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Mechanical Engineer

Lockport, Illinois, United States
April 03, 2018

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Ralph Swanson

***** ********* **** * ********, IL, 60441

815-***-**** t

Mechanical Engineer

Experienced in Off-Highway Vehicles

Detail-oriented, organized Mechanical Engineer with a history of experience in the design and maintenance of technical data packages for unique off-highway vehicles. Enjoys taking concepts to reality then testing to ensure what works on paper is also practical for real world applications. Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with others from concept, through analysis, documentation, purchasing and manufacturing.


Inventor 3D solid modeling t AutoCAD t Mechanical Simulation (AutoDesk FEA)

Microsoft: Excel, Word, Outlook t PTC Mathcad

Create production drawings t Perform engineering calculations

Create / Update Bills of Material t Prepare Engineering Change Notices t Prepare documentation for purchasing t Prepare & Test Prototypes t Process production improvements


Aurora Defense Group, Aurora, IL February 2018 – Present

Technical Support and Product Development Engineer

Reviewing government and prime contractor solcitations for completeness and accuracy. Develop/aquire technical data to fill in voids when possible prior to developing quotations. Assist in solving production line issues.

MI-JACK PRODUCTS INC., Hazel Crest, IL January 2006 – July 2017

Mechanical Engineer – R&D Design Group

Perform design calculations including Finite Element Analysis studies, create solid computer models, create and release production drawings and BOMs, processed engineering changes, oversight of prototype testing on special projects such as Quick Bridge System, Pathfinder Flipper, Pathfinder 2-High, Chassis Stacker and Mi-Jack’s first and only Cantilever RTG Crane. Co-named on several design patents. Left Mi-Jack due to elimination of R&D Dept.

MIDTRONICS, INC., Willowbrook, IL

Program Manager Charger Team June 2005 – August 2005

tOver seeing 3-4 electrical/software engineers while coordinating engineering efforts with sales, marketing and production.

Components Group Leader November 2004 – June 2005

tProject manager for Research & Development team developing lead-acid battery management electronic devices for military applications.

BARNES & REINECKE INC., Arlington Hts, IL January 1982 – April 2004

tStarted as entry level junior engineer and advanced thru various stages to become Deputy Engineering Manager, overseeing a staff of 7 engineers and designers. Accountable for all engineering design services, engineering change proposals & releases, and BOM maintenance with regards to the M109 Self-Propelled Field Artillery. Co-named on Army patent 4,683,801A. Manage customer project priorities & schedules against budgets.

tServed as team leader for a reliability improvement test program designing, building, testing, incorporating improvement into production bills.

tLeft BRI when the company was purchased by a competitor and closed.


Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Bradley University, Peoria, IL (Cum Laude)

College Coursework, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL

Algor Certificate 1999, GD&T Harper College 2000, AutoCAD Certificate 2002, ProE Wildfire 2004

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