Proven technical leader in vehicle drivetrain development, mechanical and hydraulic testing, and test lab operations. Highly effective history of directing and providing leadership for a services team engaged in developing new or improving existing products. Strong skills in personnel management, strategic planning, project management and operations management.
Mar 2004 - Jan 2009
Team Leader reporting directly to Divisional Engineering Manager. Lead responsibilities included directing divisional test services activities for new product development, production launches and improving product performance by successfully delivering prototype samples to customers, completing validation testing and transferring product knowledge to manufacturing teams.
·Managed 10-12 highly skilled cross-functional technicians and engineers including hiring, goal setting, development plans, recognition and performance reviews. Developed and deployed a core skills handbook, cross training matrix and test services roadmap to set direction, goals, development plans and build organizational capability for the department.Scheduled ~350 test requests annually on ~25 test stands and ~24 test vehicles with an exceptionally high rate of on-time completion including resources, calibration and preventative maintenance.
·Managed $6M in capital with a budget of $500,000 to $1,000,000 annually for new and upgrading vehicle drivetrain test equipment, vehicles and facilities improvements including appropriation request formulation and approval. Consistently achieved budget guidelines and reviewed assets for opportunities for de-capitalization.
·Provided critical expertise in facilities development and testing protocol as part of successful start up of a new research facility in Korea.Coordinated testing between the two facilities.
·Managed $3.5M operating budget and effectively managed a broad spectrum of vendors to ensure low cost and on-time delivery of key supplies and services.Primary responsibilities included procurement card management, strategic sourcing and procurement process.
·Led and directed test engineering team activities including test stand and fixture development to test new products, selection of data acquisition and test stand control systems, fabrication, installation, assembly, operation, validation and training.
·Quality system management skills ensured department adherence to TS 19649 standards with an emphasis on documented test procedures and work instructions, gage and test stand calibration, tracking and component organization resulting in no major findings in four years of internal and external audits.
·Managed a team for sales and marketing that presented ride and drive activities in Europe, South America, North America and Asia that resulted in significant new business wins and launched products globally to support ~$50M in new global sales. Directed on-site activities including customer tours, special event coordination and produced three product marketing videos with animations of product function.
·Facilities management responsibilities involved improving test lab infrastructure, including facility layout, electrical requirements, HVAC systems, cooling water, air, oil distribution, garage equipment; test lab cleanliness and organization (5S and ITAR); vehicle test and demonstration areas.
·Computer skills include MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Project; Equipment Control and Data Acquisition software; Maximo, JDE and Oracle based purchasing applications.
Apr 1998 - Feb 2004
Engineer reporting to the Chief Engineer of the division. Primary focus was expanding the differential test lab into a world-class testing facility, including lab reorganization, facility upgrades, increase testing capabilities and supervision of 2-6 highly skilled technicians of varying disciplines.
·Consulted with product engineering to determine testing needs for the future; gained upper management support and funding through the appropriation request process.
·Coordinated with other divisions to gain floor space and directed contractors in the demolition of unneeded electrical and plumbing.
·Directed contractors and vendors on installation of infrastructure and facility upgrades including heavy electrical, overhead hoists, lighting, cooling water system, shop air, HVAC systems, flooring, paint, etc. in 14 test cells and utilities room.
·Developed standard machine bases for axle dynamometer test stands for interchangeable fixtures.
·Directed the installation of 2-3 new axle dynamometers of varying testing capability annually including design, procurement, fabrication, hydraulic system development, rigging, assembly, control and data acquisition systems and validation.
·Handled fleet management of ~24 test vehicles including advanced sensors, portable data acquisition and control systems for vehicle drivetrain development.
·Developed and built 11 new vehicle test and demonstration areas using internal and external resources.
·Selected to assist with sales and marketing events on and off-site including customer events to increase installation rates.
Sep 1981 - Mar 1998
Mechanical Engineering Technician
Mechanical Engineering Technician
Torque Control Products Division - Marshall, MI 1981-1998
Entry Level Technician promoted to Senior Technician and leadership role.Focus on new product development including product sample building, operating complex test equipment, troubleshooting product issues and analyzing customer returns for root cause of failure.
·High mechanical and machinist skills.
·Operated dimensional inspection equipment including coordinate measuring machine.
·Designed, fabricated and machined components for test equipment.
·Installed and calibrated sophisticated measuring instruments and sensors to obtain, analyze and solve technical problems.
·Maintained and purchased inventory of supplies and tools.
·Organized incoming product components, test lab fixtures and supplies.
·Performed preventative maintenance on test equipment.
1992 - 1995
Bachelor of Science
Western Michigan University
1993 - 1994
Kellogg Community College
1979 - 1988
Kellogg Community College