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Engineer Mechanical

Rochester, New York, United States
September 13, 2013

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Peter J. Kull

*** ********* *****, *********, ** 14618

(585) ***-****,,


A well rounded mechanical engineer with experience in all facets of engineering, including: management, design, development, analysis and production. A leader and a strong team member with proven ability to communicate effectively, motivate people, maintain safety, enhance efficiency and improve processes. A quick learner with the ability to thrive in complex, challenging and stressful situations.


Rochester Institute of Technology, Master of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (2010)

Concentration: Mechanics and Design

Technical Electives: Geometric Optics and Lens Design, Rapid Prototyping, Control Systems

Rochester Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (1997)

Concentration: Dynamics, Vibrations and Mechanisms


(CAD) SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, Pro/PROCESS for Assemblies, (CAM) MasterCam, (Analysis) Nastran, Patran, Ansys, FemTools, I-Deas Test, Matlab/Simulink, (Data Acquisition) IOtech, LMS and I-DEAS Test, (Additional) MS Office/Visio/Project, {Prior} US Government SCI/Special Background Investigation


Owner/President/Lead Engineer, P&A Tool and Die, Rochester, NY, (01/2011 to Present)


• Manage and control of day-to-day activities of entire shop, including:

o provide price and lead time, set and administer budgets, initiate cost controls, ensure profitability, purchase and manage inventory, program, setup and operate manual and CNC equipment, First Piece and production inspection, logistical management of all shop and outsource activities

• Provide and foster an environment of mutual trust, respect and ethics in all employees

• Evaluate corporate and personnel goals and performance

• Create and implement management training program

• Purchase tooling, fixturing and capital equipment

• Design, machine, and build fabrication/assembly fixturing

• Maintenance of all shop equipment


• Proficiency with operation of all shop equipment

• Doubled shop floor space while optimizing layout and processes using Lean Mfg practices

• Coordination of Capital Equipment purchase to expand CNC lathe capability

o Provided increased shop capacity while also lowering customer lead times

o Achieved significant process efficiency by cutting separate mill operations on lathe parts

• Creation, implementation and execution of inventory tracking system and shop traveler database

• Creation and adherence to shop quality manual

• Achieved “First Article/PPAP” process approval for consumer production parts

• Sales growth of 60% in two years

Dynamic Design and Analysis Engineer, ITT Geospatial Systems, Rochester, NY (07/2007 to 01/2011)


• Perform finite element modeling of optical components, assemblies and test configurations

• Perform preliminary analyses, test predictions and post-test finite element model correlation

• Perform forced response and stress analyses for Modal, Vibration and Vibro-Acoustic tests

• Generate technical proposals, costs, schedules and equipment needs from requirements

• Evaluate data, generate test plans, reports and data packages, present to customers

• Participate in customer Program Management Review meetings (PDR/CDR/TDR/TRR)


• Coordinated and performed first company free-field vibro-acoustic test

• Acted as Test Director and Integrated Project Team lead for integrated system dynamics testing

• Used WBS to create work-packages and generate Statements-of-Work for subcontracts

• Managed cost and schedule of test projects keeping them on time and under cost

Mechanical Test Engineer, ITT Geospatial Systems, Rochester, NY, (09/2003 to 07/2007)


• Operate vibration control systems, test equipment, data acquisition systems and instrumentation

• Specify and procure accelerometers, strain gages and signal conditioning equipment

• Generate technical proposals, costs, schedules and equipment needs from requirements

• Evaluate data, generate test plans, procedures, reports and data packages, present to customers


• Coordinated and performed free-field vibro-acoustic test

o Wrote subcontract and statement of work for sound generation and control

• Creation of a capital equipment purchase plan to upgrade existing test equipment

• Participated in creation of a “White Paper” Company Standard Document for vibration test

• Upgraded vibration test work center to consolidate and organize test equipment

• Participated in technical discussion at launch vehicle provider to determine test requirements

• Performed Integrated Project Team Lead role for Mechanical Test activity

o Create work-packages from WBS elements to perform mechanical tests

o Manage cost and schedule of test projects keeping them on time and under cost

Vibration Facility Supervisor, Goodrich Optical and Space Systems, Danbury, CT, (07/1997 to 08/2003)


• Coordination and direction of vibration test operations and vibration test manpower

• Generation of technical proposals, costs, equipment needs and schedules from requirements

• Evaluate data, generate detailed test plans, procedures, reports and data packages

• Operation & calibration of vibration control systems, test equipment and instrumentation

• Supported Research and Design efforts in Microdynamics / micro-strain testing

o Expansion of dynamic test capacity and environmental sensing

o Developed test entrance and exit criteria

o Performed testing at ambient and at thermo-vacuum/cryogenic (90 K) conditions


• Expanded vibration test capability to include: Chirp, Sine Burst, Classical and Pyro-Shock

• Creation of a five-year capital equipment purchase plan to upgrade existing test equipment

• Improved all vibration testing through cleanup, reorganization and optimization of entire facility

• Developed capability to measure sub-nanometer displacements and high rate phenomena

Manufacturing Engineer, Goodrich Optical and Space Systems, Danbury, CT, (07/1997 to 09/2003)


• Design of tools and fixtures for assembly, integration and test of opto-mechanical systems

• Mounted optics strain free and bonded flexures to optics


• Development of Hinge and Latch system for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) prototype

o Performed assembly/integration, then presented design, test readiness and final results to customer

o Contributions towards three company patents

• Execution of a virtual assembly process evaluation in Pro/Engineer Pro/PROCESS

• Identified tooling and process issues before implementation, leading to a more robust product

• Design of tools, fixtures and processes to install flexured actuators onto the Advanced Mirror Systems Demonstrator for NASA’s JWST prototype

• Participation in Hubble Space Telescope Recovery process


Engineering co-op, Davenport Machine, Rochester, NY, (05/1996 to 08/1996)


• CAD support: design and detail of mechanical parts and sheet-metal enclosure

• Responsible for the design of cast parts to replace machined parts and weldments


• Coordinated the changeover from the prototype to the production sheet-metal enclosure

Engineering co-op, C.J. Winter Machine Works, Rochester, NY, (11/94 to 02/95) and (05/95 to 09/95)


• CAD support: design and detail of product, and associated tooling and fixturing


• Designed and implemented warning system for cryogenic heat-treat equipment

• Monitored and evaluated progress of life-cycle testing

Engineering co-op, Hatch Associates Consultants, Buffalo, NY, (05/1994 to 08/1994)


• Assisted in the design and brainstorming of steel mill and civil/structural projects

• Programmed and debugged process control systems in FORTRAN

Engineering co-op, Curtis Screw Company, Buffalo, NY, (06/1993 to 11/1993)


• Installed, maintained and operated Statistical-Process-Control data collection network

• Inspected raw and partially assembled fuel injector parts rejected for various defects


• Investigated and gave feedback on process improvements

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