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The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has presented the first draft of its National Skill Standards to support the development of a world-class industrial maintenance and mechatronics workforce. The proposed standards are intended to serve as a foundation for industry-certified skill training and help employers identify qualified talent. The organization is pursuing international review of the standards before formal publication to ensure that they meet industry needs. Industry professionals can register here to review the standards and offer feedback.
NIMS worked with Ivy Tech Community College, employers and educators to develop the National Skills Standards, which describe the knowledge, skills and abilities in which proficiency would be required for credentials. During the year-long development process, the organization conducted a series of national review sessions and interviews with employers and employees in order to document and validate the basic requirements for the majority of skilled positions within the industrial maintenance and mechatronics industries.