NIMS has worked with education, industry and workforce development leadership for over twenty years to develop top manufacturing talent. As a business driven by certifying a skilled workforce for the global economy, we continue to strive to ensure all individuals entering the workforce are equipped with the skills needed to be successful on the job from day one.
The tools available on this page are intended to support industry, education and individual job seekers as the marketplace shifts more toward competency-based hiring practices. In this toolkit, you will find a breakdown of all competency, knowledge and skill areas for the NIMS entry-level machining certifications. This toolkit connects the dots between education and industry, creating a common language, removing the guesswork from the hiring and upskilling equation.
can use this toolkit to streamline hiring practices, develop better job postings, and incorporate NIMS credentials into training operations.
can use this crosswalk to design their curriculum, resulting in instructional sessions aligned with industry standards and directly linked to nationally recognized credentials.
can use this information to plan their career path by learning which credentials will fit their personal career goals and to better translate their respective skills sets developed in their training program.
These tools are intended to support industry, education and individual job seekers providing a detailed breakdown of all competency, knowledge and skill areas for the NIMS entry-level machining (Level I) certifications.
Job Posting Templates
These sample job description templates are designed to assist you in creating a job posting that will attract job candidates who are qualified for the job by taking a competency-based hiring approach.
- CNC Operator
- CNC Programmer
NIMS Career Pathway
Learn more about the NIMS Career Pathway tool and how to align certifications to your job postings.
Articulation Agreement Report and Toolkit
Are you an educator or workforce development professional that would like to step up your work with industry certifications? Check out this Articulation Agreement Report from the Manufacturing Institute. NIMS was selected as a certification partner for this report and contributed best practices that we have collected from various organizations.
Common Employability Skills
NIMS endorses the National Network of Business and Industry Association’s Common Employability Skills (CES) framework. This framework indicates employability in both entry-level and advanced skill positions in precision manufacturing. The CES also indicates a students’ readiness to earn NIMS credentials. Learn more about the Common Employability Skills framework.