NIMS Officials planned to celebrate the issuance of the 20,000th credential in May of this year, but certification candidates were so active that they ran right past that number to 21,000 as of May 20th.
NIMS experienced an 18.5% growth in its certifications in 2008 and it appears the organization may well exceed that rate this year as credentialing activity continues unabated throughout the United States.
Congratulations to all credential holders who have been a part of this record!
Wednesday is Earth Day. But at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, we consider every day to be Earth Day. After all, we've been in the "green manufacturing" business for nearly two decades.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Wednesday is Earth Day. But at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, we consider every day to be Earth Day. After all, we've been in the "green manufacturing" business for nearly two decades.
Stretching from Huntington in the west to RocketCenter in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, RCBI spans the state with its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers. Our facilities are equipped with the latest, most sophisticated equipment available. Our machines offer unequalled precision and efficiency. In the manufacturing process they drastically reduce the time, energy and waste required to produce whatever it is that you happen to be making.
This, in turn, enables a manufacturer to use fewer natural resources and create less pollution while achieving greater productivity.
RCBI provides access to this state-of-the-art equipment to manufacturers throughout the region. They can try it out, lease its use and, as is often the case, ultimately invest in similar equipment for their own plants.
The highly qualified RCBI staff assists workers from companies leasing time on the equipment, showing them how to use it. If a firm decides to invest in the sophisticated machinery, our staff members will go into the plant and train its workers on the spot. This service is made available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In addition, we provide a broad range of training programs to prepare individuals to enter the manufacturing field. For example, 250 men and women have earned more than 1,000 individual National Institute of Metalworking Skills certifications through RCBI's highly successful Machinist Technology Program. Nearly half have elected at the same time to earn associate degrees through RCBI's affiliation with the MarshallCommunity & TechnicalCollege in Huntington or Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser. The rigorous, hands-on training that RCBI provides is helping meet regional manufacturers' need for additional skilled machinists.
The next step in machinist training is computer-numerical-controlled machining which, obviously, introduces computers to the process. This enables machinists to realize greater precision, efficiency and speed than they can attain manually. This, in turn, brings "greening" to the manufacturing process. RCBI provides CNC training, also, to veteran machinists as well as newcomers.
Another service providing a strong tint of "green" is the RCBI Quality Certification group that helps manufacturers develop and implement documented quality systems to ensure that they remain effective, sought-after and environmentally conscious suppliers. To this end, RCBI offers a strong schedule of specialized, quality-focused courses in the latest practices and techniques, and regularly helps companies develop work instructions and supervisory management skills.
Establishing an effective quality management system has become a necessity driven by competitive global market forces. To stay in business, companies must prove that they can provide a quality product or service and continually improve their processes. They must produce in "lean" environments with the minimum amount of waste to provide value to their customers. They must manage their impact on the environment and provide conditions that are healthy and safe for their employees and surrounding communities.
RCBI's experienced, skilled Quality Certification group provides training and implementation assistance at any of our Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers - Huntington, South Charleston, Bridgeport or Rocket Center - or at the manufacturer's plant site. In doing so, they're helping to make manufacturing more environmentally responsible - "greener" - throughout the region.
These are a few of the ways RCBI has been and is working toward sustainable manufacturing, defined as "the creation of manufactured products that use processes that are non-polluting, conserve energy and natural resources, are economically sound and safe for employees, communities and consumers."
You can be confident that we will continue and strengthen our efforts to help manufacturers and their employees become increasingly "green" - and profitable. That's why we're here.
Weber is director and chief executive officer of the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, rcbi.org.
NTMA/NIMS National Apprentice Competition Winners Announced
Indianapolis, Indiana - Saturday, April 18th, 2009 –
The 37th Annual NTMA/NIMS National Apprentice Competition culminated this past Saturday evening at the Awards Banquet Celebration, presented by the Indiana Chapter of NTMA and Ivy Technical Community College. At the ceremony apprentice Mark Evangelist, of Stellar Precision Components in Pittsburgh, PA, was awarded first place. Rounding out the top three were Josh Geschke, of MAG Giddings & Lewis, and Andrew W. Warren, of Six Sigma, Inc., who were awarded second and third place prizes.
In addition to numerous other rewards, Minister Guillaume Scheurer, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Switzerland announced that the recognized apprentices will participate in a Swiss Business Hub USA 10-day trip to Switzerland for the Swiss Manufacturing Experience. NIMS Board member and Chairman of AgieCharmilles, Harry Moser, will guide the winners on their tour of Swiss manufacturing.
NIMS Participates in Career Days at Guilford Technical Community College
Greensboro, North Carolina – March 24 and 25, 2009 – Over 250 students from seven counties learned about NIMS metal working credentials and the importance of the metals industry to our economy when they attended Technology Career Days at Guilford Technical Community College.
Technology Career Days were coordinated and funded by the Piedmont Triad Partnership through a Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
More than 30 companies setup displays and provided information to the students on education and training requirements, salary ranges, and employment opportunities for various career paths. NIMS was represented by Bob Dickerson of Red Education Consulting Services, Inc.
Guilford Tech’s Machining Technology Program was the first program in North Carolina to be NIMS accredited. The program provides GTCC students the opportunity to earn credentials in Level 1 Machining Skills.
Chris Halker, Machining Technology Department Chairperson, indicated that NIMS is an integral part of their machining program and that students earn the NIMS Credential(s) appropriate to each machining course they take.
NIMS Introduces National Certifications for CNC Machine Operators
Fairfax, VA, February – 16, 2009: The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is offering two national certifications for CNC Machine Operators starting April 1, 2009. The certifications will provide portable skill recommendations for CNC Machine Operators. For the first time, employers will have a reliable, easy way to determine if a candidate meets the qualifications for CNC Machine Operator.
“CNC machine operation is a pretty sophisticated job. There are well over a hundred skills that these operators must be able to perform in order to handle the work of CNC operation,” according to Greg Chambers, Director of Corporate Compliance and Safety at Oberg Industries and President of the NIMS Board of Directors. “Even in a shrinking economy, a large number of good paying jobs go unfilled every day for CNC machine operators because consistent training targeted for the operator job hasn’t been available. Additionally, no method has existed for employers to reliably and consistently validate that an applicant actually has the skills needed for CNC operation.”
“Many experienced CNC machine operators are retiring,” says Steve Mandes, Executive Director of NIMS. “Our stakeholder organizations have highlighted this as being a serious problem. As people retire, finding qualified applicants is very difficult. Evaluating a person’s ability in this area is difficult without some common standard that is industry validated. It costs manufacturers a lot of time in evaluation, they have mixed success with their applicants at best, and ultimately can potentially have product issues when skills are not consistently applied.”
The new certifications from NIMS in CNC Milling Operations and CNC Lathe Operations provide a solution for what has been an increasingly expensive issue. As with all NIMS certifications, these are built on standards validated by industry and contain both skills demonstration and knowledge exam components. Job applicants will be able to clearly demonstrate that they are qualified with the certification. Additionally, manufacturers can require current employees to obtain certification so that the skills applied across all of their CNC machine operators are consistent.
Amatrol, Inc. has been endorsed by NIMS as the preferred training program to prepare for the CNC machine operator certifications. Amatrol has developed a highly focused, self-paced training program that is computer based. It emphasizes hands-on skills that students can learn on realistic simulators. Since the program can be delivered in a classroom or via the web, manufacturers can use the same training in all of their locations. The CNC Machine Operator Program contains pre-tests and post-tests to help students target their study.
CNC Machine Operator certification and training is the one-two punch American manufacturing needs. As Greg Chambers says, “An unbelievable number of products depend on CNC machine operations. For us to be competitive, CNC machine operations have to be right. That means consistent training and a way to show you are skilled – the certification. American industry can ill afford to have CNC jobs unfilled due to lack of qualified operators.”
Further details on the NIMS certifications, please visit www.NIMS-Skills.org. For more information about the CNC Machine Operator training program, visit www.Amatrol.com.