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Manager Engineer

Strongsville, Ohio, 44149, United States
January 03, 2018

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Timothy J. Reed .

***** ***** **., ************, **.

Cell 216-***-**** –

Executive Summary y Confident, articulate operations professional with years of increasingly responsible experience in a variety of disciplines including engineering, sales, manufacturing management, plant management, and program management. A proven decision maker and change agent, open to new ideas substantiated by data and logic. Accomplishments include design and implementation of state-of-the-art initiatives and programs to ensure employee buy-in, and results-oriented team management.

Core Qualifications s

-Operations management - Mechanical aptitude

-Experienced engineering manager - Strong interpersonal skills

-Strategic planning - Global project management

-Lean manufacturing - Experienced automotive professional

-Change management - Complex problem solving

-Data driven engineer with strong analytical skills

Professional Experience e

Plant Manager

January 2015 to present

JD Norman Ind., Brooklyn, OH

Successfully managed a 65-person stamping facility supplying industrial, recreational, and tier 2 automotive customers. Implementing “Lean" manufacturing principles, in a non-union setting.

Manager Axle Programs

July 2013 to Sept 2014

Ausco Products, Benton Harbor, Mi

Managed a new axle program for underground mining applications where I was responsible for the design, manufacturing, assembly, cost, quality, testing, and assembly processes. As we were about to authorize tooling for the first prototype axles, the Ausco management team determined that the axles were too expensive and would not sell in the marketplace. As a result, I was laid off.

Project leader

May 2008 to July 2013

Ford Motor Company, ATNPC, Livonia, MI

Design and release engineer on several axle models including the global RDU (Rear Drive Unit) scheduled for 8 vehicle platforms worldwide. The RDU was launched in late 2012 incorporating a new assembly process for setting pinion bearing preload. I was responsible for developing this unique system and incorporating it into the assembly line.

Manager Operational Excellence & Global Product Manager

December 2004 to April 2008

Dana Corporation, CVS Division Office, Kalamazoo, MI

Operational Excellence Manager, Implemented and managed a value engineering process within the division engineering organization including the development of a project management process to insure successful launch of all engineering projects.

Global Product Manager, Responsible for global restructuring project, balancing production among facilities in three countries to minimize cost, and improve quality. Also, managed the start-up of a new facility in Toluca, Mexico, expanding that locations capacity while significantly reducing divisional component costs.

Plant Manager

January 2002 to December 2004

Dana Corporation, Truck Frame Assembly, Stockton, CA

Provided leadership for all aspects of this 220-employee plant, supplying truck frames to NUMMI on a just-in-time basis, utilizing the philosophies of the Toyota Production system. The plant continued operating as one of Dana’s most productive manufacturing facilities, and in June 2002 this facility won “IndustryWeek” magazine’s “Top Ten Best Plants” competition.

Trainee & Area Manager

September 1992 to December 2002

Dana Corporation, Axle Manufacturing, Ft. Wayne, IN

Executive trainee, holding a variety of increasingly responsible positions (Supervisor, Scheduler, Process engineer, etc.) within the Ft. Wayne Axle plant in preparation for an executive career within the company. As Maintenance Area Manager, I was responsible for maintaining 2500 assets, utilizing predictive and preventative maintenance techniques and managing 350 skilled trades and plant support personnel. In September 1996, I accepted the area manager of gears position where I managed approximately 400 employees producing hypoid gear sets, side gears, pinion mates, and differential pins for driving axles. During this time we implemented a new dry cutting process of hypoid gear sets and developed a process to produce low motion transmission error (quiet) gear sets. I was responsible for the procurement of raw materials, scheduling, and process engineering in a unionized setting.

Sales Account Manager

June 1988 to September 1992

Dana Corporation, Sales Division, Bingham Farms, MI

Responsible for all aspects of sales for axle related products to General Motors, AM General, and Nissan. Developed a working relationship with Nissan, on Spicer Axle’s first active program with a Japanese auto manufacturer. Successfully negotiated government contracts with AM General, and price increases with General Motors.

Project/Test/Dynamics Engineer

May 1981 to June 1988

Dana Corporation, Engineering Department, Ft. Wayne, IN

Promoted through several areas within the Engineering Department. Utilized electro-hydraulic fatigue test machines to conduct fatigue tests on axle components. Conducted noise and vibration analysis using finite element and modal analysis techniques. Was a member of a development team that designed and developed an All-Wheel-Drive drive system with Ford Motor Company.


Bowling Green State University/Dana University, Toledo, OH

MBA Degree, General studies.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

BSME Degree, Automotive & Industrial emphasis.

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