James B. McGregorhas been named to the 2010 Manufacturing Council of United States Department of Commerce. Mr. McGregor is a past Chair of the NIMS Board of Directors and an active member of the Precision Metalforming Association. The announcement was made August 5th by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.
Mr. McGregor is Vice-Chairman of McGregor Brothers Metalworking Companies with metalforming facilities in Ohio and South Carolina. Mr. McGregor has been an ardent supporter of NIMS. His company was the first to be accredited by NIMS and his companies actively use the NIMS national certifications.
While Chair of the NIMS Board, Mr. McGregor oversaw the recruitment of NIMS initial professional staff and NIMS accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
The Manufacturing Council advises the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector, and government policies and programs that affect U.S. manufacturers. The 25 Council members represent a broad spectrum of American Manufacturing and include both small and large companies.
NIMS Credentialing Workshops in Kentucky and Tennessee
Metalworking instructors from across the states of Kentucky and Tennessee have recently welcomed NIMS staff to undergo one day workshops for the purpose of familiarizing instructors with the NIMS Credentialing Process. The first meeting, held in Louisville, KY on Monday, July 19, was led by NIMS Deputy Director James Wall, and the second meeting was led by Accreditation Director Catherine Ross at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, TN on Thursday, July 22.
A special congratulations go to each of the instructors who attended the Tennessee Workshop, as each attendee earned the NIMS Measurement, Materials & Safety credential by day's end.
Interested in hosting an instructor workshop for instructors in your state? Simply contact NIMS for more information!
Winner of Precision Machining Technology Textbook Cover Design Contest Chosen!
Following the cover design contest announced last month, publishers Delmar Cengage are one step closer to the official release of the Precision Machining Technology textbook. Many entries were received, but the winning photo was submitted by Pete Garza, a Precision Manufacturing Instructor at South Texas College. Click here to learn more!
Diman, Ranken Students Capture Gold at SkillsUSA 2010
Both gold medalists- secondary and post secondary - are from NIMS accredited programs and both have NIMS credentials. The secondary winner is Kyle Brodeur from Diman Regional Vocational Technical in Fall River, MA and Mike Ehrenstrom from Ranken Technical College in St. Louis won the post secondary. Other medalists include:
Secondary-Level Silver: Alex J. Doman, Warren Occupational Tech Center (Conifer, CO) Secondary-Level Bronze: Bryan Reiber, Wayne Education Center (Williamson, NY) Post-Secondary Level Silver: Robert Brobst, Penn College of Tech (Salisbury, PA) Post-Secondary Level Bronze: Chris Urso, Madison Area Tech College (Middleton, WI)
To view photos from Day 1 - Orientation and Contestant Luncheon - Click Here To view photos from Day 2 - Manual Machining Events - Click Here To view photos from Day 3 - CNC Machining and Other Events - Click Here To view photos from Day 4 - Awards Ceremony at Kemper Arena - Click Here
Thanks to NIMS Board of Directors Chairman Greg Chambers and Board Member Bob Skodzinsky for working the competition from the beginning through the awards ceremony Friday night. Greg worked as the official score keeper, and Bob led the HAAS team. Sandvik-Coromant and LS Starrett were essential partners as well. NIMS Deputy Director James Wall did his usual excellent job of directing the competition with enthusiastic help from NIMS staff - Catherine Ross, Meredith Goff, and Rebecca Gardner. And, as usual, we had the fine services of the Crossland Machinery Company.
Congratulations also go out to Jacob McHaffey of Mid-South Community College (West Memphis, AR) for winning the silver medal in the post-secondary level of the CNC Turning Technology competition. Mid-South Community College is currently working towards NIMS accreditation.
Thanks again to everyone who contributed time, materials, or funds to make the Precision Machining Technology Competition a great success. See you next year in Kansas City!
In 2009, Pittsburgh, PA proudly proclaimed itself the” City of Champions.” On June 16, 2010, 20 companies and 35 of the nation’s brightest young persons demonstrated talent and leadership far beyond the sports arena. These 35 are the newest graduates from the regional apprenticeship program sponsored by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association. The success of Pittsburgh NTMA program is one of cooperation and collective hard work.
It is overseen by a 16-person Chapter Steering Committee and incorporates NIMS accredited training programs at the Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center and the Steel Center Area Vocational Technical School with a combined 18 instructors. The program is administered by the non-profit New Century Careers. Nine companies provide volunteer personnel for the Metalworking Technical Committee that evaluate the NIMS performance parts. Most importantly, the program’s high degree of success results from the participating companies who have the wisdom and foresight to invest in the apprentices.
NTMA Chapter Executive Edward J. Sikora, Jr. noted that that the program “was one of the first in the country to recognize the importance of NIMS competency based credentials and to incorporate NIMS as part of the training process." He told the graduates, who collectively earned 104 NIMS credentials, “These credentials are recognized across the country as proof of your skills.” The 35 graduates heard from NTMA National Chair Russel Reschke, CEO of Metal Processors, Inc. who delivered the keynote address. Phyllis Miller of Hamill Manufacturing Company is chair of the Apprenticeship Steering Committee. Kevin Hartford of Alle-Kiski Industries is the Chapter President.