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Precision Sheet Metal Operator Certification: A Manufacturing Skills Standard


In a positive development, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA) and The Manufacturing Institute (an arm of the National Association of Manufacturers), are partnering on precision metal fabrication certifications. The partnership adds FMA’s Precision Sheet Metal Operator (PSMO) certification to the NAM-backed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.  

An individual who passes the PSMO exam demonstrates a firm grounding in the science, math and problem-solving behind metal fabrication technology. The certification focuses on fundamentals like blueprint reading and math calculations, and assesses knowledge needed for working with press brakes, shears, lasers and other fabricating equipment. Processes covered include shearing, sawing, press brake, punch press, laser cutting, and mechanical finishing.

Fabricators looking to hire or promote employees to responsible positions in sheet metal fabrication can rely on this certification as they build a successful team. Skilled employees who earn this certification will be a part of Great Manufacturing Stories for many years to come.