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Manager Quality

Commerce Charter Township, MI
March 22, 2018

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Ruben Rojas Urquizo

Commerce Twp, MI, *****

e-mail : c: 734-***-****


A professional and passionate, Project/ Program Manager & Quality areas manager, highly experienced in automotive and heavy duty fields. Enthusiastic about continuous process improvements; looking to find better solutions and streamlined processes. Dedicated and hardworking, with exceptional management, leadership, communication and planning skills. SKILLS



Project/Program Mgmt.

Six Sigma- Black Belt

Analytical problem-solving



Interpersonal skills

Foundry, machining & engine



Product Development

Cost of Quality


Vendor Management

Manufacturing Engineering

Work well with others

MS Project, P. P., Excel, Word.



Spanish, Portuguese & Italian

Capital Project Planning

Business acumen

Simultaneous Engineering

PartXplore (3D cad-viewer)

Customer -Oriented

Risk Management

Professional Experience

Teksid Inc., (FCA Group)- Farmington Hills MI 2007- 12/2017

(A world leader in the production of iron and aluminum castings for the automotive industry. Core business are : cyl. blocks and heads. ) Project Manager 2006-2017

Responsible on early collaboration with business opportunities with Customers in product design & technical feasibility.

Work with customer on GD&T and understands Engineering and Quality Standards and 2D& 3D data exchange.

Review new 2D, 3D models & Engineering Standards with cross functional teams to establish manuf. feasibility of a product.

Coordinate international cross functional teams to respond to RFQ’s & market tests from Customers and support sales managers and other team members on any commercial matter.

Help to establish timing and budget on each project and work with team to ensure these activities are met.

Ensure the APQP process and related deliverables are accomplished for each program.

Follow up with customer, technical review, and kickoff & launch meetings, PER runs and follow DV/PV testing results.

Document and maintains an evidence books, containing accurate files, records, tests, reports etc. Provides input on developing engineering std., and make recommendations.

Resolves any open issue associated to the program by interacting with customer design, product or quality engineers. Provide feedback to the foundry and sales in case changes affects piece price, budget, timing and scope.

Communicate monthly updates to upper management and customers on timing, budget or significant identified issues. Key Accomplishments

Saved customer shut-downs by resourcing machining process from supplier that went bankrupt to a new one in 15 days.

Managed (3) programs from different foundries in exceptional time of (7) months, including PPAP submission. Quality Manager 2006-2017

Coordinate quality activities with six Resident Engineers located at different customer’s engine plants in U.S. and Canada.

Manage cost of quality, sets quality targets, containment actions, quality issues, 8D’s and clean points follow-up.

Follow up releases, pipelines, warehouse inventories and provide feedback to upper management and foundries.

Provide feedback to the foundries based on external balance score cards and other input from customers associated to product engineering, quality, delivery, warranty, and cost and customer assistance issues.

Assist foundries and suppliers in activities such as: PFEMA, Control Plan, Work instructions and Quality systems requirements.

Interact daily with our foundries and residents to provide updates on containment activities and ensure the production schedules could be met.

Provide technical support to the foundries to help identify root causes for defects

Led design changes to eliminate fallout on incoming material.

Responsible for implementing approved supplier list.

Negotiate quality scrap agreements & LVA and remittance advices & deductions follow up.

Supports internal and external audits to help to fulfill Teksid and customers standards.

Supports and participate in continuous improvement initiatives, Kaizen, lesson learned, suggestions, ideas, etc.

Prepare monthly quality summary to show quality trends, scrap & rework percentages to upper management and foundries.

Coach and mentor, new Resident Engineers assigned to new products/plants and contractors.

Ensure that company and procedures are adhered to including TS16949 & ISO-9001 in all foundries and cubing facilities who serve NAFTA customers.

FCA E-Connect and GM Supply Power administrator assisting Teksid Iron and Aluminum divisions. Key Accomplishments

Instrumental in saving $500,000 in labor expenses from a quality dispute with a customer.

Lead team members who saved millions of dollars in multiple containment actions. Program Manager (GM 3.1 L, 3.9L and Corvette Gen III Exhaust manifold programs) 2001- 2006

Managed multiple GM cast iron part programs ( 3.1/3.4L, 3.9L and 5.7LCorvette Gen III exhaust manifolds, with more than 2M parts supplied to 3 different GM plants.

Lead tech reviews, kick-off, timing, prototyping, APQP, PPAP submissions activities (foundry and machining activities).

Controls and supports the management of tier I and 2 II suppliers before and after the launch of the new processes.

Perform on site PPAP submissions to suppliers and sub-suppliers. .

Continuous improvement, quality and product engineering assistance thru the life of the programs including tool disposition.

Follow Releases, pipe line, quality performance, and aftermarket activities in all programs.

Lead commercial aspects associated to prototype PO’s, Tooling PO’s, and Tooling payments after PPAP approvals. Key Accomplishments

Discovered crucial error in customer’s data which they took ownership of and still accomplished ramp-up production volumes.

Lead the recovery of $180,000 from erroneously recorded shipments by customer after an extensive investigation. Resident Engineer 1997- 2001

Technical assistance to customers in solving multiple product and quality issues in various engine plants in the Detroit area. CMI-Industrias Fronterizas (Hayes- Lemmerz), Nuevo Laredo Mexico 1992-1997 Project Engineering Manager ( Ford 2.0 Zeta, Chrysler 2.0 & 2.4 L intake and exhaust programs)

(NAFTA leader with intake (aluminum and polymers) and exhaust manifolds manufacturer )

Successfully managed intake and exhaust manifold programs within budget and in time.

Managed, design reviews, coordinate multidisciplinary teams, APQP activities, budget & timing.

Gave technical direction over Process & Quality engineers, Maintenance and other support departments with specific objectives associated to our new programs.

Executed leadership across programs; rapid resolution to complex issues, coached and provided feedback.

Took on leadership role in design & build in new and refurbished tooling from US, Mexican & Canadian suppliers.

Coordinated machining line integration, process validation and PPAP submissions.

Provided program updates relating to contractual milestones and problem/high risk areas (e.g., technical, cost, and schedule) to Program Director and customers.

Lead cross functional teams in continuous improvement activities. Key Accomplishments

Rebuilt several machining process by finding alternate resources; saving nearly $250K. Chrysler Saltillo Engine Plant-Saltillo Mexico (Now part of FCA Group) 1984-1992

(4 cyl. engine plant facility for 2.2L engines)

Process, Project and Tooling Engineer 1985-1992

Administrator over capital plan projects on machining, assembly line, quality & Plant Engr.; research R.O.I for each proposal recommend and first line approver and presenter to upper management and then corporate.

Worked with various machining lines including sub-assembly and engine assembly lines.

Purchase & Retool, validate new & existing equipment and processes for the introduction of new products or for the improvement of existing ones.

Performed machine try-outs, durability & capability studies/run at rates, internally and at suppliers’ locations. Design Engineer 1983-1985

Design, build and implementation of special clamping fixtures, facilities, cutting tools, gauges, & equipment modifications.

Provided support on model year engineering changes in machining and assembly processes. Key Accomplishments

Project to replace static torque assembly stations for dynamic (DC) torque units to resolve a U.S. warranty issue.

One of the key employees responsible for developing new machining and assembly process of a low volume turbo engine.

As Design Engineer, 6 pneumatic powerhead toque units were completely automated by designing and implementing pneumatic slide units. These automations, eliminated manual assembly operations. Grupo FISA-Monterrey Mexico 4/1979-12/1983

Mexican leader in industrial sttrapping.

Mechanical Designer: Active participation in re-design and re-build of used automatic slitting lines,pickling line, rolling and temper mills etc. Later on, I was helping to design and build of our own basic equipment for sale to the local industry, such as: De-coilers, un-coilers, sheet levelers etc.

Key accomplishment

I was part of a Project engineering group in which was created to launch a new Strapping facility . Production equipment was rebuilt 100%, using alternate resources.


In process, pursuing BS in Industrial Engineering at Universidad Tecnologica Latinoamericana (Mexico)

Mechanical Engineering & Administration: Universidad del Norte (Mexico) Note: Mech. Engr. is an incomplete degree.

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