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New Industry-Recognized Standards

NIMS has announced a new suite of Smart Standards for various job roles in various sectors of manufacturing. These standards are a starting point for any employer and educator developing or evaluating training in these disciplines. Specifically, the new standards are categorized under the disciplines of Industry 4.0, Industrial Maintenance Technology, Dimensional Measurements, Additive Manufacturing, Machining, and Metalforming. Click New Industry-Recognized Standards ( view each role and the various duties ascribed to each. 

Smart Standards are part of NIMS Smart Training Solutions, an innovative framework for modernizing training to keep up with the pace of emerging technologies and building solid connections between employers and educators. They are “smart” because while all of the duties that comprise a given role are written, mapped, and agreed upon by subject matter experts in the industry, each employer and each educational institution can build their own job roles with any combination of duties, depending on their specific needs. For example, employers can select from a repository of industry duties that make a “Maintenance Technician” or “CNC Operator” based on how his or her company assigns duties. Regardless of how employers build job roles, they are standardized because standardization is at the duty level, not the role.

Flexible, Modular. Dynamic

“That’s the benefit of the Smart Standards framework,” says Montez King, Executive Director of NIMS. “It is flexible, it is modular, and the standards can be dynamically updated as industries change. No longer is occupational training dictated by someone in government or small group of industry people deciding what someone must do or know to be aligned to industry standards. We’ve standardized the duties themselves so that an employer can create customized roles and a training program based on the company’s actual workplace activities.” 

NIMS is offering the free Interactive Standards Viewer. A subscription version allows employers and educational institutions to customize roles with the Role Builder Module. According to NIMS, several additional modules will be rolled out over the next several months. They are Performance Measure Developer, OJT Tracker, Evaluator and Visualization Tool, and OJT Detector. Details about each will be provided as they come online.

Source: New Industry-Recognized Standards

For more information, contact NIMS at (844) 839-6467 or visit the website

More About The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) NIMS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that was formed in 1995 to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. The vision of NIMS is to build a globally competitive American workforce through collaboratively established industry standards. Including proven training frameworks and processes that dynamically respond to our technology-driven

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