The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. Today, NIMS is the industry standard for training and skill validation for precision manufacturing jobs. Our mission is to build and enhance our industry’s talent by ensuring the highest quality, relevant, and efficient training.

NIMS has a stakeholder base of over 6,000 metalworking companies in partnership with the major trade associations in the industry- the Association for Manufacturing Technology, the National Tooling & Machining Association, the Precision Machine Products Association, the Precision Metalforming Association, and the Technology and Manufacturing Association.

How We Work

NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. NIMS also develops innovative training solutions, such as competency-based apprenticeships and fast-track internships, that directly connect employers to the skilled individuals they need.

Company Testimonials

“As a contract advanced manufacturer, we don’t just sell product to prospective clients: we sell the skills and abilities of our employees. NIMS helps us and our buyers know our people are competent because it is a third-party validation of quality. By credentialing our workforce, we really know what they can do. We can easily move people between job functions—from production and R&D and other subdivisions—and create a more agile workforce”

Greg Chambers, Director of Compliance, Oberg Industries, Inc.

“Our goal is to create loyalty through education. By using NIMS, we went from dysfunctional training organization to one of the premier machine tool training organization in the country, increasing morale, safety, credibility, and pride in our company”

Rod Jones, Senior Advisor – Business Development, National Sales, DMG / Mori Seiki University

“As an employer, it is important to know the capabilities of a candidate—especially when you are relying on them to add to the value of your business and your customers’ businesses. NIMS Certifications are the easiest way for a candidate to show his or her area of expertise. That credential on your resume shows that you can be trusted with a business’ production and processes”

Jamie Price, President, Sandvik Coromant USA

“Building and accessing a high-caliber workforce is a top priority for Haas Automation, which is why we work to provide students with a relevant, high-tech and hands-on educational experience, so that they can become work-ready CNC machinists, programmers, and engineers for today’s industrial employers. Using NIMS’ standards and credentials in our programs guarantees that the students are receiving relevant and quality training, and ensures that they will be competitive the second they apply for a job in the industry”

Bob Skodzinsky, Haas Technical Education Center Network program director, Haas Automation