NIMS Announces Industry Standard for the 21st Century CAM Manufacturing Workforce
Today, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) released the first-ever industry Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) standards. With guidance from Autodesk Inc., the leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, these standards will enhance education and training programs to meet 21st century demands for skilled CAM programmers, designers and engineers.
Developed over the course of a yearlong intensive nationwide validation process, with more than 125 subject matter experts from companies who use a variety of CAM software, the standards define the competencies and skills expected by industry for entry-level CAM positions.
NIMS and Autodesk will continue to support the advancement of CAM training programs by developing industry credentials for educating and training CAM programmers. To develop these credentials, industry leaders will participate in work groups and provide their expertise. NIMS will conduct a rigorous development and pilot process before releasing the credentials to the public.
NIMS Adopts Common Employability Skills Across Credentialing Programs
Fairfax, Virginia, May 5, 2016 —The NIMS Board of Directors recently passed a resolution to fully adopt and promote the National Network of Business and Industry Association’s Common Employability Skills (CES) framework. The resolution establishes the CES as the foundational skills framework for all NIMS career pathways, credentials and training programs. View the full Press Release.
NIMS and Gene Haas Foundation Announce Scholarships for Young Manufacturing Talent
Fairfax, Virginia, April 19, 2016 — NIMS, the precision manufacturing industry’s premier standards and certification body, and the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF), which provides scholarships to schools for students entering technical training programs, are partnering to provide scholarship funds directly to the near-future workforce. The scholarships will be given to select SkillsUSA students, who represent some of the nation’s top young talent in precision machining and metalworking.
The 2016 GHF-NIMS SkillsUSA Scholarship Program will award over $200,000 in scholarship funds to students competing in three manufacturing events at the 52nd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Kentucky June 20-24, 2016. Competitors include high school and college students from all 50 states who have won their state-level competitions in CNC Technician, CNC Milling Specialist and CNC Turning Specialist. Upon their arrival at NLSC, they will be eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship award recognizing their success. Medalists at each of the three competitions at each level will receive awards in the following amounts: Gold: $4,000; Silver: $3,000; and Bronze: $2,000.
NIMS is a national non-profit organized under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Formed in 1994 by the leading U.S. metalworking trade associations, NIMS is the developer of quality competency-based skills standards and credentials for jobs in manufacturing and related industries. Through these efforts, NIMS helps build and maintain a globally competitive workforce.
About the Project
NIMS is currently piloting a new series of credentials for industrial technology maintenance. In conjunction with the development process, NIMS is seeking a marketing firm to design and develop a promotional brochure. NIMS has seen a significant demand for these new credentials from both education and industry across the nation. Today’s manufacturing enterprises demand a highly skilled industrial technology maintenance workforce to support business processes and operational improvements that occur through new technologies that focus on automation, light weighting, and plant productivity and efficiency As the public and private sectors focus on filling these technologically-advanced jobs, it is critical that the new industrial technology maintenance workforce is educated and trained to national industry standards.
NIMS is interested in receiving proposals for the development and design of an informational brochure for these new credentials. The targeted audience will include education and training organization, manufacturing companies, students, and economic and workforce development organizations. We would like to have a final product by August 1, 2016. To respond, please submit a proposal addressing the following topics:
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Please submit proposals to Melanie Stover, Director of Strategic Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 25, 2016.
Led by instructor James (Mike) Schoen, the college met the stringent quality requirements set forth by NIMS which include a program self-audit, the certifying of faculty and students in NIMS national, industry credentials, and demonstration of an effective, ongoing relationship with local industry.Afterwards an on-site evaluation was conducted by NIMS Lead Evaluator Sam Hart, Education Representative Randy Ragland of TCAT-Hartsville and Industry Representative Ken Potts of Philips Corporation.During this visit the Evaluation Team inspected the training facility, observed student safety and interviewed faculty, administrators, students and local employers.
As a nationally accredited program TCAT Murfreesboro has publicly demonstrated its commitment to provide industry-level training for not only the nine counties it serves directly but also to the state of Tennessee and for the greater U.S. Manufacturing Industry.
This accreditation is based on NIMS National Skill Standards for Machining Level I with a focus on the manual machining skills.