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Updated: Dec 13, 2019

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 17, 2019

There are a number of manufacturing related industry credentials out there.  The most common ones, and the ones that DRMA and local high schools and community colleges are working on, are produced by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).  More information about these credentials can be found here. This month we’re doing a deeper dive into what earning a NIMS credential actually involves.  NIMS offers a wide range of credentials (full list here), but most schools in the area are focusing on the Measurement, Materials, and Safety (MMS) credential. Individuals who earn the NIMS MMS credential come to you with a nationally-validated understanding of the following:

Applied Mathematics

  • Arithmetic

  • Pythagorean Theorem

  • Right Angle Trigonometry

  • Use of Scientific Calculator


  • File Maintenance

  • File Selection

  • File Types

  • Filing Techniques


  • ANSI Standard Fit Symbols

  • Classes of Fits

Geometrical Dimensioning and Tolerancing

  • Feature Control Frame

  • Geometric Control Symbols

  • Geometric Tolerancing Categories

  • Geometric Tolerancing Characteristics

  • Geometric Tolerancing Zone Shapes

  • Symbols Associated with Feature Control Frames


  • Gage Block Assembly

  • Sampling Procedure

Machine Maintenance

  • Coolants

  • Oils and Lubrications

  • Refractometer Readings

Machine Safety

  • Machine Guarding

Machining Applications

  • Drilling

  • Pocket Milling

  • Reaming

  • Tapping


  • Standard Steel Classification

  • Standard Steel Numbering System (AISI/SAE)


  • Reading Micrometers

  • Reading Steel Rule

  • Reading Vernier Scales

Print Reading

  • Block Tolerances

  • Line Types and Conventions

  • Orthographic Projection

  • Surface Finish Requirements

  • Title Blocks and Revisions

Shop Safety

  • Blood Born Pathogen

  • Fire Prevention/Suppression

  • Hazardous Material Information System (HMIS)

  • Lock Out/Tag Out

  • Means of Egress (Evacuation)

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

  • Waste Removal

One of the greatest benefits of hiring a person with an industry recognized credential is that it gives you a measure of what someone knows and that they have proved to be competent in the areas listed above.

To find out how you can be connected with graduates who have industry credentials and who are ready for hire, contact Kayla or give us a call at (937) 949-4000.


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