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Manager Lean Manufacturing

Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
May 30, 2017

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To obtain a Management position in manufacturing where I can utilize my experience as a professional in the industry. My qualifications and experiences are detailed in my resume. I have a positive record of accomplishment and increased responsibilities. I would bring focus on quality, team building, and management by objective with on time delivery at a competitive cost.


Michael J. Kolaric

2007 to Present: Hologic Company Danbury, Ct.

Hologic is dedicated in providing Digital 3D Mammography equipment used for the detection of breast cancer.

Quality Control Manager

Manage and schedule the receiving inspection, in-process and final inspection departments to meet the production need in a just in time environment. Manage the supplier quality-engineering staff. Author procedures when required. Ensure that first article inspections are performed for new product releases or engineering changes. Chair the daily MRB (material review board) meeting for disposition of non-conforming products. Perform supplier evaluations and approvals. Manage the dock to stock program based on supplier performance. Review ECO's to ensure that stock checks are performed when required, participate in the process validation procedures for new parts and software releases. Ensure the requirements of FDA standards and CGMP requirements are met. Schedule and participate in Lean Manufacturing events. Completed 80 hour certified course in Lean Manufacturing training and 16 hours of Dealing with resistance in implementing Lean Manufacturing.

Conduct internal audit in accordance with ISO9001-2008, ISO13485, ISO 14971 /FDA 21 CFR 820 requirements.

2005-2007 Microphase Corporation Norwalk, Ct.

Quality Assurance Manager

Microphase manufactures RF filters, multiplexers, bypass filters and video detectors used in military aviation and Naval aviation use, these devices operated in classified frequency ranges as well as some commercial communications applications. Responsible for the maintenance and improvement of the quality system to meet ISO9001-2000 requirements. Managed all government source inspections from DCAS. Ensure that product quality meets and exceeds customer's requirements. Schedule the day-to-day activities of the quality department. Review and recommend process improvements to improve product quality. Measure, maintain, and report to management the status of current quality.

Sept. 2001 to Dec. 2005 Straton Industries Stratford, Ct.

Quality Assurance Manager

Responsible of implementing and maintaining the ISO9001-2000 quality system, Straton Industries is a repair and overhaul contractor for FAA parts that require Repair and Overhaul as well as commercial industries, this consisted of precision machining, high volume stamping, O.D/I.D. grinding, Wire EDM processes. Perform supplier audits, and development, internal ISO 9001-2000 audits. Manage the inspection department on day-to-day activities. I was designated the QDR by Sikorsky Aircraft for the release of products that were produced and or overhauled. Program and perform inspections using the Brown and Sharpe Global CMM using PD-DMIS software. Resolve customer complaints with internal and external root cause analysis. Initiate lean manufacturing principles, 5S and Kaizen techniques, track results of internal and external quality activities and report the results to the president and general manager.

1998 to 2001 Mahle Inc. Cylinder Division Trumbull, Ct

Manufacturing Manager:

Mahle Inc. Cylinder Division is part of a $ 2.5 billion international company with 24,000 employee's word wide that manufactures 2 cycle cylinders used in the portable power industry. Assumed the position in 1998 of a three-shift 120-employee operation with precision machining, Electro-chemical plating, honing operations, plant maintenance and safety that included environmental local and federal regulations. In addition, I was in charge of the production planning/logistics, customer service, process development, design engineering departments, in-process inspection, final inspection, and inventory control and warehouse management. Prepare and submit APQP and PPAP's for customers. Set and maintain an operating budget of $10Million and a capital expenditure budget of $1.5 Million with complete P&L responsibility. Through team building, Kaizen's, 6 S principals and Lean manufacturing coupled with advanced capacity planning I was able to increase our efficiency by 15% and an increase of production volume by 20%

1987 to 1998 Todd Combustion Inc. Shelton, CT.

Manufacturing Manager Burner Group.

Responsible for the entire burner-manufacturing worldwide with a staff of 35 reports. Played a key role in the closing of the Canadian plans and downsizing of the UK facilities. Incorporated the entire burner manufacturing, tooling and equipment into the Shelton Connecticut facility. In this position, I was responsible for Quality, Fabrication, CNC and manual machining of castings composed of bronze, stainless steel, mild steel and aluminum to a tolerance of +/- .0005. Shipping, Receiving, Inventory, Production Control, Mechanical and Electrical Design. I have been able to increase production and quality through the implementation of the Kaizen and 5S principals with organization and smooth product flow by eliminating Non-value added tasks using individual work cells. Increased production volume by 55% with the same amount of employees and increased monthly revenues by 40%.

Quality Assurance Manager: Maintain a quality system/manual in the manufacturing of Low NOx burners at both the Shelton Connecticut and Montreal Canada plants. Standardize the QA system for both facilities to comply with the requirements of MIL-I-45208 and ISO9000. Managed all inspection for the Navy and Government source inspections. Maintain a calibration system in the computer database.

Generate monthly quality reports pertaining to overall company performance with visual graphs, monitor and evaluate warranty charges and Review, investigate and report the performance of the operations team, which consists of Quality, Purchasing, Engineering and Manufacturing financial performance with the generation of visual aids. Conduct sub-contractors/supplier quality audits, generate and maintained programs for the Brown & Sharp Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM).

Perform inspections of manufactured parts including machined parts, welded assemblies; generate welding and machining procedures and maintaining welder performance qualifications for welders to comply with the requirements of ASME Section IX, and MIL-STD-248D.

Assist in the electrical check out of package burners before shipping. Oversee and coordinate the process of ISO9001 compliance and registration.

1979 to 1987 T-Bar/Data Switch Corp. Milford, Norwalk and Wilton CT.

Quality Control Manager Components Division.

Manage a staff of 20 electronic technicians and 15 inspectors for three manufacturing facilities. Ensure that all products manufactured are built to the highest quality standards. This included raw material supplied by vendors in the receiving inspection department, manufacturing, final test and inspection. Set and adhere to annual budgets for salary and hourly employees as well as capital equipment appropriations for each department. Conducted vendor quality audits and dealt with customer/government source inspections. Interface with all departments as required, review new products and engineering changes for test equipment and quality compliance. Monitor the calibration status of all test and inspection equipment.

1976 to 1979 Dictaphone Corp. Bridgeport CT. and Melbourne Florida

Supervisor of P.C. Board Assembly and Test.

Supervise 60 employees in the assembly and testing of all printed circuit boards. Set up progressive assembly lines for increased production, maintain and calibrated test equipment. Hire and train a new staff of assemblers, technicians and inspectors. Schedule work for employees to comply with production requirements, recommend various types of test and automatic/semi- automatic assembly equipment. Interface with upper management and all related departments. I was one of 21 key employees of 600 selected to relocate Dictaphone from Bridgeport, CT. to Melbourne Florida.


Graduated from Bullard Havens Regional Vocational Technical High School 4 years of electronics

Graduated from Conn. School of Electronics 2 year electronics course.

Attended 2 weeks of programming and fixturing of the Fairchild 303s ATE printed circuit board tester. Attended numerous management and supervisory seminars sponsored by the companies including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.


Member of ASQC, ASME, SAE

Certified Green Collar Champion

Certified in the Foundations of Lean

Lean Manufacturing Certified

Knowledge in the use of the following software programs:

MS Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Projects. SAP R 3.0, Oracle, Agile, Lotus, Lotus Notes, Visio. Programming Brown & Sharp Micoval Level III, Global with PCDMIS software Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM)

Professional Reference: Furnished upon request.

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