NIMS is an acronym for National Institute of Metalworking Standards. It was developed to provide precision manufacturing standards for worker skills that can be used in multiple manufacturing settings. These skills encompass 24 operational areas which include various aspects of metalforming and machining.
There are three levels of NIMS Certification Training ranging from Entry Level (Level I) to Master Level (LEVEL III). Within these three levels, there are 48 separate NIMS Skill Certifications taught as sections. After students complete the work for each level, which includes both theory and hands-on application, they must complete a test which confirms their knowledge and ability to perform that skill. There are seven sections required to receive Level I certification. The coursework is largely self-paced and is not tied to the traditional quarter start dates.
Nancy Kukay, workforce director of NC State, summed up the importance of NIMS certification for area workers. “In the past, much of this training was done within apprenticeship programs. The skills learned in Mansfield for a pipe fitter or electrician apprenticeship might be different than an apprentice in another state or area of Ohio.” She continued, “NIMS training ensures that the same skills are learned across the entire country. NIMS Certification tells employers that you have the skills necessary to perform, and you’re ready to go to work on day one.” One area business owner who helped encourage NC State to become accredited to provide NIMS training is Mark Romanchuk of PR Machine Works. Mark is also the president of the Richland Manufacturers Coalition and sees only positives for NIMS graduates. “As a local metalworking business owner, I congratulate NC State for aligning their training with the NIMS standard. Since the standard is competency based and certifies skills, my company will use it as a basis for recruiting, hiring, placing, and promoting our workforce. Also, because it is industry written and validated, I am assured of trained employees with a skill-set that will keep my company competitive in the global marketplace.”
The NIMS training is housed in the newly opened Advanced Manufacturing Center for Excellence at the Kehoe Center in Shelby. Don Plotts, president of NC State, sees good things on the horizon. “We’re working hard to look to the future. This training is a perfect fit for our Advanced Manufacturing Center and another example of the kinds of things we can do to help restore employment stability to this region. We do that by having a workforce ready to compete at the highest levels of their industries. We know this area has great things to offer potential businesses. Things like access to logistics, infrastructure, and quality of life. But we need to have workers – qualified workers – ready to work for this new generation of manufacturers. NIMS training provides the skills those employers need.”
NIMS National Guideline Standards for Apprenticeship have been certified by the U.S. Department of Labor. The training is available to workers from area manufacturing facilities, as well as displaced workers who may qualify for financial assistance if approved by Job and Family Services One-Stop here in Richland County.
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