Autodesk and NIMS Partner to Advance the 21st Century CAM Manufacturing Workforce

Autodesk Inc. and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) are partnering to develop CAM standards and credentials.

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Autodesk Inc. and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) are partnering to develop CAM standards and credentials. These standards and credentials will enhance education and training programs to meet 21st century demands for skilled CAM programmers, designers and engineers, which will account for almost 100,000 new jobs by 2024.

To stay competitive, manufacturers must maintain high standards of production at efficient cost while meeting the ever-changing customer demands for their products. CAM allows manufacturers to efficiently adjust their processes to identify optimal production paths that decrease cycle times, reduce scrapped parts and materials and improve the quality of finished parts. Skilled CAM programmers, designers and engineers with extensive education and training are in high demand to plan, manage and control these sophisticated and costly machines.

"Companies in technologically advanced industries are becoming much more reliant on the use of information technology and automation through CAM software to develop high-value added products and materials. In the next decade, almost a million jobs will require the technical skills needed to operate CAM software," says NIMS Executive Director James Wall.

After development of the skills standards, NIMS will conduct a rigorous national validation process, holding regional reviews of the standards by industrial professionals, before releasing the standards to the public.