Industry-Recognized Credentials: Advanced Manufacturing

ECONOMIC SECTOR: ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

JOBS IN DEMAND

  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Maintenance Workers
  • Machinists and Tool and Die Makers
  • Metal and Plastic Machine Workers
  • Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers

INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED CREDENTIALS

Manufacturing has a variety of industry-recognized credentials that span multiple industries, skill-levels and job functions. There are 16 organizations that have standards, credentials and skills certifications that have the most value to students, workers and employers.*

Credentials included in this group cover foundational academic, personal and workplace skills; cross-cutting technical skills; and occupation-specific skills. Many of the credentials have been organized into aligned academic and career pathways, providing clear direction to entry-level and higher-level jobs in functional areas like welding and machining. Many of the manufacturing credentials can be earned in for-credit, competency-based post-secondary education programs, allowing individuals to progress in their higher education goals, move efficiently through programs to a job and work and learn simultaneously. The following is a list of functional areas with associated credentials:

FOUNDATION SKILLS

Workplace Skills

Credentialing/Standards Organization
ACT
Additional Information
National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)
Contact
Terry Ausman
terry.ausman@act.org

CROSS-CUTTING TECHNICAL SKILLS

Front-line production skills

Credentialing/Standards Organization
Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC)
Additional Information
Certified Production Technician (CPT)
Contact
Neil Reddy
reddyn@msscusa.org

MACHINING & METALWORKING

Machining, metalforming, Stamping, Press Brake, Slide Forming, Screw Machining, Machine Building, Machine Maintenance, Diemaking

Credentialing/Standards Organization
National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
Additional Information
52 metalworking credentials spanning from entry-level to master-level
Contact
Jim Wall
jwall@nims-skills.org

WELDING

Welding skills in structural steel, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal and chemical refining industries

Credentialing/Standards Organization
American Welding Society (AWS)
Additional Information
AWS Certifications:

  • Certified Welder
  • Certified Welding Fabricator
  • Certified Robotic Arc Welding
  • Certified Welding Engineer
  • Certified Welding Sales Rep
  • Certiefied Welding Supervisor
  • Certified Radiographic Interpreter
  • Certified Welding Educator
  • Certified Welding Inspector
Contact
Monica Pfarr
mpfarr@aws.org

AUTOMATION

Skills in running and maintaining automation systems

Credentialing/Standards Organization
International Society of Automoation (ISA)
Additional Information
Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) 
Certified Automation Professional (CAP)
Contact
Dalton Wilson
dwilson@isa.org

DIE CASTING

LEVEL 1, 2 and die casting skills

Credentialing/Standards Organization
North American Die Casting Association (NADCA)
Additional Information
Die Casting Technician
Master of Die Casting Maintenance
Master of Die Cast Tooling
Master of Die Casting Process Master of Die Casting Technology
Contact
Melissa Ryzner
mryxner@diecasting.org

FABRICATION

Fundamental precision sheet metal operations, including shearing, sawing, press brake, turret punch press, laser cutting, and mechanical finishing

Credentialing/Standards Organization
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA)
Additional Information
Precision Sheet Metal Operator Certification (PSMO)
Contact
Cindy Day
cindyd@fmanet.org

FLUID POWER

Skills for diverse job descriptions within the fluid power and motion control industry

Credentialing/Standards Organization
International Fluid Power Society (IFPS)
Additional Information
16 certifications that cover diverse job descriptions within the industry including mechanic, technician, specialist and engineer 
Contact
Donna Pollander
dpollander@ifps.org

LEAN

Benchmark for achievements and personal growth in Lean

Credentialing/Standards Organization
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Additional Information
Lean Bronze Certification
Lean Silver Certification
Lean Gold Certification
Contact
Hope Curtin
hcurtin@sme.org

MECHATRONICS

Entry-level operator through technologist skills in in the four key areas of mechatronics: mechanical, electrical, logic controls, and computer science

Credentialing/Standards Organization
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute (PMMI)
Additional Information
PMMI Mechatronics Certificate Programs:

  • Fluid Power 1
  • Industrial Electricity 1
  • Industrial Electricity 2
  • Mechanical Components 1
  • Mechanical Components 2
  • Motors and Motor Controls
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) 1
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) 2
Contact
Stephan Girard
sgirard@pmmi.org

QUALITY

Proficiency in quality across multiple industries and job functions

Credentialing/Standards Organization
American Society for Quality (ASQ)
Additional Information
17 certifications demonstrating proficiencywithin, and comprehension of, a specific body of knowledge related to quality standards 
Contact
Sally Harthun
sharthun@asq.org

TRANSPORTATION, DISTRIBUTION, & LOGISTICS

Front-line skills in handling and distribution of materials throughout the supply chain and logistics industry

Core professional skills in transportation and logistics

Skills and mastery in supply chain, operations production, and operations management

Credentialing/Standards Organization
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)
Additional Information
MSSC Certified Logistics Technician Certification (CLT)
Contact
Neil Reddy
reddyn@msscusa.org

SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS

Credentialing/Standards Organization
APICS
Additional Information
Global Logistics Associate (GLA)
Certified in Logistics Distribution and Distribution (CLTD) Available Summer 2016
Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
Contact
Laurie Denham
ldenham@apics.org

TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING

Advanced industry-wide technical skills in applied and advanced manufacturing

Credentialing/Standards Organization
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Additional Information
The Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT)
The Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) 
Contact
Pam Hurt
phurt@sme.org