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NIMS, LIFT and Ivy Tech Release New Skills Credentials

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) and Ivy Tech Community College (located throughout Indiana) are making available a new set of skills credentials and training to help fill open manufacturing jobs in states along the Midwest auto-corridor. The partners are releasing nine new NIMS credentials that validate key skills and competencies needed for industrial-technology maintenance jobs, which represent a critical and growing function in high-tech manufacturing focused on new technologies and innovation, according to LIFT officials.

“Manufacturing organizations—especially those serving the defense and transportation sectors —continue to embrace new lightweight metals and technologies, adding advanced technical requirements to critical jobs already going unfilled because workers do not have the required skills,” says Emily DeRocco, education and workforce development director for LIFT. “This is an unprecedented, yet critical, partnership to address the ever-increasing workforce needs of our industry partners and their supply chains.” 

To support the rapid deployment of new lightweighting technologies being developed at LIFT, workers will have to understand and be confident in using the latest advanced technologies, help integrate them into companies’ processes, and maintain their performance over time. Nationally, there were 322,759 job postings for industrial-technology maintenance jobs between 2015-2016, but only 26,152 graduates in related training or post-secondary programs, according to NIMS stats.

For more information on the industrial-technology maintenance credentials, visit

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Vero Software, a designer, developer and supplier of CAD/CAM/CAE software, has hired Jeff Nesbitt as sales manager for Canada. Based in Windsor, Ontario, Nesbitt is charged with managing Canadian distributors and direct sales of Vero product lines, as well as with increasing overall brand recognition throughout the country.

For more on Vero Software, visit

Service Centers Safer, Survey Shows

Monday, February 20, 2017

The 2016 Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) Safety Survey shows a positive trend for safety in the industry, according to 2015 data just released. Incidents have decreased drastically over time, reports the survey, from 10/man-hour on average across the industry in 2002 to five and below now. MSCI stressed its intention to help continue that trend.

“Lean metals companies face unique challenges and often don’t have a safety professional to push for continuous improvement in the area of safety,” says Robert Weidner III, MSCI president and CEO “MSCI has partnered with the National Safety Council (NSC) to provide MSCI members of all sizes access to safety professional training, critical benchmarking and best practices tools.”

MSCI and the NSC unveiled the MSCI Safety Excellence program this past October, extending MSCI’s safety resources to include surveys, benchmarks, information and additional training access. And, the association recently has launched its Safety Excellence Award, which recognizes MSCI member companies that have shown a recognized commitment to excellence in safety. The program is designed to be especially helpful to lean organizations that might benefit from additional accountability as they strive for a zero-incident environment, according to MSCI officials.

To learn more about the program requirements and to gain access to MSCI’s safety resources, visit


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