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!
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."