Employee Stories: Nick, Production Technical Lead

Nick, a production technical lead on the Metals Value Stream team at the Utah site, recently celebrated his 8th anniversary with Janicki. His interest in aerospace and technical work began when he enlisted in the Army in 2008, a passion that he continues to bring to his role at Janicki.

Nick served several critical roles for the Army and National Guard, primarily focused on maintaining Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters. Nick has been deployed twice, once from 2008-2009 and a second time while he was working at Janicki, from 2018-2019. 

Nick with helicopter

In 2015, a friend referred him to Janicki. The idea of working on the opposite side of the spectrum from his service was very exciting. Nick started as a mill tech machining composite skins and other fly-away parts in Mills 7 and 8 in Utah. The similarities between his service and work at Janicki are very obvious, where safety, quality, and foreign object debris (FOD) control are all top priorities. That overlapping focus allowed Nick to flourish at Janicki, where he had a short stint as Mill 7 cell manager before his second deployment in 2018, and then upon returning from Iraq as the Assembly 5 cell manager for over four years.

Nick has been in the production technical lead role since 2022 and is also working on quality assurance training to expand his skills. He enjoys the culture and the people he works with and learns from daily. 

“I love what I do and want to come to work every day,” states Nick. “I am honored to have the opportunity to grow and help move our needle with each new project.”

Nick’s most memorable experience at Janicki has been witnessing two rocket launches from Cape Canaveral while performing on-site work at a customer’s Florida assembly facility.

“The sight, sound and feeling of the reverberations in my chest are something I will never forget,” said Nick.

When Nick isn’t machining the largest and most challenging parts in the aerospace industry, he is finding every chance he can to escape to the mountains. He loves fly fishing and camping with his daughter, Brinlynn (12), and dog, Luke. 

Janicki is committed to hiring active-duty service members, veterans, and reservists transitioning to civilian work. Learn more at www.janicki.com/veterans.