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Promoting National Apprenticeship Week


Oberg Industries Selected as National Partner to Grow Apprenticeships in Manufacturing

Initiative will enable more companies to provide students and workers with skills for success

Oberg Industries is proud to be partnering with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), which was been selected by the United States Department of Labor as an industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeships within manufacturing. Oberg will work with NIMS to increase access to apprenticeships and assist employers in developing new programs that reach diverse talent pools. As part of this initiative, $500,000 is available to support companies in establishing a registered apprenticeship program with the Department of Labor.

“For over two decades, NIMS has worked with companies, workforce development groups and community colleges to stand-up high-caliber apprenticeship programs across the country,” said Jim Wall, Executive Director, NIMS. “This contract gives us the unique opportunity to create more impact in our industry by expanding apprenticeships to underrepresented populations and to new companies looking to establish a sustainable talent pipeline.”

During National Apprenticeship Week, Oberg will be conducting plant tours of their new Precision Machining Center on their Sarver, PA campus. This new facility recently opened in October of 2016 and houses a variety of high technology machining equipment that Vo-Tech students and their parents and members of the Society of Mechanical Engineers (SME) will learn more about. Plus, Oberg Industries’ current Junior Apprentice Advantage (JAA) students are encouraged to bring Juniors from Highlands Highlands High School to tour Oberg’s facilities where they will be introduced to advanced manufacturing. These students will also have a hands-on machining experience and leave with something they have created in Oberg’s Apprentice Training Center.

NIMS will focus on providing companies with tools and resources to develop customized registered apprenticeship programs. These programs combine on-the-job training with job-related classroom instruction and meet national standards for registration with the Department of Labor or State Apprenticeship Agencies.

Joe O’Brien, Oberg’s Director of Human Resources commented, “With our new Apprentice Program and the many outreach initiatives we have put in place, we are seeing a new revival of both academic and vocational students wanting to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing.”

Other stakeholders supporting expansion of registered apprenticeships in manufacturing include:

  • The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
  • National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA)
  • Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA)
  • Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)
  • Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA)
  • The Aluminum Association (AA)
  • Business Roundtable (BRT)
  • Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)
  • Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), operated by ManufacturingUSA
  • Manufacturing Institute (MI), the workforce development arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
  • National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC)
  • National Governors Association (NGA)
  • National Network of Business and Industry Associations (National Network)

NIMS is seeking companies and industry partners that are interested in enhancing their talent pipelines through apprenticeships.

Companies that are interested in building an apprenticeship program or organizations that are interested in partnering with NIMS should go to or email the NIMS ApprenticeshipUSA team at

About Oberg Industries

Headquartered just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Oberg Industries is a diversified manufacturer with over 750 employees worldwide specializing in the production of precision machined or stamped metal components and precision tooling. Oberg is a strategic contract manufacturing partner for companies in the Aerospace, Automotive, Consumer/Industrial Products, Defense, Energy, Construction and Housing, Medical Device, Metal Packaging, and Munitions markets. The company’s global manufacturing footprint includes operations in Pennsylvania and Costa Rica. Each manufacturing facility is ISO certified and operates under one or more of the following standards: ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485:2003, and AS 9100:2009 Rev. C. The company’s website is

About NIMS

NIMS is the developer of quality competency-based skills standards and credentials for jobs in manufacturing and related industries. In September 2016, NIMS was selected by the Department of Labor as an industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeship within manufacturing. Through these efforts, NIMS certifies a safe and skilled workforce for the global economy.

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