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LaunchPoint: Adrenaline Junkie

 Larissa Hofman






By Larissa Hofman
Director of Communications
Edge Factor

As a daredevil, husband, inventor and father,  Martin Edge is always searching for new ways to push himself. After winning a Green Card Lottery, Martin and his family moved from South Africa to the USA, where his sense of adventure was reignited. For Martin, jumping out of planes and freefalling from 12,000 feet has become his adrenaline outlet. “Until you’ve experienced it, there’s no words to describe what happens. You go into your own world,” reflected Martin.

The rush Martin experiences from skydiving, he also finds in the world of manufacturing. Picking up his life in Africa and moving to Arizona meant he needed to launch a new career to provide for his family. As he explored the opportunities available in the manufacturing industry, he came across the Maricopa Skill Center and took a tour of their training facility. Seeing one of the instructors operate a CNC machine, Martin was instantly hooked. Something inside of him screamed, “I have to know more!” His resolve was set in stone. He enrolled at the Maricopa Skill Center and worked closely with one of his key machining instructors, Larry Geczy.

As a student, Martin was beyond eager to jump on the latest CNC machines, which presented a challenge for his instructors. Larry struggled to reign him in so that Martin could the basics of manual machines before running the CNCs. “We had a hard time keeping him back… He just blazed through the program!” exclaimed Larry. Martin immersed himself in the online Tooling U curriculum, excelled in learning the manual machines and soon enough, he had progressed to the CNC machines and graduated. But he didn’t stop there.

Determined to learn more, Martin enrolled in the Industrial Design program at Gateway Community College. Not all of the students he met at GateWay were new to the industry. Some of his classmates including Marianne Fierros, were seasoned manufacturers who wanted to develop their skill set. Seeing Martin’s thirst for learning, passion for manufacturing and seemingly endless amount of energy, Marianne introduced him to her husband and co-owner of Nichols Precision, Dante Fierros. After their first meeting, Dante and Marianne knew that Martin would make an awesome addition to their team and hired him as their new Production Manager.

Launching his career at Nichols Precision, Martin was itching to get his hands on more of the latest and greatest technology. When Dante purchased a new Wire EDM (Wire Electronic Discharge Machine), Martin’s arm shot up and he volunteered to learn how to run the machine. The learning curve was steep and even though his frustration grew, Martin rose to meet the challenge. “That frustration… pushes me to continue looking for answers,” said Martin. “His frustration lies in the fact that he is going 100rpm, and the rest of the world is at 50,” laughed Dante Fierros.

Unsatisfied and unimpressed with the status quo, Martin will never stop learning or pursuing new ventures and technology. With Dante as his mentor, he continues to hone his skills and advance his skills.

For Martin Edge, this is his LaunchPoint.

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Published Date : 5/2/2014

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