Mike Nixon

Mike Nixon

Design Engineer, Product Development


To be an effective team member of a company in which I can contribute the knowledge and skills that I’ve acquired over the years to further their success.

Work experience

Work experience
Oct 2010 - Present

Design Engineer


Responsible for creating/maintaining cad models and shop drawings for all past, current and future products. To create part/assembly libraries and  numbering system. Establish engineering processes & procedures and forms for engineering changes and other documentation. Work on new and innovative research and development projects. Work with vendors & suppliers for purchased items and/or machining services. Work with manufacturers to improve design, quality, and streamline production. Attend weekly production and R&D meetings to discuss scheduling, product development, new products and any customer issues. To run Solidworks simulations to ensure structural integrity.  Create animations and marketing materials for website and trade shows.  Train others as needed.

Apr 2008 - Jan 2009

Project Manager

Industrial Cab

Responsible for designing and managing new cab projects for the heavy equipment industry. Work with new customers and provide prototype designs and cabs for their review. Work with venders & suppliers for purchased items and/or machining services. Managed the production of prototype cabs and worked with fabricators, press operators, painters and assemblers to ensure quality workmanship. Created and inspected sheet drawings for new products and entered all new part information into company software. Worked with other engineers to review and improve processes and procedures to maximize efficiency of the Engineering Dept. Attend weekly meetings with sales and upper management to discuss timelines on current and upcoming projects. 

Jan 2000 - Jan 2009

Adjunct Instructor


Courses include “Manufacturing Processes”, “Geometric Dimension & Tolerance”, “Tooling Design I & II”, “CAD Fundamentals”, “Intermediate CAD”, and “Advanced CAD”, “SolidWorks and “Print Reading”.

Jun 2005 - May 2008

Tool Design Engineer


Responsible for designing fixtures and manufacturing equipment such as deep draw forming, stamping, trim, and progressive dies, for the production and prototype areas. Fixture types include welding, machining, inspection, assembly, lifting, plastics, and any processes implemented in the manufacturing areas. Designed and developed new processes for the manufacturing of new and existing parts. Worked with tooling team leaders to discuss preliminary designs, estimate completion times and work with them on prioritizing jobs. Troubleshoot manufacturing processes and tooling issues as they arise in everyday manufacturing.  Worked with outside vendors who manufacture tooling for the company and approve outside vendor designs.  Provided company with forming simulations created by outside venders.  Provided employee training for different machining applications.

Mar 1988 - Nov 2004



Designed extruder dies and equipment for the major pet food industry, and worked with customers on new prototype food processing ideas, products and equipment.   Designed fixtures, gauges and various assemblies for customers. I was responsible for product development, organizing and maintaining drawing database, and worked directly with the different departments for manufacturing & inspection.  Before my role as an engineer, I was a toolmaker (mills, lathes, grinders, inspection, etc.) and cnc programmer/operator of wire EDM.  Attended and exhibited at national food processing trade shows.  Created brochures, product catalogs, website, promotional flyers, etc.  Served as an internal auditor for ISO 9001:2000 certifications.

Mar 1984 - Mar 1988

Petty Officer

U.S. Navy

Honorably discharged as a Petty Officer 3rd Class (E-4). Cargo Handler/Crane Operator Responsibilities Included crane operator, winch operator for yard & stay rig, training, PMS (Periodic Maintenance System) Certified, Marksman certified on M16. Forklift, RT Operator, 1-ton vehicle license.