Training and Education

PMPA has taken the lead on a number of industry training initiatives, including the National Institute for Metalworking Skill Standards. Members also benefit from PMPA’s relationship with Tooling University where members receive a 10% discount off on-line training.

PMPA's Career and Training Resource Database

PMPA now offers a comprehensive training database identifying training opportunities for the precision machining industry.  This collective list of training and education resources is of benefit to both employers searching for employee training and those looking for a career in precision machining.  The database identifies those schools with NIMS credentials, those who have "Right Skills Now" programs and PMPA affiliate members.  Links to Manufacturers Extension Partnership (MEP) by state is also listed.  (MEPs provide companies with services and access to public and private resources.)  If you have a school program that offers career training in the precision machining industry that can be added to the database, please contact Miles Free, Industry and Research & Technology at PMPA, 440-526-0300

  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills – The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is a not-for- profit organization of associations, including PMPA, the Great Lakes Governors Association, and Organized Labor whose goal is to develop skill standards for the metalworking trades. A skill standard is a statement that describes what a perosn should be able to do and must know in order to perform a job successfully.
  • Association for Career and Technical Education – The Association for Career and Technical Educatioin is a professional organization of 38,000 teachers, counselors, school administrators, teacher educators and business/industry partners. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, ACTE carries out a diverse array of programs.
  • Tooling U – Tooling University offers a variety of tools to develop manufacturing skill sets of employees. Tooling U helps companies meet their training needs through comprehensive on-line training systems that measure results.   (PMPA Members receive a 20% discount)