NIMS Develops Standards for Industrial Maintenance
The skill standards for industrial maintenance and mechatronics technicians will found the quality training and industry credentials used to give individuals industry-certified, in-demand skills and help employers identify qualified talent.
The National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS; Fairfax, VA) is pleased to present the first draft of “National Skill Standards” to support the development of a world-class industrial maintenance and mechatronics workforce. The standards are the foundation of quality training and industry credentials that give individuals industry-certified in-demand skills and help employers identify qualified talent.
The organization requests the international review of the standards before formal publication in order to continue to ensure that NIMS standards and certifications meet the needs of industry.
“There are nearly 100,000 open jobs in the machining industry and over 115,000 open jobs in the industrial maintenance sector,” said Jim Wall, the executive director of NIMS. “As the manufacturing industry evolves, we are committed to help companies, workers, and students keep up by providing the most current and complete information about advancing industry standards and job requirements.”
NIMS worked with Ivy Tech Community College (Carmel, IN), employers, and educators to develop the skills standards, which include the knowledge, skills and abilities in which individuals must be proficient to meet performance requirements and expectations in the workplace.
The 12-month development process included a series of national review sessions and interviews with employers and employees from across industry sectors to document and validates the basic requirements for the majority of skilled positions within the industrial maintenance and mechatronics industries.
“Companies in multiple industries and sectors internationally need certified industrial maintenance and mechatronics technicians,” says Wall. “We are calling on all employers, associations, and educators to provide feedback on these standards to help us build a world-class workforce.”
Register by August 31, 2014 to access the standards. Registrants will receive a link to the standards and a survey to provide input.