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NIMS Endorses Amatrol’s Multimedia Curricula for ITM Certification

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has endorsed Amatrol as its preferred eLearning source for cutting-edge multimedia training materials to support its new Industrial Maintenance Technology (IMT) Certification. Amatrol’s multimedia based training will cover a wide array of maintenance skills for all duty areas of the certification including general maintenance operations, hydraulic systems, process control, electrical systems, mechatronics, and more.

Amatrol’s hands-on, skills-focused interactive technical training will help prepare much needed future technicians for the new NIMS certification. Industrial maintenance technology (IMT) needs have grown rapidly with too few skilled technicians to fill the jobs. “While employers are facing a real-time skills gap, job vacancies and competitive wages—which can average up to $25.00/hour—mean that opportunities abound for motivated people looking to secure good jobs in a growing, technology-driven field,” said NIMS executive director, Jim Wall. Amatrol’s training materials also include an on-the-job training guide to aid businesses in developing the expertise their technicians need.

Broad skill standards for IMT jobs did not exist prior to the work done by NIMS, Ivy Tech Community College, and LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow). LIFT is a public-private partnership creating and implementing advanced lightweight materials manufacturing technologies. Skills standards refer to the major duties, knowledge and skills in which individuals must be proficient to meet performance requirements and expectations in the modern workplace. By bringing both additional training and certification to the IMT area, NIMS and their partners are creating a clear pathway for employers to find qualified technicians for the ever growing number of open jobs.

“NIMS, LIFT, and Ivy Tech have truly moved us ahead in being able to fill the critical shortage of skilled technicians,” according to Paul Perkins, President and CEO of Amatrol. “By creating a multiple-credential, industrial maintenance certification, people will more quickly qualify for well-paying jobs and that helps everyone. We are grateful that Amatrol was selected as the eLearning provider for this amazing program. I think our learning approach, which emphasizes hands-on, job ready skills, is an ideal fit for this certification.”

From a hiring perspective, the IMT certifications from NIMS provide job applicants the ability to clearly demonstrate that they are qualified for a positon. Manufacturers will benefit not only from a better supply of qualified technicians, but they will also be able to more easily identify training needs. Manufacturers could require current employees to obtain certification as way to ensure consistency as well as provide career improvement for employees.

About Amatrol

Amatrol is the world’s leader in skills-based, interactive technical learning, creates innovative learning solutions for industry and education that are used to build a highly-skilled, well-informed workforce for careers in advanced manufacturing, industrial maintenance, and many more. The company’s comprehensive learning solutions are used across a diverse field of industries like automated manufacturing, iron and steel, CNC, HVAC, oil and gas, green energy, packaging, and mining to name a few. Made in the USA, Amatrol’s learning solutions include hands-on training equipment featuring real-world, heavy-duty components, interactive multimedia and print-based curriculum, and virtual trainers. Amatrol is located at 2400 Centennial Blvd., in the Northport Business Centre. For more information on Amatrol, visit www.amatrol.com, and also see our About Us page at http://www.amatrol.com/about-us.

About NIMS
The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. The organization operates under rigorous and highly disciplined processes as the only developer of American National Standards for the nation’s metalworking industry accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

For more information on NIMS, visit www.nims-skills.org/web/nims.

About LIFT

Operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), is a public-private partnership to develop and deploy advanced lightweight materials manufacturing technologies, and implement education and training programs to prepare the workforce. ALMMII was selected through a competitive process led by the U.S. Department of Defense under the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I) solicitation issued by the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research. ALMMII is one of the founding institutes in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, a federal initiative to create regional hubs to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies. For more information on LIFT, visit http://lift.technology/about/.

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