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Manufacturing Engineer

Spirit Lake, Iowa, 51360, United States
February 06, 2018

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Christopher Phelon **** Keokuk Ave, Spirit Lake, IA 51360 702-***-****


B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering, Brigham Young University, December 2014

• Business Management Minor and Latin American Studies Minor


Material Flow Engineer, Indian Motorcycles, Spirit Lake, Iowa January 2015 – January 2018

Lead cross-functional team to design packaging, logistics and SOPs for 5200 parts and associated packaging. Prepared shipments/documentation to Brazil with goal of packaging cost reduction

Lead and worked on multiple CI and Kaizen teams focused on relocation of assembly lines which resulted in total cost savings of $446,000 annually

Focused on CI, implementation, and training for new processes and assembly/material flow optimization with an emphasis on 5S and safety

Maintained PFEP for multiple motorcycle production lines; implemented new parts and part changes

Effectively prepared for and supported new product builds on over 1,200 new models on 3 assembly lines. Wrote SOPs and processes for various areas of assembly with visual work instructions.

Implemented new parts delivery methods on the motorcycle lines which resulted in a time savings of 3.75 hrs/day, equating in annual savings of $150,000 and a headcount reduction of two employees

Identified and mitigated daily quality issues on the Victory line while working with QA, backshops and suppliers to eliminate the issues as well as work with the line in improving the assembly processes

Reduced downtime on multiple assembly lines which saved over $200,000 annually

Manufacturing Intern, ATL Technology, Dongguan, China April - August 2014

•Researched and verified a plastics material change for one product line that resulted in labor reduction of 66% and annual cost savings of $253,000

•Utilized plastics processing and properties knowledge while working closely with Chinese managers which resulted in material and labor savings in two product lines of 54%

•Assisted in the implementation of 5S, reduced batch sizes, and implemented a JIT ordering system to reduce workspace, storage space, and wasted time

Worked on a cross functional team to design packaging for various medical and electronic devices

Capstone Engineering Project, Detroit Remanufacturing, Tooele, Utah August 2013 – April 2014

•Designed a fixture to automate a turbo vane assembly previously assembled by hand

•Improved an assembly process to exploit bottleneck which decreased cycle times by 73%

•Saved over $123,000 annually and decreased scrap rates by 24%

Manufacturing/Corrosion Engineering Intern, Broadsword Corrosion, Calgary, Canada April – Sept 2013

•Streamlined and improved bid proposal process which saved over $400,000 annually

•Updated ISO 9001 company standards; performed internal audit to prepare for ISO audit

Process Improvement Intern, HBH Pet Foods, Springville, Utah October 2013 – April 2014

•Completed projects to reduce waste, improve response time to orders, and decrease defects in 3 automated and 3 semi-automated lines of pet food for a total cost savings of $85,000 annually

•Decreased cycle times through Six Sigma techniques to increase on time order fulfillment rates

•Applied root cause analysis, flow charts, and system control to maintain improvements

Volunteer Representative, Lima, Peru November 2007 – December 2009

•Coordinated conferences and Spanish language training for over 300 volunteers

•Lead and trained 50 volunteers in the areas of communication and administration


ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, October 4, 2014, training completed with BYU Professional Development

SME Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT), April 4, 2014 Certification

Plastics Experience

•TA and RA for 3 years with experience running injection molders, extruders, thermoformers and designing molds for all machines, teaching labs to 40+ students

•3 years experience working closely with the packaging team for Indian Motorcycles

•3 months experience setting up injection molders using a wide knowledge of various plastics and their properties

•2 years experience making composite molds and fiber layups, specifically using RTM, wet fiber layup and prepreg hand layups

Manufacturing Experience

•Current member of SME

•5S, six sigma, lean manufacturing

•Basic CNC coding and machine running, plastics and composites mold design

•CAD modeling knowledge in Solidworks

Language Skills: Spanish oral and written fluency

Strengths: optimal group/team worker, organized, disciplined, task oriented, desire to constantly learn

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