National SkillsUSA Championships for Precision Machining & CNC Skills Set for Kansas City
The Precision Machining Technology, CNC Milling, and CNC Turning Championships will be held during the week of June 21st-24th in Kansas City, Missouri as part of the 2011 SkillsUSA National Championships.
The competitors have proven themselves as the best in their respective states as this contest brings together gold medal winners from each state with separate competitions at secondary and post-secondary levels. SkillsUSA, a national non-profit with student chapters throughout the country, organizes these competitions as a showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.
This is a multi-million dollar event that occupies a space equivalent to 16 football fields. In 2009 there were more than 5,400 contestants in 91 separate events. Nearly 1,500 judges and contest organizers from labor and management will make the national event possible this year. NIMS coordinates the Precision Machining Technology and CNC National Contests which are based on NIMS Levels I & II Machining Skill Standards.
Key industry supporters with NIMS for the Competition are Haas Automation, Sandvik-Coromant, LS Starrett, and Industrial Press. NIMS has also had the support of the Association for Manufacturing Technology, the Precision Metalforming Association Foundation and the National Tooling and Machining Foundation.
This year, Haas is enabling NIMS to coordinate both the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) Competition and the CNC Milling and Turning Competitions. The PMT contest includes two CNC programming components in addition to a variety of manual skills components. Just as the PMT contest brings together state gold medalists in overall machining, the CNC competition involves state gold medalists who have specialized in the CNC Milling and Turning Competitions in their states. At the National Championships in Kansas City, the separate CNC Milling and CNC Turning Contests will incorporate more complex parts and thus require the candidates to create more complex programs.
Bob Skodzinsky, Manager at Haas Technical Education Center Network, said "We at Haas Automation, Inc. and our Haas Technical Education Center Network are very pleased to add our support for the CNC Milling & CNC Turning Contests to our current PMT/CNC Programming events. We will be supplying 36 state-of-the-art Haas CNC Programming Panels for the contestants to create their CNC programs and test their programming skills. We will also supply two 2011 Haas CNC machines, a mill & a lathe, to machine contest parts from successfully written programs."
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The NIMS Expert Panel has finalized the competencies that will be at the heart of the National Guidelines for Apprentice Standards for NIMS Competency-Based Apprenticeship in six occupations including Machinist, CNC Machinist, Tool and Die Maker, Mold Maker, CNC Operator and Press Set-Up Operator. The revisions to the current NIMS Guideline Standards will be submitted to the Office of Apprenticeship for certification.
Following the Office of Apprenticeship certification, NIMS will implement the new apprenticeships on a national basis and has been preparing the Precision Manufacturing Industry for the roll-out of the new standards in the third quarter of 2011.
The Expert Panel work follows months of highly disciplined deliberation by five NIMS Technical Workgroups comprised of subject matter experts from precision manufacturing companies. The workgroups completed a job task analysis for each occupation, reviewing and reaching consensus in ranking detailed duties and task statements for each metalworking occupation.
In reviewing existing registered apprentice occupations and creating new ones for its National Guideline Standards, NIMS is being supported with funding from the Office of Apprenticeship, Employment and Training administration, U. S. Department of Labor.
The members of the NIMS Expert Panel are Sherrie Williams (Boeing), Greg Chambers (Oberg Industries, NIMS Board Chair), Roy Sweatman (Southern Manufacturing Technologies), Kenneth L. Heins (KLH Industries), Robert H. Laudeman (United States Department of Labor), Bob Skodzinsky (Haas Technical Education Center Network), Daniel Kiraly (Tooling and Manufacturing Association), Ron Kreuger (Eaton Hydraulics), and James Wall (NIMS),
Calhoun and Talladega Training Programs Officially Re-Accredited
NIMS is pleased to announce the official re-accreditation of the Machine Tool Technology Program at Calhoun Community College (Decatur) and at the Precision Machining Program at Talladega City Career Technical Center. These accreditation renewals come following On-Site Evaluations and recommendations by evaluation teams headed up by NIMS Team Leader Wes Ellis (of the Alabama Technology Network).
The Machine Tool Technology Program at Calhoun Community College (CCC) is receiving its second official accreditation since first collaborating with NIMS in 2001 and was identified by Mr. Ellis as “one of the best programs we have worked with.” As of April 6, 2011, this program is accredited in Machining Level I, specifically in:
• Measurement, Materials & Safety • Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout • Milling I • Drill Press I • Grinding I • Turning Operations: Turning Between Centers I • Turning Operations: Chucking Skills I
The Precision Machining Program at Talladega City Career Technical Center (TCCTC) is also officially re-accredited by NIMS, having been accredited by NIMS twice before; once in 2000 and again in 2005. Upon completing the On-Site Evaluation Mr. Ellis commented that this is a “good, well organized, and safe program with good prospects for future growth.” As of April 6, 2011, this program is accredited in Machining Level I, specifically in:
• Measurement, Materials & Safety • Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout • Milling I • Turning Operations: Turning Between Centers
Attending groups will receive free registration, thanks to PMPA, an Orientation Session at the beginning of their PMTS experience, which will feature a viewing of Sandvik Coromant's "Shape Your World" video and a speaker from each of the aformentioned organizations, and access to over 150 exhibitors from all over the world. Groups will also have the opportunity to view a special screening of The Edge Factor's Chilean Mine Rescue special.
Special thanks to the organizations that are partnering and supporting NIMS in this endeavor:
-Precisioned Machined Products Association
-Ohio Department of Education's Office of Career-Technical Education
NIMS Director of Accreditation Catherine Ross will be at the NIMS booth (#1104) throughout the entirety of PMTS, so stop by! Then check for PMTS photos on the NIMS Facebook page during the last week of April!