NIMS Career Pathway Tool

The NIMS Career Pathway Tool helps employers, job seekers and educators understand the numerous career pathways in the industry and what NIMS credentials really mean—how they help validate skills at a variety of levels and how they can be earned to help students and workers enter and advance in careers. The goal is to help employers enhance HR practices; help educators design better curriculum; and provide actionable career information to job seekers.

SEE THE NIMS CAREER PATHWAYS

Job Level

Entry Level

Job Title
CNC Operator
Job Description

Produces machined parts by operating a computer numerical control (CNC) machine; maintains quality and safety standards; keeps records; maintains equipment and supplies.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)

Technical Leadership (shop floor)

Job Title
CNC Turning Specialist
Job Description

Setup and operate CNC Turning Center; maintains quality and safety standards; keeps records; maintains equipment and supplies.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)
CNC Milling Specialist
Job Description

Setup and operates CNC Milling Machines; maintains quality and safety standards; keeps records; maintains equipment and supplies.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)
CNC Machinist
Job Description

Setup and operates CNC turning and milling machines; maintains quality and safety standards; keeps records; maintains equipment and supplies.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)
Journeyperson Machinist
Job Description

Produces parts from a print without supervision; maintains quality and safety standards; keeps records; maintains equipment and supplies.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)
Parts Inspector
Job Description

Performs inspections, checks, tests, and sampling procedures of incoming materials, parts and components used in the manufacturing process.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)

Technical Leadership (Office)

Job Title
Estimator
Job Description

Analyzes the costs associated with producing parts and assemblies. Working with prints, considers the machining operations, tools and materials required based on the most efficient method of producing the product.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)
Production Planner
Job Description

Develops and maintains the shop's production schedule, ship dates, budget, and monitors and controls man hours per sequence

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)
Fixture/Tool Designer
Job Description

Generates feasible fixture concepts for a given scenario for desired application of Jigs/Fixtures. Prepares design concepts, sketches or models for approval, and analyzes the intended use of products and user preferences.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)
CNC Programmer
Job Description

Develops and maintains numerical control programs to manage machining of parts on computerized machine tools

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)

Vendor / Supplier Jobs

Job Title
Machine Tool Service Technician
Job Description

Installs and maintains various CNC machine tools either in the field or internally.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)
CMM Service Technician
Job Description

Installs and maintains various Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) in the field or internally.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)
Machine Tools Sales Engineer
Job Description

Builds relationships and nurtures leads with customers interested in buying machine tools.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)
Cutting Tools Sales Engineer
Job Description

Builds relationships and nurtures leads with customers interested in buying cutting tools.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)

Mid-Management

Job Title
Machine Shop Manager
Job Description

Oversees machine shop personnel and supports related departments as required to ensure work is completed on time, on budget, and meets standards.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)
Quality Control Manager
Job Description

Develops, implements and manages quality control systems designed to ensure products meet or exceed specifications. Supervises a team of quality control inspectors.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)
Manufacturing Engineer Manager
Job Description

Applies technical expertise and skills to plan, design, set up, modify, optimize, and monitor manufacturing processes.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)

Upper Management

Education

4-Year College Program

Advanced Degree Program

Job Title
Director of Manufacturing
Job Description

Oversees management of all areas of manufacturing operations to produce products and direct activities, allowing approved products to be manufactured on-schedule and within quality standards and cost objectives.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)

Executive / Entrepreneurial

Education

4-Year College Program

Advanced Degree Program

Job Title
CEO
Job Description

Responsible for the company’s operations and profitability; ensures the company is in compliance with regulations and laws; writes the major policies for the company; keeps the board and essential staff members informed of critical information about the health and operations of the company.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)
Machine Shop Owner
Job Description

Responsible for the company’s operations and profitability; ensures the company is in compliance with regulations and laws; writes the major policies for the company.

Qualifying Credentials (PDFs)