SAŠO (SASHA) KOCEVSKI
Process / Chemical Engineer
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
Broad knowledge of engineering principles on process/equipment design, unit operation, PLC`s (AB and Siemens), chemical synthesis, SPC analysis, process economics with cost estimate and DFM (Design for manufacturability), sampling plans, hypothesis testing etc.
Extensive manufacturing experience in starting up and troubleshooting of machinery and equipment. Excellent mechanical aptitude with demonstrated proficiency for the maintenance and repair of processing equipment.
Ability to manage multiple tasks in pressured environment (excellent understanding of many Production Systems and Techniques) – VPS (Value-added production system) and Flow efficiency
Superior skills in continuous improvement efforts for products/processes to support plant objectives of safety, quality, cost and productivity improvement (PFD, P&ID)
Lean and Six-Sigma manufacturing: (DFSS,DMAIC,DMADV,DOE,RCA,VSM,8D, A3, Shainin, 5S, Poka-yoke/Yokoten, Kaizen, JIT manufacturing, PDCA, E3P3, SMED, CoPQ, Cp, Cpk, Pp and Ppk calculations)
Process Design and Scale up from pilot plant to production including troubleshooting and optimization / Line balancing and capacity calculations / Takt time and standard work / Manufacturing and process layout`s (one piece flow) / Creating and Maintaining process sheets (CPPS)
Proposal preparation, man-hour estimates, detailed process design, professional presentation, writing and customer service skills
Equipment Specification, Procurement, Installation, Commissioning and Validation (IQ,OQ,PQ)
cGMP Process Design & Improvement
Capital Project Planning & Monitoring
NPD (New Product Development), NPI (New Product Introduction) & process standardization
Co-extrusion blow molding / PP extrusion / PP – Foam heat (flame) bonding / LDPE and LLDPE bonding / Hermetic welding and sealing / Converting / Composites
High speed packaging equipment (flow wrapping, induction sealing, packing, skidding)
Vision systems (ISRA, Cognex)
Printing (Inkjet and Thermal transfer) and preparation (plasma) / Laminating (mechanical, saturation and flame)
Developed a concept and equipment for differential pressure decay testing and He – leak testing / End of the arm tool design
Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects / significant level of continuous improvement
XRD (X-ray Diffraction), SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope), ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma and Mass Spectrometry)
Published (Author) of scientific paper(s) - Elsevier journal
University: “St. Kiril and Metodij” – Skopje, Macedonia, Europe
Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering
CI Process Engineer
Grupo Antolin Dec 2017 – Present Spartanburg, SC
Developed and improved manufacturing methods utilizing knowledge of product design, materials, parts and production equipment capabilities (From: Cpk=0.97 To: Cpk=2.3)
Analyzed and planed work force utilization and workflow and design layout of equipment and workspace for maximum efficiency / process control plans / detailed job instructions and C/O procedures (SMED)
Implemented improvements and/or modifications in sequence of operation and equipment utilization
Implemented PM systems including TPM, preventive and predictive maintenance
Worked in multi-functional teams (Validation, QA,QC,SCM) to enhance and facilitate overall operational success (Statistical analysis related to process validation)
Creation, review and update of risk analysis for changes and new processes that impact product
Use operational data and performance metrics (KPI and OPI) to analyze critical parameters necessary to identify and drive OEE and reliability improvements (Increased availability and performance for 8%)
Provide technical and process support to operations as a subject matter expert to troubleshoot and resolve downtime situations in a timely manner and drive cost improvement projects
Ongoing technical support including training and creation of required documentation for new manufacturing equipment and process / Generate deviation reports and identify long term corrective and preventive actions
Contec, Inc. July 2014 – Nov 2017 Spartanburg, SC
Implemented process and equipment modifications to obtain continuous improvement and ease of operations.
Increased capacity 30 - 50% and quality by 30 - 40% through process and equipment modifications.
Supplied technical expertise to improve production rate, first quality production, as well as reduce waste.
Developed control logic for complex unit operations (Process parameters established based on DOE`s and locking operating ranges to accommodate material variations).
Reviewed technical drawings for compliance, manufacturability, risk, and potential improvements. Created / maintained technical / engineering manuals.
Plant management of company KPI`s indicators such as: production, cycle times, material usage, scrap, changeover times, capacity utilization, effectiveness vs. efficiency, etc.
Achieved subject matter expertise on all key production processes and created training materials (training matrix) for new operators.
Mentored and trained several (junior) engineers. Trainer responsibilities included teaching process flow technology, data analysis methodologies, and process recipe development protocols.
Supporting all internal investigations into customer complaints utilizing Root Cause Analysis to develop & implement corrective actions.
Interfacing with vendors to secure & validate new materials & machinery to increase efficiencies & reduce costs.
Determining machine and process capability applying statistical methodology such as Design of Experiments.
Manufacturing / Process Engineer
TI Automotive July 2012 – Jun 2014 Hartwell, GA
Increased efficiency 50% by developing, instituting and supporting new test procedures and practices
Implement and refine manufacturing processes by applying continuous improvement and lean manufacturing principles to all areas of production
Reduced overall line downtime by 20% and achieved aggressive production downtime goal (PLC Scan cycle)
Decreased customer complaints by implementing test procedures on the floor to measure quality defects and ensure all product quality and all customer requirements were being attained
Research and Development Assistant
Clemson University – (ARTS) May 2009 – July 2012 Clemson, SC
Developing epoxy based GRT composites
Concentration change of inorganic constituents (leachates) with time (ICP-Inductively Coupled Plasma Testing) in drinking water, sea water and other solvents
Surface modification on crumb rubber to be used in hot asphalt mixes and other industrial applications
Performed experiments to make crumb rubber – asphalt binder – aggregate bond stronger
Investigation of GRT particles as a water pollutants and establishing procedure for their cleaning
Process Engineer / Plant Manager
Basalt Specialty Products, Inc Jun 2007 – January 2009 Elkin, NC
Started a new production line – formulated and implemented new manufacturing methodologies (material mechanical bond) to enhance productivity
Developed cost reduction programs in several areas that resulted in 25 – 30 % savings in specific product areas as well as in overall company operations
Provided technical assistance and support to operations, quality, design and maintenance, in order to resolve manufacturing issues and to drive continuous process improvements
Responsible for providing leadership, direction, focus and management of maintenance, contractors and engineering activities.
Recruited, trained and supervised 55 full and part-time employees
Worked closely with business and technology groups to identify best methods for developing and implementing new products (for automotive industry)
Installed brand new 60``(Rando airlaid) Non-Woven line and developed numerous products (insulating and composite materials) made from: E-glass, Basalt fiber, Silica and manmade fibers (PES, PP)
Manufacturing Process Engineer / Technical Manager
Netam Nonwovens North America, Inc 2002 – Jun 2007 Easley, SC
Generate timely, cost effective and innovative solutions to solve problems in manufacturing processes
Consulting service to ensure companies to improve and expand their subsidiaries abroad
Counseled Mid-South Textile Machinery, Inc. in constructing and inventing new machinery systems
Involved in product launches to ensure a smooth transition from design and launch phases into manufacturing
Developed non woven filtration materials in collaboration with members of Foster Needle Company
Developed a special type of allergy sufficient non woven filter from combination of active Carbon and PES
Process Engineer / Technical Manager
Netam Nonwovens 1998 – 2002 Skopje, Macedonia, Europe
Executed direct purchasing of machinery from American, German and French industries
Supervised installation of machinery, training of all employees and developed SOP`s
Managed all machinery inspections, maintenance (TPM) and safety regulations daily in accordance with industry standards
Controlled inventory distribution locally and abroad
Coordinated production, pick-up, storage and tests of materials and chemicals / managed the plant Capex Investment yearly plans
Installed two emulsion (polymer) lines (PVAc and SBR)
Developed highly energy sufficient IR thermal pre-heating system of dryers and oven for emulsion saturated products
Established PP fiber extrusion process (parameters) for high mechanical impact resistance