Prior to this, he worked as a program manager with GKN Sinter Metals, the world's leading supplier of metal powder precision components. His previous employment includes positions at automotive companies supporting their quality initiatives and practices.
Mikkelson is a member of the American Society for Quality and has earned certification as a quality engineer, a quality manager and a quality auditor. His education includes a master's degree in career and technical education and a bachelor's degree in manufacturing technology from Western Michigan University. Currently, Mikkelson is pursuing his master's certificate in Six Sigma.