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Engineer Design

Hickory, North Carolina, United States
December 31, 2017

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James Rodgers

Greenville, SC



Deliver technical leadership and produce a positive impact on the overall performance of the organization by applying my proven success in process improvement, team building, and procedure development.


A seasoned technical expert in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Management from the Aerospace and Energy industries, specializing in leading the launch of new gas turbine products.

Operations Manager/Director:

P&L proficiency in business development and operations domestically and offshore.

Developed and implemented operational plans, department budgets, resource & capacity planning, timekeeping systems, reward & retention programs, productivity metrics, and ISO9000/AS9001 compliant corporate policies.

Program/Project Manager:

Planned, organized and managed resources to bring about the successful completion of several multi-million gas turbine projects. Managed high speed super-abrasive grinding operations from staffing to purchasing manufacturing equipment.

Mechanical Designer/Engineer:

Experienced in engineering gas turbine components into parametric 3D CAD models for structural FEA, manufacturing CNC/CMM programming, digital simulation, tooling/fixturing, prototyping and drawing creation related to GD&T applications.


Western International University – Phoenix, AZ

Bachelor of Science – Business Administration 2013

Alfred State College – Alfred, NY

Associates – CAD Engineering 1988


● Design for Six Sigma Greenbelt Certified ● GD&T–ASME Y14.5M ● Unigraphics NX9; CATIA v5; SolidWorks

● Advanced CAD 3D Parametric PMI Solid Modeling ● PLM: TeamCenter/Enovia ● ANSYS Finite Element Modeling

● VALISYS/PC-DMIS CMM Programming ● Mastercam CNC Programming ● ATOS 3D White Light Scanning

● MS Office: Word/Excel/Power Point/Project/OneNote/Outlook ● Quality Management Systems: ISO9001/AS9100

● Lean Manufacturing Processes: DFSS/DMAIC /SPC/TQM/5S/8D/Kaizen ● Quality Inspection: FAIR/NDT/MRB/CMM

● GE Crotonville Essential Leadership: CAP – Change Acceleration Process

Employment History

Senior Engineering Technical Leader

Turbocoating Corp. – Hickory, NC July 2016 – present

Senior Technical Leader for Aerospace and Energy post-cast gas turbine component development for thermal barrier coatings, low pressure plasma spray coatings, plating, atmospheric plasma spray coatings, high temperature brazing, GTA welding and laser welding repair of directionally solidified and single-crystal alloys, laser drilling and EDM airfoil cooling holes, internal static pressure airflows, machining, solid modeling and six sigma process improvements. Team develops manufacturing source substantiation documentation and special process qualification programs for Siemens, GE, Alstom and PSM; such as High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) coatings, Atmospheric Plasma Spraying (APS) coatings, Vapor Phase Aluminizing (VPA) coatings and Vapor Phase Chromizing (VPCr) coatings.

Lead Product Definition Engineer

GE Power – Gas Turbines – Greenville, SC May 2010 – July 2016

Leader for Customer Outage Tooling design team overseeing procurement for the launch of the 7HA and 9HA technologies and estimating required resources. Developed tooling Product Life Management standards for all GE Power. Lead all RFQ submittals with supplier base on launch of new tooling designs and lead the team validating hardware in the Customer Outage Simulator. Technical expert in New Product Introduction for the next generation HA gas turbine family leading hot-to-cold engine cross-section development, establishing schedules and design reviews for component design releases. Checked and approved designs and documentation per ISO and ASME standards.

Independent Consultant May 2006 – May 2010

Phoenix Turbine, LLC – Director of Quality – Phoenix, AZ 7/09–5/10

Successfully executed the documentation, implementation and certification efforts for ISO9001–2008. Coordinated all elements of quality inspection areas by developing procedures, monitoring performance, developing metrics, assessing/prioritizing risk, conduct internal audits, and reporting results to senior management. Responsible for continual improvement activities to enhance the quality system, such as 5S, TQM, SPC and Kaizen lean methods. (Ustrive2, Inc.) – Director of Operations – Phoenix, AZ 3/08–4/09

Partnered in the launch of an enterprise of dot-com products;, & Responsible for composing, reviewing, and executing partner & supplier contracts. Solely launched AmberAlert’s 'My Child ID Kit', securing 2 US suppliers and 1 China Manufacturer through the RFP process acquiring Concept Approvals, Device Design, Packaging Design, Distribution, FCC/CE/ISO product certifications, and Quality plan approvals.

GlobalVantage Design Source – General Manager Operations – Guadalajara, MX–JA 5/06–12/07

Guided company growth to 120 aerospace engineers and support personnel. Added Tool design and procurement capabilities bringing on clients such as Caterpillar, Triumph & Pratt & Whitney. Managed Six Sigma Green Belt and AS9100 & ISO9001 Quality certification efforts. Exhibited the company’s capabilities at the 2007 Paris Air Show.

Program Manager

Triumph Precision Castings (Triax Industries) – Phoenix, AZ Aug 2004 – May 2006

Extensive manufacturing experience taking concepts to engine ready, including reverse engineering 3D definition of turbine blades and vanes utilized for CNC and CMM programming. Defined all post cast operations of coatings, machining, fabrication & assembly. Lead Product Engineer supporting aerospace OEM’s Rolls Royce and Pratt & Whitney; specializing in the development of Directionally Solidified (DS), Single Crystal (SC), and Equiax Investment Casting processes. Launched subsidiary division managing the super abrasive machining operations.

Senior Design Engineer

Honeywell Aerospace – Aircraft Engines – Phoenix, AZ Aug 1996 – Aug 2004

Mechanical Design Lead for HTF7000 Propulsion Engine & the JSF G230 APU Hot Sections; Combustion, HPT, LPT & Exhaust Systems - Supplier interface for establishing schedules & design reviews. Specializing in the design and modeling of turbine blades and vanes, responsibilities included new engine centerline development, tool layouts, and tolerance stacks. Expert in Business/Regional Jet Propulsion Engines - HTF7000, LF507, TPE731, LT101; Military Engines - LCAC ETF40B, Joint Strike Fighter - G230 Auxiliary Power Unit.

Product Design Engineer

Alumitech (Maxion Wheels) – Somerset, KY Aug 1995 – Aug 1996

Lead Engineer for all General Motors & Honda cast aluminum wheels. Designed to customer specifications of rim size, and weight requirements, generated 3D solid models from stylist data or sketches and used 3D models for Stress Analysis, Drawing Creation and CNC Programming. Lead the design and development of die builds, fixturing and inspection procedures.


GE Power – Gas Turbines – Schenectady, NY Aug 1988 – Aug 1995

Design Team contributor in bringing the FA turbine technology and Dry-LoNox combustor technology to market. Team Leader for Combustion Center of Excellence and Team Leader for Turbine/Compressor Blades & Vanes Airfoil Design. Design representative for Engineering, CAD standards and UG Master Model Implementation. Interpreted design concepts into 3D CAD models and 2D production drawings using GD&T.

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