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 email@example.com.
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.
Lebanon Co. CTC Industrial Machine Technology Program Renews National Accreditation
Fairfax, VA / Lebanon, PA - Maintaining an industry standard inside the classroom is no easy task, but the Industrial Machine Technology Program at Lebanon County CTC has done just that and officially renewed its accreditation through NIMS. In receiving this national recognition, the Lebanon County program demonstrates its continued commitment to excellence in metalworking training within the state of Pennsylvania and for the greater good of the U.S. Manufacturing industry.
Southwestern Illinois College Precision Machining Technology Program Renews National Accreditation
Fairfax, VA / Granite City, IL – Keeping up with today’s standards, Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) has renewed the NIMS Accreditation of their Precision Machining Technology Program as of May 6, 2015.This is the second time the college program has established itself as a NIMS-Accredited training source, as this national benchmark was first achieved in 2009.SWIC is celebrated for its continued commitment to meeting local employment needs, while maintaining national industry standards for machinist skills training.
NIMS and Gene Haas Foundation Announce Scholarships for Young Manufacturing Talent
Fairfax, Virginia, May 5, 2015 — The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (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 2015 GHF-NIMS SkillsUSA Scholarship Program will award over $200,000 in scholarship funds to students competing in three manufacturing events at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Kentucky June 22-26. Competitors include high school and college students from all 50 states who have won their state-level competitions in CNC Technician, CNC Specialist and CNC Turning Specialist. Upon their arrival at NLSC, they will 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.
The GHF-NIMS-SkillsUSA Scholarship Program is part of a larger initiative launched by GHF and NIMS to help more students prepare for success in precision manufacturing careers by gaining industry-recognized credentials at high schools and colleges. GHF and NIMS have provided more than $450,000 to schools and students since the program launched in 2014. As a result, more education programs are providing high quality training and more individuals are gaining the skills and credentials they need for success in the workplace.