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Engineering executive

Novi, Michigan, United States
January 23, 2018

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Timothy R. Hubbert

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Novi, MI 48374


Engineering Management Professional


Problem solver with strong leadership and management experience in automotive development, manufacturing and assembly.

Decision maker with a reputation of possessing knowledge and experience to manage programs from concept to launch.

Led domestic and international program teams to ensure that deadlines are met at or below budgeted cost.

Dedicated and passionate.


BS, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 2000

MS, Engineering Management, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 2008


2012 – Present Howa USA Holdings Novi, MI

General Manager of Engineering Tier 1 automotive supplier

Direct, manage and grow engineering team

Key member of Senior Management team responsible to ensure that all operational, financial and customer commitments are achieved while North American expansion activity continues

Establish and implement engineering processes and procedures to support current and future projects and operations

Increase engineering teams technical awareness of materials/processes to improve cost, weight and product performance to meet customer cost reduction targets

Create development plan to promote quality and performance through customer specific requirements by driving innovation into the company's technical product portfolio

Build a strategy and resource plan targeted at awarded business

Staffing to support program activities by recruiting or mentor and training to develop necessary employee skills

Manage customer and internal milestone gate review process

Build, deploy and track the development progress plan

Ensure design reviews are complete and on time

Prepare and support all launch readiness activity


Sales have increased from $20 million annually to $500 million. 1 plant when I was hired, now there are 6 in North America. I have been instrumental in the growth based on my impact in helping to secure new business technically and commercially.

2011 – 2012 Draexlmaier Automotive of America Duncan, SC

Engineering Manager Tier 1 automotive interiors supplier

Managed the engineering department at North American headquarters for manufacture and assembly

Resolved concerns the customer had involving inventory fluctuations

Led engineering Technicians and facility maintenance to ensure equipment is functioning properly and operational

Managed the industrial engineering group to improve process efficiency and flow of material

Established and executed process to allow assessment of equipment and capacity to implement and initiate or maintain production requirements while tracking changes to control the entire process and provide cost-savings opportunities

Instrumental in the plants performance goals and objectives to meet cost, quality, delivery and maintain safety

Integration of manufacturing, engineering, quality and customer support activities related to BMW and Cadillac

Built a strong team by assessing department skill deficiency and recruiting or mentoring to develop a skill to support business needs and succession plan

Established a complete risk assessment and instituted a solid contingency plan for every production project prior to initial build

2010 – 2011 Proterra, Inc. & Fisher Coachworks, LLC SC & MI

Lead Mechanical Engineer (Engineering Manager) OEM Electric Mass Transit Bus

Led technical development of all mechanical systems for start-up mass transit bus manufacturer

Led team of Engineers through design and development of mechanical system for production release and launch of product in new manufacturing facility

Proposed, developed and managed processes for manufacturing and assembly of all mechanical components. Specified all interior related processes for manufacturing and created all documentation and associated training

Participated to develop expertise through lessons learned, and ensure application of division standards and best practices, and transfer of know-how

Defined resources structure model to ensure design to cost approach is effective to meet customer targets

2008 – 2010 Calsonic Kansei Farmington Hills, MI

Senior Project Engineer Tier 1 automotive supplier

Led technical development of instrument panel/floor console for Honda and Nissan interior programs

Led cross-functional team from Asian office to guide customer engineering team through development of interior programs (design, validate and launch)

Selected by upper management to participate in V-UP (Six Sigma) project

Analyzed current design to develop and make process performance improvements resulting in reduced plant PPM defects

2005 – 2007 Magna Novi, MI

Senior Product Engineer Tier 1 automotive supplier

Led technical development of instrument panel/floor console for Mazda interior program

Worked with on-site team in Asia to assist customer engineering team through various stages of program including expert reviews, prototype builds and launch of vehicle

Analyzed current design to make process and performance improvements resulting in integration/elimination of components and system cost reductions

2000 – 2005 Lear Corporation Southfield, MI

Senior Engineer Tier 1 automotive supplier

Managed team of engineers for Ford and General Motors interior programs. Developed and demonstrated specialty applications targeted to reduce instrument panel costs with resulting improvements in performance, quality and reliability

Led interior engineering team with $1.5M budget from studio concept to production launch in two years. Developed and patented manufacturing process tailored at producing approximately 40% lighter weight and 30% lower cost interior system. Utilized additional design team of 6 engineers in India

Worked on Spray PU process in Sweden facility for use on Volvo instrument panel. Trained and established design guidelines. Developed and patented in-mold technology applications for instrument panel to improve quality and reduce assembly costs

1996 – 2000 Illinois Tool Works, Inc. Troy, MI

Account Manager/ Product Design Engineer Tier 1 automotive supplier

Investigated and developed stamping system to increase vehicle content and provide a competitive advantage

Tested parts in on-site lab for development of functional integration strategy, design objectives, timing plan, budget and technical resource requirements using 3D CAD software

Engineered and designed automotive fasteners and stampings from initial concept to final release


Increased sales revenue by 10% annually for GM and Delphi, cost savings measure production improvements

Conceived and developed company's first commercial use of specialized stamping for use in HVAC and airbag applications increasing sales by $2M annually


“2005 Ford GT Magnesium Instrument Panel Cross Car Beam,” Society of Automotive Engineers 2005 World Congress and Exhibition, April 2005, Detroit, MI

“Use of Magnesium in Structural Crashworthiness Applications,” International Magnesium Association 2004 World Magnesium Conference, May 2004, New Orleans, LA, USA

SAE (March 2004). The Ford GT: New Vehicle Engineering and Technical History of the GT-40 Detroit, MI, United States of America, Society of Automotive Engineers Incorporated

“2005 Ford GT Magnesium I/P Structure,” Society of Automotive Engineers 2004 World Congress and Exhibition, March 2004, Detroit, MI, USA

“Development of a Structural Magnesium Instrument Panel,” Society of Automotive Engineers 2004 World Congress and Exhibition, March 2004, Detroit, MI, USA


6,733,064 - Impact absorbing assembly for vehicle interior systems and seat backs

6,732,894 - Vehicle cup holder arm assembly

6,679,544 - Molded energy absorber

6,557,929 - Impact absorbing assembly for automobile interior systems

6,468,457 - Method of manufacturing a vehicle cup holder arm assembly

6,652,793 - Method of manufacturing a vehicle cup holder arm assembly

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