After another thrilling week of competition the 2012 SkillsUSA National Championships for CNC Milling, CNC Turning, and Precision Machining Technology are now complete and a total of eighteen medalists have been named.The three contest areas saw an increased number of contestants from across the United States, particularly in the Precision Machining Technology contest which had 71 contestants.To achieve entry to the National Championships, contestants first won gold medals at regional and state SkillsUSA contests in Spring 2012.
CNC Milling – Secondary: Gold Medal – Apollo Career Center, Ohio Silver Medal – Platt Technical High School, Connecticut^ Bronze Medal – Monty Tech, Massachusetts
CNC Milling – Post Secondary: Gold Medal – Renton Technical College, Washington^ Silver Medal – Ranken Technical College, Missouri^ Bronze Medal – Wallace State Community College, Alabama^
CNC Turning – Secondary: Gold Medal – Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Massachusetts^ Silver Medal – Earnest Pruett Center of Technology, Alabama^ Bronze Medal – Breckinridge County High School, Kentucky
CNC Turning – Post Secondary: Gold Medal – North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota^ Silver Medal – Lake Superior College, Minnesota Bronze Medal – Columbia Basin College, Washington
Precision Machining Technology – Secondary Level: Gold Medal – Huntington North High School, Indiana Silver Medal – St. Clair Technical Education Center, Michigan Bronze Medal – Newton High School, Kansas
Precision Machining Technology – Post Secondary Level: Gold Medal – Pueblo Community College, Colorado Silver Medal – Linn State Technical College, Missouri^ Bronze Medal – Wallace State Community College, Alabama^
^NIMS Accredited program (or currently pursuing accreditation).
Contestants were faced with a series of skill and related theory challenges, including process control, CNC programming, an oral professional development assessment, and various written exams.Precision Machining Technology students also completed manual machining events at the nearby Metropolitan Community College – Business and Technology Center.
Several exciting initiative were established for this year’s contests thanks to support from industry:
· --> The Gene Haas Foundation supported students with a $27,000 grant to the SME Education Foundation for the development of a SkillsUSA Machining Championship Award Program.Through this generous donation, medalists from each of the three machining contests will receive scholarships in the amount of $2,000 for gold medalists, $1,500 to silver medalists, and $1,000 to bronze medalists, for the purpose of continuing their technical education after the 2012 National Championship.
· --> Siemens Industry, Inc. provided National Precision Machining Student Scholarships so that contestants of all three contests may become registered with NIMS (if not already in the NIMS system) and subsequently pursue two NIMS skills credentials, which are national, industry-recognized certifications.
·--> On the evening of Monday, June 25 a special dinner in recognition of judges and industry volunteers was held at the Golden Ox Restaurant and was made possible thanks to the Society for Manufacturing Engineers.Speaking at the dinner were Mark Tomlinson (Executive Director and CEO of SME) and LaRoux Gillespie (President of SME).A welcome message and remarks were also provided by NIMS Executive Director James Wall, as well as NIMS Board Members Gregory Chambers and George Crossland.
·SME is also working with NIMS to produce a special post-SkillsUSA edition of The Standard, the official newsletter of NIMS.Watch for this newsletter in the coming days!
The following companies provided funding for contest operation, donated materials, machines, and /or equipment to contest areas, or provided staff to assist with the various contest areas:
We owe many thanks to the companies, individual volunteers, and judges for your participation in this year’s contests.Your support enables NIMS to coordinate the machining contests in conjunction with SkillsUSA.We could not do this without you!
For more information on SkillsUSA, the National Championships, or our industry partners please contact NIMS staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (703) 352-4971.
Accreditation Renewed at Hazleton Area Career Center
We are pleased to announce that for the second time since 2004, the Precision Machine Technology Program at the Hazleton Area Career Center (HACC) of Hazleton, PA has been awarded NIMS Accreditation for excellence in metalworking training. By maintaining their status as a NIMS-accredited program, the staff and faculty at HACC have proven continued commitment to maintaining high standards for metalworking training in the state of Pennsylvania and for the greater industry in the United States.
Led by NIMS Team Leader Kurt Heinly of Teleflex Medical, a one-day On-Site Evaluation occurred at the career center on May 18, 2012 which concluded with Mr. Heinly's recommendation to officially renew the training program's accreditation. Combined with evidence of the program's continuous efforts to credential students, NIMS officially renewed the Accreditation as of June 11, 2012.
In his final evaluation report Mr. Heinly noted the program’s strongest points:
“The program is fundamentally sound. The facility and materials are adequate to support the program's goals and NIMS credentials. Instructor Chicalese has encouraged work ethic by bringing graduates back to talk to the students, facilitating field trips and implementing a weekly 'shop foreman' who is responsible for minor issues that may arise."
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Jennifer Curcio and Joseph Chicalese for their dedication to high standards and the accreditation renewal process. Special thanks to Kurt Heinly for leading this evaluation.
To learn more about this program, contact Instructor Joseph Chicalese by email or by phone at (570) 459-3221.
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!
Accreditation questions? Just contact Director of Accreditation Catherine Ross at email@example.com or at (703) 352-4971.
Over 25% of McHenry County’s economic wealth is created by our manufacturing community. Not only is this vital sector of our economy experiencing difficulty hiring skilled workers today, but statistics show that our current skilled workforce will be retiring in the near future. Because of the impact to our economy, MCEDC connected with local superintendents to facilitate an educational interactive field trip to the IMTS to stimulate interest into manufacturing and career opportunities.
Who is attending: High School students interested in vocational training as well as college degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). As of June 1, 350 high school students are registered to attend from various districts.
Events of the Day: On the bus ride to Chicago, the students will view a video showcasing manufacturing in McHenry County and opportunities that exist today and into the future. Their first stop will be the NIMS Student Skills Center at IMTS.
The NIMS Student Skills Center will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students, educators, school administrators and guidance counselors to gain a first-hand glimpse into in the world’s most cutting-edge technology for the purpose of reinforcing a nationwide increase of STEM education at the secondary and post-secondary level. It is designed to stimulate technical interest in young people, to eliminate antiquated stereotypes of STEM-related careers, and to bridge the gap between education and industry so that students are given the skills they need to pursue well-paying, highly technical careers that go beyond imagination.
Upon arrival, our students, educators and chaperones will attend a brief orientation program at the NIMS Student Center provided by Sandvik Coromant and NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills). This 10 to 15 minute program will welcome visitors to the Student Center and IMTS, provide an overview of what to expect and where to go, and show a brief video connecting advanced manufacturing, STEM education and everyday life. Once the students have completed this section, they will enter the show.
MCEDC is seeking participation partners and event sponsors.
Chaperone/s – (day and time to be determined)
Tour of your company’s operations as a follow up to the show (day and time to be determined)
Internships possibilities for students
Event Sponsor - $100 to $1000
Box lunch sponsor/s needed for 350 students
Bus transportation for 56 students & chaperones - $810 each bus (8 buses needed)
Video production $100 to $1000
The ITMS show is a unique opportunity to excite McHenry County’s high school students about careers which are needed, valued and impact our economy. We hope you will support this effort.
Please contact Pam Cumpata or call our office with questions or to register as a participation partner or sponsor. 815.363.0444, 815.893.0895 or cell 847.682.3555.
Executive Action Will Help Thousands of Service Members Get Credentialed for Manufacturing Jobs
Friday, June 1, 2012 ---
Today President Barack Obama will visit a Golden Valley, Minnesota facility of the Honeywell company to request action from Congress on a "To Do List," to which includes the passing of the Veterans Job Corps legislation. Additionally, the President will announce a We Can't Wait initiative to assist the nation's service men and women with manufacturing skills to establish industry credentials, such as those offered by NIMS, for the purpose of securing civilian employment in the private sector.
These initiatives are a product of the President's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), which aims to unite industry, education, and government to identify emerging technologies and occupations. The AMP identified veterans and separating service members as a model resource for these highly skilled occupations. As a result, the Department of Defense (DOD), under the instruction of the President, created a Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force. It is the responsibility of the Task Force to (1) identify civilian occupations in high demand that correlate with existing military specialties, (2) work with civilian credentialing bodies, such as NIMS, to identify and address gaps between military training and civilian credentialing requirements, and (3) increase visibility and accessibility for service members to pursue civilian, industry credentials.
While NIMS has worked with the Army in multiple capacities, first within the training program at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, and most recently at the Army's Ordnance School in Fort Lee, VA, the initiatives from the White House and DOD have renewed and strengthened the relationship. The Ordnance School will become NIMS-Accredited and start issuing NIMS Credentials as early as Summer 2012.
The following are quotes from the The White House Office of the Press Secretary, as released on Thursday, May 31, 2012:
Tomorrow's announcement is the first action of the Task Force, and will provide opportunities for up to 126,000 service members to gain industry-recognized, nationally-portable certifications for high-demand manufacturing jobs. In a recent study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, over 80% of manufacturers reported moderate to serious shortages of skilled talent for many of the jobs that require these types of certifications. Due to the high-quality of their military training, our veterans have the skill sets that employers demand to fill these credentials.
The new partnership between the Army and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills will allow soldiers who complete machinist training and earn the "Level 1 Machinist" Certification to quality for Honeywell's machinist hiring qualifications.
The Board of Directors and staff at NIMS are honored to assist our nation's brave service men and women in their transition from military to civilian careers, and privileged to continue providing opportunities for active service members at Fort Lee and elsewhere.
For more information on these or any other programs offered through NIMS, please contact our staff at (703) 352-4971 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newly Accredited: Randolph Community College in Asheboro, NC
NIMS is pleased to announce the official accreditation of the Computer Integrated Machining Program at Randolph Community College (RCC) in Asheboro, North Carolina! Since first applying for accreditation in 2009, the staff and faculty at RCC have met NIMS standards and will continue to set the bar for exceptional metalworking training for post-secondary education in the state of North Carolina.
To complete the accreditation audit, an On-Site Evaluation took place at the RCC facility on April 2-3, 2012, which was conducted by veteran NIMS Evaluation Team Leader Michael Davis of Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, NC and David Paul Hill of the Machining Technology Program at Lenoir Community College, which is also pursuing NIMS Accreditation.
The audit included a facility inspection of the program’s metalworking shop and a host of in-depth interviews with students, instructors, administrators, program advisory committee members, and local employers. Following these events, the evaluation team gathered enough evidence to recommend accreditation, giving the program very high ratings in the areas of Program Purpose, Program Features, Administration Support, and Instructional Staff.
This accreditation is in Level I Machining Skills, with an emphasis on:
-Measurement, Materials & Safety
-Job Planning, Benchwork, & Layout
-Drill Press Skills
-Manual Milling Skills
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Department Head Garret Parker for working so actively to secure this accreditation!Special thanks to the Evaluation Team as well, without which this would not be possible!