The Boston Tooling & Machining Association, Inc​​

​​Affiliate Chapter of The National Tooling & Machining Association

PO Box 95, Dracut MA 01826  978-457-5881

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Below is a listing of all training resources we encourage our members to explore for their training needs. We certainly understand training is not a "one size fits all" and that all training dollars need to be spent wisely. In the event you have any questions regarding any of these training resources please feel free to contact the BTMA offices directly. To visit the specific related website, just click on the organizations logo!

NTMA-U is an innovative online education program that bridges the gap between traditional degree programs and skills-based certification curricula.Through agreements with participating colleges, students can take courses online and earn credits toward an associate degree, as well as gain the knowledge to complete their NIMS written exam while building valuable industry-specific knowledge.Students of NTMA-U includes employees of NTMA members, prospective employees and students participating in the National Robotics League seeking to build upon that formative experience.

The curriculum is customized and tailored to the needs of NTMA members, with textbooks and online training guidelines that have been developed by the association members specifically for this program. Best practices and case studies from AMPED form part of the curriculum as well.

NTMA-U:works with your employees to insure that your Workforce Training requirements are achieved while they learn essential skills online, uses 210 Tooling-U modules, plus hundreds of learning videos offers one-on-one instructor access, plus national manufacturing best practices.

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain globally competitive American workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. NIMS operates as the only developer of American National Standards for the nation’s metalworking industry accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). BTMA promotes the use of the NIMS Metalworking Skills Standards to vocational high schools and technical colleges in its area. BTMA members serve as Audit Team Leaders during the accreditation process for schools and training programs locally. 

Center for Manufacturing Technology - A full service hands on training facility, located 10 miles outside of Boston in Woburn, Massachusetts. It offers a wide range of certificate based training programs and specialized programs designed to further a trainees marketable skills. The Center offers flexible course schedules with day/evening classes and with online training that allows students to access classes anywhere at any time.  The Center’s flagship training program is General Machine Shop Practices which is a comprehensive course consisting of 158 Classes (79 Classroom/79 Labs) that are designed to introduce the student to the field of precision machining. Also offered are Intro to General Machine Shop Practices, MasterCam Training, Certified Machine Operator Training, CNC Programming, and Basic Shop Safety.  In addition, the CMT offers customized, employer specific contract training services. Center staff will help companies assess organizational goals and set up training strategies that will assist in reaching those goals. The Center for Manufacturing Technology proudly offers BTMA members a 10% discount off the cost of customized training.

A Lynn MA based skills training program that was created in 1997 to respond to industry need. The 36 week, 690+ hours program combines academic and hands-on training in machining and metalworking, with life-skills, job placement, and support services to help ensure the success of the adult students. BTMA and our members has been supporters of the program since its inception.

Advanced manufacturing demands a highly-skilled workforce trained in the latest digital technologies and operational processes. MassMEP’s Critical Skills Assessment helps you determine current skill levels and weaknesses so you can evaluate and modify employee training and development programs to ensure greater success.