NIMS Credentials

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifies an individual’s skills as measured against the NIMS Standards. Earning NIMS credentials requires a performance test and a theory test. The performance requirements and theory tests are drawn directly from the NIMS Standards, and are written and piloted by industry. NIMS currently offers 52 metalworking credentials. To…

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MANUFACTURER SPOTLIGHT STARR MANUFACTURING, INC.

For over 50 years, Starr Manufacturing (SMI) in Vienna, Ohio, has been a supplier and partner to diverse industries including power generation, mining, structural steel machine bases, material handling, waste management, and environmental / water pollution equipment; machine manufacturers’ (OEM) equipment, and recently the oil and gas industry. SMI is well equipped and fabricates, machines,…

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Youngstown MSA Tops Export Growth

According to a new report published by the Brookings Institute, in conjunction with JPMorgan Chase, the Youngstown MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) ranked #1 in export growth from 2009-2012. The report titled, “Export Nation 2013: U.S. Growth Post-Recession”, provides detailed export growth findings for the largest 100 metro areas in the United States. The Youngstown MSA…

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Training Provider of the Month: Mercer County Career Center (MCCC)

The mission of the Mercer County Career Center is to equip students with marketable skills through effective Career and Technical Education. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Career Center’s, formerly Mercer County Area Vocational-Technical School, inaugural class and they have been consistently updating and introducing new programs that show their commitment to preparing…

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American Welding Society Credentials

The American Welding Society (AWS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the science, technology, and application of welding. They have a variety of activities and initiatives, but they are perhaps best known for their certification procedures, which provide industry standards for welding. AWS has a variety of certifications including: -Welder -Welding Fabricator -Robotic Arc…

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National Institute of Standards and Technology Announces Grants To Explore Issues Hampering Advanced Manufacturing

Last week NIST announced $4 million in grants to help develop research plans that address the biggest challenges currently inhibiting growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States. The grants will range from $250,000 to $500,000. NIST says that nonprofit U.S. organizations, in addition to higher education institutions, are eligible to apply for the program,…

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Training Provider of the Month: Columbiana County Career and Technical Center (CCCTC)

CCCTC is mindful of the various opportunities in manufacturing, which is why they offer two manufacturing-related programs for adults and High School students: AWS Sense Welding program and the Machine Trades Program. Students are trained by instructors who have work experience and credentials in manufacturing. Not only are students trained by professionals, they are being…

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