Stafford, Texas – There are an estimated 99,500 projected job openings for machinists and 117,100 projected job openings for industrial maintenance technicians nationally through 2020.
The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is working with businesses, education institutions, and regional economic and workforce development leaders to help prepare more individuals for these growing careers by providing access to opportunities to learn the skills they need.
“We are focused on helping individuals validate their skills by earning industry-recognized and standards-based credentials that can better connect them to these fast-growing manufacturing jobs,” said Jim Wall, executive director, NIMS. “As manufacturing becomes more complex, technology-driven and innovative, companies, workers, and students need to keep up with evolving industry standards and job requirements.”
Sandvik Coromant, a global leader for metal cutting solutions and NIMS, the sole source for national, industry credentials, led a special event earlier this week to highlight the essential role of higher education and businesses in bridging the skills gap in U.S. manufacturing.
More than 50 local manufacturing employers, education institutions, and workforce development professionals in the Stafford, Texas, area gathered at Sandvik Coromant’s advanced materials insert production facility to build a plan to connect individuals to the quality, industry-recognized credentials they need to enter into and advance in in-demand manufacturing jobs.
NIMS has developed skills standards ranging from entry-level to master-level that cover the breadth of metalworking operations, including metalforming and machining. NIMS certifies individuals’ skills against these national standards via credentials that companies can use to recruit, hire, place, and promote individual workers. Training programs, such as those at community and technical colleges, incorporate the credentials as performance or completion measures of academic coursework in metalforming or machining programs. In 2013, NIMS issued 13,888 industry-recognized credentials, representing a 59% increase from 2012.
“The talents and skills of our workforce determine our capacity to innovate, grow, and compete as manufacturers,” said Jamie Price, president, Sandvik Coromant USA. “This is why Sandvik Coromant invests in education and training programs that give current and future employees the skills they need based on the most relevant, quality industry standards.”
Sandvik Coromant runs 27 Productivity Centers worldwide. Three of them are in the United States, in Cypress, Calif., Schaumburg, Ill., and in the corporate headquarters in Fair Lawn, N.J. An additional Productivity Center is planned for the Houston area. These facilities are staffed by metal cutting technical experts, who conduct customer research and development as well as basic and specialty training on state-of-the-art machines for the metalworking industry.
Sandvik Coromant and other industry stakeholders partner with NIMS to continue to enhance the industry’s skills standards aligned to fast-growing, well-paying jobs, with special focus on industrial careers and higher-level management skills.
For more information about NIMS standards and credentials, visit https://www.nims-skills.org.
Source: Sandvik Coromant