Andy Nichols, CQP MCQI

Quality Program Manager

To The Center’s clients, Andy Nichols, CQP MCQI brings 40 years of expertise in a wide variety of roles and industries, with a particular focus on quality management systems in manufacturing organizations.

Prior to joining the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, he was the East Coast Regional Sales Manager for NQA, a “Top 5” Global Certification Body, responsible for significant sales growth in a highly competitive marketplace.

He has authored two books, “Exploding the Myths Surrounding ISO 9000 – A Practical Implementation Guide” (published by ITG in April 2013) and “A Guide to Effective Internal Management Systems Audits (published May 2014).

Previously, he was a consultant with Excel Partnership, Inc., for more than 15 years, developing and delivering world class training. Andy has held a number of quality management positions and was responsible for establishing and implementing quality systems to ISO 9001 and NATO AQAP1. 

His experience includes a significant role at Chrysler Manufacturing (ISO 9001), Hyundai Motors Manufacturing Alabama (ISO/TS 16949), Arvin Meritor, Peterson Spring, ACH, GM, Timken Company, Valeo, GKN, and Visteon. 

Andy taught measurement systems to UL lab assessors, developed a learning program for calibration for Chrysler Manufacturing and developed and delivered ISO17025 lead auditor training for USDA, USAF and Army labs.

Other Clients he has worked with include Dresser, Caterpillar, Oce USA, River Run Press, UL, ANSI, the USA Navy, Army and Air Force and the USDA.

In addition to his ISO 9000 Management Systems experience, he has worked with ISO 14000, ISO/IEC 17024 and ISO/IEC 17025. He has extensive practical knowledge of ‘Quality Tools,’ including SPC, FMEA, Quality Circles, Problem Solving, Internal Auditing and Process Mapping.

Andy is a Chartered Quality Professional and member of the United Kingdom’s Chartered Quality Institute (CQP MCQI). He also is an IRCA Quality Systems Auditor.
 

PUBLICATIONS

How LEAN Are Your Internal Quality Auditors?
QUALITY WORLD: Embracing Disruptive Technologies in Manufacturing
No Time for ISO 9001...
ISO: Leave the Pyramids to the Pharaohs
It Ain't What You Do, It's the Way That You Do It
Open Wide! It's Time for a Dose of MedAccred
Making Management Reviews Beneficial. Are We There Yet? 
How Football Can Help with Auditing a Process-Based QMS
Achieving Competency in Quality. Manufacturing's Got Talent!
Quality Manuals - QMS "Quick-Start" Guide?
10 Things to Ask Your Certification Body Auditor Before Your ISO 9001:2015 Audit
A Year to Go…
ISO 9001:2015 Internal Audits
Using Your ISO 9001:2008 QMS to Implement the 2015 Requirements
Flight "AS9100D" Has Not Departed Yet
SMARTSHEET: Everything You Need to Know About Quality Management
SMARTSHEET: How to Implement Corrective Actions That Also Strengthen Your Team