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Manufacturing Manager

Lebanon, Connecticut, 06249, United States
April 21, 2018

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Claude L. Barnett, Jr.

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Lebanon, CT 06249


To obtain a position of responsibility to lead, mentor and help drive successful company goals. My experience with Manufacturing Engineering, project management and delivery assurance over the last 30 years, has been able to vastly improve product yield, on time delivery, over-all delivered quality and consistent process repeatability. Competent and diligent worker as part of a team as well as a stand-alone resource. Extensive experience with DG&T, sheet metal fabrication and conventional/non-conventional machining.

Skills & Abilities

- Extensive knowledge and application of various prime (tier 1) and aftermarket aerospace manufactures including but not limited to: PWA, GE, Rolls Royce, Kaman Aerospace, Siemen Aero, Pegasus, Jet Avion, MTU, Volvo and Avio.

- PWA and auxiliary training including but not limited to: Red X, PPAP, EH&S, Green Belt, DFM, management training, HR skills, export control and compliance, sexual harassment, business ethic, fraud and diversity in the workplace.

- Creating, implementing and execution of Manufacturing Standard Work.

- Wide-ranging programming experience with various CAD, CAM, CMM systems, Excel, Fortran, dBase, Cobalt, PLC, C+ and C++.

- Experience programming and executing various heat treat processes including various brazing operations. Experience and certification in Class 1 through 6 TIG and MIG welding and various types of resistance welding.

- Thirty plus years experience with;

Tool design, tool evaluation and application, determination of expendable/ consumable tooling and creation of production cells

Manufacturing process development, process execution and process improvement.

The determination, evaluation and application of inspection methods, metrology and design of inspection tooling.

The application and implementation of various machining methods including but not limited to EDM, laser (cutting and welding, milling, turning, plasma cutting and CNC sheet metal equipment.

- While at PWA, I developed and taught a DFM (design for manufacturing) class focused on conventional and non-conventional machining methods and applications. This course was offered domestically and internationally 3-4 times per year for 12 years. All designers were required to take and pass this class. This was a requirement of the CANMC at PWA.

- Ability to read, write and speak Spanish. Currently endeavoring to learn to read, write and speak Japanese.


March 2016 – present

Manufacturing consultant, self employed

Validate and improve vendor processes, tooling, inspection methods and methodology.

Identify, validate and improve non-conforming material dispositions and validate corrective action and ensure adequate implementation thereof.

Improve process yield, on time delivery and maximize facility throughput.

Identify and remove potential EH&S issues and opportunities.

Identify and implement opportunities to create cells and improve throughput

Extensive “boots on the ground” evaluation of vendor manufacturing capabilities both domestically and internationally.

November 2001 – March 2016

Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Ct.

Manufacturing Eng. Chief and Deputy chief for the CANMC, Senior ME, ME manager of Development Programs, 2006 - 2016

Responsible for the manufacturing (mfg.) of all hardware outsourced to domestically and internationally:

Evaluation of submitted cause and corrective actions

Conduct and chair manufacturing process reviews (MPR) in accordance with Manufacturing Standard Work (MSW)

Review and approve all b/ps for hardware, created or revised, for accuracy, completeness and manufacturability

Responsible for all Hot Section hardware for 34 engine programs; military, commercial, land-based power, black and experimental

Responsible for the direct supervision of 19 Manufacturing Engineers and 320 indirect multi-discipline engineers (design, drafting, structures, signature, thermal, project, quality etc.) and do performance reviews for these folks.

M.E. Tech Manager for AMSN (F119) exhaust nozzle cell, 2005 - 2007

Responsible for all business, manufacturing and quality issues related to the AMNS F119 hardware including but not limited to:

Receiving inspection of incoming hardware from a sole source vendor.

Design and manufacturing of tools to aid in assembly, coating fixtures, pre/post coat inspection fixtures, quick use profile templates, introduction of protective transport boxes

Incorporation of various EH&S safeguards and procedures

Established a robust training program to provide all technicians rotating into the cell had the same training and reference material that the seasoned personnel had

Responsible for the direct supervision of 3 Manufacturing Engineers, 5 Mechanical (design) engineers and 2 Quality engineers. Additionally, the indirect supervision of 20 union assembly technicians, CMM operators, coating application technicians, inventory stagers etc.

At the onset of the assignment, an estimated $175k tooling budget was established by the tooling estimation department and a 6-month minimum lead-time for manufacturing and trials. The above partial list of tools was manufactured tried out and incorporated into the manufacturing process for less that $12k and done with ZERO rework in 2 – 3 weeks.

Additionally, with the design and incorporation of said tools permitted quality to be improved from approximately 4 units per month and less that 25% yield per month to 35 – 37 units per month and +98% first piece yield. From this effort, the quality and yield has been able to be maintained for the years since, I was awarded 2 Eagle awards for Quality and Throughput accomplishments. Also received a letter of recognition from the U.S. Air Force for effort accomplished and the time that it was done it.

Lead M.E. for F135 D & C section exhaust nozzle hardware, 2001 - 2004

Worked directly with the IPT on clean sheet designs that were to be manufactured and tested based on a very tight/short delivery schedule.

This task required extensive traveling domestically and internationally to compile a list of capable vendors and create “should cost” profiles for the different vendors proposed hardware designs. Once accomplished, jointly with the design and structures team, a viable design was created, put to paper and sent out for quote.

Once awarded, it was my responsibility to review all tool designs for validity and robustness and be on site at these vendors to answer manufacturing questions, resolve various issues, do hardware quality dispositions and help expedite hardware delivery.

Worked with various other Hot Section Engine IPTs/CIPTs in a manufacturing engineering advisory role to help provide support sustain the Design for Manufacturing directive. Provided domestic and global “boots on the ground” support for said hardware.

October 1992 – November 2001

Whitcraft LLC, Eastford, Ct.

Manufacturing Eng. Manager, Senior ME

Responsible for all aspects/facets of aerospace hardware manufactured in-house. Was additionally responsible for the down selection of vendors for hardware destined to be manufactured at Tier 2 vendors.

Responsible for the supervision and mentoring of 9 direct reports and approximately 250 general employees/technicians.

Responsible for writing all company specific processes and procedures in preparation for ISO 9001/9002 audit/certification.

Responsible for the timely ordering and/or approving of specific raw materials, tooling materials based on approved designs, expendable tooling for the hardware to be manufactured.

Responsible for the scheduling of customer hardware to be manufactured, tooling designs required to manufacture said hardware, schedule and approve CNC and CMM programs required to manufacturing hardware in house.

Personally write all programs required for CNC sheet metal equipment and various CMM machines to validate b/p requirements.

Co-lead for the determination, purchasing and acquisition of new equipment/machines and personnel.

Lead M.E. for the in-house pre-MRB process. Once hardware was dispositioned, ensure the corrective action was adequate was that the rework/disposition was adequate to ensure future compliance and no recurrence of identified issues.

Prime liaison between Whitcraft and customer base for hardware status, shop tours to witness hardware progress and delivery schedule commitments.

February 1987 – October 1992

Columbia Manufacturing Corp., Columbia, Ct.

Manufacturing Eng. Manager, Senior ME, Jr. ME, Sheet metal technician/leadman

Responsible for approval of all manufacturing processes released to the floor for processing.

Prime DSQR (designated source quality representative) for the company.

Co-sign off for all materials ordered for hardware to be manufactured.

Responsible for all manufacturing approvals of tools designed to be used for the manufacturing processes. Also, did quite a bit of form tool design as well as weld fixtures, inspection holding fixtures and shipping containers.

Solely responsible for the programming on Trumph 185 sheet metal punching machine as well as CNC bending/forming equipment as well as all heat treat ovens to ensure b/p material requirements are met.

Served as assistant to weld prepping hardware for MIG/TIG welding, resistance welding and various brazing operations.

Extensive experience as a general sheet metal mechanic doing machine set-ups, tooling evaluation, deburring and bench work.


University of Connecticut, Storrs, Ct.

-Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, 1980 - 1983

University of Connecticut, Storrs, Ct.

-Master of Science, Marine Micro Biology, 1983 – 1985

University of Ohio, Athens, Ohio (on line)

-Associates Degree, Metallurgy, 1992-1993

University of San Diego, San Diego, Ca.

-Bachelor of Science, Manufacturing Engineering, 2005 – 2007

Colorado Technology University, Colorado Springs (on line)

-Master of Manufacturing Technology & Management, 2008 - 2010


- Obtained and held various security clearance and program access including but not limited to: proprietary, confidential, secret and top secret for F-119, F-135 and various black projects or program derivatives.

- Currently hold a valid passport and have had all precautionary inoculations for international travel. Have applied for and obtained travel visa for various countries.

- Currently have applied for 16 U.S. patents for tooling, processes and hardware designs for various aerospace programs. To date, 8 have been accepted and have been awarded and have received numerous Eagle awards for service, time invested to accomplish various long-term projects, extensive effort for goals set and accomplished for numerous engine programs.

Personal info

- 1981; membership established for AGR (Alpha Gamma Rho) fraternity at UCONN

- Enjoy hunting, fishing, outdoor activities and family time/joint activities.

- 1970 – 1995; active participation and potential career playing left wing in soccer. 1976- 1980; played varsity and was team captain through high school. Played on UCONN 1980-1982 championship team, played semi-pro

1980 – 1982 with Norwich Blue Devils, 1982 offered pro position with Missouri Rockets.

- Enjoy cooking domestic and international cuisine.

- Enjoy domestic and international travel

- Formally a certified E.M.T. (emergency medical technician) and CPR instructor


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