Dedicated professional with more than 17 years experience in engineering and business acumen.
Power-Packer US, A Unit of Actuant Corp., Westfield, WI 2006 – 2009
Product Engineering Manager
Managed company products relating to the On-Highway truck, off-highway, agricultural, marine, military, and specialty vehicle markets for the business unit. Supervised multi-million dollar projects while interacting and managing a cross-functional team of individuals from engineering, sales, purchasing, quality, & manufacturing to bring custom niche products to the customer in a timely and proficient manner.
Â· Supervised project engineers and interns for the Power Packer US business unit.
Â· High-level Project Manager of motion control systems for a variety of markets. Products included hydraulic components for truck cab suspension and cab tilt, RV leveling & room slide outs, patient handling, agriculture, marine, military, and off-highway equipment.
Â· Lead multiple LEAN events and participated in Six-Sigma objectives including Kaizen/Makagami events.
Â· Some key customers included Fleetwood, Coachman, Mack/Volvo, Freightliner, Pierce, OshKosh Truck, BAE Systems, Caterpillar, John Deere, UPS, and Frito Lay.
Â· High-level interaction with customers, suppliers, and quality control divisions of the Department of Defense.
Â· Tradeshow & marketing publication design and development. Website development.
Â· Business analysis and potential company acquisition investigation.
Â· Traveled approx 50% of the time to key customers, suppliers, and tradeshows to facilitate high-level projects.
Crown Unlimited Machine, Bluffton, Indiana 2002 – 2006
Senior Project Manager / CAD Manager
Custom tube bending and cutting machinery for the automotive and HVAC industries.
Â· Managed complete projects from inception to the end.
Â· Designed a new patented high-speed CNC controlled precision tube cutting machine.
Â· Supervised 2nd-shift engineering group. Coordinated, managed, and interacted with the activities of engineering subcontractors (both domestic and international) and suppliers/vendors.
Â· N ew product designs, full product launches. Large complex assembly design, sheet metal, casting, small mechanism design. H ands-on metal forming design, welding, fixturing, process and tooling innovation.
Â· Assisted shop personnel in better assembly methods. P rovided manufacturing support for production builds.
Â· Product improvements, automations, and cost reduction opportunities.
Â· Provided technical advisory service with regard to equipment purchase, assembly processes, component/vendor selection, automation, product quality/reliability improvement, etc.
Â· Managed the CAD systems for the company while juggling the day-to-day responsibilities of a project management position.
Micro-Precision, Textron, Inc., Berne, Indiana 1998 – 2002
Engineering Project Manager
Mechanical project engineer of automated assembly machinery for the automotive industry in an ISO/QS atmosphere.
Â· Facilitated the design and build of high-tech fully automated assembly machinery for the automotive industry
Â· Traveled extensively to Detroit to meet with customers and manage machine sales projects.
Â· Designed automated engine assembly machinery using pneumatic and mechanical components in a high-paced Six-Sigma / ISO project environment.
Â· Engineered multi-million dollar projects for Ford, GM, and Chrysler.
Â· Team player in a close-niche engineering group dealing with machine layout and design.
Â· Dealt with engineering specifications and customer approval in the automotive industry.
Hydra-Tech, Inc., A Div. Of Lift-All, Ft. Wayne, Indiana 1997 – 1998 …
Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Engineered custom truck-mounted aerial lift devices. Progressed to Senior Engineer in an ever-changing environment.
Â· Supervised new mechanical engineering technicians.
Â· Senior engineer of heavy-truck chassis mounted components.
Â· Marketing & tradeshow development & attendance.
Â· AutoCAD controlled environment.
Â· Prototype involvement, troubleshooting, and manufacturing improvements. Detailed production drawings for manufacturing / sales purposes.
Â· Oversaw complete design and build projects and processes.
Shelby Industries, Div. Of Valley Tow-Rite, Shelbyville, Kentucky 1996 – 1997 …
Sr. Product Development Manager
Responsible for engineering & product development of all new products & designs relating to the utility trailer market.
Â· Designed new sales & marketing literature and layouts.
Â· Fixturing, die design, plant layout, CAD systems, and new product assembly procedures.
Â· Developed new engineering ideas, better methods of production, and handled major product analysis.
Â· Calculated ergonomic workflow and standard labor rates
Â· Designed new aftermarket shipping containers with new company graphics.
Â· Helped organize annual North American dealership conferences & new product rollouts.
Â· Tradeshow development & attendance.
Â· Dealt closely with sales, marketing, and quality control. Gained valuable insight through dealing with new product design, build, and marketing strategies.
M.A.S. Products, Inc., Elkhart, Indiana 1992 – 1996 …
Operations Manager II
In charge of inventory control, managing plant production, purchasing, sales, and engineering.
Â· Managed and developed special projects, allocated resources, handled scheduling and planning for production.
Â· Developed the mechanical design engineering/ drafting division. Prepared prototype fabrication and detail drawings required for sales and manufacturing purposes.
Â· Implemented a new product testing program and established new standards for quality control.
Â· Engineering / Business Management
Â· Operations and Program / Project Management
Â· TPS, LEAN, Makagami, 5S, VSM, Kaizen, Six-Sigma, ISO/QS
Â· Strategic Business Planning / Acquisitions and Mergers
Â· Global Product Management
Membership Affiliations / Certifications:
Â· Member of the ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
Â· Management Leadership Certification – Rockhurst University
Â· Rochville University: Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
Â· Indiana Vocational Tech (IVY Tech), South Bend, Indiana: Associates Degree in C.A.D. (Mech. Engineering) Deans List / High Honor Roll (GPA 3.9)
Continuing Education includes courses from:
o Indiana University, South Bend, Indiana: Business Admin and Secondary Level Accounting classes.
o Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio: General education and business coursework (93 credit hours)