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Designer/Design Engineer

March 08, 2018

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Paul D. Peterson

**** ********* **. ***** ****, Michigan

Ph: 810-***-****, Email:

Career summary:

Senior designer with experience as a team leader, and design engineer. Expertise in automotive body, plastic trim, seating for aerospace and automotive. Experience in pre-production, production environments for low and high volume enterprises. Awarded certification in Design Engineering from Michigan Technological University. I’ve worked on five different CAD systems (NX, Catia, CGS, Cadam and Autocad) the bulk utilizing UGNX the most recent being version 11. Some of the technologies I have used and been exposed to include stamping (crash and draw), metal fab, metal machining, 3D printing, FDM, injection mold, vacuum forming, adhesives, white line scanning, carbon fiber/fiberglass lay-up and chop, welding etc.. I have been privileged to work in several areas in automotive design including four electric vehicles. After leaving GM my experience has included aerospace seating and seating modules, long haul trucks and school buses.

Professional Experience:

RCO Engineering Inc (Engineering service supplier) June 2014 to Feb 2018

Designer in NX versions 8-11, trained in Catia V5

●Seating components including rails, headrest stationary and articulating, swivel base, foam/trim hard and soft for OEM automotive supplier.

●Seat trim and mechanism modifications in Catia V5

●Seat rail, mechanisms, foam and trim for aerospace OEM GulfStream.

●GM fuel cell extruded aluminum housing and cell stack configuration.

●Exterior trim, hood and fascia design, hood supports, hinging for US defense contractor Lockheed Martin on the US Army JLTV project

●Support of product with follow up reviews and subsequent modifications of tools and processes.

Productive Design Services (Project crisis design specialists) Jan 2014 to June 2014

Designer in NX

●Interior trim package for Google’s self-driving electric vehicle.

●Charcoal canister and oil separation heater/cooler units for OEM supplier.

Navistar Corp. Lisle IL (OTR Trucking OEM) Sept 2013 to Jan 2014

Designer in NX

●Side closures designer for new door construction shared across multiple model lines.

●Mentored junior design engineer to develop a stronger cost effective door system.

GreenTech Automotive ( OEM Electric vehicles, start-up) Oct 2012 to July 2013

SMT manager, Lead designer in NX

●Tasked with developing a low speed quadra-cycle leveraging a global supply base.

●Lead Design Engineer responsible for all non electronic product related construction.

●Developed release procedures/tracking for prototype and production.

●Interfaced with suppliers to optimize design, reduce cost and ensure on-time delivery.

●Assisted QC department to quantify variation and gain control of process and inventory. Help set up checking tools and testing procedures.

●Assisted production in developing and deploying assembly tools.

B/E Aerospace, Tucson, Arizona (Aerospace seating and interiors) 2011 to 2012

Design engineer in NX

●Design responsible of super first class and high density seating modules for all major airlines.

●On-time execution of highly compressed development cycle.

●Designed electro-mechanical privacy partition system.

●Designed manual operated deployable serving tray and integral storage system.

● Designed seating module monuments.

●Completed fully detailed drawings for parts and assemblies.

●Assisted in routing electrical wiring for system of seating modules as installed on A380

●Engaged in build issue resolution on shop floor.

IC Corporation/Navistar, Tulsa, Oklahoma (OEM School Bus) 2010 to 2011

Design leader in NX

●Trained in Navistar’s product engineering management system CDMS

●Problem resolution for current product.

●Modifications to assembly tools and processes.

●Design lead for cut-away tasked with all interior revisions, assembly and check procedures.

●Developed design release cadence for team on cut-away project.

General Motors Corp. Warren, Michigan (OEM Automotive) 2004 to 2009

Design Engineer in areas of body structures in NX

●Five year team veteran of Advanced Vehicle Development Center.

●Team leader and design engineer on Hummer H4, Equinox/Terrain, Corvette and Volt programs.

●Continuous record of on-time, high quality solutions and products.

General Motors Corp. Pontiac, Michigan (OEM Automotive) 1997 to 2004

Design engineer and Design team leader in NX

●Completed GM sponsored education and received Design Engineering Certificate from Michigan Technical University.

●Nominated for first Design Engineering group at GM Truck in body structure.

●Replaced injured design leader and released all work ahead of schedule.

●Hired as a direct employee for GM in 2000.

Dr.Inq.h.c. F.Porsche, Germany (OEM Automotive) 1995 - 1997

Designer in CGS

●1st overseas employment opportunity.

●Interior trim roles in several pillars, door and headliner.

●Designed dash insulation both exterior and interior.

●Moved entire family to Germany.

General Motors Corp. Flint, Michigan (OEM Automotive) 1993 to 1995

Designer in CGS

●One year in body processing group

●Vehicle packaging

●Exterior trim for plenum and wiper shrouds.

●Upper body structures designer

Dynamic Associates, Warren, Michigan (Vehicle lighting) 1992 to 1993

Designer in CGS

●Designer of forward lighting modules (headlamps and signal)

●Packing and design from studio clay surfaces.

●Conceptual design of mounting and fit with front end panels.

●Trained in Catia

Modern Engineering (CDI), Troy, Michigan (Engineering service supplier)

Designer in CGS and Cadam

●Designer in metal removal fixtures and slides and machine automation.

●Transitioned from mechanical designer to product design.

●Trained in Class A surfacing producing interior and exterior panels.

●Self taught CGS while using Cadam

High Tech Design and Engr Company, Rochester Hills, Michigan

(Engineering services provider, experts in machine automation)

●Layout, detailer and print runner for special machines and fixtures.

●Wrote BASIC program for Cam design translating engineers kinematic equations producing spreadsheets and graphs for displacements, velocity, acceleration for force calculations.

●Cataloged Engineering library

●Trained on Autocad

Education professional development:

●Engineering certificate from Michigan Technological University awarded in 2005 emphasis on Mechanical Engineering.

●Engineering study in mechanical and computer engineering at the following institutions:

Lawrence Institute of Technology and Oakland University

●Additional studies in computer management at Baker College

●Batavia and Philpot school of manual drafting

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