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NIMS Apprenticeships Approved by U.S. Dept. of Labor

Friday, May 19, 2006
Work continues on the development of a National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) competency-based apprenticeship system for the nation’s metalworking and metalforming industries. This work, funded by a U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) grant, aims to improve the skilled workers are trained in American manufacturing. In this system, the apprentice must demonstrate proficiency against a national set of core competencies; an individual company may add additional competency requirements. It integrates standards-based credentialing assessments with traditional on-the-job learning. Eleven PMA member companies are serving as pilot sites, and PMA Educational Foundation has been involved in the development of the apprenticeships related to metalforming and in the preparation of curriculum guides. The DoL has approved five occupations under the NIMS National Guideline Standard for Competency-based Apprenticeship: Machinist; Machine Builder; CNC Setup-Programmer-Milling; CNC Setup-Programmer-Turning; and CNC Setup-Programmer-Milling and Turning. This federal approval means that companies can now register apprenticeship programs for these occupations with the DoL as competency-based programs. Workers completing these apprenticeships will receive national certifications in their respective fields. NIMS has submitted to DoL for approval the competency requirements for Press Setup Operator-Stamping, and is developing for submission later this year Tool and Die Maker – Stamping; and Machine Tool Maintenance, Service and Repair. For more information, visit To learn more about how to implement these apprenticeships at your company or how to participate as a pilot site, contact the PMA Educational Foundation staff at 216/901-8800 or

Buhrke Donates Cash Prize to High School Program

Thursday, May 18, 2006
Metal stamper Buhrke Industries, Arlington Hts., IL, recipient of the 2006 R.D. Pritchard-Higgins Design Award from the Precision Metalforming Association, donated the $1500 cash prize from the award to the Leyden High School (Franklin Park, IL) Machine Tool Advisory Council, in support of its metalworking-skills training program. The school has 110 students enrolled. The PMA award recognizes achievement in developing an innovative product design.

Website Features Pressroom Automation,
Includes ROI Calculator

Wednesday, May 17, 2006
HMS Products Co., Troy, MI, has launched a new website at, featuring servo, servo-mechanical and mechanical part-transfer systems. The site includes a new online video library and an ROI calculator, and application stories from current customers.


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