Steven Higgins is a US Navy Veteran, and has taught on the Franklin County Technical School vocational faculty since 2018. He teaches computer numeric controlled (CNC) machining.
Steve draws on four decades of experience in the machining field where he manufactured precision components for the medical industry, defense contractors and the aerospace industry.
He has done advanced precision manufacturing for the US Navy Submarine Force as well as the Naval Sea System Command, Johnson & Johnson, NASA, SpaceX, Raytheon and the Goddard Space Flight Center.
Steve tries to lead by example and instill a great work ethic in all of his students with the motto, “A day's work for a day's pay.”
A graduate of the US Navy Machining School in San Diego, CA, Steve completed two associate’s degrees, one in advanced metals machining, and another in mechanical technology and industrial engineering, at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, MA in 1987.
Steve has certificates from MasterCam in high speed 3D milling and lathe programming, and a certificate in geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T). He is a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
Nicole Miller is a 2014 graduate of the Franklin County Technical School Machine Technology Program, the precursor to the Advanced Manufacturing shop she has been teaching in since September 2018. She is currently pursuing her Massachusetts educator’s license.
Since joining the FCTS vocational faculty, she has aided in transforming the Machine Tech Program into a Chapter 74-approved Advanced Manufacturing shop.
She also founded the Tradeswomen of Tomorrow chapter at FCTS, and organizes regular activities that provide students insights into navigating the work world. As one of two female machining teachers in Massachusetts, Nicole strives for honesty, trustworthiness, accountability, kindness and empathy in her classroom.
Nicole worked at Hillside Plastics her junior and senior years at FCTS as the only woman in the company’s engineering department. She stayed on and did all of Hillside’s in-house machining for four years where she ran a 3-axis CNC vertical machining center, a 2-axis turning machining center, and also did engineering projects and drafted blueprints.
Nicole started working at FCTS as the JV Girls Basketball coach in 2018.
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