Eric Schaefer

Eric Schaefer

Objective

A senior leadership position that will leverage someone who can:

·Produce innovative product and manufacturing development that yields global competitiveness.

·Generate system streamlining for optimal processes at less cost with improved quality.

·Train others from various disciplines to exceed common goals.

·Leverage automation technology whenever possible.

GOAL: To automate, streamline, and improve the means by which globally competitive products are made—even during a fear economy.

Work History

Work History

Engineer

Steel automation
Jul 2005 - Sep 2008

Project Execution Lead

Subject Matter Expert in Robotic Dispensing and Painting equipment. Lead design engineer responsible for Paint, Body Shop, and General Assembly cell design and commonization for sealer, Liquid Applied Sound Dampener (LASD), rocker coating, and hem seal applications. • Project management and plant interface responsible for installation of all dispensing applications across 11 plants over a 2-year period in the Paint Shops. • Coordinated corporate wide commonization of vision equipment for offset calculation and process complete verification from 11 different vendors to 2 with increased functionality. • Project Manager for the GM Gravatai Brazil Paintshop throughput increase project. Responsible for process improvement evaluation and cycle time reduction, asset procurement and refurbishment, mechanical and electrical cell modifications, robotic programming and Human Machine Interface changes. • Continuing managing and production support responsibilities for all North American facilities.
Apr 2002 - Jul 2005

Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Managed engineers in support and installation capacities across the US, Canada, and Mexico. • Lead controls engineer for install and startup in 4 assembly plants—totaling 92 new robots over a 3-year period. • Lead design engineer interfacing with the Opel organization in Germany, consolidating Paint, Body Shop, and General Assembly mechanical and electrical designs. • Educator at the plants in cell operation, programming methodologies, vision training, and debug techniques. • Created the first full robotic dispensing cell simulation using Robcad software. • Volunteered for 6 months of cross training in the Body Shop, learning processing and installation differences to find the best practices and implement them across all manufacturing areas.
Oct 1998 - Apr 2002

Manufacturing Engineer

Created a universal interface design for use across the cell monitoring system, robotic, dispensing, and vision systems regardless of manufacturer for all manufacturing areas • Lobbied the Paint and Polymers Engineering (PP&E) organization to co-author training and lessons learned documents for newly hired employees and vendors. • Shared testing responsibilities with the PP&E for all dispensing equipment. • Provided installation, startup, and production support for robotic dispensing cells in 8 facilities over 3 years. • Created the business case for new equipment, layout planning, and manpower / material cost reductions. • Worked 1 year on backup and restoration testing of production equipment, evaluating 6 different software packages, a procedure that was adopted plant wide.
Sep 1995 - Oct 1998

Controls / Electrical Engineer

Only robotics engineer in a group of 18 employees solely responsible for installation, startup, and production support for 9 production facilities in the US, Canada, and Mexico totaling 122 robots. • Lead installation, startup, and ongoing production support for 2 new facilities: Janesville, WI, and Arlington, TX. • Support engineer developing the HMI interface for the first automated dispensing cell installation at the Shreveport, LA, assembly plant totaling 8 new robots. • Learned the Elpo/Phosphate dip process and oven controls while simultaneously supporting 11 new automated windshield and rear glass decking applications.

Education

Education
1997 - 2011

Masters

Case Western Reserve University
Currently trying to finish this degree
1989 - 1992

BSEE

Michigan State University
Self Employed while attending school - Owned automotive painting, custom detailing, and window tinting business to pay for college
1985 - 1989

Associates

Worked three different co-op positions, sometime for more money and sometime for less while carrying a full load of classes: Dow Chemical doing robotic sample analysis General Motors Vanguard "Factory of the Future" student writing interface code Dow Chemical writing simulation software for chemical rate reactions
1985 - 1989

Associates

Worked three different co-op positions, sometime for more money and sometime for less while carrying a full load of classes: Dow Chemical doing robotic sample analysis General Motors Vanguard "Factory of the Future" student writing interface code Dow Chemical writing simulation software for chemical rate reactions