Workforce Development – AMPED

Young, skilled workers are the lifeblood of our industry. So why are they so hard to find?

Advanced Manufacturing Practice & Education Development (AMPED)

Recruiting and training the next generation is the biggest problem our members face. This includes not only bolstering skills for young professionals who could thrive in our industry, but training our existing workforce and allowing their own careers to grow further.

AMPED, a new 501(c)3 organization was formed by NTMA to create an unified effort to Engage, Inspire and Prepare America’s Precision Manufacturing Workforce. Led by highly motivated and diverse group of professionals to attack this mission with vigor, AMPED is focused on promotion and recruitment activities, as well as directing interested parties to education and training programs across the country.


NTMA has developed NTMA-U to provide fully online, high-quality content that removes many of the barriers that traditional educational institutions have. The curriculum fulfills the related instruction component of apprenticeship programs for roles within precision machining, while also providing training for incumbent professionals.

These focused and customizable training programs for your workforce can help you promote from within, retain talented employees, and push your business further.

Key features include:
• Available anytime, anywhere with an Internet connection
• Rich, narrated modules with practice problems and assessments
• Content relates to NIMS specifications, textbooks available
• Certificates available for download after each module
• College credit-earning potential, with a partnership with University of Akron’s Mechanical Engineering Technology degree
• Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship Training Approved

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National Robotics League

Our flagship program provides a key link between students (middle school, high school, and college), educators and NTMA members. Through robotic competition, students forge partnerships with manufacturers and, as a result, many find bright futures in manufacturing careers. This program falls under federal and state Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) development efforts, and many chapters are eligible for public funding. Not only is it deeply valuable to NTMA’s future but it’s “so much fun, it’s inhuman.”

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This is an ongoing best-practices program at the regional and national levels, offering webinars on technology and techniques that have the potential to affect our entire industry. It demonstrates NTMA’s aim to make employees of small- and medium-sized companies the best they can be.

NTMA Pre-Apprenticeship

NTMA’s Pre-Apprenticeship program is designed to develop entry-level skills for employment at a manufacturing company and enhance the skills set for existing employees. Program participants will benefit by learning skills and behaviors that will lead to success as an apprentice at your shop.

The program, which includes in-depth online training courses and resource materials via NTMA-U, allows you to attract new talent in a cost-effective and flexible manner.

Topics covered:
• Basic blueprint reading and shop math
• Manual and electronic measuring instruments
• Quality processes and procedures
• Basic shop equipment operation
• Manufacturing processes

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NIMS sets industry skills standards, certifies individual skills against the standards, accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements, and promotes innovative solutions, such as competency-based apprenticeship, to connect credentialed and work-ready individuals with employers.

NIMS’s mission is to provide world-class, industry-developed and validated, competency-based skill standards, credentials, and training frameworks that enable collaboration between educators, manufacturers, policy makers, and community-based organizations in a joint effort to increase the skills of the manufacturing workforce.

NIMS was formed in 1995 by NTMA with funding from the NTMF to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. Today, NTMA continues to be a stakeholder in NIMS along with other major industry trade associations: AMT, PMPA, PMA and TMA. These partners have invested over $7.5 million in private funds for the development of the NIMS standards and its credentials. The associations also contribute annually to sustain NIMS operations and are committed to the upgrading and maintenance of the standards.


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National Tooling & Machining Association Scholarship Program

The National Tooling & Machining Foundation provides scholarships up to $2500 for students pursuing degrees that will lead to manufacturing careers. Students may only apply for one of the available scholarship opportunities and are able to re-apply for a scholarship annually for as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. The NTMF 2021 Scholarship Application is now open at and the deadline for submission is April 15, 2021.

Scholarship Opportunities

Brock Babb Memorial Scholarship
Open to all students pursuing degrees at Trade Schools, Community/Technical Colleges or Universities that will lead to a career in manufacturing. The scholarship is named in honor and memory of Sergeant Brock A. Babb who gave his life defending our country and our freedom, the son of NTMA long-time members Terry Babb, Apex Tool & Manufacturing, Inc. in Evansville, IN.

Edwin Vobeda Memorial Scholarship
Open to students residing in the Central Time Zone that are pursuing degrees at Trade Schools, Community/Technical Colleges or Universities that will lead to a career in manufacturing. The scholarships was created from the Edwin F. and Mildred Vobeda Charitable Remainder Trust.

Manufacturing’s Next Generation Scholarship
Open to high school seniors that are currently participating in the National Robotics League program and will be pursuing degrees at Trade Schools, Community/Technical Colleges or Universities that will lead to a career in manufacturing. The scholarship is named in honor of Roger J. Sustar of the Fredon Corporation in Mentor, OH, who is a champion in promoting the importance of community engagement in closing the skills gap in Northeast Ohio.

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