South African Training Officials Meet with Hamill, Oberg & Magna
Herman and Peter join James Wall for a tour of Oberg Industries, led by Greg and Jason. From left to right: Herman Pienaar (NTIP), James Wall (NIMS), Peter Lategan (NTIP), Jason Falkner (Oberg), and Greg Chambers (Oberg).
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Leaders from the South African Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP) met with officials of Hamill Manufacturing Company. Oberg Industries and the Magna Training Center in an effort to benchmark their metalworking apprenticeship training in South Africa with Herman Pienaar, Curriculum Program Manager and Peter Lategan, National Program Manager for the NTIP, travelled to Western Pennsylvania with NIMS Deputy Director James Wall to review training at Hamill and Oberg. They met with Hamill Chair Jeffrey S. Kelly, Hamill President John Darymple and Human Resource Manager Phyllis E. Miller.
At Oberg, the group met with Gregory Chambers, Director of Corporate Compliance and NIMS Board Chair, Neil Ashbaugh, Senior Marketing Specialist and current Chair of the Butler County Manufacturing Consortium, and Jason Falkner, Apprentice Supervisor of Oberg Industries.
“There is a growing trend toward credentialing of employees within industries here in the United States and to have this opportunity to share our successes and failures with the government of South Africa is a positive step forward in improving the skills of workers in skilled trades worldwide,” stated Mr. Chambers. “The efforts of the government of South Africa to find, motivate, train, and reward those workers are no different than what Oberg Industries faces today in fulfilling their needs for a skilled workforce. While Oberg’s goal is to improve their nearly 700 employees, Herman and Peter have been tasked to improve the training system for their entire nation. Oberg is honored to be a small part of that goal,” concluded Mr. Chambers.
In Baltimore, the NTIP leaders met with Paul Myles and Sharon M. Snow at the Magna Technical Training Center and reviewed Magna’s NIMS-based competency apprenticeship, conducted by Magna in partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County.
NTIP is committed to re-building South Africa’s precision manufacturing industry and is modeling its efforts on the NIMS National Guideline Standards for Competency-Based Apprenticeship.
Candidates successfully complete the CNC Milling Level 1 project
VU HTEC Training Center February 22 - February 24, 2011
February 22-24 marked the first ever CNC Milling Level 1 NIMS class in the new HTEC training center at Vincennes University. Candidates from the Crane Army Ammunition Activity in southern Indiana completed the online portion of the training prior to coming to VU for the hands-on training and testing.
On the third day of the training the candidates successfully programmed, set up, and machined the NIMS level 1 credential project 100% within the tolerances on the print. The members of the Metalworking Technical Evaluation Committee probed and inspected the parts, and signed the Machining Performance Affidavit, enabling the candidates to be eligible to take the online theory exam.
"I was very impressed with the hard work and determination of the group" added instructor Doug Bowman, "I wasn't suprised that they passed the machining performance test, but I am very pleased that they did, they definitely earned it."
TechWorks’ New “National Institute for Metalworking Skills” Credentials Yields Immediate Employment
After meeting with local manufacturers to determine what they desire in an entry-level CNC machinist, TechWorks intensified the assessment/entry-level steps and outcomes for its Fast-Track (F-T) CNC Machine training. The new curriculum includes Job Readiness training through Rock Valley College, additional time in both the classroom and hands-on time on the CNC machinery, and a National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credential. This enhanced program has produced a more employable graduate.
In addition, with the extraordinary number of available CNC machine positions in the northern stateline area, TechWorks assisted its students, both current and recent graduates, by organizing a job fair with local manufactures and placement agencies; the results were impressive. A portion of the students were hired before the class graduates [March 3]. The remaining students have been asked to contact or visit the companies for longer, more in-depth interviews. One of the F-T students, who is also a military veteran, was hired and started employment while simultaneously completing his training.
Who is a good fit for the new TechWorks F-T curriculum? Any individual who:
• Has the desire to work in the advanced manufacturing field • Has a high school or college education and is interested in a secure industry • Is unemployed, underemployed or wants to make a change in a secure industry (must possess good reading and math skills) • Is interested in the opportunity to potentially program CNC machinery • Is interested in the opportunity to potentially supervise CNC machinists
The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) announced that 2010 Credentialing Testing was up 43 percent over 2009. “Moreover, 2009 was a record year itself,” noted NIMS Executive Director Stephen Mandes in an annual report to the NIMS Board of Directors and Stakeholders.
NIMS continued growth comes as no surprise to NIMS Board Chairman Gregory Chambers of Oberg Industries. “The rise in NIMS registrations and credentialing is due to NIMS being positioned to meet the demands of the industry,” said Mr. Chambers. “Employers are looking for competency-based assessments and third party validations of skills. The NIMS standards and credentials are designed by the industry to fulfill that need,” he said. NIMS tests were up 43 percent in 2010 over 2009 with 5,455 tests issued and 4,450 credentials earned. NIMS issued milestone credential number 25,000 in July 2010.
Pennsylvania, with its statewide NIMS testing program lead all states, but there were marked increases in many states as the industry continues to use credentials internally and ask for NIMS credentials, and the schools and training institutions continue to require or promote them. Illinois was second in number of tests taken and number of credentials earned. Rounding out the top five were Connecticut, Alabama and California. California, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi demonstrated marked increase in testing and credentialing.
Mr. Mandes reported that there is a surge in requests for its CNC credentials at all level, including its CNC programming and CNC operator credentials. He noted that the CNC Milling Operator and CNC Turning Operator have become very popular since their introduction in 2009, increasing from 165 in the initial year to 401 in 2010.
The highly anticipated, NIMS-endorsed Precision Machining Technology Textbook from Delmar Cengage has officially arrived and is on the market for secondary and post-secondary/adult metalworking training programs alike.
Beginning with the first section, "Introduction to Machining," the textbook builds its foundation on essential workplace skills and safety, then takes the reader through manual skills, before closing with more advanced CNC and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Machining (CAM) skills.
The textbook, which is a first of its kind, covers all eleven skills areas of NIMS Machining Level I and includes NIMS Standards and Credentials to supplement manual and Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) skills.
Special thanks to the four authors, all of whom have worked with and supported NIMS for years, for their outstanding contribution to the publication of this book and to the betterment of precision machining training in the United States:
Peter J. Hoffman, Berks Career & Technology Center - West Campus (Leesport, PA) Eric S. Hopewell, Berks Career & Technology Center - West Campus (Leesport, PA) Brian Janes, Bowling Green Technical College (Bowling Green, KY) Kent M. Sharp, Jr., Radford High School (Radford, VA) & New River Community College (Dublin, VA)