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Manager Engineering

Dayton, Ohio, United States
May 24, 2018

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John R. Briar

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Huber Heights, OH 45424, 937-***-****

BS, Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University (1985)

Shainin Red X Certified

Leadership Excellence Award

Six Sigma

Toyota Culture Series Part III

Kaizen Lean Practitioner Certified

Green Belt Certified

JOHNSON ELECTRIC, Vandalia, OH Oct 2015 – Present

Global locations specializing in Solenoids and Actuators with multiple customers in various applications.

Position: Quality/Process Engineering

Responsibilities: Maintain all process and quality requirements for the punch press shop, the machine shop, case solenoid assembly, and open frame plunger assembly departments. Perform daily production first piece articles and quality verifications checks to qualify start of production. Keep all inspection sheets, routers, bill of materials, and Graphic Work Instructions up to date and on file. Solve production issues with parts and equipment as needed. Qualify new product as needed. Perform process capability studies.


Create Miami “blade” die tuning instructions to reduce start of production dimensional issues

Create Tri-blade die tuning rules with the experience of Miami project to support start of production

Understand and find alternate source for induction solder process to meet customer shipment dates

Design and communize #5 & #6 case solenoid shipping dunnage to eliminate customer damage complaint

Establish an electrode rework process to eliminate buying new electrodes

McGREGOR METALWORKING Co., Springfield, OH May 2015 – October 2015

4 locations in Springfield, Ohio, 1 location in South Carolina, metal stampings for various applications, automotive and agricultural spindles and sprockets, Life Fitness treadmill frames, automotive heat shields and protectors.

Position: Manager – Quality

Responsibilities: Supervise 2 Quality Engineers, 3 Quality Technicians. Manage all gage control, first piece layout, and receiving inspection. Perform all customer, internal and external, compliance audits. Coordinate MRB (suspect material) area and determine/obtain material disposition. Coordinate root cause/corrective actions for customer complaints.


Reduced MRB (suspect material) hold area inventory by 95%

Instituted hourly Quality layered audit check for press lines

Instituted hourly Quality Control Plan part check for pulley spin form lines

LORD Corporation, Dayton, OH May 2011 – April 2015

Aerospace Defense components, specializing in complicated and tight tolerance turning and milling processes that produce rubber bonded to metal vibration isolation systems.

Position: Quality Manager

Responsibilities: Supervise 4 Quality Engineers, 2 Quality Technicians, and 12 wage inspectors. Manage all gage control, first piece layout, receiving inspection, and first articles. Perform all customer, internal, and compliance audits (NADCAP, AS9100). Lead continuous improvement teams (Scrap, FPY, Capability). Coordinate root cause/corrective actions for customer complaints.


Improved customer OTD from 70% to 93% over a two year period

Reduced MRB (suspect material) from $1.6 million to less than $500K

Implemented SPC studies on various supplier parts to fix chronic supplier rejects

Created a supplier quality engineer position in Dayton to directly reduce/eliminate supplier quality/rejections

Implement First Article Revision check system (DISCUS)

GOODRICH Corporation, Troy, OH Aug 2006 – May 2011

Aerospace commercial specializing in lightweight aluminum fixed wing aircraft wheels and carbon fiber brakes.

Position: Sustaining Engineering (November 2010 – May 2011)

Responsibilities: Piaggio P180 main wheel brake improvement. Various Cost Reduction Material Substitution projects. Production Support – Material review Board Approval responsibility. Bearing Grease Qualification project


Disposition suspect material in less than 24 hours

$500K savings in potential scrap by working with customer

Position: Manager, Quality Control (November 2007 – November 2010)

Responsibilities: Supervise 9 Quality Engineers and 20 wage inspectors. Maintain COPQ metrics, scrap reduction, and FPY. Manufacturing Cell Continuous Improvement Teams Coordinator. CI / Lean Steering Committee Representative / Trainer


Reduced scrap from $1.9 million/year to less than $400K over a 3 year period

Championed the First Article Inspection process and implemented DISCUS software to create forms to the AS9100 Rev. C requirement

Championed cell scrap teams and coordinated reviews resulting in a total scrap reduction / cost savings of +$350K / year

Created an automated part counter to reduce eliminate human error while packing part shipments

Position: Senior Engineering – Program Manager (August 2006 – November 2007)

Responsibilities: Program manager on the 777LR wheel and brake Weight Reduction. Program manager for the 737-800IL increased life rivet relocation Project. Embraer C390


Maintained the 777LR weight reduction project timeline and reduced total ship set weight beyond requirement

DELPHI Corporation, Kettering, OH June 1985 – Aug 2006

Manufactured automotive suspension components and systems for General Motors, Chrysler, Toyota, plus other smaller automotive manufacturers. Main product lines were passive shock absorbers and struts.

Position: Product / Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor (1999 to 2006)

Responsibilities: Product / Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor for passive dampers on various customer applications. Activities included new product Customer Releases, Product Development, PPAP, and DFMEA / PFMEA coordination.


Product engineering passive damper subject matter expert for manufacturing plant

Product engineering manager for Cost Improvement Projects (CIPs) $2.75 Million

Elimination of high scrap processes through redesign and commonization of components and tooling

Improved throughput resulting in $324,000 annual savings

Position: Quality Manager Shock Absorber Assembly (1992 to 1999)

Responsibilities: Supervised 5 hourly employees over three shifts. Maintained quality metrics per QS9000 / TS16969. Coordinate problem resolutions for all customer complaints (PRRs). Conduct continuous quality audit checks on all three shifts and communicate to plant management daily. Applied 5 Phase Correction action plans and utilized Toyota’s “5 Why” Solution Process.


Shainin Journeyman trained in statistical engineering problem solving

3 time “Shainin Red X” award recipient

Identified root causes using Shainin component swap method and implemented corrective actions to reduce shock performance reject rate from 5% to 1.5%

Position: Special Assignment (Trouble Shooter) Warranty Reduction (1991 to 1992)

Responsibilities: Conduct warranty analysis on all Delphi Kettering product and determine top 5 reasons for return. Visit all tri-state area GM automotive dealerships and establish a working relationship to resolve warranty claims and improve customer satisfaction.


Identified noise issue on W-car platform that was causing the rear struts to be warranty claimed and in some cases causing the customer to use the “lemon law” to force the dealer to buy the vehicle back. Total savings was over $1M to Delphi and GM

Position: Design and Development Engineering (1989 to 1991) Responsibilities: Design and development of shock and strut components (seals, rod guides, damper hydraulic fluid, etc.). Manage strut and shock component validation testing and evaluation. Develop Testing Procedures and product qualification plans


Developed performance test for Saturn to detect strut noise issue and designed new rod guide/lag seal to eliminate the noise.

Redesigned Saturn strut seal to withstand high velocity (max. pothole) inputs without leaking or damaging seal.

Position: Ride Development Engineering (1986 to 1989)

Responsibilities: Ride development of vehicle suspensions for prototype vehicles per customer requirements. Customer Contact Engineer for Leading edge product demonstrations. Release Engineer for final product definition.


Developed the first semi-active ride for the Cadillac Allante’

Position: Product Engineering (1985 to 1986)

Responsibilities: Design and Release responsible for Suspension components. Designed and Coordinated customer prototype builds. Analyzed Test Incident Returns and determined corrective actions.

Interests include;

Enjoy vehicle restoration & repair, construction, golf, playing guitar.

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