by Education Representative James Niehaus of Southern Indiana Career & Technology Center, also accredited by NIMS, and Industry Representative Greg Dickerson of Die Protection Technologies, LLC. The evaluation team was exceptionally impressed with the program, assigning above average scores in all categories of evaluation, commenting that the "program is poised for great things," and noting the dedication of Director Doug Bowman to create a program that stands to serve the industry immensely.
Did you know that NIMS accredits educational training programs and company training programs? Look over our accreditation page to learn how your training program can become accredited and be sure to read our List of Accredited Programs to find a top notch training program near you!
Questions? Contact Director of Accreditation Catherine Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (703) 352-4971.
More students and workers are preparing for success, competition in high-demand careers Fairfax, Virginia, January 16, 2014—Today the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the metalworking industry’s premier standards and workforce certification body, announced that it awarded a record number of credentials last year to individuals seeking to enter into or advance in jobs in the industry. In 2013, NIMS issued 13,888 industry-recognized credentials, representing a 58.8% increase from 2012.
“These numbers show that manufacturing employers are increasingly in need of skilled talent, and individuals are seeking to validate their skills and differentiate themselves in the hiring pool through industry-recognized and standards-based credentials,” said Jim Wall, Executive Director, NIMS. “As manufacturing becomes more complex, technology-driven and innovative, companies, workers, and students need to keep up with evolving industry standards and job requirements.”
More than 6,000 metalworking companies and major industry trade associations have invested more than $7.5 million in private funds to develop NIMS standards and credentials that prepare and advance the industry’s workforce, and continue to upgrade and maintain the standards as the industry changes.
“As a contract manufacturer of customized parts, we market the skills and abilities of our employees to potential customers,” said Greg Chambers, Director of Corporate Compliance, Oberg Industries, Inc. in Freeport, PA. “We prefer that our current workforce and the individuals we hire have NIMS credentials, because it tells us—and our customers—that they can perform to industry standards and have an edge in the highly competitive marketplace.”
NIMS has developed skills standards ranging from entry-level to master-level that cover the breadth of metalworking operations, including metalforming and machining. NIMS certifies individuals’ skills against these national standards via credentials that companies can use to recruit, hire, place, and promote individual workers. Training programs, such as those at community and technical colleges, incorporate the credentials as performance or completion measures of academic coursework in metalforming or machining programs.
"As an employer, it is important to know the capabilities of a candidate—especially when you are relying on them to add to the value of your business and your customers' businesses,” said Jamie Price, President, Sandvik Coromant USA. “NIMS Certifications are the easiest way for a candidate to show his or her area of expertise. That credential on your resume shows that you can be trusted with a business' production and processes."
“Building and accessing a high-caliber workforce is a top priority for Haas Automation, which is why we work to provide students with a relevant, high-tech and hands-on educational experience, so that they can become work-ready CNC machinists, programmers, and engineers for today’s industrial employers,” said Bob Skodzinsky, Haas Technical Education Center Network program director, Haas Automation. “Using NIMS’ standards and credentials in our programs guarantees that the students are receiving relevant and quality training, and ensures that they will be competitive the second they apply for a job in the industry.”
Other efforts that are helping to better connect individuals with the skills they need to access in-demand jobs in the metalworking industry include the Competency-Based Apprenticeship System, developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor.
About the National Institute for Metalworking Skills The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards, and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. Visit nims-skills.org.
The Computer Numeric Control Operator Program at the Wabash Valley campus of Ivy Tech Community College (Terre Haute, IN) was recently featured on WTWO News, a Wabash Valley affiliate of NBC News. This is an Ivy Tech Corporate College program, so it is a 225-hour course designed to make individuals competent and work ready for CNC operations.
Close to 150 NIMS Machining Level I credentials have been issued through the Wabash Valley programs and that number continues to grow, as a new training session starts on January 13, 2014.