Michael Nicola is a Creative Digital Sculptor responsible for helping to create and develop new and exciting car and truck interior and exterior designs from early concept to final production.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Michael developed a strong passion for automotive design and knew he wanted to be involved in the industry at a very early age. After graduating from Sir John A. MacDonald Collegiate Institute, he attended Ryerson University in downtown Toronto, where he was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. This lead to a position as a Manufacturing Engineer at Bombardier Aerospace’s Downsview, Toronto site (formerly known as the DeHaviland Aircraft Co.) shortly after completing his undergraduate degree. While at Bombardier Aerospace, Michael was exposed to a number of aircraft programs, including the Learjet 45, the Dash 8Q-400, the Global Express, and the classic Dash-8 200 & 300 Series programs, and was largely responsible for plant layout and shop floor organization as well as overall manufacturing process optimization. One of Michael’s many notable accomplishments while at Bombardier was the compilation of the Manufacturing Proposal for locating the then upcoming C-Series program’s production to the Toronto Site, a competition not only open all of Bombardier’s existing facilities but also several outside cities.
As fulfilling as his time at Bombardier Aerospace was, Michael’s passion for automotive design was undeniable. After much soul searching he decided to put forward a consorted effort to pursuit his goal. He applied and was accepted to the Master’s of Transportation Design program at the Umeå Institute of Design (UID) in Northern Sweden.