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.
Success at TMA for CNC-Focused Technical Working Group
Last week TMA hosted a technical work group meeting for the purpose of outlining a Credentialing Achievement Report (CAR) for two CNC Operation credentials; Milling and Turning. Guided by NIMS Deputy Director James Wall, the twelve person group put their skills and experience on paper, sharing their know-how with future generations of machinists.
Special thanks to the TMA Education Foundation for sponsoring this event. Also, thanks to all twelve industry representatives and their companies for their important contribution:
Cleveland’s Max Hayes High School Earns NIMS Accreditation
Max Hayes High School, Cleveland, Ohio, has attained NIMS accreditation
The purpose of NIMS accreditation is to improve the quality of training programs as part of the national endeavor to build and maintain a globally competitive workforce while providing workforce development opportunities for potential and current employees. Accreditation involves a three-step process: registration of the program with NIMS, the completion of a self-study analysis and an on-site industry audit conducted by a three person NIMS team. The school was also required to meet NIMS credentialing requirements.
David Sansone, NIMS board and executive committee member and Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation (PMAEF) executive director, presented Max Hayes High School representatives with a plaque denoting this recognition for the school’s CNC machining program. PMAEF supported the school’s efforts with a grant, along with many local companies who invested funds, time and equipment to assist its efforts.
“The PMA Educational Foundation and NIMS are pleased to honor Max Hayes High School for this outstanding achievement,” said Sansone. “Mr. Sansone It was earned through a rigorous examination of facilities and programs over the past year and a half, but most importantly it was earned by the people—administrators, faculty and students who set this as a goal and made certain it was accomplished. In order to be accredited, NIMS credentials were earned by students and the instructor, which is no small task.”
First Two On-the-Job Trainer (Train the Trainer) Workshops Scheduled
NIMS has scheduled its first two workshops for the On-the-Job Trainer level of the NIMS OJT System. The first workshop will be May 6-7 in Woburn, MA at Custom Machine and the second will be May 20-21 at the Brooklyn Campus of Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota. Manufacturing Success is co-sponsoring and marketing the Minnesota workshop.
Both workshops will be professionally facilitated by Chuck Guiste of the NIMS Expert Panel and Penn United Technologies.
Participants will gain an understanding of the competencies through theory instruction and related performance demonstration. The first day of the workshops will include an in depth discussion of the theoretical knowledge and the second day of the workshops will include a practical application of the theory.
NIMS Board of Directors President, Gregory Chambers, said that the NIMS OJT system enables " companies to have systems and processes in place to effectively transfer skills from one employee to another."
Interested individuals should contact Cassandra Hoover or 703-352-4971. You can also view more information by clicking here.
W.F. Kaynor Technical High School first in Connecticut to earn NIMS Accreditation
From left: Ceferino Lugo, Assistant Superintendent, State of Connecticut Department of Education; Connecticut State Senator Joan Hartley; Stephen Mandes, NIMS Executive Director; Robert Axon, Principal, W.F. Kaynor Technical High School
W.F. Kaynor Technical High School has become the first high school in the State of Connecticut to achieve accreditation of its Advanced Manufacturing Technology program by NIMS.
Kaynor’s program is a unique “joint venture” formed by the technical high school and local manufacturers to increase the supply of highly skilled workers in the local area. Seen as a “Top Gun” school for machinists, the program seeks to provide the top Kaynor students with an opportunity to work on state-of-the-art metalworking equipment in a collegiate setting to achieve NIMS credentials that certify their skills.
Not only does this program provide a new supply of highly skilled workers in our area, it lets all prospective employers know exactly what level of skill the new workers have achieved relative to the new rigorous standards nationwide.
“It used to take several years before we could tell if a new apprentice was going to make the grade or not,” said Tim Richards of PalmGuitar, former Project Coordinator of the program. “Now, with their skills both documented and certified by NIMS, there is incredible competition among local companies to hire the best of the best from this program.”
The Kaynor program is guided by a Governing Board made up of industry and educators. The Board is co-chaired Jack Traver, Jr., President of Traver IDC located in Waterbury and Robert Axon, Principal of W.F. Kaynor Technical High School.
Mr. Axon commented that “Kaynor’s long standing partnership with the region’s manufacturers is a key component to Kaynor’s success in this area.” Jack Traver, Jr. noted that “receiving the NIMS program accreditation is a prestigious honor and represents industry’s mark of approval and recognition of the training program offered through Kaynor.”
The Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) Program was designed, in 2000, to attract the excelling 11th and 12th grade manufacturing technology students from W.F. Kaynor Regional Technical High School to participate in a cooperative educational program between Kaynor and the Naugatuck Valley Community College to teach advanced skills specific to the manufacturing trade. In 2007, the program received NIMS accreditation following a rigorous examination.
At the outset of this program, the AMT program received funding from the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and the Connecticut Community Foundation (formerly the Waterbury Foundation). Furthermore, it received in-kind contributions from the State’s Technical High School System, the Naugatuck Valley Community College and the Waterbury Regional Chamber. The Connecticut Business and Industry Association was also a key partner in the formation of the program. Currently, the program receives in-kind support from the State’s Technical High School System, the Naugatuck Valley Community College and the Smaller Manufacturers Association of CT, Inc. The SMA currently provides financial assistance in regards to NIMS accreditation and credentialing.