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Design Engineer Mechanical

Santa Clarita, CA, 91351
March 17, 2018

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Dennis J. Kniffen

Cel Ph: 661-***-****

OBJECTIVE: Challenging engineering work utilizing my experience

in Computer Assisted Design Drafting and Checking

Software Expertise: Autocad, Solidworks, Catia, Unigraphics, Cadkey and Pro. E


09/13-02/14 L`Garde Tustin Ca. (Temp)

Computer design drafting of aerospace soft goods. Sail craft utilizing solar propulsion system equipped with advanced test, measurement and notification systems for NASA. Solidworks 2014.

09/12-7/13 CAD Designer, Meggitt Defense Inc. Irvine, Ca. (Temp)

Design and detail engineering of Aircraft weapons systems for The U.S. military. Mechanical assemblies and close tolerance machined components. Solidworks 2012.

03/12- 04/12 CAD Designer, Taylor-Deale Aviation Dallas, Tx. (Temp)

Aircraft Interior design of monuments and partitoned rooms for foreign dignitaries. Layouts and assembly drawings of refurbished 747 jet aircraft with electronic instrumentation and displays using Solidworks 2011.

07/10- 09/10 CAD Designer, Enova Systems, Torrance, Ca. (Temp)

Design drafting of Hybrid vehicle engine components using Solidworks 2010.

12/08- 04/09 CAD Designer, Insitu Inc. Bingen, Wa. (Temp)

Design and drafting unmanned aerial systems. craft control assemblies, LCD assemblies, antenna enclosure assemblies and component details. Solidworks 2009.

10/07- 04/08 Design Engineer/ Checker, Dynapump Inc. Northridge, CA. (Temp)

Checking an Design drafting of hydraulic artificial lifts (oil pumps). Hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical design drafting. High pressure fluid assemblies, pumps, motors and lifts, Solidworks 2008.

06/07-08/07 Design Engineer, Regent Aerospace, Valencia, Ca. (Temp)

Design and drafting of aircraft interiors. crew and passenger seating using Solidworks 2007.

04/07- 06/07 Design Engineer, B/E Aerospace (Temp)

Design and drafting of aircraft seating mechanisms crew and passenger compartment assemblies. Catia V5 and Unigraphics NX design drafting software.

01/07- 03/07 Design Engineer, Epic Aircraft LLC (Temp)

Design and drafting of aircraft mechanisms and landing gear components using solid model design. Composite lay-up drawings, De-ice system design, Fuselage and Wing drawings. Solidworks 2007.

6/06-11/06 CAD Designer, Technifex Inc., Valencia Ca Design and drafting of electronic and electro-mechanical devices and structures for use in special effects and entertainment industry. Tooling and fixture design. Injection molded and close tolerance precision machined parts using Solidworks 2007 and Autocad 2000.

7/05-12/05 CAD Designer, Pacific Scientific, Valencia Ca. (Temp)

Design and drafting of electronic detonation devices for military applications. Precision guided munitions for ATK. ASME Y14.5m and Solidworks. Software.

1/03-01/05 CAD Designer, Meggitt Safety Systems. Simi Valley, Ca. (Temp)

Design and detailing of Electronic Fire sensors and Aircraft Fuel system assemblies Catia V4.and Autocad.

12/01-09/02 Senior CAD Designer, N.E.A. Inc. Chatsworth Ca.

Design and detailing of electromechanical Aerospace components.

Designed major components of revolutionary non-explosive, release mechanism for satellite and Launch Vehicle projects., Process and assembly instruction drawings using Solidworks modeling and Autocad 2000 drafting software.

10/99- 09/01 Design Drafter, Delta Design, Cohu Inc. S.D., Ca

Cad design of close tolerance mechanisms and injection molded components for pick and place machines used in the handling of IC chip components for test. Detail and assembly drawings using ASME-Y14.5 standards.. Solidworks 2000.

6/97 - 10/99 Engineering Aide Senior Aerospace, El Cajon, Ca.

CAD Design and drafting of cryogenic valves, Bellows, Gimbals, ducting and related aerospace components. Generated solid model layouts and detail and Assembly drawings. Performed bellows lifecycle analysis and some safety factor analysis using Cosmos software. Interfaced with vendors to expedite machining through use of iges file transfer and translation. Managed drafting team for fuel system design program. Solidworks 98 and Autocad.

4/96-4/97 Mechanical Designer, A.D.S.C.: Poway, Ca. (Temp)

Design and detail drafting of electronic medical instrumentation. Produced solid model, wire frame designs of X-ray detector enclosures. Worked in all aspects of mechanical and e/m design of devices. Developed detail and sub-assembly drawings using ANSI-Y14.5. Software used: Autocad 13, Excel, MS Word and Powerpoint.

3/93-4/96 Mechanical Designer, Kerning Data Systems: C.P., Ca.

CAD design and detail drafting of impact printers. Made solid model designs of actuators, mechanisms and assemblies using ANSI-Y 14.5. Software used: Autocad 12, Excel, MS Word and Powerpoint.

3/88-2/93 CAD Drafter, Trompeter Electronics: Westlake Village, Ca.

Detail drafting of electronic connectors using Autocad. Created assembly layouts, detail drawings, Engineering Orders, and assembly instructions.

EDUCATION: Mil-Spec-Drafting CADD, W.V.O.C., Woodland Hills, Ca. 3/86-3/87 Electrical/Mechanical drafting with emphasis in "hands on" design and CADD drafting. Geometric construction, Dimensioning and Geometric tolerancing in accordance with ANSI-Y14.5 and DOD-100 standards.

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