Clark students and teacher earn NIMS Level 1 Machining Credentials

nims_gcc_lowresOver the week of April 11 through 15, two students and instructor David Black participated in a week long training offered by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and hosted at Glendale Community College in partnership with the Glendale Community College Professional Development Center. Over the week, the three earned a total of 15 nationally-recognized machining credentials in the areas of measurement, materials and safety, job planning, benchwork, and layout, lathe turning chucking, lathe turning between centers, milling, drill press, CNC mill operation, CNC mill programming, CNC lathe operation, and CNC lathe programming. Earning the certification was a rigorous process, consisting of manufacturing parts to very tight tolerances from provided blueprints and passing extensive online theory and application examinations which included mathematics for manufacturing. Over the course of the 1-week training and the prior week of preparation, the participants spent a total of approximately 80 hours, or one-semester worth of time working on the projects and taking exams. The three are now the first ever students and instructor from Glendale Unified School District to be NIMS credentialed, and hope to assist more students in earning their NIMS credentials during the 2016-17 school year.