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Engineer Project Manager

Charlotte, North Carolina, 28269, United States
January 15, 2018

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John L. Ray

***** *** **** **. *********, N.C. **269 704-***-****


Accomplished, technical professional with extensive experience in the oversight, planning, design and delivery of diverse mechanical systems and processes. Track record of waste and cost reductions, process improvements, and systems enhancements arising from effective use of lean manufacturing and the related techniques, along with expert coordination of cross-functional teams. Managed and trained individuals as well as discussed job performance. Dedicated to maintaining high standards while promoting team participation. Highlights of Expertise

- Six Sigma (DMAIC) - Product, Production & Preparation (3P) - Project Management

- SAP - Product Life Cycle - Quality Control (Win SPC)

- SolidWorks - Customer / Vendor Relationship - Pneumatic & Hydraulic Devices


De Dietrich Process Systems, Charlotte, NC 4/2014 – 10/2017

Project Manager/Engineer

Manufacturer of Dense Phase Powder Pump Transfer Systems, Vacuum Systems, Reactors and Filter Dryers Systems for the Pharmaceuticals and Chemical Industry. Responsible for equipment design, managing the entire project, scheduling, budget, site installation, FAT, SAT and Validation(IQ, OQ, PQ). Reviewed terms and conditions, technical specifications, costs of all sale orders to verify the design criteria match the system or equipment being supplied. Worked closely with vendors, customers and upper management by providing status updates and review meetings, design solutions using 3D modeling and P&ID’s, startup assistance and technical documentation to ensure project success.

Combined mechanical and electrical checkouts into one format to reduce engineering time by 30% to focus more on the Factory Acceptance Testing.

Wrote protocols for equipment inspections to reduce the defects to less than 2% to ensure equipment passed testing and assembly could start on time.

Resolved reoccurring manufacturing issues by adding GD&T to drawings and creating a numbering system to encourage vendor to continue making parts while maintaining their ISO Certification.

Summer Industries, Kernersville, NC

Sr. Mechanical Engineer 1/2014 – 3/2014

Produces spiral wound and convoluted – wound tubes and cores and also manufacturing adhesives for industrial uses. Worked as a liaison between production and engineering, handled process improvement projects, presented and implemented plans to resolve equipment reliability issues and supported production.

SGL, Carbon, LLC, Morganton, NC

Project Manager/Engineer 3/2011 – 10/2013

Large global manufacturer of carbon-based products ranging from graphite to carbon fibers and composites. Responsible for ensuring that all contractual obligations (technical and commercial) of project orders/contracts are being fulfilled and in-line with Business Unit processes. Worked with Maintenance to maintain gas furnaces, equipment PM’s, upgrading process equipment, analyze and monitor available resources, preformed risk assessment and provided technical assistance for installation and commissioning of delivered equipment at facility’s site.

Reduced mixer bearing failures to 94% by sizing and installing the correct lubrication valves that could handle the plant environment.

Designed a prototype mixer that reduced maintenance repairs by 40% for scale-up that used a more efficient door, door sealing mechanism, a more compact mechanical drive system and a fail-safe mechanism for overload conditions.

Improved die heat-up performance by 70%. Conducted a six-sigma project to address the die heat-up issues and equipment performance. Results were a new heating unit is required with controls to monitor flow and pressures.

A.T.C. Inspections, Charlotte, NC

Owner 3/2009 – 3/2011

Business focused mainly on structural and foundation issues in residential construction; and some commercial. Worked with investors and realtors to understand if rehab properties were worth the investment by preforming thorough inspections and submitting detailed cost estimates and structural defects; and also conducted seminars and training to identify the damage of wood boring insects and the preventative measures and treatment costs.

Fischbein Co., Statesville, NC

Mech. Design Engineer 5/2007 – 3/2009

Manufacturer of bag closing and material handling equipment. Responsible for design/development of components, assemblies and completed machines to create equipment that is practical, cost effective and innovative.

Applied the latest technologies and methodologies to new products to reduce manufacturing costs by 10%.

Increased the quality and consistency of welds in fabricated parts by 40%. Created SOP’s to setup MIG Welders and to do non-destructive testing on welds.

Increased order processing time by 50%. Generated new form that combines Sales Quotes, Equip. Specs/Layouts and special options with pricing to reduce errors.

Improved the flow of documentation by 90% when the projects are complete and information can be used on upcoming orders. Started a project closing meeting to ensure that all mark-ups and information are received from manufacturing, sales and field installations are archived under the job folder.

PPG Industries, Lexington, NC / Fiberglass Plants

Process Engineer 1/2005 – 3/2007

Responsible for Production OE, Equipment run-time, PPE, PM’s, Department Budget, Binders to coat fiberglass and Buff Shop for the Lexington Plant.

Improved production winders OE to 95% by working with production and maintenance to create a lean approach to PM equipment most critical parts without removing winders from the production floor.

Reduced maintenance mechanics time spent discussing equipment breakdowns at the beginning of a shift with supervisors by 20-30%. Utilize MAXIMO software to construct a database that would flag reoccurring breakdowns and generate work orders.

$3 million annual reduction in conditioning/steaming process by successfully programming and implementing an autoclave steaming unit that was abandoned by production. Utilizing the new technology, shorten cycle time by 30% and allow for decommissioning of old steam boxes that created the quality issues.

50% reduction ($3k annual) in contact parts for binder applicators by re-engineering equipment to use lower cost components and reduced operator changeovers by 40%, while keeping machine integrity and not sacrificing quality.

Corporate Engineering 2/2000 – 1/2005

Responsible for equipment run ability, installation and justification of new equipment; and employee training for the three (3) Fiberglass plants.

Designed high speed direct draw winders for manufacturing fiberglass. Made several trips to Prague to oversee manufacturing.

Wrote authorization to purchase capital for million-dollar projects for national and international installations. Traveled to China and Germany to oversee project installations.

Wrote maintenance and repair request to obtain funding for equipment and infrastructure.

Designed ergonomic equipment to eliminate 80% of the stressors. Reduced risks of injury to employees, increased machine maneuverability and lifting capacity.

Supervised construction crews with drawings and documentation during plant shutdowns, infrastructure repairs, decommissioning and plant start up.

Worked closely with plants to comply with OSHA and EPA; and performed PHA’s and Risk Assessments.

Implemented/Supervised the installation of Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) System to reduce traffic flow, congestion and labor to supply material from production to warehouse.

Ira L. Griffin Sons, Charlotte, NC

Project Design Engineer 5/1996 – 2/2000

Manufacturer of Textile Equipment which include Warpers, Rebeamers, Slashers, Dry Can Section, Size Boxes, Ovens, Creels. Traveled to Mexico for 10% of the installations.

Managed multiple projects from end to finish by overseeing equipment purchasing, quotes, fabrication, installation, labor and manufacturing costs.

Preformed Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) and Site Acceptance Testing (SAT).


BS, Mechanical Engineering Technology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Charlotte, NC (1990)

AAS, Engineering Technology, Richmond Community College – Hamlet, NC (1986)


SGL’s Green Belt Training

SGL’s Ergonomic/Job Safety Assessment Training

NCSU’s Preventative Maintenance Training

Member of Project Mgt. Institute (currently working on certification)


Recipient of the 2006 PPG Award for Return on Equipment.

Recipient of the 2007 PPG Plant Manager’s Award for Cost Savings.

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