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Students Earn Certification

Precision Engineering & Machining students at the Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus (A-Tech) are earning certifications that are recognized worldwide. All 17 high school students in the program recently earned NIMS certification in Measurement, Materials and Safety.

According to the NIMS website, “By earning NIMS credentials, these individuals secure a competitive edge when applying for jobs because they have demonstrated that their skills meet the industry established standards. And NIMS credentials never expire.”

The Measurement, Materials and Safety certification shows students have fundamental knowledge in steel classifications, applied mathematics, Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, machine maintenance, print reading, measurements, and more.

Instructor Ron Maurer points out that six first-year students and 11 second-year students passed the test. The certification gives students a competitive advantage as they enter the workforce and also ensures high school graduation. The NIMS certification is recognized by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). According to ODE, “students learn more deeply by practicing and applying their knowledge through work and employment experiences – learning through work.”

NIMS was formed in 1995 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.

Adult Workforce Development students at A-Tech may also soon have the same opportunity to earn the NIMS certification, according to Workforce Development Director, Ken Porter. Some apprenticeship councils are now formatting their curriculum around the NIMS standards.  

You can see how A-Tech students program and create components at

For more information about the Precision Engineering & Machining opportunities at A-Tech, call 440-576-6015 or visit


Pictured: Precision Machining senior Tyler Johnson shows the before and after of a part he made for the school’s Robobot for the upcoming competition. He programmed the machine to cut out the part to very specific measurements. 

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