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Product Development Engineer

Southfield, Michigan, United States
May 31, 2017

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Dwight W. Presser III, Product Development Engineer 248-***-****

Professional Summary:

A dynamic and dependable mechanical design engineer with a proven record of experience in project management, product design, automotive engineering, machine design, manufacturing processes, component design, assemblies and mechanisms, B.O.M s, technical writing, project management, marketing and customer support.

Ensures the accuracy of designs and presents information on new innovations to enhance the profitability of a corporation. Coordinates ventures efficiently, utilizing resources and personnel effectively to yield new ideas and advance organizational success.

Technical Skills

SolidWorks, CatiaV5 R22, NX5, Solid Edge, Alias, Adobe CS4, MS Office, Shop Tools and Welding Equipment

Professional Experience:

Technology Resources, Troy MI March 2016- Present

Product Development Engineer, Consumer and Automotive Products, Catia V5

Developed window regulator proposal for Faraday Futures.

Designed window regulator for frameless door with jacking screw(s) for glass adjustment.

Developed unique glass lift rail for stability control/anti-blow-out control on a frameless door.

Designed door module proposal (regulator, speaker and latch assembly aid) as a VA alternative.

Styled and modeled blue tooth music devices for Zuvan Industries.

Designed and packaged power inverter for JLR.

Red Viking Engineering, Plymouth MI October 2014-March 2016

Design Engineer, Check Fixtures and Manufacturing Equipment, Solid Works

Designed check gages and Assembly fixtures for Tenneco.

Developed assembly fixtures designed to hold required tolerances.

Conceived and Designed large assembly systems for Caterpillar.

Worked through DFMEA analysis to ensure product safety and assembly consistency.

Applied GD&T standards to all released documents per customer supplied prints.

Create BOMs and work sheets for quotation of machines and components.

Populated purchase requisitions and contacted vendors to monitor delivery schedule.

Released final engineering drawings and oversaw build of managed projects.

Wrote CMM reports and evaluated completed assemblies at test run-off.

SRI Technologies, Schaumburg, IL January 2013-September 2014

Design Engineer, Catia V5/Solid Works

Designed aerospace components and structural sub-assemblies.

Developed assembly fixtures designed to hold required tolerances.

Applied GD&T standards to all released documents per Bell aircraft standards

Developed panel switches, switch guards, and injection molded grip handles with internal nesting features for mechanical components, circuit boards and connectors specified by the electronics division.

Developed control panels, panel graphics, warning lights, switch placement, and wiring diagrams for aircraft cockpit.

Wrote BOMs and specified hardware fasteners for complex mechanisms.

Acted as an oracle between project management and production/fabrication.

Developed simulators with audio, visual, and mechanical feedback.

Aerotek Engineering, Southfield MI June 2011- January 2013

Product Development Engineer, Mechanical Engineering, Solid Works, Solid Edge, Autocad

Designed explosion resistant, energy absorbing seating solutions for the armed forces.

Developed lock-out mechanism and quick release guard for seat belt buckle.

Applied GD&T standards to all released documents per General Dynamics standards

Developed Vacuum formed products and tooling for component dunnage.

Studied supply chain modules and factory floor layouts to accurately develop shipping solutions for OEMs.

Designed autopsy and mortuary equipment for laboratories worldwide. Grossing stations and autopsy tables were equipped with water feed hook-ups, formalin pumps, drainage, and ventilation systems.

Translated 2d Autocad layouts of medical facilities into 3D models and back again for architectural planning.

Three Pillar Design Inc., Troy, MI March 2009 – June 2011

Product Development Engineer, Product Design and Manufacturing, Solid Works

Designed coolant processing machinery (chip conveyors and filtration systems) for JK Industries.

Preformed fluid use calculations to develop tanks and specify pumps (GPM) for JK industries.

Laid out gasket processing line with application rollers (loaf to self-stick gasket) for Plastomer, Inc.

Placed and developed calibrated machinery to ensure product consistency for Plastomer, Inc.

Designed and built working model of innovative Shower Head with mixing chamber for Johnson & Johnson.

Developed unique miniature check valve and diversion valve for fluid mixing system for Johnson & Johnson;

Built CAD models, developed molding (encapsulation processes), and created technical presentations for PPD, llc.

BAE Industries, Auburn Hills, Michigan February 2008 – March 2009

Design Engineer, UG NX5, Solid Works

Converted quote requirements into designs and prototypes.

Designed plastic housings and switch pockets for power seat assemblies.

Designed seat mechanisms (tracks, latches and recliners) to meet given SAE requirements through FEA testing.

Set up test stands internally to verify FEA results.

Managed and developed all engineering technical presentations.

Created kinematic animations to demonstrate mechanical function.

Developed articulated headrest concepts for Honda and Tachi-S.

Developed work cells, pallet lines and assembly processes to efficiently produce complex products. Laid out factory floor and designed robotic weld cells.

Developed innovative processes; securing business for a company in a competitive market by meeting price points.

Dura Automotive Systems, Rochester Hills, Michigan 1998 - 2008

Studio Engineer, UG, Catia, Solid Works, Adobe Creative Suite

Developed product concepts for all corporate activities. Presented product proposals for styling sign-off, installation and manufacturing evaluation. Converted quote requirements into designs and prototypes. Organized drawings used to secure patents for company. Produced innovative products, securing future for a company in a competitive market. Instrumental in the development of the first electronic park brake system.

Coordinated drawings and designs as key tools in marketing and sale of first electronic park brake system to Ford Motor Company, resulting in $11,000,000 in sales.

Developed encapsulated glass systems for lift gates, including Land Rover L3.

Presented renderings and diagrams to secure business from Land Rover.

Used drawings and schematics of shift by wire system in presentation to board of directors, securing financial support to fund future product development.

Created concepts for power swing door and outlined program function for electronic controller.

Created weatherproof contact switch for sliding windows with defroster grid.

Douglas and Lomason/Magna, Farmington Hills, Michigan 1992-1998

Manager of New Product Development, Alias Designer

Managed new product development. Established product design department for advanced and conceptual activities. Packaged complete vehicle interiors from envelope and h-point. Communicated with marketing and engineering to facilitate customer needs.

Managed industrial design, CAD design, and prototype shop. Used visionary skills to bring new products to life.

Developed integrated child safety seat for minivans, earning patent for design.

Created modular seat frame for General Motors Epsilon platform.

Developed seat frame and mechanisms for Ford F-150 pick-up trucks.

Designed and patented first integrated child seat with recline feature

Additional Experience:

General Motors, Warren, Michigan

Senior Designer/Model Maker, Closures, Unigraphics

Discovered appearance and assembly flaws prior to production with the creation of full-size prototypes, saving millions in retooling costs and warranty claims.

General Motors, Advanced engineering skunk works, Troy, MI

Senior Designer

Model Maker working on the development of concept vehicle architecture. Created concept drawings of hydro-formed frames, suspension systems, and engine packaging as feasibility studies. Cross-car torsion bar and traditional A-arm suspension systems were studied through scale drawings and 3-d models.

General Dynamics, Detroit, Michigan

Technical Illustrator

Created illustrations of complex mechanical assemblies for military field service documents. Documented service procedures for Hummer and M-1Abrams main battle tank.

TM Shea Products, Troy, Michigan

Product and Packaging Designer

Developed (designed and prototyped) small plastic products, marketing materials and packaging for the home improvement market.


Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan, Industrial Design, Automotive

University of Wisconsin, Management of New Product Development

Macomb Community College, Unigraphics

Henry Ford Community College, SDRC Training, I-DEAS Master Series

Professional Development:

College for Creative Studies, CG Animation, Maya

American Management Association, Leadership Skills for Supervisors

CDI Training, Surface and Pattern Software

American Management Association, Personal Growth and Professional Excellence

Fisher Unitech, Alias Training

Com-Tec, Certified Catia training

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