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With the advanced manufacturing sector booming and the skills gap leaving many positions unfilled, skilled workers, such as CNC machine operators, are in greater demand than ever. When looking for qualified workers, manufacturers give special consideration to workers with industry-standard credentials like those offered by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

NIMS has created more than 60 stackable certifications in specific technical areas, including Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM); Diemaking; Machine Maintenance, Service and Repair; Metalforming; Press Brake; Screw Machining; and Stamping. Two of the most popular NIMS certifications are in the areas of CNC Mill Operations and CNC Lathe Operations.

Amatrol offers a CNC Machine Operator program designed to prepare learners for successful certification in both CNC Mill Operations and CNC Lathe Operations. Amatrol’s training program focuses on the knowledge and skills relevant to the industry standards that underlie these NIMS certifications. For example, covered skills include maintaining machines, recording SPC (Statistical Process Control) data, operating CNC machines, setting-up tooling and fixtures, and performing quality inspections.

To learn more about how Amatrol’s eLearning prepares learners for NIMS certification, check out the following article: NIMS Certifications Pave the Path to a Successful Career in Industry by Duane Bolin.

Amatrol’s Interactive Virtual Simulators

Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator program offers a virtual CNC machine experience that allows learners to practice and develop the required skills for operating a CNC machine via the computer. Learners gain CNC training through hands-on engagement via a virtual platform that acts like a real CNC machine. If a learner forgets to turn the power on, they must figure out the problem as they would on a real machine.

To be effective members of the workforce, CNC machine operators must possess a wide range of skills, so Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator training teaches future operators hands-on skills in the following areas:

  • Performing part measurement and gauging
  • Interfacing with a CNC
  • Making tooling decisions
  • Responding to machine malfunctions
  • Setting-up and operating a CNC machine

Interactive eLearning Curriculum Engages Learners!

Learning is most effective when learners stay focused and engaged. Every learner is different, so Amatrol’s eLearning courses incorporate multiple elements, such as text, animations, narration, videos, and interactive exercises and quizzes, to engage learners with different learning styles.


Animations are useful in showing a learner the internal operations of machines and processes.


Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Amatrol balances use of animation with video to show real-world application and hands-on job tasks.

Interactive Exercises

Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator program contains many interactive exercises where learners interact by pushing buttons, operating devices, identifying components, and more. This interactivity greatly enhances retention.

Example of NIMS CNC Machine Operator program skills simulation


All these fancy graphics, animations, and videos do nothing by themselves. They are only effective as part of a well-developed, thorough curriculum. Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator program starts with basic measurement and guides learners through 24 self-paced learning units to the final goal of doing the job of a CNC machine operator.

NIMS CNC Machine Operator curriculum example

NIMS recommends Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator program because it gets the job done. Amatrol developed the learning materials based on industry task analysis, input from experts in a large global manufacturer, and testing in the workplace. The training and NIMS certifications support the real CNC machine operator needs of manufacturers everywhere.

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Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator Program

Flexible, Comprehensive Program

Amatrol’s comprehensive training program includes:

  • 130+ Skills
  • 80+ Hours of Learning
  • 24 Self-Paced Learning Units
  • Instructor’s Assessment Guide
  • On-The-Job Training Guide

Finding qualified CNC machine operators is a challenge for any manufacturing organization. How do you know someone can do the job? Delivering consistent product quality when multiple people are involved, often in different locations, is also a big challenge. Experience in operating a CNC machine does not equate to consistent skills or approaches, which often shows up in higher warranty and repair costs. When combined with the often larger issue of just not enough CNC machine operators to fill open jobs, business suffers.

NIMS is leading the charge in developing solutions for these very real issues. NIMS has developed two popular CNC machine operator certifications, CNC Mill Operations and CNC Lathe Operations, that provide proof of an individual’s ability to perform the job. NIMS credentials are portable recommendations that a person can perform the work of a CNC machine operator according to recognized national standards that have been validated by industry.

The NIMS CNC Mill and Lathe Operations certifications cover all of the following key skill areas:

  • CNC mill, lathe, and grinder set-up and operation
  • Tool identification, set-up, use, and maintenance
  • Machining processes
  • Statistical process control
  • Quality and cycle time optimization
  • CNC program operation
  • Fixture set-up and operation
  • CNC troubleshooting and maintenance for operators
  • Precision measurement & gauging
  • Print reading
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing

The training that NIMS recommends for these certifications, offered by Amatrol, is computer-based, making it easily deliverable to students everywhere. Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator program emphasizes the hands-on skills and knowledge needed for the job. As with the NIMS certifications, Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator program was developed with industry and validated in the workplace. Amatrol also offers instructor training through their Amatrol Technical Training Institute.

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