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Senior Designer/Design Engineer

Detroit, Michigan, 48202, United States
July 28, 2010
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Gerard White

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Detroit, MI 48202


To obtain a stimulating and rewarding position within an organization’s design and engineering area that allows me to apply my accrued skills to enhance organizational productivity while fostering personal and professional growth


Michigan State University, Mechanical Engineering April 1979 - May 1981

Allied Careers Institute, Mechanical Drafting and Technology October 1981-May 1982

Design Drafting Certificate (36-week program)

Batavia School of Drafting September 1991

Courses: Automotive Body Design, Descriptive Geometry, Trigonometry

SDRC C3P Certified July 1997

Specialized Courses: Part Modeling I, II & III, Assemblies, PIM for Designers SDRC C3P Certified

SDRC C3P Certified September 2001

Specialized Courses: Wire Harness and Hose Routing, Product Information Management (PIM)

WERS, Digital Buck, Metaphase

Catia 5 Training, Basic part solid modeling September 2002

ICEM SURF, Basic and Advance Surface Modeling March 2004


Electrical Designer General Dynamics BIW Bath, Maine Jan 2010

Introduction To Marine Design Catia V5 R19 (80Hrs)

Basic Marine Design Fundamentals (40Hrs

Basic Marine Electrical Process Design Catia V5(20Hrs)

Electrical Designer DoD Marine Ship Design of the DDG-1000 Navy Destroyer.

Packaging Electrical Equiptment Local and Main Wireways, Pipe Design Layout.

Resolution of design related problems encountered during ship construction.

2D Electronic drafting of installation & fabrication drawings.

Develop Design Work Packages for manufacturing to Builds and Reworks of Electrical

System. Catia V5 Enovia

CATIA V5, SDRC I-DEAS Senior Designer, Ford Motor Company Feb 2008-Jan 2010

Cross Program Design Functions for Interior Trim. Designing of

Door Trim Panel, Instrument Panels, Pillars, Steering Column Shrouds, Center

Consoles, Cup Holders, Info and Entertainment Systems, Cockpit Packaging.

Packaging and Re-Routing of Wire Harness and Electronic Components in the Instrument

Panel, Door Trim Panel and Center Console.

Team Center (TCe), Vismockup (Digital-Buck)

SDRC I-DEAS / CATIA V5 Senior Designer, Intier Engineering Aug 2005-Feb 2008

Mazda J61J Interior Trim Package Tray. Responsibilities include packaging feasibility

and design of all components associated with the Package Tray Assy. Package Tray, Air Extractor Grills, Sub-Woofer and Tweeter Grills, Package Tray Trim. Packaging the Rear

Wire Harness to the Rear Window and Rear Speaker Wire Harness. Sheet Metal feasibility

For Packaging of the Package Tray.

Duties include Class A Surface feasibility, B-side development and attachment schemes.

Instrument Panel, Center Console, Door Inner Panel

SDRC I-DEAS / CATIA V5 / ICEM Program Manager, Intent Engineering Aug 2004 – Aug 2005

National Seating Program responsibilities Develop Quotes, SOW, Work Plans, Time-Lines and Managed Design Personnel in the development of Class A Surfaces of Side Shields, Foam STO, Recliners and Seat Trim. I Managed the Development and Prototyping of Cushion Pan, Side Rails, Mechanism Assembly, Recliner Assembly and Side assembly. Heavy Sheet Metal Design.

AAR Cargo • IDS – Payload Systems Designer Catia V5

SDRC I-DEAS / CATIA V5 Senior Designer, Magna/Decoma ESE July 2003 – Aug 2004

Ford CD-338, 334 and 378 fascia programs. Responsibilities include

package feasibility and design of Front and Rear Fascias, License Plate Lamps and Harness, Front Grills and Grill Carriers and Brackets. P356 Front and Rear

Wheel Lip Moldings, Front Fender Air Vent Bezel and Grill.

100 hours ICEM SURF.

SCRC I-DEAS / CATIA V5 Body In White Designer, MSX International June 2000- July 2003

Material Cost Reduction Program / Amazon Program

Transferring Master Packages to Suppliers using Metaphase and Team Center

Head Liner, Center Console, Package and Visual Studies, Component Design of Body Structures,

Rear Lamp Body Bracket, A/B Surfaces, Battery Tray, Mud Shield, Surface Development,

D Pillar L/C Door Opening, Hinge Packaging and RR Closure. Wire Harness Package and

Designing of the Athlete Mover an Electric Vehicle for the Detroit Lions Football Team.

SDRC I-DEAS / PDGS Designer, Magna/Decoma ESE (Japan) July 1998- June 2000

Ford/Mazda M204 Grills, Cladding Front & Rear Fascias,

Explorer/Mountaineer U152 Front & Rear Fascias, Running Board, Step Pads and Sheet Metal Brackets

Kinematic studies for a Retractable Running Board.

SDRC I-DEAS / PDGS Designer-Carpeting, Lear Corporation July 1997-July 1998

DEW98, Carpet, Insulation, Foot Rest, Mat and Mastic. Sheet Metal Feasibility for the Floor Pan, Cross Members and Tunnel. Interior Trim, Door Inners, “A” Pillars, Center Console

Senior Designer (PDGS)-Seating, APX International July 1996-July 1997

(Contract to Johnson Controls)

Dew 98 Front and Rear Seating, Seat Track, Covers, Rear Bolsters, Front Seat Control Switch, Seat Covers,

Cushion Pans. Packaging Electro-Mechanical Switches for the Front Seat, Position, Heating, Retracting and Memory Positioning. Harness Packaging for Switches.

Body in White Designer (PDGS), Mascotech Engineering GMBH July 1995-July 1996

(APX International, Germany)

Surface Development, Component Design, Packaging for BE-146 BIW Program, Tailgate Inner

Multiple Brackets, Door Inner, Package studies of the Engine Compartment, Jounce and Rebound.

SIGMA Engine and CTX transmission Programs, X-Members, Shock Towers

PTPD Division–Designer (PDGS) Ford/Mazda January 1994-July 1995

Ford Motor Company (Japan)

Mid-Series CT120

Rear Lamps, Surface Design, Coordinate Development with Mazda Body Engineering,

Coordinate Development with Ford Plastics Division, Design for supply manufacturing

requirements in Michigan

Aries Designer, Team Leader & System Administrator Oct. 1992-January 1994

Ford Motor Company

Modern Engineering VN 127 Chassis Program

Responsible for utilization of the Aries CAE workstation and PDGS, Stereolithography,

Component design work for the VN-127 using PDGS, Quick heat tunnel shields, Exhaust systems,

Engine mounts, Engine X-Members, Shock Towers, Hiring and training new personnel on Aries and

PDGS, System Administration duties,

Act as liaison for CAE team with Ford Motor Company

CAD Instructor, Macomb Community College Sept. 1991- Jan 1994

Instruct students in the manipulation of the Applicon Bravo System 3D wire frame, Sept. 1996 – Jan 1999

Solid modeling, Dimensioning and Auto Body surfacing

Advanced Engineering Instructor, Pioneer Engineering April 1992-October 1992

Finite element analysis, Mechanisms on the Aries Concept station,

Used PDGS and IGES for concepts before solid models are created for prototype,

Volume calculation and stereolithography on Aries Concept Station, Training Engineers on PDGS basics

CAD/CAE Systems Design Leader, Alcoa Fujikura LTD June 1988-April 1992

Body Design, Packaging and engineering feasibility for sheet metal,

Harness Design for Instrument Panels, Body Harness, Engine Harness, RR Body Harness on Mulyiple Programs. Plastic Component Design for Harness Troughs, Brackets, Shields, Retainers, Fasteners,

using "PDGS" software, CAE responsibilities include Finite Element Modeling of Electrical

Connectors and Terminals, EDGS

CAD Designer (Product Design), Modern Engineering December 1982-June 1988

Product Design, Body surfacing to create CMM data and N/C blocks for exterior door panels,

Checking of fixtures

Detailer/Layout, International Mechanical Design June 1981-December 1983

Design and layout of checking fixtures, Assembly tooling, Gages, Castings, Injection Molding

Pratt & Whitney Power Systems, Special Machines and Gages


Speaks some Japanese and Dutch (German)