Nicholas Meeks graduated with an Associate of Technology degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology at our Wentzville location in December 2020. Nick is currently a CNC (computer numerical control) Operator at Tech Manufacturing in Wright City, Missouri, where he served an apprenticeship while completing his degree. The company, founded in 1956, specializes in precision machining of complex aerospace structures.

Rich Vaughan, Operations and Plant Manager at Tech Manufacturing and Ranken alum, tells us “Nick has been a great asset to the team here at Tech Manufacturing!  He is very reliable and always comes to work with a positive attitude and is a team player. Nick will continue to grow with the company.”

Brad Elbert, Advanced Manufacturing Technology instructor, explains “The first thing I look for in a student is passion for machining. Nick had that passion from day one. He is very goal oriented. Nick is the kind of person who will successfully accomplish tasks with little to no supervision. He was always willing to help any student that was struggling. One quote that I heard him say many times was, ‘I just want it to be perfect’. Nick is the type of student that makes my job as an instructor very rewarding. There is no doubt in my mind that he will have a very successful career.”

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