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.
Accreditation Renewed at Richmond Senior High School
Keeping up with today’s standards, Richmond Senior High School (RSHS) in Rockingham, NC has renewed the NIMS Accreditation of their Metals Manufacturing Technology I and II Programs as of October 30, 2013. This is the high school’s second time establishing itself as a NIMS-Accredited institution, as it first set this benchmark in 2007. NIMS applauds RSHS for its continued commitment to meeting national industry standards for metalworking skills training.
Following a rigorous On Site Evaluation at the high school in early October 2013, NIMS Evaluator Sam Hart was impressed with the program and in his evaluation Hart made special note of Insructor Jeff Pressley's excellent management over the trainin program. Kaynor Tech received above-average ratings in all categories of evaluation, with the highest marks falling in the categories of Facilities, Instructional Staff, and Student Credentialing.
To date RSHS has issued neraly one hundred credentials from NIMS Machining Level I. This accreditation is in that same skill level, with a focus on the following skills:
-Measurement, Materials & Safety
-Job Planning, Benchwork, & Layout
-Drill Press I -Turning Operations: Turning Between Centers
-Turning Operations: Turning Chucking Skills
Congratulations to everyone involved in this accreditation renewal, especially Instructor Pressley for coordinating the effort to fulfill the requirements for renewal. Special thanks also to NIMS evaluator Sam Hart for conducting the on-site visit! To learn more about this program, please contact Jeff Pressley by email or by phone at (910) 995-1846.
Pictured Above: NIMS Evaluator Sam Hart with Vocational Director Sharon Johnson and Machining Instructor Jeff Pressley (right).
Did you know that NIMS accredits educational training programs and company training programs? Look over ouraccreditation pageto learn how your training program can become accredited, then contact Director of Accreditation Catherine Ross email@example.com by phone at (703) 352-4971.
Accreditation Renewed at Upper Bucks County Technical School
We are pleased to announce that the Machining Technologies Program at Upper Bucks County Technical School in Perkasie, PA has official renewed its accreditation for excellence in metalworking training. By maintaining their status as a NIMS-accredited program, the staff and faculty at UB Tech have demonstrated their continued commitment to high standards for metalworking training in the state of Pennsylvania and for the greater industry in the United States.
Since first becoming accredited in 2007, the Machining Technologies Program has demonstrated commitment to issuing NIMS metalworking credentials with nearly 300 credentials earned to date, eight of which were acquired by program instructor Dean Ruch. On Friday, October 11 an official evaluation was conducted at the school by NIMS Evaluator Kurt Heinly (of Teleflex) who recommended immediate renewal, giving the program above-average ratings in all evaluation areas, including Purpose, Facilities, Equipment/Tooling/Measuring Devices, Program Features, Administration, Instructional Staff, Student Credentialing, and Advisory Committee.
As of October 22, 2013 this program has renewed accreditation in NIMS Machining Level I Standards, with an emphasis in the following skills areas:
-CNC Milling: Programming, Setup, and Operations
-CNC Turning: Programming, Setup, and Operations
-Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout
-Measurement, Materials & Safety
-Turning Operations: Turning Between Centers
-Turning Operations: Chucking Skills
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Machining Technologies Instructor Dean Ruch for his efforts throughout the renewal process and his commitment to maintain high standards in training.
To learn more about this program, contact Instructor Ruch by email or at (215) 795-2911, ext. 230.