To say it simply, NTMA gets it. We understand your challenges in today's economy. We recognize that many of you face a talent gap, with necessary skills in short supply. We know there is a gap between the reality of our industry and the public's perception of it. But even more importantly, NTMA has the resources to do something about these issues. Our educational programs stimulate the talent pipelin. Our resources and events help members share best practices and solve common business problems. And by speaking with One Voice, we cut through media-generated perception to communicate reality to plicy makers and the public.

American ingenuity isn’t dead. It isn’t in decline. It’s alive and well in the custom precision manufacturing industry. NTMA stands for the future. We also stand with your peers.

Reasons to Join


You don’t have to go it alone. NTMA members report that much of the value of their membership with NTMA comes from what they derive from their peers. NTMA offers local chapter gatherings and national events that provide opportunities to meet and learn from peers, emerging leaders and industry experts. Take advantage of NTMA membership to open up conversations that can lead to new opportunities while also helping you discover better ways to operate your business.

Workforce Development and Training

NTMA is working to help fill the manufacturing skills gap with an arsenal of training programs designed to pick up where American vocational and technical education leaves off. Through programs targeted at students and their families, schools, the current workforce and support organizations, we help prepare the workforce to meet the demands of today’s precision manufacturing environment.

The National Robotics League (NRL) gives students hands-on experience and marketable skills through partnerships with local manufacturing companies.

NTMA-U is an online training platform that removes the obstacles of traditional classroom-based learning. NTMA-U’s training materials are approved by the FBAT-DOL for precision machining programs and NTMA also has an articulation agreement in place with the University of Akron so participants earn credit towards a college degree.

Business Development

Good business begins with good planning, but it’s hard to plan without reliable market intelligence. That’s where NTMA can help with reports such as the Wage & Fringe Benefits Report and Business Conditions Report. We survey the marketplace as well as our members to put useful data in your hands.

Through your NTMA membership, you also have access to legal counsel on labor relations matters with free-of-charge consultations and HR and employment law resources.


You don’t have to be a big company to get big-company treatment from suppliers and vendors. Leverage the power of your NTMA membership by taking advantage of member-only discounts, covering everything from utilities and payroll services to shipping and office supplies, no matter how small your volume may be. The NTMA Grainger program also offers discounts on industrial supplies including perishable tooling, safety and other production-oriented supplies.


NTMA is committed to representing our industry's needs in Washington, D.C. As part of One Voice – the federal government advocacy program representing small and medium sized manufacturing businesses in America with a total of roughly 1,300 member manufacturing companies – NTMA speaks for manufacturing and fights for fair trade and sensible regulations to keep economic activity in America.

NTMA has the know-how, resources and national presence to drive positive change and growth. Our growing membership is gaining momentum and bringing a new perception to precision manufacturing across the U.S.