NIMS Releases New Online Tool to Connect Competencies to Credentials to Careers

As the industry standard for training and skill validation in precision manufacturing, NIMS offers over 50 credentials that verify skills in a variety of job functions and processes. But, how do these credentials relate to the specific jobs and skills in-demand across the industry?

To answer that question, our team created the NIMS Career Pathway Tool to help employers, job seekers, and educators understand the numerous career pathways in the industry and what NIMS credentials really mean – how they help ensure skills at a variety of levels and how they can be earned to enter and advance in careers.

How does the Pathway Tool help?

Employers can use it to enhance hiring practices, develop better job postings, and incorporate NIMS credentials into training operations.
Educators can use this tool to design their curriculum, aligned with industry standards and directly linked to nationally recognized credentials.
Students can use this information to plan their career path by learning which credentials fit their personal career goals and to better translate their respective skills sets developed in their training program.


NIMS, Gene Haas Foundation and Edge Factor Launch INSPIRE Grant Program

NIMS, Gene Haas Foundation, and Edge Factor announced a new partnership to provide schools and training centers with cutting edge educational materials to inspire students and provide pathways to advanced manufacturing careers. Through the INSPIRE Grant Program, schools will receive funding towards eduFACTOR memberships, providing them access to and extensive library of cinematic films and TV series; CTE, STEM and event resources; hands-on CNC and 3D printing; and other interactive activities.

A recent survey found that only 30% of Americans believe that schools encourage students to pursue manufacturing careers and that only 1 in 3 parents encourage their children to consider a career in manufacturing. The resources available in eduFACTOR, which is produced by Edge Factor, will directly address this perception by helping educators make manufacturing careers and technology relevant and exciting to students and their parents.


Highest Number of NIMS Credentials Awarded to Students and Workers to Prepare for Manufacturing Jobs

NIMS, the metalworking industry’s premier standards and skill certification body, announced that it awarded a record number of credentials last year to individuals seeking to enter into or advance in jobs in the industry. In 2015, NIMS issued 21,420 industry-recognized credentials, resulting in a 20% increase in credentials issued in the United States from 2014.

NIMS has worked with education, industry and workforce development leadership for over twenty years to develop top manufacturing talent. Focused on certifying a skilled workforce for the global economy, NIMS works to ensure all individuals entering the workforce are equipped with the skills needed to be successful on the job from day one. This process includes strong partnerships and collaboration with industry trade associations, which have invested in and supported the development of NIMS standards and credentials.

NIMS has developed skills standards ranging from entry-level to master-level that cover the breadth of metalworking operations and industrial technology maintenance. NIMS certifies individuals’ skills against these national standards via credentials that companies can use to recruit, hire, place, and promote individual workers. Schools and employer training programs incorporate the credentials as performance and completion measures to deliver high quality training to industry standards. NIMS will soon add credentials in Industrial Technology Maintenance and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) to its portfolio of offerings in 2016-2017.


NIMS, LIFT and Ivy Tech Launch Instructor Training to Close High-Tech Industrial Technology Maintenance Skills Gap

NIMS, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow
(LIFT) – one of the new national manufacturing innovation institutes — and Ivy Tech Community College (Ivy Tech), announced the launch of a new program to train community and technical college instructors as well as industry trainers in industrial technology maintenance. The program is part of a comprehensive effort to prepare a new industrial technology maintenance workforce, which drives the performance and improvement of high-tech manufacturing, and has grown in demand by 118% from 2011 to 2015 in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.

The effort is bringing additional training and credentials in industrial technology maintenance (ITM) to market across states along the Midwest auto corridor and nationally.

Ivy Tech and NIMS have collaborated to launch the ITM workshop series to train instructors—in both educational institutions and company training programs—on how to implement the industrial technology maintenance industry standards into curriculum and deliver the related NIMS credentials to their students. Workshops are scheduled for March 21-23, 2016, and April 18-20, 2016. Interested instructors can sign up here.

As part of its commitment to provide leading-edge training and credentials for in-demand jobs, NIMS announced a partnership with Amatrol, the world’s leader in skills-based,
interactive technical learning, to develop multi-media training materials to support the NIMS ITM certifications. Amatrol’s eLearning suite includes industry-validated, interactive content like 3D simulations, videos, and quizzes that align with the nine NIMS ITM Level I certifications. Also included in the suite is an On-the-Job (OJT) training guide to assist companies in adapting the credentials to OJT training experiences.