Seat Trim Engineer, Seat Trim Engineering Manager, Pattern Designer
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Richard A. McNairy
Cell Phone: 586 *** ****
***** ****** **** ** *******, Ohio 45840
Automotive Seating and Interiors ~ Aviation Seating and Interiors ~ Commercial Transportation seating and Interiors ~ Municipal, Public and Mass Transportation Seating and Interiors ~ Commercial and Industrial Seating and Interiors ~ Leather and Textile Consumer Products ~ Garment ~ Commercial and Domestic Furniture ~ Marine Canvas and Tops ~ Marine Seating and Interiors ~ Motorcycle Seating and Trim ~ Textile Applications ~ Leather Product Design and Manufacturing ~ Leather Tanning and Manufacturing ~ Leather Manufacturer and Supplier ~ Aerospace Seating and Safety Equipment ~ Military Vehicle Seating and Equipment ~ Military Personnel Products and Equipment ~ Luxury Aircraft Seating and Interiors ~ Luxury Yacht and Watercraft Interiors ~ Sport and Recreation Equipment ~ Outdoor and Camping Equipment ~ Hunting and Fishing Equipment ~ Domestic and Industrial Safety Equipment ~ Tent, Awning and Canvas Products ~ Coverings and Protective Equipment Systems ~ Stealth and Camouflage Products and Systems ~ Equestrian Products and Equipment ~ Motorcycle Products, Accessories and Equipment ~ Recreation Vehicle Seating and Interiors ~ Camper Seating and Interiors ~ NASCAR Seating and Safety Equipment ~ Professional Vehicle Racing Seating and Safety Equipment ~ Hand Tooled Leather Products ~ Vehicle and Equipment Storage Coverings
Qualified Positions and Specialties
Seat Cover/Seat Contour Studio Styling, Seat Cover Production Pattern Maker, CAD 2D and 3D-Surfacing Pattern Design, Seat Product/Program Development, Seat Cover Engineering/Release, Prototype/Production Tooling, Prototype/Production Sewing, Prototype/Production Seat Assembly, Interior Soft Trim Components, Instructor teaching Production/Prototype Seat Cover/Upholstery Pattern Making, Industrial Sewing Machine Repair, New Upholstery/Trim Department Set-up, Seat Trim Program/Product/Project Management, Tier Material/Component Supplier Representative and Supplier Quality Engineering
I am seeking a secure and permanent employment position (or long-term) where I may share my career experiences, skills and talents with my colleagues and of course, they with me.
B/E Aerospace Inc., Miami, Florida ~ Tucson, Arizona ~ Nogales, Sonora-Mexico (12/2008 – 08/2011)
Position(s): Manufacturing Methods Engineer
Advanced Product Development Engineer - VAVE Cost Reduction, New/Alternate Materials, Alternate Design and Assembly Methods, New Technologies and Mtrls
Facility Set-Up Engineer - Seat Trim/Interior Trim Design, Seat/Interior Trim Assembly, Supplier/Equipment Procurement and Setup, Staffing and Training, Plant Layout and Floor-Planning
Instructor - Trim Cover Pattern Design, Seat Foam Design/Dev, Seat and Trim Build and Upholstery.
Product(s) and Industry(s): Aircraft Seating and Upholstered Trim for Commercial Super-First Class, Business, VIP and Luxury Aircraft.
Responsibilities: Create Lean Manufacturing through alternate and advanced methods, materials, processes and techniques for the production of customized commercial, business and private aircraft seating and upholstered interior trim components. In addition, I also create Advanced Engineering proposal samples incorporating alternate methods, technologies, materials, equipment, machinery, tools, materials, supplies and suppliers with primary focus on quality improvement, consistency and cost reduction. At the same time, I am the sole Upholstery Pattern Maker-Designer for upholstered products such as super-first class suite seating, bed & seat surrounds and all upholstered suite components. My methods of pattern development include both conventional lay-out-in-white method as well as creating patterns from 3-D CAD model surfaces. Also, I was responsible for setting-up all phases of the Upholstery Department in a new facility located in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. This includes selecting, ordering and setting up all equipment, machinery, tools, supplies, materials and work stations. This includes creating the floor-plan and the over-all facility layout for the upholstery design and production areas and operations. Finally, I am also tasked with staffing and training all employees in both the Upholstery Design and Upholstery Production areas. From time to time, I also volunteer my skills to our Tucson Facility when my help is requested (such as timing-crunches on our product display models, most recently, for the International Aircraft Interior Show in Frankfort, Germany). My employment ended here after my very successful start-up of their new facility in Mexico. Due to the declining market in the areas of business, corporate and super-first class aircraft interior industry, they had no further projects nor programs to assign to me.
Crew Chief / Sr. A-Level Modifications/Customizations Aviation Upholsterer; 09/2007 – 08/2008; StandardAero/DAE (a.k.a. Garrett Aviation Services, Landmark Aviation)
I performed several tasks in several separate roles relative to the customization of Luxury VIP/Business Jet Aircraft on the seating and interior trim. Roles and tasks include stylist, designer, seat cover pattern maker, seat foam skiver (foam contouring), leather hide layout/cutting, materials and fabric cutter, sewing machine operator, upholsterer, component removal/installation, sub-system modification, system functional inspection / adjustment, replacement part requisition, repair, rework, assemble, label identification and computer work hour documentation. Received work instructions from sources such as computer accessed assignment instructions, blueprints, hand sketches, re-touched photos, CAD data, shared-file intranet computer data, sample mock up, FAA Maintenance Instruction Manuals and verbally from supervisor, studio stylists, project managers, customer representatives or directly from the customer.
Interior components worked included crew seats (pilot/co-pilot), cabin chairs, jump seats, sidewall panels, window line panels, window shades, lavatory seating, cockpit glare shield & visors, cabin & cargo boarding step treads, boarding assist handle and many others. Materials used include canvas, leather, vinyl, fabric (woven and non-woven), carpet and padding (e.g., felt, rubber, foam, jute, goose down). Application methods and materials used: hand sewing, gluing, hook & loop (Velcro), zippers, sew able plastic J-channel, swing wire listing tie down, eyelets, hand lacing, grommets, snaps, hook & eyelet, pop and hammered rivets, nylon webbing, aluminum sheet metal, plastic sheet board, fiber card board, epoxy resonated fiberglass, fiberglass and aluminum honeycomb board, nylon fasteners, elastic banding and cording, metal clips, aviation locking fasteners, buttons, tufting twine, epoxy adhesives, adhesive tapes, push-type fasteners, instant glues and numerous aerosol adhesives.
Industrial sewing machines were both computer and manually operated. Machine types included flat bed, bobbin/lockstitch, long-arm, over caster/surging, whip-stitch, carpet yarn surging and several others. Other machinery and tools include electric hot-wire foam cutter, band saw-type wire foam cutting saw, electric powered foam cutting hand saw/knife, metal and wood band saw, horizontal metal cut-off saw, drill press, floor mounted disc sander, table saw, miter saw, power wood joiner, power wood planer, shear sharpener, wet-grinder, electric buffer, staple/nail guns, glue pot spray gun, sheet metal shear, sheet metal box & pan break, sheet metal roller and numerous pneumatic and powered hand tools. I also performed maintenance and repair on sewing machines, shop machinery, electric and pneumatic hand tools and many other upholstery tools. Documented all work performed by log in and sign off of all procedures performed and materials used within each given assignment in the aircraft’s Maintenance Log Book. All assignments were performed in compliance to FAA maintenance procedures, FAA documentation requirements and both internal and FAA safety procedures and regulations. Reason for leaving: lack of work.
Trim Engineering Group Manager; Sr. Seat Cover Designer; 03/2007- 09/2007; Recaro-North America, Auburn Hills, Michigan. For this Germany-based high-end vehicle seating firm, I performed tasks in all phases of styling, design, development, engineering and manufacturing of vehicle seating focusing on the main components of seat base foam and seat cover trim. Set up an entire prototype design area and workshop for seat cover and seat foam development and engineering. Instructed employees in seat cover pattern design (patternmaking), seat foam development (hand skiving foam from CAD generated and plotted drawings), prototype seat assembly, prototype parts coordination and prototype cutting and sewing. In addition, I mentored in product development engineering and product engineering release phases and requirements. Products created were OEM vehicle seat groups, high performance racing seats, commercial vehicle seating, transportation vehicle seating, aftermarket vehicle seating and child safety vehicle seating. Most well known accomplishment is the Recaro, dealer-offered optional seat group for the 2008 model CTS Cadillac. Reason for leaving; Accepted a position within the VIP-business luxury jet aircraft industry.
VIP Coachworks 12/2006-03/2007
Lead Upholsterer/Trimmer ~ For this Luxury Stretch Limousine/Vehicle Fabricator, I designed, developed, fabricated, assembled and installed new stretch limousine seating, upholstery and soft interior trim panels.
Reason for leaving ~ Lack of work for lack of sales.
MavRix Automotive Interiors 05/2005-12/2006
Owner/Operator ~ Performed work in the areas of Seating Upholstery and Interior Soft Trim for Automotive, Marine, Aviation and various Commercial Textile applications.
Reason for leaving ~ Lack of in-coming business, slow Michigan economy.
Findlay Industries-Mexico 10/2004 – 07/2005
Sr. Trim Engineer, Sr. Trim/Pattern Designer/Sr. Process Engineer ~ For this OEM Tier-1 Supplier of Vehicle Seating and Interior Trim Components located in Mexico, I was responsible for new program launches, new business planning, plant engineering, corporate engineering and manufacturing process engineering relative to seat cover design, development and CAD engineering and tooling. I also served as an Instructor training selected employees in the areas of Trim Engineering/Processing/Release, Seat Cover Pattern Development, 2D CAD Pattern digitizing, 2D CAD Pattern Design (Gerber System-Design Software) and 2D CAD Pattern Nesting (Cutting Markers or Tooling) for the purpose of Textile Multi-layer Production Computer Cutting.
Reason for leaving: Lack of work due to customer cancellation of vehicle models and/or vehicle programs.
Delta USA Corporation / LEAR Corporation 7/2003 – 10/2004
VAVE Cost Reduction Engineer – Current Product For this Tier-1 seating supplier, exclusive to Mazda, I was a non-direct temporary contracted employee responsible for the creation of VAVE (Value Added-Value Engineered) cost reduction ideas on all current production products focusing on entire vehicle seating groups, their sub-assemblies, individual components, Tier-2&3 suppliers and all assembly and production processes. Once approved, I implemented the changes through CAD Data Release for Tooling and production source instruction. In the end, the dollar savings of what became a total of 25 approved and implemented cost reduction changes had exceeded Delta’s/Lear’s initial target expectations.
Reason for leaving: My VAVE implementations were completed and there were no other Vehicle Programs to study. This was initially a six-month Contracted Temporary assignment which stretched into a little over a year due to the unexpected number and value of the cost reduction proposals I presented.
General Motors Corp. / Engineering Technology Center Warren, Michigan 3/1999 - 2/2002
Sr. APQP/Supplier Quality Engineer (Automotive Interiors)
Responsible for overseeing and approval of all phases of APQP Quality procedures for GM’s Tier-1 Suppliers for several GM vehicle lines. My product components were overhead systems, door panels, carpet, sound deadeners, pillars, package shelves, center counsels, floor mats and sunshades. These quality areas included (but were not limited to) the APQP Process, Supplier Selection, Risk Assessment, Run @ Rate, Controlled Shipping, Containment, Part/commodity PPAP submission approval, assembly fixture development/approval and Program Management. In addition, I was assigned several projects of a wide variety for several Current and Future Programs/Vehicles by our Global Purchasing Division, of which my Supplier Quality Group was under. During my tenure, I completed several required courses relative to Supplier Quality Systems at the General Motors University in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Lear Corporation Munich, Germany 9/1993 - 9/1997
Trim Engineering Manager (automotive seat covers, seat foam, seat frame, prototype seat assembly)
For this temporary “Business Unit Start-Up” assignment out of Lear’s World Headquarters, I Managed, staffed and trained an engineering group for the design, development, engineering, supplier manufacturing and quality processes of automotive seat covers, seat foam and frame for several BMW vehicles. Being a new business unit and new customer/supplier to BMW when I accepted this assignment, my first set of tasks were to layout and equip the development/engineering areas needed, such as a machine/tool shop, prototype seat build area, pattern development area, trim engineering area, cut and sewing areas, prototype part sequencing area/system and several other engineering/development support areas. I then staffed and trained local German nationals in the positions and responsibilities of trim engineer, pattern developer, cutter & sewer and prototype seat assembly, while at the same time providing seat development samples and fulfilling many other tasks required of me in accordance to BMW’s Vehicle Development Schedule. In addition, I was also managing and training employees for the first two years in Prototype Seat Final Assembly. My final task of selecting and training a German national as my replacement in the position of Trim Engineering Manager was successfully completed in Sep 1997. I then was repatriated back into the U.S. and reported to Lear’s World Headquarters for re-assignment. Lear stated that there were no other assignments for me and offered their standard severance package to me of which I accepted. Lear documents the reason for my separation as that of “lack of work” (as per David Bell-H.R. Corporate Director Sep97).
Pacific Trim Corporation/Lear Corp/GM Bangkok, Thailand 2/1991 - 9/1993
Executive Corporate Advisor ~ In this joint-venture plant start-up for the cut & sew production of leather automotive seat covers between General Motors, Lear Corp and Pacific Trim, I had several management, engineering, plant start-up, staffing and training responsibilities. My first task was to develop the entire vehicle seat group seat cover patterns (for the Buick LaSabre) and submit seat samples to GM for PPAP approval. Once approved I then assisted in starting up the many areas of business required of a cut and sew plant such as, engineering, quality, purchasing, logistics, plant layout (industrial engineering), production control, maintenance, sales, some marketing and business planning. I was also directly responsible for our products to GM, Lear Corp, Pacific Trim and last but not least, Lear Corp’s Fenton, Michigan seat assembly plant (our direct customer).
Lear Corporation / GM Division Flint, Michigan 1/1988 - 2/1991
Trim Engineering Manager ~ Trim Engineering Manager for Lear’s GM Division. Total “start-up” of this business unit for the pattern design, seat cover development, engineering, manufacturing and quality processes of automotive seat covers for several GM program/vehicles. Staffed and trained my group Pattern Designers, Trim Engineers, cutters/sewers and prototype seat assemblers.
Inland Seating Division/GM Warren, Michigan 3/1984 - 1/1988
Senior Design Leader/Trim Engineer ~ Lead Designer for Automotive Seat Cover Pattern Design group under Engineering Manager David Lancaster. Master Pattern Maker in leather, cloth and vinyl. Some seat foam and frame development. Created and taught a college credited course (3 credit hours) in Automotive Seat Cover Pattern Design on-site at the Inland Facility in conjunction with Macomb Community College as an Associate Professor. Awarded “Quality Employee of the Month” in 1987. Also instructed in 2-D Computer Aided Design required to digitally store, modify and submit patterns for production tooling. Assisted in establishing seat cover assembly processes at the seat build plants.
United States Navy ~ Decorated/Honorably Discharged
Attack Squadron VA-105 ~ USS Saratoga
Rate: AMS3 (Aviation Metal Smith, Third Class Petty Officer)
Specialties of Training ~ Airframes, Pneumatics, Hydraulics, Aircraft Corrosion Control and Prevention Technician, Plane Captain (Aircraft Launch & Recovery), Ground Support Equipment Operator, Aircraft Firefighting.
Utica High School, Michigan ~ Graduated
Macomb County Community College US-Michigan-Clinton Township
1.5 yrs. ~ 3.50 GPA
General Motors University Michigan-Auburn Hills ~ 3/99 – 2/02
Global Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)
Plastic Injection Molding
Process Control Planning
Run @ Rate
Statistical Process Control
Containment / Controlled Shipping
Additional Work Experience and Skills
Furniture Upholstery ~ custom upholstery, re-upholstery, antique restoration frame fabrication, spring tying, tufting, hand sewing, interior designer projects
Commercial Seating/Upholstery ~ restaurants, theaters, office, booths, murals, partitions
Aircraft Interiors/Seating ~ Part owner, Designed, fabricated and installed complete interior trim and seating for aircraft such as private planes, airbuses and DC10 commercial aircraft
Automotive Seat Cover Production Sewing (Ford/GM) ~ All areas of sew assembly for automotive seat covers utilizing all types of machines. Some sewing machine repair. Worked with Trim Engineers performing pattern adjustments to facilitate production sewing processes and/or tooling.
Other Skills, Talents, Hobbies and Interests
Marine interiors and seating
Multi-lingual (German, Thai)
CAD designer (CGS, Gerber and Lectra)
Instructor - MCCC for Automotive Seat Cover Pattern design/engineering
Seat frame modification
Seat foam modification
Aviation metal smith and corrosion control technician (U.S.N.)
Mechanic/Repairman (industrial shop machines)
Hand sewing/lacing (Steering wheels, shift boots/knobs, etc..)
Design and Fabricate Bags/cases/backpacks
Leather work (belts, holsters, etc..)
Certified Scuba Diver
Motorcycle Racing and Touring
Hunter, Fisherman, Camper, Hiker and Outdoorsman
(Updated ~ Jan 2012)
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