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December 01, 2017

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Robert J. Gafner

** **** **** ● Greer, SC *****

864-***-**** ●

Career Goal

To obtain and excel at a management position that utilizes both my maintenance and engineering experience within the manufacturing industry and my education in business administration.

Professional Skills

Managing a successful department up to 30 employees both in a new machine build shop and in a high volume three shift production environment to meet and exceed all goals and requirements

Managing an operating budget of 60,000/month and a capital expense budget of 3 million/year

Accountability for achieving financial goals and identifying cost save opportunities, such as material mismanagement, scrap recording, team accountability, mechanical upgrades, data acquisition and resource management.

Creating and implementing preventative maintenance schedules, training manuals and process/work instructions

Safety training including: lock out/tag out, MSDS, and chemical handling

Leading implementation, maintenance and development of manufacturing ideals such as Lean Manufacturing, 5S and Six Sigma, including FIFO, One Piece Flow, Just in Time, Value Stream Mapping and Kaisen/Continuous Improvement,

Controlling inventory and spare parts management

Machine problem solving, maintenance and optimization using electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic and mechanical prints and overall machine operation knowledge.

Programming experience consisting of Siemens (S5, S7), Allen Bradley (RS Logix 5, 500, 5000), Modicon, Devicenet, Profibus, Ethernet systems, Fanuc (S500, S420) and ABB (S3, S4, IRC-5) robot systems. Also VFD and servo drives including Allen Bradley, AC Tech, Baldor, Automation Direct, SEW, Movidrive and Telemechanique.

In depth knowledge and experience with design, build, installation, programming, operation and maintenance of conveyor systems, beverage equipment including rinsers, fillers, cappers, cooling/warming tunnels, labelers, sleevers, multifunction packers, palletizers/depalletizers, wrappers, pasteurizers, batching systems, compressed ammonia refrigerant chiller systems, boilers, also polyurethane foam systems, hydraulic power units (Vickers, Rexroth and Bosch components) ovens, presses, material transfer systems, vacuum systems, chiller systems, HVAC units, waterjet cutting systems, robotic welding systems

Process development, control and continuous improvement through intense involvement and knowledge of equipment and function

Analyzing processes for opportunities, designing and implementing solutions in cost reduction, scrap reduction, process improvement, better capturing material usage and machine optimization with specific intent to increase uptime, throughput and quality control.

Recruiting new sales and maintaining current accounts with attentive customer service


Bachelor of Business Administration 2010

American InterContinental University Hoffman Estates, IL

Relevant Coursework: Computer Applications, Business Management and Leadership, Concepts in Organizational Behavior, Statistical Analysis, Managerial Accounting and Organizational Controls, Financial, Business and Human Resource Management

Associate in Automotive Design - unfinished 1999

Macomb Community College Warren, MI

Relevant Coursework: Freehand design, Unigraphics, Autocad, Catia, Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, metal forming theory, Manufacturing process.


Maintenance Manager 2014 - Present

Greenwood Incorporated – Contract with GE Aviation Greer, SC

Maintenance Manager 2013 - 2014

National Beverage/Sundance Beverage Warren, MI

Maintenance Supervisor 2009 - 2013

Process/Continuous Improvement Engineer

HP Pelzer Port Huron, MI

Maintenance Technician / Shift Supervisor 2008 - 2009

D. Diversified Services - Contract service Bingham Farms, MI

Machine Tool Electrician / Pipefitter Apprentice 2007 - 2008

Tachyon Corporation - Contract service Chesterfield, MI

Shift Supervisor / Machine Tool Electrician 2006 - 2007

Launch Support Specialists - Contract service Auburn Hills, MI

Shift Supervisor / Machine Tool Electrician 2005 - 2006

Kasper Machine Madison Heights, MI

Operations Manager 1995 - 2006

Elegant Valet Services Washington Twp, MI

Shift Supervisor / Machine Tool Electrician / Pipefitter 2/05-10/05 & 5/04-10/04

Tri-Way Controls - Contract service Dearborn, MI

Machine Tool Electrician / Pipefitter 1/04-5/04

Ti-Coating - Temporary position Shelby Twp, MI

Shift Supervisor / Machine Tool Electrician 11/03-1/04

Hydrologic - Contract service Warren, MI

Machine Tool Electrician / Pipefitter Apprentice 01/03-11/03

Liquid Automation - Contract service Waterford, MI

Machine Tool Electrician 5/00-10/02

JB Skilled Resources - Contract service Warren, MI

Professional Accomplishments

Developing a process control and continuous improvement system including data collection and recording, systems analysis, product improvement, research and development of new technology.

Design, installation and implementation of a plant wide control system. This includes monitoring and adjustment capability on a local area network for all machines, central services, facility and camera systems

Implementation of a computerized maintenance management system. All work controlled by work orders, all inventory controlled electronically, with record of detailed work notes, turnover information, materials used, labor time, downtime, failure codes, mean time between failures, response time, time based tracking of parts used and repeat failures, all preventative and predictive measures scheduled and automatically generated based on frequency or cycle counts. Using data collected to create reports and trends to identify opportunities and trouble spots in the maintenance business group. This data is then used by the team to drill down to root cause and address specific challenges, and monitor successful progress over time.

Controlling an unorganized, over budget and high overtime department. Organizing and designing the inventory structure, identifying and counting all parts, identifying critical parts not on hand, organizing and restructuring labor and skill sets, creating effective communication across three shifts, cross training and leveraging knowledge to other team members, OEM training, developing creative schedules and lowering overtime from 40% to 5%. Managing parts use, ordering and inventory to lower weekly operating budget by %25. Lowering downtime by 35% by training, more effective preventative maintenance, having parts on hand, and effectively using of three shifts of labor.

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