Manufacturer of flight computers and management systems for aircraft and electric power systems for military aircraft applications. GE Aviation acquired Smiths Aerospace in May, 2007.
Product Engineer - Grand Rapids, Michigan (2005 - 2008)
Led design and development of modules for avionics flight management computers and aircraft common computing systems designed for 3 different aircraft platforms. Managed development and maintenance of product requirements, plans and procedures ensuring compliance with product specifications.
- Led a 6-person project team consisting of electrical and mechanical engineers and designers.
- Organized and completed according to established deadlines, the release of detail drawings for hardware components of 2 major programs.
- Facilitated completion and release of 4 required planning documents on time and in compliance with FAA certification requirements.
- Presented development unit build plan at Critical Design Review for the Avionics Flight Management Computer. The build plan described the schedule and purpose for each of the 17 development units manufactured and the status of part procurement. The presentation contributed to the success of the Critical Design Review and receipt of a vital customer progress payment.
- Performed 8 root cause analyses supporting qualification testing for C-130 Avionics Modernization Program. This resulted in successful completion of qualification testing, which was recognized as achieving a significant program milestone.
- Assembled and led 5-person team which solved manufacturability problem concerning video cable assemblies used in three different modules. This eliminated a rework cost of $200 per module.
Operations Manager - Yorba Linda, California (2004 - 2005)
Managed divestiture of California operation overseeing existing production schedule while planning and executing accelerated production schedule facilitating a successful product line transition.
- Supervised 25 staff members across procurement, machine shop, production, test, inspection, shipping, and receiving departments.
- Worked with suppliers aligning joint production schedules meeting critical time requirements.
- Successfully delivered 16 newly configured fans on time for Bell Helicopter's V-22 aircraft test program, which met U.S. Air Force obligations. Fans were recalled and reconfigured resolving design problem that developed during operation. Collaborated with suppliers and the customer to achieve a three-week production cycle.
Lead Mechanical Engineer - Vandalia, Ohio (2002 - 2004)
Developed Regulated Transformer Rectifier unit for Northrup-Grumman's Global Hawk surveillance aircraft. Developed project schedule, authored product specification, supervised solid model designer throughout the design process and implemented design changes based on computational fluid dynamic analysis for forced-convection cooling.
- Supervised 2 technicians throughout build of development units, authored manufacturing documentation for 3 major subassemblies, developed wiring diagram, wire harnesses and specified interconnects internal to product. Trained 2 manufacturing operators in product build.
- Met product weight specification consistently under specified weight limit.
Manufacturing Engineer - Vandalia, Ohio (1999 - 2002)
Provided technical support to standard product electronics work cell. Authored and maintained 15 assembly documents. Designed specialized tooling aiding product assembly. Investigated causes of sub-assembly failures and implemented corrective actions.
- Achieved reduction in time and travel distance by 20% by implementing lean manufacturing techniques.
- Led machining team in redesigning work cell to reduce travel distance.
Mechanical Engineer - Vandalia, Ohio (1992 - 1999)
Provided mechanical design and co-managed two different aircraft electric power development programs.
- Participated in entire product development for F/A-18 primary electrical power system from design through qualification test.
- Completed entire product development of Regulated Transformer Rectifier unit for the C-130J aircraft. Generated $45,000 additional revenue.