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Fabricators and Manufacturers Association certification program added to NAM-endorsed system

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with The Manufacturing Institute to bring precision metal fabrication certifications to the NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification Systems (SCS). The partnership adds FMA’s Precision Sheet Metal Operator (PSMO) certification program to the SCS offerings.

“The content of the PSMO program is extensive and has been developed over a period of years by a dedicated task force of industry professionals,” says Jim Warren, FMA’s director of education and membership. “The certification validates that the employee who passes the exam has a solid grounding in the science and math behind the technology. It focuses on the fundamentals of metal fabrication like blueprint reading and math calculations and assesses the basic knowledge needed for working with press brakes, shears, lasers or other precision fabricating equipment.”

The majority of manufacturers we survey lament the difficulty they have in hiring properly skilled employees. Now is the time to expand the SCS and the educational pathways to careers in all sectors of our manufacturing economy. And, we know there are many high skill career paths available in metal fabrication,” notes Emily Stover DeRocco, president of the Manufacturing Institute.

“After careful consideration by the SCS Approval Committee, we were pleased to extend an invitation to the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International to join the system, with FMA’s Precision Sheet Metal Operator certification program,” says DeRocco.

More information about the FMA’s Precision Sheet Metal Operator Certification is available at fmanet.org/certification