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Mechanical Engineer, Designer, Master Machinist

Simpsonville, South Carolina, United States
February 22, 2018

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Richard Ray, Jr.

*** ******** **. ************, ** 29681

e-mail: 864-***-****


Forty three years in the Concept, Design and Prototype Development Field. Thirty three years in design, development and troubleshooting of custom automated equipment and tooling, reverse engineering, and project management. Aggressive and creative thinker who works “outside the box” to develop innovative new concepts, and to improve on existing concepts while retaining and demonstrating traditional hands-on skills. Enjoys researching new methods, components and materials. Internet research and sourcing proficient. Strong problem solving skills and works well in teams. Resource for fellow workers and teams.

Highly skilled in inventing, conceptualization, prototyping, design of experiment and brainstorming

Heavy user of Autocad 2000-2016, Windows, MS Office, Excel

Graduate, Engineering Technology, emphasis on CAD

Master Autodesk User Certificate

Skilled in Troubleshooting and Optimization of New Designs or Existing Equipment

Extensive experience in metalworking, Certified Master Machinist

Skilled in reconstructive salvage of dies, molds and tooling using TIG

Medical Lab, Photography

Kusters Zima Spartanburg, SC June 2017 to present

Mechanical Designer

Machinery design for a textile production line, using past successful designs or working from raw concept. Sourced off the shelf components to replace otherwise in-house manufactured parts . Generated drawing packages.

BMW Manufacturing Corporation Greer, SC Apr 2001 – Dec 2016

Equipment Services Administration Technician

Maintain production equipment, incorporate changes and upgrades. Interface with contractors/vendors, planners/engineers, production associates and department managers. Hands-on diagnosis/resolution of a variety of problems and skills including: pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical, material, failure analysis, electrical, mutilation reduction, process flow. TIG/MIG welding including reconstruction/salvage, metalworking, reverse engineering, redesign, workaround solutions, tooling and fixture support.

Ownership of department machine and welding shop, design using AutoCAD 2013 LT

Sourcing and specification of commercial tooling, materials and hardware to resolve ongoing issues concerning throughput, efficiency, cost of manufacture, dependability of process

In-department resource for tooling and fixture repair/salvage, design, failure analysis, prototyping and work around of new or existing tooling/fixture issues

Provide support and in-line training to fellow associates in metalworking, welding and repair techniques, mentoring for Tech Scholars

Project management

Various projects for mutilation reduction, improved efficiency and throughput, ergonomics and safety, cost reduction

MC TOOL Greer, SC Jan 2000 to Aug 2000

Tooling Design Engineer and Shop Supervisor

Oversaw production of a 12 man Gage and Fixture manufacturing shop. Designed and built custom Jigs, Fixtures and Gages from customer concept or mine. Visited/interfaced with customers, reverse engineering/troubleshooting of existing designs and systems, sales visits from leads or self-generated contacts. Developed reconstructive TIG/MIG welding process to salvage customer’s damaged dies and tooling.

Designed tooling and fixturing for major companies including: GE Turbine, INA Bearing, Black and Decker/DeWalt, Wabco, Walbar

Resource for owner and shop personnel

Developed design standards and forms for improved throughput

SMI AUTOMATION Greenville, SC 1999-2000

Automation Manager

VP level Manager of the Automation Design department. Interfaced with customers, design and presentation of new concepts in automated assembly machinery. Generation of new sales leads. Research and development of methods and materials to suit customer requirements. On-site analysis and troubleshooting of existing plant equipment, methods and part/tooling failure.

Implemented purchase order system to facilitate tracking of expenditures and vendor utilization

Developed and implemented design standards

Developed and implemented standards in commercial item and vendor selection

Standardized selection of materials and hardware

Designed tooling and automated equipment for several major companies including: BMW contract houses, Torrington, Bose, Cooper/Weller, Tuthill


Design Engineer

Design of support equipment for the textile trade; concept, design and development of new products; and standardization of the design process.

Invented a quick-disconnect shaft connector for use in the textile and paper mill trade

Designed products outside the company’s normal business trend, diversifying sales


Mechanical Design/Development Technician

Conceptualization, Prototype Design, and Building/Development/Upgrade of production equipment or subassemblies used in manufacture of capacitors. Engineering support for Production. Designed new concept production equipment, improved existing equipment, created drawing packages. Interfaced with Production and vendors. Researched new methods, components and materials. Extensively hands-on.

Promoted to Tech 5 in 1997, a position parallel to Staff Engineer that includes project management responsibilities

Member of Mechanical Standards Committee that developed company-wide standards in selection and specification of mechanical components for new equipment designs

Rated “Superior” in performance for six consecutive years

Manager and Instructor for High Speed Video Motion Analysis System; when given project to acquire new system, was able to save the company $16,000

Invented new design test contact for capacitor testing, resulting in 300% improvement in throughput for that operation. Contact design became a companywide standard

Served as part of a Technical Partnership on two occasions to investigate problems vendors or customers were having with products. Identified the problems using the High Speed Video Motion Analysis System, and made recommendations for process improvements. These improvements were utilized, and to date the problems have not repeated. Received letters of commendation on both occasions

Member of a Quality Circle

SMED team member and designer of a concept to reduce electrode changeover time. Changeover time was reduced from 23 minutes to 6 minutes

Received regular performance bonuses

Resource person for problem solving and ideas, mentor for junior technicians


Shop Supervisor

Assisted in the design and development of custom machinery

Instrumental in development of machinery, tools and equipment for Savannah River Nuclear facility

Classified by DuPont as a Master Machinist for that project


Design Engineer

Designed commercial screen printing equipment for the textile industry. Did TIG/MIG welding

Improved shop performance by selection and purchase of key metalworking equipment, and design/fabrication of fixtures and jigs

Oversaw all phases of machinery fabrication, from design to completion


Prototype Machinist

Built prototype bottling and packaging machinery for the soft drink industry. Duties included assisting in engineering design and development, prototyping, TIG welding, jig and fixture design, machining, and repair of existing equipment. First machinist hired at Hartness.

Education and Training

Greenville Technical College (four years) courses including:

Certificate in Engineering Technology, emphasis on CAD (Honors, highest score in history of program)

TIG/MIG Welding ~ Basic and Advanced ACAD ~ Machine Shop/ Tool and Die ~ Medical Lab Technology

Numerous professional development programs including:

SPC ~ Synchronized Manufacturing ~ Basic & Advanced Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

A+ Software and Hardware ~ Basic and Advanced A/B PLC ~ Basic Electrical ES1 and ES2 ~ TPM/TPR

SMED ~ Fanuc Robot Dispense Tooling ~ Kodak EM-1012 High Speed Video Motion Analysis System

Management Problems for the Technical Person in a Leadership Role ~ Exceptional Customer Service

Winning Through Interaction ~ Handling Change ~ Time Management ~ Siemens S7


Member Board of Directors, American Historic Media Productions Inc.

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