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Mechanical Design
Project Management


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Work experience

Sep 2008Nov 2012

Engineering Manager

Snaptron, Inc.
  • Lead a multi-discipline team of 3 engineers and a draftsman that was responsible for design and maintenance of custom equipment to support customers and in-house production requirements.
  • Oversaw the functions of the quality department, which consisted of the quality manager, quality engineer, and 2 inspectors.
  • Established and maintained an inventory system for equipment related piece parts.
  • Created standard operating procedures for workflows inside of the engineering department.
  • Worked with patent attorney to perform patent searches and filings.
  • Worked on the configuration and implementation of an xTuple small business ERP system.
Nov 2003Nov 2008

Engineering Manager

Grayhill, Inc.
  • Lead a team of 7 engineers and designers that was responsible for all optical encoder and joystick products.
  • Took part in strategic planning sessions with upper management and ownership and presented proposals for optical encoder products and strategies.
  • Traveled to the company's Shenzhen China facility to setup production lines and worked closely with the Shenzhen team to ensure work instructions were clear and employees were properly trained.
  • Successfully converted several encoder families from in-house wire bonded optics to off the shelf SMT packages saving the company over $220,000 annually and opened up the opportunity to outsourcing printed circuit board assemblies.
  • Served as the project leader for automotive business, which involved application specific product design, close collaboration with customers and Grayhill's distributor in Germany, and working closely with production sites to ensure the lines met automotive standards.
  • Developed pricing structures for new products based on piece part price and labor projections to assist the sales department in negotiations.
Jan 2001Nov 2003

Program Manager

Grayhill, Inc.

  • Traveled domestically and internationally to customer sites to meet with representatives from procurement and engineering to gain a full understanding of end applications.
  • Lead a team of 3 engineers with responsibility for all low-resolution optical encoder design and maintenance throughout the product life cycle.
  • Worked and communicated with all levels in the company to ensure that project schedules were maintained, customer requirements were met, and upper management was informed.
  • Responsible for interviewing and hiring talent as well as tracking team member performance and compensation.
Nov 1998Jan 2001

Design Engineer

Grayhill, Inc.

  • Designed injection molded plastic parts, zinc die-cast parts, printed circuit boards, and machined parts.
  • Modified existing optical encoder designs to meet the requirements of customer provided specifications.
  • Designed new optical encoder families to meet the requirements of unique applications.
Jul 1998Nov 1998

Field Service Engineer

  • Responsible for troubleshooting and support over the telephone.
  • Traveled to customer sites to oversee equipment installations and maintenance.
  • Trained equipment operators and plant maintenance workers how to use the equipment and perform preventative maintenance.


Aug 2011Present


Colorado State University


Jeff Phillips

Jeff worked for me for 15 months as a hardware and software engineer.

Scott Nissen

Scott worked with me for approximately 8 years at Grayhill.

Dan Ott

I began my career working for Dan at Grayhill.  He transitioned to Snaptron, Inc in 2011.