Entering the Workforce with Confidence

Starrett, in partnership with NC3 and Snap-On, offers specialized certifications that allow educators and students to stay up-to-date and ready for the modern manufacturing environment. Each certification includes hands-on training with state-of-the-art Starrett equipment. These courses give participants the knowledge they need to enter the workforce well-prepared with confidence. We partner with over 180 leadership schools in the United States and have issued thousands of certifications to date.

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Precision Measurement Instruments Certification

Value Certifications Play in Workforce Economy and the Impact it has on the Community

As a company that has weathered the fluctuations of 140 years of the American economy, we recognize the state of modern manufacturing is much different than when we were founded. Manufacturing is and will always be the foundation of our country. A career in manufacturing offers individuals the chance to learn a skillset that has intrinsic and evergreen value.

History of the Partnership

Starrett has always worked with educating those interested in manufacturing, so when the company was approached by NC3 and Snap-On to create a partnership it was a perfect fit. As a global leader in precision measuring, it is important to us to have students learn proper tool use and measuring methodology – with an emphasis on quality.

Value of the Partnership

Starrett continues to foster the American workforce by offering these certifications that cover a wide array of manufacturing skills. Keeping those entering the workforce, both young and old, engaged and educated in their options in the manufacturing sector is exceptionally important today. If they begin their education with quality equipment and programs, they will seek out and produce quality throughout their careers.

Future of the Partnership

Our certifications prepare individuals to pragmatically face the future’s manufacturing challenges. Starrett hopes to help bridge the labor gap by providing an engaging curriculum for instructors everywhere to encourage the younger generation. Individuals can confidently take that next step toward their career with the skills learned in our programs.

Transform Your Program

We’ll help you transform your buildings into a tangible representation of higher education that values sustainability, affordability and higher learning. NC3 Leadership School members are provided with expert consultation – from the tools and equipment, to facility planning, faculty training, and the support necessary for NC3 certification programs.

List of Certifications Offered

NC3 Certifications:
  • Give technical school students exceptional hands-on experience in state-of-the-art learning environments
  • Provide access to the most current, relevant curriculum available
  • Are taught in well-equipped labs
  • Help address skilled workforce needs regionally and nationally

PMI (Precision Measurement Instruments) Certification

This program is designed to foster a solid understanding of the fundamentals of working with precision measurement instruments.

Precision Measurement Instruments Certification

  • Tape and Rule Measurement
  • Side Caliper Measurement
  • Gauge Measurement
  • Angle Measurement
  • Micrometer Measurement
  • Dial Gauge Measurement

AMI (Advanced Measurement Instruments) Certification

This program is based on the expectations of globally-recognized companies that are designers and manufacturers of advanced measuring instruments.

Advanced Measurement Instruments

  • Primary Standards
  • Flexible Measuring Instruments
  • Support and Layout
  • Surface Finish and Hardness
  • Data Acquisition
  • Optical Comparator/CNC operation

Structural Sheet Metal Assembly Certification

Snap-on, Sioux, ATI, and Starrett, all leaders in aviation tooling, have come together to create a series of best practices utilizing the best tools available for sheet metal work. The successful completion of the Structural Sheet Metal Assembly Certification will allow students or the incumbent workforce to demonstrate a solid understanding of the tools and equipment used in sheet metal assembly and repair. The ability to properly layout, prepare and fasten sheet metal assemblies are a fundamental part of the aviation industry. This certification allows students to be exposed to a variety of drilling, fastening and verification methods that are needed by employers in industry today.

Structural Sheetmetal Assembly Certification

  • Safety
  • Layout
  • Drilling
  • Fastener Installation
  • Fastener Removal
  • Precision Drilling
  • Countersinking
  • Inspection
  • Repair

Frank van den Berge

NC3 Program Manager | Snap-on


Ask me how I can help build Starrett/Snap-on certifications into your industry programs.

Where Can I Use These Certifications?

  • Manufacturing
  • Metrology Lab
  • Metal Working
  • Aerospace
  • Transportation
  • Energy

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School: Featured Case Study

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School

Starrett Case Studies

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, located in Fitchburg Massachusetts, is a local case of PMI and AMI program integrations. “To date, Monty Tech has issued over 500 certifications in measuring,” said Kevin Killay, Machine Technology Instructor at Montachusett. “The curriculum included is robust and aligns perfectly with the measuring competencies in the teaching frameworks for Machine Technology.” Placement of these students in the local community is up, including many hires at neighboring Starrett headquarters.

Read all about Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School's PMI and AMI program integrations here

The Starrett Story

Founded in 1880 in Athol, Massachusetts, The L.S. Starrett Company has created a business and brand that has become synonymous with quality and performance. For those who build or manufacture anything requiring critical measurements, inspection or cutting, Starrett tools and saws are superior products that are essential to those with a need to finish first.

Starrett manufactures a full line of application-designed precision tools, saws, custom solutions and vision and optical systems that optimize job and process performance. Our confidence hinges on 140 years of experience focusing on your needs and your success. We take great pride in offering innovative tools, backed by unmatched service and support.

Today, Starrett tools are manufactured, marketed and used worldwide. With over five generations of practical innovation, exceptional quality and unmatched precision, Starrett remains the “World’s Greatest Toolmakers."

  • James Henderson
    The Precision Measurement Instruments (PMI) Certification Program is exactly what students in Kansas should be experiencing to prepare them for real-world experiences and jobs.  All students would benefit from obtaining certification with the measurement tools.  It is obvious how obtaining these skills and knowledge would serve students in their academic careers, future work careers and everyday life.  I was thoroughly impressed with how the program integrates decimals and fractions in a way that students can apply their understanding of those concepts in a way that really answers the question, "Why do we have to learn this?"  If I was still teaching, I would be begging my administrators to get certified and make the program part of my curriculum.
    James Henderson
    Smoky Valley High School, Kansas
  • The partnership between Starrett, NC3 and WSU Tech is helping our students bridge the gap between their tribal knowledge of measurement and precision measuring. Being able to provide our students the opportunity to become certified in PMI and AMI aids them in the Wichita area job market as these qualifications are highly recommended in certain industries, and has even become a selling point during job interviews. We try to impress upon our students the importance of being able to acquire and use these skills, none of which would be possible without Starrett’s continued presence in both our classrooms and in industry itself.
    Jeremy King | Lead Faculty, Design Technology
    WSU Tech
  • The partnership between Starrett and Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School has been extremely beneficial to our students. One of the greatest additions we received was the Starrett PMI and AMI kits. The part I like most about the curriculum is the thirteen stackable credentials that our students can take with them into the workforce. I also especially like the ability to teach twenty students at once, which ensures that each student gets the same exposure to these important measuring instruments. I have always been impressed by Starrett’s quality and reliability, and when I worked in industry I wanted no other tool in my toolbox. Now I am able to share that same quality and reliability with my students.
    Kevin Kally | Machine Technology Instructor
    Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
  • Starrett is not just a company, it is a community of professionals that go to work every day and do the right thing. It’s five generations of family, all with the common thread of nothing less than manufacturing the very best Metrology Equipment in the World.
    Ira Friedman | Precision Tool Education Manager
    L.S. Starrett Company