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Engineer Manufacturing

Jacksonville, Florida, United States
January 31, 2018

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Jeffrey D. Clark

Jacksonville, FL *****

Cell: 904-***-**** / e-mail:


A highly experienced and accomplished hands-on Manufacturing Engineer in the demanding automotive parts supplier business as well as the renewable energy sector. Able to utilize a wide variety of skills and resources to successfully achieve goals and improve business results. Experienced in many aspects of manufacturing vital to reaching objectives common to all companies. 3 years of experience as an Engineering & Maintenance Manager.


Initiate and champion product development and testing activities, continuous improvement projects, 5-S activities, scrap reduction, and cost savings activities that have typically exceeded $100,000 / each year.

Develop yearly capital expenditure budgets with cost justification documentation and manage and execute capital improvement projects of all sizes and complexities working with all relevant plant departments.

Champion complex problem investigations and develop and implement countermeasures in response to process issues and external customer quality concerns and lead cross-functional teams to complete these projects.

Managed and worked extensively with outside suppliers of tooling, equipment, and machinery. Also manage and work with building and grounds contractors, maintenance contractors, and industrial supplies vendors to offer solutions and improvements to a manufacturing or facility need.

Support product launch events including the design and specification of equipment, machinery, tooling, fixtures, and gauges necessary to make product in the prototype and production phase as well as meeting existing or revised product testing and validation requirements.

Evaluate complex component and assembly drawings for close tolerance finished components and assemblies.

Develop and implement assembly line layouts for equipment, machinery, and material handling requirements and improve existing assembly equipment, machinery, and material handling systems.

Develop and maintain control plans, work instructions, FMEA’s, flowcharts, and other vital documentation.


SELF EMPLOYED – Part Time / Full Time Business Owner 2010 - Present

SAFT AMERICA, Jacksonville, FL 9/2013 – 4/2016

A global leader in lithium-ion cell & battery technology and energy storage solutions for the global marketplace.

Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing area and process engineer for complex manufacturing processes required to fabricate large lithium-ion cells used to configure large battery containers for energy storage solutions on a global basis.

Manage and lead cross-functional teams in the daily effort to eliminate scrap, improve safety, and reduce costs. Develop, justify, and implement dozens of process improvements in many areas of the plant.

Identify, source, validate, and implement U.S.A.- sourced tooling to replace foreign – sourced tooling that slashed consumable tooling costs by 80% that resulted in a savings of well over $100,000 each year.

Improved dozens of existing processes by correcting, modifying, and standardizing machine parameters.


A world leader in the manufacture of extruded thin film resin-based encapsulates for photovoltaic panels.

Engineering & Maintenance Manager: 2008 - 2011

Manufacturing Engineer: 2006 - 2008

Managed all plant process, equipment, and facility issues required to transform the plant from a single line one shift five days / week operation to a two line 24-7-365 operation.

Manage two direct report maintenance technicians and work hands-on with them to complete projects.

Identify and recommend plant needs and develop budgets for capital projects. Plan, manage, and execute their implementation with internal and external resources. Manage all plastic extrusion technical issues.

Champion of all cost savings, 5-S activities, and environmental health & safety issues for the plant.

Develop, execute, and manage a preventative maintenance plan and spare parts store for all the equipment.

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DURA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC. Park Brake Controls Division, Jacksonville, FL 4/2004 – 1/2006

A leading manufacturer of parking brake assemblies for Ford, Toyota, and General Motors.

Project / Manufacturing Engineer

Champion for all aspects of the assembly process and documentation for the Ford F-150, Crown Victoria, Expedition, & Lincoln Navigator and Town Car parking brakes generating over $16 million/yr in sales.

Lead cross-functional teams in weekly problem solving meetings to close out open issues thru development, execution, and documentation of action items taken and their results.

Visit Ford F-150 manufacturing facilities to review and resolve product fit, form, and function issues.

Plan and build prototype brake assemblies for product testing and also build service parts for dealerships.

Execute dozens of engineering change requests driven from customer, supplier, and internal requests.

NACAM NORTH AMERICA, INC. Hebron, KY 11/2000 – 8/2003

A joint venture of Robert Bosch GmbH and ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Manufacturer of steering columns for Ford and General Motors.

Manufacturing Engineer

Area Manufacturing Engineer for the assembly process, equipment, and manufacturing documentation for the Ford Focus steering column that generated $15 million in sales each year.

Build prototype and pre-production assemblies for customer evaluation in vehicles.

Travel to the Ford Focus vehicle manufacturing facilities to review and resolve product fit, form, and performance issues.


Support center for North American Automotive Manufacturing Operations.

Contract position with MBS Associates, Cincinnati, OH

Metal Stamping Coordinator

Champion for supplier technical support and cost savings by utilizing Toyota design standards.

Coordinator of the Toyota Sienna fuel tank stamping die trials and approval activities between the fuel tank supplier and the Toyota plant.

Measure and record data for various stamped auto body parts for quality compliance.

I have an additional +10 years of experience as a Manufacturing Engineer, as an Advanced Product & Tooling Engineer, and as a New Product Development Engineer at automotive O.E.M. suppliers.


Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering Technology

Purdue University, S.E. Indiana Extension, Versailles, IN

Associate of Applied Science – Supervision


Six Sigma Green Belt Certification – University of North Florida – August 2015

Engineering Leadership Academy Certification – University of North Florida - 2014

A.P.Q.P., SPC, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, 5-S, DMAIC, and Six Sigma Methodology Experience.

Experienced in Auto Cad, Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Minitab, & MRP manufacturing software.

International work experience in Japan and France.

O.S.H.A., D.O.T., E.H. & S., High Voltage Safety, CPR, & E.P.A. Hazardous Communication Training.

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