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Machining and Technical Services

Truman Nicholson

Truman Nicholson

Precision Machinist
Machining and Technical Services
Machine Shop

Phone: 864-656-5546
Fax: 864-656-7922


Educational Background

AS Machine Tool Technology
Tri-County Technical College


  • Tool and Die making
  • Experience with precision manual and CNC grinding equipment, holding tolerances to .0002”
  • Skilled in the programming and operation of CNC lathe, CNC mill, manual lathe, manual mill, jig bore, Blanchard grinder, welding, fabrication, heat treating furnaces, and EDM
  • Performs Quality Systems audits to confirm procedural compliance
  • Consults with engineers in design changes and machining practices
  • Design part models using AutoCAD, and SolidWorks


Engineering Associate II in MTS department. Consults with faculty, students, and staff to help them achieve their research goals


Designed and machined a mold to be used by students and faculty for knee implant research - Dr. Martine LaBerge, Bioengineering

Machined a test fixture and bearing components for fatigue testing of carbon fiber hip stems - Dr. John Kennedy, Mechanical Engineering

Aided in the design of a smart blending extruding die, and machined the components to produce a polymer film that contained vitamins and other additives to extend the shelf life of food goods such as MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) - Dr. Dave Zumbrunnen, Mechanical Engineering

Machined components for the Lignin project, which examined how a waste byproduct from the paper manufacturing industry could be converted into a useable source of energy - Dr. Mark Thies, Chemical, and Biomolecular Engineering

Machined, polished and assembled an acrylic heart valve test chamber - Dr. Richard Figliola, Mechanical Engineering