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.
NIMS Student Summit at IMTS 2008 Draws Crowds of Students Daily
Thousands of students packed into the NIMS Student Summit throughout the week at IMTS 2008 for direct industry exposure and information about job opportunities. Sponsored by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the event's main goal is to generate interest and incite enthusiasm in young people for manufacturing through contact with industry professionals and state-of-the-art technology.
The kick-off to the week included a Ribbon Cutting held on Monday morning. AMT President, John B. Byrd III, welcomed students to the show and discussed the wealth of opportunities available to them in our industry. The 120 students from Austin Polytechnical Academy at the ribbon cutting also heard from speakers including Assistant Commissioner Bill McMahon of the Chicago Mayor's Office of Workforce Development, Commissioner Arnold Randall of the Chicago Department of Planning & Development, and Dan Swinney of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council. Austin Polytech student Latrice Tynes had the honor of cutting the ribbon. Tynes was assisted by the above dignitaries as well as incoming president of AMT, Robert Simpson; member of the NIMS Board of Directors, Paul Huber; assistant principal of Austin Polytechnical Academy, Bernina Brazier; NIMS staff member, Jessica Stellenwerf; and Darryl Shannon of the US Department of Labor.
For the first time ever, students received a NIMS Student Summit orientation, sponsored by Sandvik Coromant (see photo below). Speakers Catherine Ross and Jessica Stellenwerf of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills as well as Gary Coslett and Dan Shelton of Sandvik Coromant delivered the presentation with the goal of connecting the students’ everyday lives to their experiences at IMTS and the manufacturing industry as a whole. Says Dan Shelton, “the reason Sandvik Coromont sponsors the NIMS Student Summit is because we’ve got a lot of people coming out of the industry, but not a lot coming in…we need students like you to get excited about careers in our field.”
Students also had the opportunity to learn about current job opportunities by speaking with staff in the Career Development Center (CDC) from Caterpillar, Rexam, Kennametal, and Seco. Other exhibitors in the CDC included Mastercam, Illinois Institute of Technology, TechWorks, Triton College, Symbol Job Training, Sandvik Coromant, the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), and Chicago Job Corps.
After leaving the CDC, students visited over 40 Student Friendly Exhibitors such as Haas Automation, Mori Seiki, United Grinding, Methods Machine Tools, Agie Charmilles, Clausing Industrial, and Sandvik Coromant.
For more information about the NIMS Student Summit or to get involved in the 2010 show, please contact NIMS at 703-352-4971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.