Nick is a Maintenance Technician with MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc. in Ferdinand, Indiana. Nick’s job is not only to repair machinery when it breaks down but also to routinely inspect and maintain the equipment before there is a problem. When equipment breaks down, Nick works with the machine operators to diagnose the problem and get the machine back up and running as soon as possible. 

Maintenance Technicians like Nick use electrical schematics, mechanical blueprints, and their in-depth knowledge of the equipment to find and fix the problem. Nick has always been curious about how machines work and enjoys fixing them, both at work and at home. As a student, he took advantage of trades classes at his school, including shop class, welding, and mechanics. Nick worked as a large equipment mechanic after high school until a friend recognized that his problem-solving and people skills made him a good candidate for a position in the maintenance department at MasterBrand. 

To learn more about Nick and his career path, explore his profile page.


Resources for Educators, Parents, and Students

These standards-aligned activities provide students with opportunities to practice the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for a career similar to Nick’s role as a maintenance technician working in advanced manufacturing. Each activity guide provides educators with both leader notes and student handouts, as well as detailed materials lists and timing guides. Click on the activities below to learn more!


Grades 3-5

Fix the Machine

Work with friends to solve a puzzle while learning about processes and algorithms.

Grades 6-8

Decisions, Decisions

Build and use decision tress to identify information, objects, and problems.

Grades 9-12

Wire it Up

Use multimeters and Ohm’s Law to troubleshoot simple circuits.