Career Development

Southwestern Illinois College Precision Machining Technology Program Renews National Accreditation from NIMS

By National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc.

May 14, 2015

Keeping up with today’s standards, Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) has renewed the NIMS Accreditation of their Precision Machining Technology Program as of May 6, 2015. This is the second time the college program has established itself as a NIMS-Accredited training source, as this national benchmark was first achieved in 2009. SWIC is celebrated for its continued commitment to meeting local employment needs, while maintaining national industry standards for machinist skills training.

Following a rigorous On Site Evaluation in early April at the college’s Granite City facility, NIMS Evaluator Terry Babb (President, Apextool & Mfg., Inc.) was very impressed with the Precision Machining Technology Program, noting that the program has an excellent collaboration and relationship between college administration, faculty, and local industry. Following the visit, Babb issued high ratings in all eight areas of the on-site evaluation, which included:

  • Program Purpose
  • Facilities
  • Equipment, Tooling, and Measuring Devices
  • Program Features
  • Administration and Management
  • Instructional Staff
  • Student Credentials
  • Program Advisory Committee

This accreditation focuses on skills from the NIMS Machining Level I National Standard which includes CNC operations, programming, and setup, as well as a variety of manual machining competencies. To date students and faculty of the Precision Machining Technology Program have earned more than 850 NIMS machining credentials, with 115 issued in 2015 alone.