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Engineer Design

Waterford, Mississippi, United States
100 K
August 15, 2018

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Claude J. Jodoin

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Pontiac/Waterford, MI 48341


Career Summary

Knowledgeable Electrical/Electronics/Quality Design Engineer with over thirty years of industry experience in R&D and Automotive Electronics Production of RF, CAN/LIN, LED/Xenon Lithium Battery Products for Land and Underwater Photography. Experience in Corporate level engineering/design/manufacturing/project management, sales support.

Specializing in full life-cycle multilayer EMC compliant PCB design, for productions assemblies, and test fixtures. As CAE/CAD/CAM Designer/Project Manager, successfully implemented high yield component libraries and design methods resulting in millions of dollars of saving via DFA, DFM. Created and Implemented Design Documentation compliant/conforming to ISO/QS9000 through TS16949 Quality Standards for various Automotive Electronics and Injection Molded Plastics companies. Photography for Web, Magazine and Brochures.

Accurate and confidential design and project management and customer interaction and the creation of quotations, proposals, including purchasing activities for capital equipment and as well as materials.

Ability to work in both independent and team environment. Working experience with Quality & Reliability disciplines (FMEA, 8D, APQP, PPAP).

Technical Skills

“Skunk Works” approach to Full life-cycle design, DFMEA, PPAP, Demings/Taguchi Methods

Analog and digital circuitry PCB design; thermal analysis, 3D Mechanical integration.

Wire Harness, schematic capture/layout CAE tools, component selection, BOM generations, and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design using Altium, Mentor EDA, PADS, Zuken interfacing with 3D AutoCAD Inventor, ProE, Soliworks, Catia, etc.

Component Library Management/Creation including 3D STEP models

Hands on experience in soldering and assembly of prototype designs; Surface Mount Assembly (SMA); experience with soldering irons (leaded and lead-free solder), infra-red ovens, hot plates, hot air re-work stations.

Experience with Circuit design of LED lighting with Linear and PWM control Circuits using Lithium Batterries.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office; Wrike, Windchill PLM, and knowledge of Windows Operating Systems (OS)

Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, presentation), with ability to discuss technical materials with wide range of audiences.

Professional Accomplishments

Development of Foveon Digital Camera & X3 Sensors with Silicon Valley Legends Carver Mead and Richard Lyon

ISO/QS Implementation of Procedures for Automotive OEM's for cost savings and Certification

Implementation of Zero Defect soldering and DFM techniques for high volume electronics mfg.

Authoring over 100 articles on electronics design Founding member of IPC Design Certification Board

Creation and Development of Surface Mount Land Patterns Standards for IPC Manuals

Seminar Presenter, designer, manager, and trainer of over 100 PCB Design Professionals on DFM

Articles published in EE Times, PCB Design, PCB Fab, PCB Assembly, SMTA News

Innovation of Novel Land Patterns for 1500% Solder-ability Increase in High Volume Assembly

High Efficiency Techniques and Procedures for DFA, DFF DFT and PCB Thermal and Signal Integrity

Development of Novel Layout Techniques for High Speed Memory in Medical Field

Creation of Influential Benchmark for Modern PCB Auto-routers

Engineering Thesis on the Thermal Behavior of Planar Copper Conductors of High Current

ISO/QS methods Auditing, Training, Implementation of Documentation CEBOS & Powerway

Technical Sales Representation, Training, Feasibility Studies.

ISO Audit Training and Implementation of ISO/QS Procedures and Processes in High Volume Mfg.

PSI Repair Services 2014 to 2017

Project Manager EDA

Altium Vault PLM, PCB layout, 3D-Electro-Mechanial Engineering design tools. Customer driven reverse engineering and repair of complex sytems for industrial, wind energy, transportation, and military products ranging from 3.3 volt logic controls with FPGA’s, transducers, to MegaWatt IGBT control devices, GTO circuits for Subway Trains and Buses. Coordinating activities of enginerring technicians, designers, outside vendors, and purchasing activities with cost and timing controls. Presentations at weekly meetings.

Ikelite Underwater Systems 20013 to 2014


Leading Design/Development Engineering/Test team using SMT/PCBs of Power DC and AC circuits for Underwater Xenon Flash and LED video lighting system with Lithium/NiMH Battery Technologies. Experience with high voltage and current (DC to DC) electrical design, using FETs, IGBTs, Microchip, and TI/Linear Tech. LED drivers for PWM/BuckBoost Circuits. Selected and specifed electrical and electronics components and LED condenser and diffuser Optics. Creation of specss for large test fixture for analysis of beam angle and color performance of current and competitor's optics and lighting systems. Implementation of photographic techniques for data analysis in production and dev. lab. High density/high manufacturability design of PCB's using CAD Sofware and various CAM tools. Led achievement of 50-75% PCB manufacturing cost reductions across several product lines.

Contract Consultant 2005 to 2013

Self Employed

Digital Imaging Production Company, Commercial/Industrial Photography. Various Engineering, Manufacturing, and Quality System projects Automotive Electro/Mech.,under strict Non Disclosure Agreements.Participated in the definition, design, testing, and validation efforts for product realization. Comprehensive documention responsibility generating detailed engineering drawings, Bill of Materials, schematics, manuals and production test plans.Participated in Defined and implemented the E/E hardware development & validation environment (tool sets, standards).Adhered to change management disciplines (change requests, version control, change validation and release) via custom PLM system and software. Managed quality, reliability and failure reporting; drove closed-loop handling of all issues to ensure continuous improvement and to prevent recurrence of failures as part of custom internal PLM software data management.

Results Systems 1999-2005

Quality Engineer

Subcontractor ISO/TS 16949 Quality Audits, PPAP, APQP, Software Implementation, Continuous Design improvements, Documentation, etc. for numerous local companies involved in Automotive Parts Production. Plastics, Brakes, Machined Components, Packaging, Electronics, High Volume Manufacture, PowerWay and Cebos software training.

Excel Circuits 1998 to 1999

Production improvements, Quality Engineer Excel Circuits (contract) ISO/QS Procedures, manual authoring, etc.

Design Linc/Electro Linc 1996 to 1998

Design Manager

Service Bureau Job Quotations, Customer/Sales Liaison, Engineering Training, Authoring of QS 9000 Manual, implementation of Quality System leading to successful ISO/QS certification. Trained PCB designers using Mentor, Zuken and ProE software.

United Technologies Automotive 1983 to 1996

Design Group Supervisor

CAD/CAM 2D/3D implementation for various plastic housings, sensors, Printed Circuit Boards, for Ford, GM (received QSP Award for RF design), Nissan, Honda, BMW. Innovation of various packaging methodologies, including implementation of SMT and Hybrid Technologies with LTH. Creation of novel non-IPC rules and libraries resulting in 1,500% decrease in solder defects. Testing and selection high speed assembly in plants. Training of Engineers in proper Schematic capture, simulation and Mech. Database mgmt. PCB designers and usage of network data sharing. Installation and maintenance scheduling various output devices for other departments. Worked with Production Purchasing and Vendors on cost reduction measures fed back to Engineering as up front DFM methodologies. Implementation Signal Integrity methods. Implementation of Continuous Improvement methodologies in tune with QS/ISO standards.Technical SMT/PCB Design. Worked with Design and Mfg. to improve current and new products related to processing. Helped development and execution of expanded or new facility locations. Created and adhered to variable, fixed budgets and capital allocations for PCB operations. Reviewed and guided the internal quoting process. Directed, coordinated, and evaluated vendor capabilities and Quality System processes and conformity for Production Plant in Tampa, Florida.

Medical Data Systems 1981 to 1983

Design Engineer

R&D of High Speed Memory and Digital Video systems Schematic and PCB design for CT scan equipment. Production re-designs for improved manufacturability.

Irwin International 1980 to 1981

Sr. Designer & Industrial Photographer

Design of Gate Arrays, PCB's, and Servo Controls for Computer Hard Drive. Photographed Class 100 Assembly line and all Senior Management personnel for worldwide marketing and PR efforts. Specified and purchased Process Camera and darkroom equipment for the manufacture of Hybrid Circuits.


Countless Books, Articles, White Papers, Software and Seminars in EE Design/Manufacturing Industry

PPA Certified Professional Photographer

Quality Seminars and Countless Plant Visits for Design Feedback

Current/Former Member Audio Engineering Society, IPC, SMTA, PPA, AIAG

Zero Defect Soldering Training

QSO/ISO Auditor Training and Certification

BSEET O.I.T. (Real World Applications)

WSU (Math, EE and Humanities)



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