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  • Etienne Nichols

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    Etienne Nichols
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      Contact Info (Email): : etiennenichols@gmail.com
      Contact Info (Phone):: 5133447188
      Compensation: None, I am volunteering my time
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      Career advice, how to interact with different departments, and how to zoom in and out to see the big picture and how your role plays a part in making the company dream become a reality without leaving you behind.

    I have a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and have a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute. I've been an engineer for nearly 10 years now, and have worked for startup, employee-owned, and Fortune 500 companies in multiple departments at multiple levels.

    One thing that has been both a blessing and a curse is my tendency to think laterally - to look over and wonder what the guy in the cubicle across the aisle is working on. On the one hand, it's distracted me from going as deep into one subject or discipline as I might have. On the other hand, it has given me insight into how departments work at different organizations, and how my work can improve the organization overall and not just my departments metrics. 

    Specifically, I have worked in the Aerospace industry as a test engineer performing destructive testing on custom aircraft interiors. From there, I worked in the Steel industry as a service engineer, inspecting and recommending refurbishment or replacement of coupling gear assemblies. My most recent industry (and the oen I am now most familiar with) is the Medical Device industry, where I have worked as a manufacturing engineer, product development engineer, and project manager. 

    Eventually, I became a consultant within a QMS company where I advise companies on how to build out their design controls and quality management systems. I now run the Global Medical Device Podcast powered by Greenlight Guru, which is the #1 podcast on Quality & Regulatory topics for the Medical Device industry.

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