Opening the door to opportunity.

NTMA’s mission is to help members of the U.S. precision custom manufacturing industry achieve profitable growth and business success in a global economy through advocacy, advice, education, networking, information, programs and services.

In partnership with industry experts, NTMA has developed NTMA-U, a fully online program of courses developed for precision machining and related occupations. Courses are available individually, in groups of three, or in bulk for large groups of students (through the purchase of a portal).

NTMA-U provides a number of significant benefits!

  • Available anytime, anywhere with an Internet connection, thus removing the obstacle of traditional school schedules
  • Rich, narrated modules with practice problems and assessments
  • Content relates to NIMS specifications, required textbooks sold separately
  • Certificates available for download after each module
  • College credit-earning potential, with a partnership with University of Akron’s Mechanical Engineering Technology degree
  • Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship Training approved

NTMA-U has been in operation since the fall of 2011, and has experienced exponential growth! Companies and individuals across the country have discovered the value of purpose-built, industry-specific online training that is available anytime, anywhere. Since 2015 alone, NTMA-U has seen year-over-year student enrollment increases of 70%, with an average 80% increase in number of modules taken by each student! Consider joining the thousands of other students that have enrolled in modules ranging from Safety, Blueprint Reading, Shop Math, Precision Machining Technology and Diemaking to Metrology.

NTMA-U is open to everyone! Current and prospective employees of NTMA member companies and non-member companies, students participating in the National Robotics League (NRL) and other school-based programs, students at higher education institutions, members of other associations, and individuals looking to grow their skill sets are all welcome. Some NTMA Chapters have purchased a portal to provide their local members with even more affordable access to this training. NTMA members enjoy a significant discount on NTMA’s educational offerings — please contact us for more details.

NTMA-U Tri-Fold Brochure

NTMA-U One-Page Brochure

NTMA-U Overall Demo

NTMA-U from a Student Perspective

All NTMA Training Publications

Shop Safety Course

Mechanical Aptitude Test Information

NTMA-U MAIN PORTAL – Student Login

FERPA Form – Student Grade Release

For more information contact Bill Padnos, Workforce Development Manager at 216-264-2828 or email:


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