Dirk Nelson

Dirk Nelson

Summary

PROJECT-ENGINEERING-TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE LEADER

Pioneering • Resourceful • Driven • Competitive • Hard-Working • Ambitious • Resilient 

EFFICIENCY • QUALITY • PROFIT

Complex Business Challenges • Super Efficient Solutions (Average $5M saving a year)

Accomplished 20+ Year Career

Speaking The Language Of Advanced Technology

 Lead Engineer, Lead Project / Program Manager

Analyzing / Implementing Systems For Client Companies’ Operations Worldwide Managing Budgets As Large As $500 Million

Work History

Work History
Jan 2000 - Feb 2005

Leadership Certification Instructor

Franklin Covey Co. / Community College

Lead the certification class in Franklin Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly effective People.  Taught college electronics and computer software, including Web site design. 

Jul 2006 - Aug 1999

Sr. Project Manager

Business Navigators

Consultant for several businesses, including medical devices mfg. Defining problem areas, developing creative action plans, writing the scope of work to be accomplished, operational requirements including resources needs, achieving high levels of customer satisfaction, by maintaining customers expectations of scope, schedule, and budget. Created LAN based training programs. Performed Change Control. 

Services: Business, Manufacturing consulting & Project Management

Aug 1998 - Aug 1999

Sr. Project Manager / Program Maanger

USWest / Qwest

     Key high-pressure role in +$400 million project for acquisition-development-implementation of major fully equipped call center for US West (Qwest), through smooth simultaneous coordination of more than 50 projects, which was up and running 90 days ahead of schedule and generated $90 million in additional profits

Products & Services: Web Farms, Call Centers, Telephone/Internet/Cable TV, Interstate Fiber-Optic Lines,

Mar 1994 - Jul 1995

Sr. Project Manager

http://www.quantum.com

Developed pioneering massive computer reporting system as forerunner to ERP,

which saved over $5 million per month 

Products: Hard Disk Drives

Feb 1992 - Oct 1993

Sr. Manufacturing Engineer

Loral Command & Control Systems

Assumed manufacturing leadership for an$195 M USAF contract.

Performed capital equipment justification and facility design. Recruited, trained, & lead the engineering team. Schedule operations based upon my PERT chart (CPM). Determined project risks.   

Won a $4M early delivery bonus

Product: Rapid Execution and Combat Targeting (REACT) consoles and training consoles

Oct 1984 - Jul 1991

Lead Sr. Systems Engineer / Avionics Engineer, Sr. Manufacturing Engineer

Martin Marietta

   Lead senior systems engineer at Martin Marietta in charge of all four Titan IV rocket launch sites at Cape Kennedy and Vandenberg Air Force base (all launches successful), configuring each launch site for more than 30 missions with $1 billion in equipment

 Wrote systems requirements for NASA Space Launch Centers, including telecommunications (data networking, Fiber-Optics, Voice, and IP)

Developed systems design and operational requirements and managed team for astrophysical aerospace equipment including space launch vehicles, satellites, and ground controls at Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg AFB, including the Launch Operation Control Center, which has the Pulse Code Modulation Telemetry Processor and Encoder, Tracking and Flight Safety, Telemetry, Guidance and Control Consoles

Managed avionics subcontractors programs, +$400 million for design, manufacturing, and testing/ certification of airborne avionics 

      Conferenced with engineering specialists, satellite manufacturers, launch site representatives, and USAF representatives during program development

    Lead manufacturing engineers, training and supervising them, as we all supported the production operations with process plans and tooling requirements for mechanical products with structural welds and connections along with electronics and hydraulics. Approved design changes. 

Products: Space Launch Vehicles (Titian IV), Satellites (Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter), Transfer Orbital Stage (TOS), Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU), Peacekeeper Emplacer / Inertial Measurement Unit and Missile Guidance Computer, SCI’s Remote Multiplex Instrumentation System, and Cincinnati Electronics’ Command Receiver Decoder and Automatic Test Equipment /  Titian IV Launch Facilities (FL & CA)

May 1987 - Nov 1989

Sr. Project Manger

http://www.eds.com

   Directed software factory start-up and worldwide projects for the oil industry with a budget of $8 Million

Service: Y2K world-wide checked, fixed, and upgraded

Jan 1983 - Sep 1984

Industrial Engineer

McDonnell Douglas Electronics

Developed process plans. Reviewed and approved engineering changes. Developed process and test procedures. Trained engineers. Supported production and testing. Analyzed new products and developed product spare parts strategies. Created last-time-buy strategies, saving over $60K a year. Specialized in optics for the Heads-up Display (HUD), our Flight Simulators (with mirrors), and our Informational Display Helmet. Supported production floor operations. 

Products: Aerospace Ground Equipment, Avionics, and Flight Simulators

Dec 1979 - Nov 1982

Manufacturing / Industrial Engineer

Motorola

Improved process operations reducing costs by over $150,000 a year. Wrote an accounting computer program. Design and modified plant layouts. Performed times studies. Installed both Six-Sigma & Participating Management Program (PMP). Coordinated production operations in 12 countries, with final processing in our US plant. Developed manufacturing processes and parts controls for stock returns from clients for maintenance and upgrades. 

Product: Semi-Conductors, Radar Systems, GPS, Ground Controls for Drone Aircraft & Space Satellite

Sep 1974 - Sep 1978

Avionics Maintenance Squadron Shift Supervisor

http://www.airforce.com

Trained in Avionics. Hand picked for leadership training. Supervised over 100 airmen.

Shift Supervisor of Avionic Maintenance Squadron.  Maintained avionics systems, trained & supervised others.

May 1974 - Sep 1974

Construction Worker

Fremont Engineering

Construction worker for Steel Commercial Building Contractor

Education

Education
Sep 1978 - Aug 1979

http://www.wsu.edu/psychology/graduateprograms

The Psychology Program is one of the oldest in the West and, over the years, has gained a national reputation for producing highly skilled experimental and applied psychologists. The program has modern equipment and laboratories offering a wide range of research options.

Skills

Skills

Computers

      Developed and programmed  pioneering massive computer reporting system as forerunner to ERP, which saved over $5 million per month for Quantum        Conceived and programmed a Basic computer program for Motorola's production operations       Taught computers for college level courses      I started programming computer while in High School, using punch cards for the IBM 360.  

Leadership

  Hand Picked by Air Force Personel for speacil Leadership training. (First commanded over 100 airemen, later supervised an entire squadron.   Taken dozen of management,  Industrial Psychology, leadership, courses.    Lead and managed teams of people, including engineers, support staff, technicians, project mangers, and others.       First to teach “The 7 habits of Highly Effective People” for Certification to prison inmates, merging other leadership materials into an award winning, highly successful program, which resulted in 30% of participants dramatically turning their life around  

Electronics & Avionics

    Participated in development of first-generation GPS system at Motorola Worked on Radar Systems, Satellites, Drone Aircraft ground controls systems, Inertial Guidance Systems, Avionics Instrumentation Systems, telecommunications (data networking, Fiber-Optics, Voice, and IP), and I taught Electonics and Fiber-optics

Industrial/Manufacturing Engineer

History of streamlining operations, cutting costs Specialize in improving efficiency and quality, optimizing profit, and reducing waste Understanding new technologies, reengineering and business practices to maximize results Conceptualization of improvements for global manufacturing  Identify problem areas, develop action plans, define scope of work and operational requirements Continuous improvement via process measurement/metrics  Identified potential design flaws and enhancements Directed multinational operations and suppliers Developed innovative filing system for Motorola to improve manufacturing engineering operations, and developed a computer program for manufacturing cost accounting  

Sr. Systems Engineer

         Developed systems design and operational requirements and managed team for astrophysical aerospace equipment including space launch vehicles, satellites, and ground controls at Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg AFB, including the Launch Operation Control Center, which has the Pulse Code Modulation Telemetry Processor and Encoder, Tracking and Flight Safety, Telemetry, Guidance and Control Consoles          Managed avionics subcontractors programs, +$400 million for design, manufacturing, and testing/certification of airborne avionics for Delco’s Inertial Measurement Unit and Missile Guidance Computer, SCI’s Remote Multiplex Instrumentation System, and Cincinnati Electronics’ Command Receiver Decoder and Automatic Test Equipment        Conferenced with engineering specialists, satellite manufacturers, launch site representatives, and USAF representatives during program development    

Project Manager

         Success with numerous Blue-Chip leaders including Motorola, Lockheed Martin, Digital, Loral, McDonnell Douglas, MCI, and Qwest    Saved $5 Million per month in reduced scrap costs alone for Digital Corporation with development and implementation of quality Six Sigma system (ERP)    Commanded $4 million in bonuses for completing a US Air Force contract ahead of schedule upon taking over manufacturing operation for Loral and employing original concept “Critical Path Methodology”    Directed software factory start-up and worldwide projects for the oil industry with a budget of $8 Million    Installed Motorola’s first Six Sigma system and Participating Management Program, while helping to develop an important high-powered transistor for a whole new product line    Heavily involved with initial, financially beneficial development at US West/Qwest of combining telephone, Internet and cable TV service over twisted wire pair, enabling delivery of three services to residential clients without additional wiring  Pioneered “Last Time Buy” sales model/methodology for McDonnell Douglas, inducing sales by announcing major price surge, avoiding excess future costs by buying and warehousing critical components for anticipated aircraft and equipment service contracts, saving $60K a year             

Program Manager

    Lead senior systems engineer at Martin Marietta in charge of all four Titan IV rocket launch sites at Cape Kennedy and Vandenberg Air Force base (all launches successful), configuring each launch site for more than 30 missions with $1 billion in equipment        Key high-pressure role in +$400 million project for acquisition-development-implementation of major fully equipped call center for US West (Qwest), through smooth simultaneous coordination of more than 50 projects, which was up and running 90 days ahead of schedule and generated $90 million in additional profits; all while directing 50+ projects concurrently

Certifications

Certifications

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People

FranklinCovey

Space Systems

Martin Marietta

Manufacturing

Juran Institute, Deming Institute, Society Of Manufacturing Engineers, Martin Marietta, McDonnell Douglas, Motorola

Engineering

Society Of Manufacturing Engineers, Institute of Industrial Engineers, Martin Marietta, McDonnell Douglas, Mesa Community College

Electronics

U. S. Air Force, Georgia Military College, Delco

Computers Technologies

Martin Marietta, McDonnell Douglas, and others

Business / Management

Washington State University, and others

Systems Engineering / Project Management

Martin Marietta, McDonnell Douglas, Project Management Institute