One tenth the size of a human hair; that’s the type of precision Dante Fieros and his team at Nichols Precision strive for each day. Founded in 1997, in Tempe Arizona, Nichols Precision manufactures the finest quality turned and milled components for their aerospace and defense customers. Many of these “mission critical” components find their way onto platforms such as the Mars land rover, satellites, defense and commercial aircraft, and everyday medical and industrial applications.
The skills required to operate expensive and highly technical machinery and equipment in today’s world of advanced manufacturing are much different than the skills required even ten years ago. This middle-skill workforce must have a specific set of technical, STEM-related skills, which don’t necessarily require a four year bachelor’s degree.
With baby boomers retiring in record numbers and an insufficient flow of young people into the advanced manufacturing industry, Dante O. Fierros—President and Owner of Nicholas Precision—has made a commitment to improve the influx of young talent into the industry.
Nichols Precision hires employees based upon their skills, and all Nichols Precision posted job openings are specific regarding the skills required to succeed in the position. Nichols Precision also supports their employees’ desire to acquire new skills by paying 100% of continuing technical education-based training for their employees. Promotions are based on skills attained during employment with the company.
In addition to leading an ISO 9001 and AS9100 Certified company, Fierros serves as the Chair of the Arizona Manufacturing Partnership (AMP). AMP, the Arizona affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers/Manufacturing Institute, is a statewide, industry-led 501C3 association focused on Career Technical Education and manufacturing partnerships.
To learn more about Nichols Precision, visit www.nicholsprecision.com
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