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Machining and Technical Services

Truman Nicholson

Machine Shop | MTS

Truman Nicholson

TRUMAN NICHOLSON is a Lab Technologist IV and CNC Shop Manager in the Machining and Technical Services' Machine Shop. He regularly consults with faculty, students, and staff to help them achieve their research goals.


A.S. Machine Tool Technology
Tri-County Technical College


LIGNIN PROJECT: 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

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

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

POLYMER FILM COMPONENTS: 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

ACRYLIC HEART VALVE TEST: Machined, polished and assembled an acrylic heart valve test chamber - Dr. Richard Figliola, Mechanical Engineering


Freeman Hall exteriorLab Technologist IV
Machining and Technical Services
CNC Shop Manager
Machine Shop

Phone: 864-656-5546


  • 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


The services are available to internal and external clients, including researchers, students, entrepreneurs, and industry partners. We work closely with clients to understand their specific needs and requirements and provide customized solutions to meet the customer's budget and time frame.

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  • Rapid Prototyping
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