Center for Manufacturing Technology Earns National Accreditation from NIMS
Fairfax, VA / Woburn, MA - The Intro to General Machine Shop Practices Program at the Center for Manufacturing Technology (CMT) in Woburn, Massachusetts became officially accredited as of May 22, 2015. Based on industry-set standards for quality, NIMS Accreditation is the highest benchmark for metalworking training programs in the United States.
North Central State College Manufacturing Technology Program Earns National Accreditation
Fairfax, VA / Shelby, OH — A little over four years since its inception, the Manufacturing Technology Program at North Central State College (NCSC) in Shelby, Ohio became officially accredited as of May 21, 2015. Based on industry-set standards for quality, NIMS Accreditation is the highest benchmark for metalworking training programs in the United States.
CNC Machining Students Demonstrate Their Talent at SkillsUSA Nationals Competition
Fairfax, Virginia, June 30, 2015 — On June 23-26, 2015, 6,000 secondary and post-secondary students travelled to the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky to compete in one of 100 SkillsUSA National Leadership contests. Within CNC machining, over 130 of the nation’s skilled CNC students participated in CNC Technician, CNC Turning Specialist, and CNC Milling Specialist contests. These students produced parts on a milling machine, wrote CNC programming for a part drawing and materials, and demonstrated their knowledge of technical math, machining practices, and precision measuring hand tools.
“SkillsUSA Nationals brings together the brightest young CNC machinists from each state. Over the course of three days, these students showcase their talent and skills most demanded by the precision machining industry,” said NIMS Executive Director James Wall. “We congratulate all of the contestants and medalists for their accomplishments.”
In recognition of student achievements, The Gene Haas Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to each state gold medal winner that competed in the CNC SkillsUSA National contests and additional scholarships to the top three contestants (Gold: $4,000, Silver $3,000, and Bronze: $2,000), totaling over $200,000 in scholarships.
“The Gene Haas Foundation is a proud partner and we applaud the leadership of the contestants and medalists at the 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference,” said Kathy Looman, Gene Haas Foundation Administrator. Further, Ms. Looman remarked that “The Gene Haas Foundation is committed to investing in the future of manufacturing and supporting talented individuals in their career pathways.” Contestants from the following organizations placed in the contests:
CNC Milling Specialist- Secondary: Gold Medal- Dixie Applied Technology College Silver Medal- Central Mountain High School Bronze Medal- Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School
CNC Milling Specialist- Post Secondary: Gold Medal- Alexandria Technical & Community College Silver Medal- North Dakota State College of Science Bronze Medal- Greenville Technical College
CNC Technician- Secondary Gold Medal- Saint Clair TEC Silver Medal- Greeneville-Greene County Center for Technology Bronze Medal- Tulsa Technology Center Broken Arrow Campus
CNC Technician-Post Secondary Gold Medal- Johnston Community College Silver Medal- Ranken Tech College Bronze Medal- Alexandria Technical & Community College
CNC Turning Specialist- Secondary Gold Medal- Apollo Career Center Silver Medal- Cumberland-Perry AVTS Bronze Medal- South Adams High
CNC Turning Specialist- Post Secondary Gold Medal- North Dakota State College of Science Silver Medal-South Central College- Mankato Bronze Medal- Guilford Tech Community College
NIMS would like to extend a special thank you to the CNC contest industry partners:
Amatrol, INC. AMT-The Association for Manufacturing Technology Boston Centerless Calculated Industries Cengage Learning CGTech/Vericut, INC. FANUC America Corporation The Gene Haas Foundation Haas Automation Inc. Immersive Engineering, Inc. Industrial Press National Tooling & Machining Association Modern Industries, Inc. Oberg Industries, Inc. Sandvik Coromant The L.S. Starrett Company TCI Precision Metals Vincennes University
NIMS and Autodesk Partner for First-Ever CAM Standards
San Francisco, CA, June 29, 2015 — Autodesk Inc., the leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) are partnering to develop the first-ever industry recognized Computer Aided Manufacturing/Machining (CAM) standards and credentials. These standards and credentials will enhance education and training programs to meet 21st century demands for skilled CAM programmers, designers and engineers, which will account for almost 100,000 new jobs by 2024.
To stay competitive, manufacturers must maintain high standards of production at efficient cost while meeting the ever-changing customer demands for their products. CAM allows manufacturers to efficiently adjust their processes to identify optimal production paths that decrease cycle times, reduce scrapped parts and materials, and improve the quality of finished parts. Skilled CAM programmers, designers, and engineers with extensive education and training are in high demand to plan, manage, and control these very sophisticated and costly machines.
“Companies in technologically-advanced industries are becoming much more reliant on the use of information technology and automation through CAM software to develop high-value added products and materials. In the next decade, nearly a million jobs will require the technical skills needed to operate CAM software,” said NIMS Executive Director, James Wall.
This partnership will support the advancement of CAM training programs by developing industry standards for educating and training CAM programmers. To develop these standards, Autodesk and NIMS recruited industry leaders to participate in a Technical Work Group. The Technical Work Group kick-off meeting was held at AutoDesk Headquarters in San Francisco on June 10 – 11, 2015. Industry experts from major companies including Google, NASA, DMG / MORI Seiki USA, HAAS Automation, Delcam, Parker Hannifin/Sandia National Laboratory, and Monkey Likes Shiny participated in the session and will lead the Technical Work Group.
“CAM software is changing the way companies approach business processes and how educational institutions teach the next generation of programmers and engineers. It is critical that the skills and knowledge of industry leaders be captured in standards that will serve as the basis for training and educating the future CAM manufacturing workforce,” said Monkey Likes Shiny Owner, Jeff Tiedeken.
“Autodesk is committed to providing students with the education and technical skills necessary to operate CAM software. To support this effort, Autodesk provides CAM software for free to educational institutions and students. Partnering with NIMS in the development of industry recognized CAM standards and credentials is the next step in our commitment to preparing the future generation of skilled CAM programmers, designers, and engineers,” said Director of Industry and Learning Strategy, George Abraham.
After development of the skills standards, NIMS will conduct a rigorous national validation process, holding regional reviews of the standards by industrial professionals, before releasing the standards to the public.
For more information on CAM standard and credential development, contact NIMS Director of Marketing, Christine Hubley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIFT, NIMS and Ivy Tech Combine Efforts to Address the Industrial Technology Maintenance Skills Gap
Indianapolis, IN., June 8, 2015 — The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) – one of the new national manufacturing innovation institutes -- and Ivy Tech Community College (Ivy Tech) are partnering to enhance and expand training to fill the largest number of open manufacturing jobs in states along the auto corridor. The partners will prepare a new industrial technology maintenance workforce, which drives the performance and improvement of high-tech manufacturing and accounts for 60% of job growth from 2011 to 2014 in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.
There are currently 38,727 industrial technology maintenance jobs posted in the region. These jobs entail the maintenance, troubleshooting and improvement of complex machines and automation systems that create efficient and productive manufacturing. To support the rapid deployment of new light weighting technologies being developed at LIFT, workers will have to understand and be confident in using the latest advanced technologies, help integrate them into companies’ processes and maintain their performance over time.
The initiative will focus on building high-quality training programs by:
Rolling out the first-ever industry standards for educating and training the industrial technology maintenance workforce;
Training instructors from community colleges across the entire region; and
Equipping a competent workforce with the knowledge, skills and credentials they need to enter into and advance in the field.
In partnership with Ivy Tech, NIMS worked with over 125 industry, education and workforce development experts to develop the industry standards for the training programs and the credentials that will prepare industrial technology mechanics and technicians. Ivy Tech will launch a new instructor training facility to prepare 50 instructors to deliver the training, and NIMS will bring to market credentials that certify individuals’ skills by Fall of 2016.