Manufacturing Institute Announces M-List of Schools Teaching NAM-Endorsed Skills

The Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), has unveiled a charter set of schools that are teaching their students industry-validated manufacturing skills under the organization’s Manufacturing Skills Certification System.

The schools on the M-List have arranged their coursework around industry standards as part of their manufacturing education programs, enabling students to earn credentials that are in the NAM-endorsed system. The system is designed to standardize skills in 14 manufacturing areas, including machining and welding. Those who possess the credentials can carry them across the country, giving manufacturing employers nationwide assurance that they have the necessary production skills for employment.
There are nearly 40 community colleges, technical schools, and universities on the initial list. The M-List will also recognize high schools. Some schools are aligned with an accelerated version of the skills system called Right Skills Now. Schools that are interested in becoming recognized with the Manufacturing Institute can submit an application at the organization’s website.

Various industry trade groups have pitched their certifications into the Manufacturing Skills Certification System. They include the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council and its Certified Production Technician marker, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills in machining and metalworking, American Welding Society, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA) and its Precision Sheet Metal Operator Certification, International Society of Automation, International Fluid Power Society, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and others.

In a presentation of the system at an FMA workforce development conference in Anoka, Minn., earlier this month, Brent Weil, Manufacturing Institute’s senior vice president for education and workforce, said he envisions a large national network of education institutions that will teach future manufacturing workforce generations along a standardized pyramid of increasingly sophisticated skills that begins with foundational academics and “personal effectiveness” skills and summits at specialized, sector technical competencies. “All three education, certification, and career pathways will be properly aligned with this system,” Weil said.


The M-List recognizes high schools, community colleges, technical schools, and universities that are teaching manufacturing students to industry standards.  Specifically, these schools offer students the opportunity to earn NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certifications as a standard part of their manufacturing education programs. 

The M-List

Southern Arkansas University Tech

California State University, Chico
College of the Canyons
Reedley College

Brevard Community College
Broward College
College of Central Florida
Florida Gateway College
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Hillsborough Community College 
Pensacola State College
Polk State College
St. Petersburg College
State College of Florida
Tallahassee Community College

Harper College
Richard J. Daley College - City Colleges of Chicago

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

Des Moines Area Community College
Kirkwood Community College*

Wichita Area Technical College

Quinsigamond Community College

Kellogg Community College

Anoka Technical College
Dunwoody College of Technology*
Saint Paul College*
South Central College*

Western Nevada College*

North Carolina
Cape Fear Community College
Central Carolina Community College
Central Piedmont Community College
Cleveland Community College
Forsyth Technical Community College
Halifax Community College
Randolph Community College

Cuyahoga Community College
Lorain County Community College
Stark State College

Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Tulsa Technology Center

Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
Community College of Allegheny County
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute*
Reading Area Community College

South Carolina
Florence-Darlington Technical College

Alamo Colleges

Shoreline Community College

Gateway Technical College

* - Asterisks denotes an institution currently offering Right Skills Now