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Engineer Project Manager

New Bern, North Carolina, United States
December 28, 2017

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Ross H. Bland

Process Reliability Champion

**** ******* ****, *** ****, NC 28562 (mobile) 252/***-****

Degreed, multi-disciplined engineer and functional leader of high value, safe and reliable production and maintenance processes, continuous improvement and lean, more productive cultures in dynamic industrial environments. Lean Six Sigma Black and Green belt trained for data driven performance improvement and change management. Subject matter expert for machine reliability, utilization, maintenance or replacement.

Relevant Work Experience

Quality Assurance/Lean Six Sigma Engineer

Chatsworth Products, Incorporated - New Bern, NC 2007 – 2016

Executed manufacturing excellence, continuous improvement, change management, new product rollouts, strategic planning, process safety and audits and staff training for a global producer of IT storage solutions.

Drove equipment reliability measurement, utilities consumption & wastewater handling compliance.

Optimized machining equipment utilization and capacity by executing preventive and condition-based maintenance monitoring of punch and laser fabricators, welders, press brakes, punch presses, wet grainers, washers, paint and plating line equipment and associated corrective actions.

Improved capturing inventory, production and shipping results to achieve a 62% reduction in customer complaints from the third quarter 2015 to second quarter 2016.

Lean Six Sigma project manager to optimize process flow, equipment utilization and throughput while reducing waste in sheet metal fabrication achieving more than $87,000 in annual savings.

Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Stanadyne Corporation, Precision Technologies Group – Jacksonville, NC 2005 – 2006

Led evolution and change of current to future state manufacturing and maintenance processes directing multi-functional Kaizen, 5S and lean development teams for a mid-volume automotive parts manufacturer.

Workplace organization, performance analysis, labor standards, cost control, tooling, equipment, facilities design, utilization, reliability and maintenance, visual factory deployment and staff training.

Consistently applied analytic troubleshooting to detect and establish root cause of failures in products and processes, implement improvements and maintain permanent preventive actions.

Lean Six Sigma project manager for reducing compact pencil nozzle pressure decay rejects and establishing a nozzle rework loop, both yielding $53,000 and $90,000 in annual savings respectively.

Resource Utilization (Industrial) Engineer

Craven Regional Medical Center - New Bern, NC 1996 – 2005

Optimized process performance in a 313-bed acute care medical/surgical health system.

Developed a data based decision support system with flex budgeting for managed care negotiations.

Drove lean healthcare initiatives including staff reductions generating $100,000+ annually, inpatient nursing documentation improvements generating $386,000+ and new equipment start-ups.

Led a 16% site-wide reduction in workplace injuries from 1999 to 2000 recognized by the NCDOL.

Plant Industrial Engineer

Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex, Incorporated - Washington, NC 1992 – 1996

Delivered methods, quality and cost improvement, lean manufacturing, time standards, and new product rollouts for a high volume injection molding & home appliance manufacturer. Site safety/ergonomics trainer.

Re-engineered blender assembly and plastics molding processes into high volume work cells improving flexibility, capacity and product mix with less setup, downtime and unplanned maintenance. Project cost was $140,000 with annual savings estimated at more than $400,000.

Developed a safety and ergonomics compliance program reducing accident frequency by 42 percent and severity rates by 70 percent, while increasing plant-wide efficiency over 20 percent.

Education, Training and Skills

Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Operations, North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC

Lean Six Sigma Black & Green Belt, MTM & MOST work measurement & Construction Quality Management. Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Visio, CAD, SolidWorks, Minitab, SAP, PDM & BPCS ERP.

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