May 7, 2012
The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) has announced that it has finalized an agreement with the University of Akron to grant up to 21 college credits to graduates of NTMA-U, the association's advanced manufacturing skills training program. The new apprenticeship program, developed with a focus on key industry standards and National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) guidelines, allows NTMA-U graduates to earn college credits through the university’s manufacturing and automated manufacturing engineering technology degree program starting in August 2012.
NTMA-U provides an online curriculum through participating institutions of higher education. It is designed to be completed over a three-year period to allow participants to continue working full time. The program offers a number of lecture-style YouTube videos on topics such as shop theory, practical math and blueprint reading, CNC manufacturing, SPC, geometric tolerancing and dimensioning, and manufacturing processes.