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Air Force, Quality, Manufacturing

Stamford, Connecticut, United States
May 28, 2018

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Colonel Mark McGrath, (Ret.)


Summary: Meticulous, strong leadership and management skills. Thrives in a fast pace, cross functional complex organization, succeeds working with all levels of the organization. Strategic forward looking approach, incorporating lean techniques to uplift the organization to a more lucrative advantageous position.

Professional Experience

DRS Consolidated Controls, Inc (A Finmeccanica Co. subsidiary), Sr. Quality Supervisor.

Managed a team of Quality Technicians and Inspectors for Naval and commercial nuclear instrumentation and control

programs. MRB lead, Incoming Receiving Manager, Quality Team member, Safety Team lead. Managed budget and schedule for several areas, promoted innovative use of Quality tools, championing proactive quality improvement techniques.

Diminished incoming backlog incoming inspection material by 53%.

Cut down ‘Return to Vendor’ issues and materials by 13%.

Directs Quality Control workers engaged in measurement and testing products and tabulating quality and reliability data.

Established Quality Control programs to evaluate precision and accuracy of production and processing equipment and testing, measurement and analytical facilities.

Material Review Board (MRB) lead, evaluating and dispositioning of defective material.

Reviews data submitted to ensure compliance within program requirements.

Developed and implemented methods and procedures to Quality Control procedures and devices methods to assess cost and responsibility of discrepant materials.

RI Air National Guard, Commander 281st Combat Communications Group, Colonel (Ret).

The largest Combat Communications Group in the United States with a responsibility of deployment, set up, installation / repair and operate tactical communications, secure and non-secure, equipment at remote locations throughout the world. Trained, deployed and operated with teamwork, efficiency and success. Over 38 years of military service with over 10 years in a Command Position.

Leadership Management Logistics Operations

Financial Management Strategic Planning Material Planning Engineering

Safety Professional Supply Chain Human Resources Mentor

Planned, organized and directed approximately 942 unit military and full-time personnel with equipment valued at over $30 million under several different personnel systems in six states.

Created performance standards and evaluated work performances for civilian and military personnel.

Developed and executed plans for contingencies, combat operations and sustaining continuity of operations.

Created Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) For Logistics, Operations, Quality, Human Resources, and Safety.

Experienced in logistics support activities, operations, quality assurance, facilities, safety, engineering, human resources, material management, warehouse operations, track personnel and equipment throughout deployments, verified quality programs, transportation and installation operations.

Created and tracked the unit budget. One of seven voting members who coordinated manpower, logistical, operational and budgetary resources within the state.

Instituted a ‘Continuous Improvement’ Quality Program on all work efforts and projects unit wide. I was the lead and final authority on review, installation and follow through for all ‘Continuous Improvement’ (quality) programs.

Extensive experience in Quality Control, during my tenure as Quality Control Officer, Maintenance Control Officer, Chief of Maintenance, Director of Logistics and as the Commander. Wrote, taught and verified SOPs for preventative maintenance and maintenance procedures, equipment failure discrepancies and corrective actions, inspections, repairs and documentation of electronic equipment for security, communications and life sustaining equipment. Coordinated efforts with multiple levels and organizations within the local town, state officials, as well as US military and foreign militaries.

Responsible for coordinating all Air National Guard Communications assets throughout the United States responding to man-made or natural events. Commanded and operated an Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Planned, coordinated and executed international, continental United States and local exercises.

Project Manager who developed and executed Base Land Use and Facilities Master Plan (Capital Improvement Plan). Several projects expenditures consisted of $1.3M fence and gate project, internet infrastructure update $700K, emergency fix $625K.

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (the best unit in the Air Force) awarded during leadership role for outstanding achievement for 2009-2011. 2010 Patriot award recipient.

Successes: Reconstructed the Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory (PMEL) schedule resulting in a 36% shorter out of service time, a 41% increase in volume and a 21% fuel savings. Created a local job bank to employ and kept trained personnel in the unit, saving over $400K in training. An aggressive and comprehensive energy base-wide plan exceeded state wide goals with a 34% in electrical savings and 12% in oil savings. Saved over 980 man hours a year by using technology to solve medical community monthly communications to geographically separated units (GSU’s). Held the highest unit retention rate within the state.

Raytheon Company Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Sr. Electrical Engineer II and Supply Chain / Quality Assurance Engineer

24 years of DoD manufacturing, proficient with schematics, production schedules, Mil Std / ISO requirements and lean manufacturing.

Participant in the Integrated Product Team (IPT) to: reduce the vendor base, create a preferred parts list, preferred vendor list, and develop long term agreements with core vendor base, project savings of $1.6M.

Collected data of vendor and internal manufacturing discrepancies, tracking of corrective actions, responsiveness, quality rating of vendors, continuous improvement initiatives, as well as other metrics to brief the Division President and senior staff regularly on various program issues, resolutions and timelines.

Evaluated companies and inspected / audited their facilities to Military Specifications (MIL-I-45208), ISO9001 and any additional requirements for Raytheon’s ship to stock program and Purchase Order.

Verify supplier qualifications, manage and report vendor quality rating and any financial issues, verify all quality notes, purchasing notes, policies, special processes and directives are followed by the vendor. Investigated root cause analysis for inferior / incorrect product. Implemented, tracked and verified vendor’s corrective actions to vendor and internal manufacturing faults. Conducted Source Inspections, as well as First Article Inspections.

Optimize cost efficiency - best value parts for RADAR, missiles, electronic ground equipment and communications Wrote inspection criteria and procedures for all incoming inspection and direct shipping from vendors to stockroom, verified inspector’s findings, corrected product faults, worked on the Material Review Board (MRB) for procession of product into stockroom, verified repairs met DOD standards.

Project managed the connector, cable and hardware issues for the Greek PATRIOT program, resulting in early delivery and bonuses for the program.

Focused on reduction of the vendor base, created a preferred parts list, preferred vendor list, created and worked with Purchasing on Request for Information (RFIs) / Request for Purchase (RFPs), Returned Material Authorizations (RMAs) and Statements of Work (SOWs). Tracked high visibility components, scheduled delivery and inspection to manufacturing.

Researched and confirmed program requirements were met in new drawings, verify incoming parts met program material requirements, assisted vendors to meet quality and schedule program requirements.

Teamed with Purchasing, reviewed program requirements to get bulk purchase for soon-to-be obsolete parts for legacy programs and applied lean manufacturing techniques to the manufacturing floor.

Using the Raytheon SAP / ERP / CMMS systems, I investigated and solve part drawing issues with vendors. Created, tracked and implemented Engineering Change Orders (ECOs). Collected, refined and published product data to senior management for product development and quality.

Six Sigma Specialist trained. IPC-J-STD certified.


Salve Regina University, Master of Science in Management

Roger Williams University, Bachelor of Science, Major: Industrial Engineering

Professional Education

U.S. Air Force - Air War College

U.S. Air Force - Air Command and Staff College

U.S. Air Force – Squadron Officer School

U.S. Air Force - Manager’s Internal Control Program

U.S. Air Force - Total Quality Management (TQM) Control Program

U.S. Air Force - AFSO 21, Continuous Process Improvement Program

Raytheon Company - Raytheon Quality Management

Raytheon Company - 6 Sigma Specialists Training

American Society of Quality Control (ASQC) - ISO 9000 implementation

ASQC - 6 Sigma Training


ASQC - Reliability of Manufacturing

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