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Justin Patrick McKay, E.I.T.

Mechanical Engineer, EIT

Education

Bachelor of Science; Mechanical Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin, May 2010

http://www.me.utexas.edu/

Business Minor,  McCombs School of Business

Professional Experience

Mar 2015Feb 2016

Mechanical Engineer

Southwest Signs, Inc.

Served as a Mechanical Engineer in a high-volume sign manufacturing facility designing commercial signage for some of the most recognizable corporations in the United States seeking to establish their presence when breaking ground on a new storefront location. In addition to mechanical design using SolidWorks, I was specifically hired to incorporate my knowledge and expertise in manufacturing to establish a more proficient, technically robust design and engineering department. Such refinements included the standardization of part numbering schemes, the establishment of quality design practices and techniques, and the development of SOPs and Design Standards to streamline the flow of information from our sales department through engineering and on to the production team and manufacturing facility to cut costs and more efficiently meet the timely demands of our customers

Oct 2012Oct 2014

Mechanical Engineer

Active Power

Led the mechanical design and development of a new product line of standardized Switchboards to be integrated into Active Power’s new line of containerized modular power solutions for the large datacenter market.  Active Power manufactures flywheel-based uninterruptible-power-supply (UPS) systems for mission critical facilities offering an array of unique backup power solutions tailored to suit the needs of our customers, including Amazon, Yahoo, Hewlett Packard, Google, Microsoft, etc.  I designed the line of Switchboards using Solidworks with integrated product data management package Enterprise PDM. In addition to the design and generation of full sets of engineering drawing packages, I oversaw and supported the assembly and manufacture of the company’s very first PH480 Powerhouse product working closely with our manufacturing facility and personnel.

Aug 2010Oct 2012

Mechanical Engineer, Lead

Knight Aerospace

Designed custom modular and palletized interiors for military cargo aircraft including C130s and C17s. Modeled interior structures in SolidWorks and produce mechanical part detail, assembly, and installation drawings of all parts to be fabricated, assembled, and installed. Generated Bill of Materials (BOMs) for all drawings. Performed computational and hand-calculated stress analyses on structures and installations to ensure structural integrity and compliance with relevant FARs (Federal Aviation Regulations.) Oversaw manufacturing and serve as liaison engineer to the machine shop during production.

Jan 2006Jan 2010

Mechanical Engineering Intern, Lab Technician

3M Company

    Lead Lab Technician for The Universal Cover Tape Program and Electrostatic Discharge Products Division.  Conducted an array of long-term product development studies, experiments, and qualification testing. Documented detailed process, product, and sample observations, noting anomalies. Administered statistical analyses and composed technical briefs to summarize empirical data. Contributed to the Research and Development of a US Patent filed for in 2008.

      May 2007May 2008

      Research Assistant; Automated Design Lab

      The University of Texas, Mechanical Engineering Department

      Contributed to graduate research in Automated Conceptual Design. Developed a computational theory by combining empirical reverse engineering techniques and graph-grammar-based methods to automate conceptual design of electromechanical systems.

      May 2005Aug 2005

      Research Assistant; Texas Petawatt Laser

      The University of Texas, Physics Department

      Contributed to the design and construction of the Texas Center for High Intensity Laser Science as a member of Texas Petawatt Laser Facility, the world’s most powerful Laser. Designed and modeled optomechanical components of the Petawatt Laser using SolidWorks. Generated mechanical drawings of models for parts to be fabricated.

      Academic Experience

      Aug 2008Dec 2008

      Project Lead

      DELL Inc.

      Technical Support Facility Design and Implementation

      Designed a free-standing customer service facility for the repair and upgrade of PC’s to be installed in commercial electronic retail stores. The facility contained a reception counter for interacting with customers and processing service requests, an operating room for executing the service requests on the given electronics, and ample storage cabinetry for systems awaiting service. Generated CAD models of candidate concept structures using SolidWorks. Optimized floor plan layout to maximize storage capacity while minimizing overall footprint within retail store. Coordinated with various vendors to obtain quotes for fabrication of prototype.   

      May 2008Aug 2008

      Project Lead, Senior Design Course

      The University of Texas, Mechanical Engineering Dept.

      Product Reverse Engineering and Redesign, Cordless Swivel Sweeper

      Dissected, reverse engineered, and created CAD model of existing Swivel Sweeper using SolidWorks. Designed a human powered electromechanical power generation and battery recharge system incorporating a DC generator. Built proof-of-concept prototype implementing power generation redesign modification. Awarded Most Innovative Team by professors.

      Portfolio: Southwest Signs

      Served as a Mechanical Engineer in a high-volume sign manufacturing facility designing commercial signage for some of the most recognizable corporations in the United States seeking to establish their presence when breaking ground on a new storefront location. In addition to mechanical design using SolidWorks, I was specifically hired to incorporate my knowledge and expertise in manufacturing to establish a more proficient, technically robust design and engineering department. Such refinements included the standardization of part numbering schemes, the establishment of quality design practices and techniques, and the development of SOPs and Design Standards to streamline the flow of information from our sales department through engineering and on to the production team and manufacturing facility to cut costs and more efficiently meet the timely demands of our customers

      Portfolio: Active Power

      Led the mechanical design and development of a new product line of standardized Switchboards to be integrated into Active Power’s new line of containerized modular power solutions for the large datacenter market.  Active Power manufactures flywheel-based uninterruptible-power-supply (UPS) systems for mission critical facilities offering an array of unique backup power solutions tailored to suit the needs of our customers, including Amazon, Yahoo, Hewlett Packard, Google, Microsoft, etc.  I designed the line of Switchboards using Solidworks with integrated product data management package Enterprise PDM. In addition to the design and generation of full sets of engineering drawing packages, I oversaw and supported the assembly and manufacture of the company’s very first PH480 Powerhouse product working closely with our manufacturing facility and personnel.

      Portfolio: Knight Aerospace

      Designed custom modular and palletized interiors for military cargo aircraft including C130s and C17s. Modeled interior structures in SolidWorks and produce mechanical part detail, assembly, and installation drawings of all parts to be fabricated, assembled, and installed. Generated Bill of Materials (BOMs) for all drawings. Performed computational and hand-calculated stress analyses on structures and installations to ensure structural integrity and compliance with relevant FARs (Federal Aviation Regulations.) Oversaw manufacturing and serve as liaison engineer to the machine shop during production.

      Portfolio: 3M

      • Lead Lab Technician for The Universal Cover Tape Program and Electrostatic Discharge Products Division
      • Conducted an array of long-term product development studies, experiments, and qualification testing
      • Documented detailed process, product, and sample observations, noting anomalies
      • Administered statistical analyses and composed technical briefs to summarize empirical data
      • Contributed to the Research and Development of a US Patent filed for in

      Portfolio: Automated Design Lab

      Contributed to graduate research in Automated Conceptual Design. Developed a computational theory by combining empirical reverse engineering techniques and graph-grammar-based methods to automate conceptual design of electromechanical systems.

      Portfolio: Texas Petawatt Laser

      UT's World-Class Petawatt Laser

      Contributed to the design and construction of the Texas Center for High Intensity Laser Science as a member of Texas Petawatt Laser Facility, the world’s most powerful Laser. Designed and modeled optomechanical components of the Petawatt Laser using SolidWorks. Generated mechanical drawings of models for parts to be fabricated.

      Portfolio: DELL Senior Design Project

      Technical Support Facility Design and Implementation

      Designed a free-standing customer service facility for the repair and upgrade of PC’s to be installed in commercial electronic retail stores. The facility contained a reception counter for interacting with customers and processing service requests, an operating room for executing the service requests on the given electronics, and ample storage cabinetry for systems awaiting service. Generated CAD models of candidate concept structures using SolidWorks. Optimized floor plan layout to maximize storage capacity while minimizing overall footprint within retail store. Coordinated with various vendors to obtain quotes for fabrication of prototype.   

      Portfolio: Swivel Sweeper: Redesign

      Product Reverse Engineering and Redesign, Cordless Swivel Sweeper

      Dissected, reverse engineered, and created CAD model of existing Swivel Sweeper using SolidWorks. Designed a human powered electromechanical power generation and battery recharge system incorporating a DC generator. Built proof-of-concept prototype implementing power generation redesign modification. Awarded Most Innovative Team by professors.

      Awards & Achievements

      - Certified Engineer-In-Training (E.I.T.), Texas Board of Professional Engineers, 2012

        - Eagle Scout, San Antonio, Texas, 2003

          - Captain, American Pool Association, Austin League Team, 2007-2009

          - AP Scholar, AHHS, 2003

            - Participant, American Invitational Mathematics Exam, AHHS, 2002

              - Qualifier, American Mathematics Competition 12, AHHS, 2001

                  Awards & Achievements

                  Scholarships

                  Skills

                  Solidworks 3D
                  AutoCAD
                  Microsoft Office Suite
                  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Project, Visio
                  Adobe Photoshop
                  Programming Languages
                  LabView, Java, MATLAB, C, C++, C#