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NIMS and Tooling U-SME Introduce New Fast-Track Classes for Machining Credentials

Tooling U-SME, a leading provider of manufacturing training solutions, and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, the manufacturing industry’s certifying body of skills standards and credentials for machining and industrial maintenance, have introduced a series of streamlined online training classes designed to help further build a skilled manufacturing workforce. The new classes are dedicated to the NIMS Fast-Track training program and directly align with the organization’s Machining Level 1 credentials. 

“For years, NIMS has worked directly with Tooling U-SME to ensure its content aligns perfectly with our (NIMS) standards,” said Montez King, executive director, NIMS. “With the latest series of classes, we are able to offer a more streamlined customer experience to educators and manufacturers seeking to upskill their students and workers with the skills necessary to compete in today’s global economy.”

The NIMS Fast-Track training program provides educators and students with a user-friendly experience that simplifies the learning process. Specific to industry, the program helps manufacturers by offering their employees and new hires self-paced options that are easy for them to understand and navigate. The online portion of the program is flexible enough for employees to work on their own time without interrupting their work schedule.

“We are in a good position to help NIMS prepare a wider audience by offering online training classes that are easily accessible for any student to work with at a time that’s most convenient for them,” said Jeannine Kunz, vice president, Tooling U-SME. “Partnering with organizations such as NIMS ensures our learning and development and training programs align to industry credentials, as well as validates job competencies to our corporate partners, educators and students.”

NIMS and Tooling U-SME will continue to work together to develop classes that align fast-track courses for additional CNC and related machining credentials.

To learn more about how Tooling U-SME helps develop the workforce through training and certifications, email or call 866.706.8665.

About Tooling U-SME

Tooling U-SME delivers versatile, competency-based learning and development solutions to the manufacturing community, working with more than half of all Fortune 500® manufacturing companies, as well as 600 educational institutions across the country. Tooling U-SME partners with customers to build high performers who help their companies drive quality, productivity, innovation, and employee satisfaction. Working directly with hundreds of high schools, community colleges, and universities, Tooling U-SME is also able to help prepare the next generation workforce by providing industry-driven curriculum. A division of SME, an organization that connects people to manufacturing solutions, Tooling U-SME can be found at or follow @ToolingU on Twitter.

About NIMS

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is the developer of quality competency-based skills standards and credentials for jobs in manufacturing and related industries. These efforts allow NIMS to empower organizations and individuals through workforce skills standards and credentials to build a thriving and globally competitive manufacturing industry. Visit to learn more.