Andy Nichols

Quality Program Manager

To The Center’s clients, Andy 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 has been an IRCA and RABQSA accredited Lead Auditor.  He received a “Higher National Certificate” in Mechanical Engineering, with an elective in Electronics, and is an Incorporated Engineer (CEI) “I. Eng.”

A past member of the U.K’s Institute of Quality Assurance, he has been a member of the ASQ since 1985.