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Engineering Manager

Clio, Michigan, United States
August 24, 2018

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Ronald E. White ***** Summit Drive, Novi, MI *****

(C) 248-***-****

Operations Manager

Visionary ‘Operations Manager’ with extensive experience in the automotive and alternative energy industries. Proven leadership abilities and technical skills in engineering and manufacturing to generate quantifiable, bottom-line results. Proficient with ‘Lean Manufacturing’ methodologies to build a Safety Culture, increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve quality. Unprecedented leadership in partnering with unions and unrepresented workforces to get phenomenal business results, leading to and sustaining profitability. A highly respected and trusted industry “People Leader” with the ability to redefine processes and improve products.


Business Unit Manager - Mack Engine Plant

Fiat Chrysler Automotive, Detroit, MI

July 2014-Current

Manage machining and engine assembly operations. Responsible for machining raw castings to finish through a line of CNC Machinery. Oversee Unit Leaders across all shifts, comprised of 3 crews. Indirectly lead hourly personnel to deliver on-time, under budget, with defect-free quality on Engine Blocks and Heads. Successful in achieving Bronze Status for our World Class Manufacturing System assessment in 2016 and now positioned for Silver. The only plant in FCA Powertrain that has made build for 27 consecutive months, under budget. Currently preparing Kaizen Projects for Silver Assessment in December 2017. Hit all department KPIs in 2016 and currently on-track for 2017, but more importantly, increased the level of People Engagement. Created projects to attack all losses for the previous 3 Quarters.

Plant Operations Manager

GSI Group-Assumption, Ill-AGCO Corp.

Dec. 2013-July 2014

Lead operations for a $300M/year Grain Bin manufacturing plant. Integrating ‘Lean Principles’ into the manufacturing footprint, increasing productivity, OEE, reduced costs, improved delivery schedule, and decreased Safety incidents. Launched Business Plan Deployment Strategy to further engage leaders & associates into operations. Developed a disciplined Problem Solving organization by coaching and teaching the ‘5-Whys’. Developed Business Unit Managers (direct reports) by doing a DISC assessment and hired outside professional coaching services. Changed the culture to positively impact the bottom-line. Left company to return to Detroit area.

Energetx Composites, LLC-Holland, MI

Director of Operations-Manufacturing

Feb. 2013-Jun. 2013 (Company went bankrupt)

Led a team of salaried/hourly manufacturing employees to build fiberglass composite Wind Turbine Blades and other molded parts. Integrate lean strategies to reduce lead-time, decrease costs, improve quality, and build team spirit. Responsible for Materials, Purchasing, Manufacturing Engineering and Manufacturing Teams. Reduced Blade manufacturing cycle time from 5.5 Days to 3.0 Days in a 10-week period. Developed Business Plan Deployment system to engage production team into every aspect of the business. Changed the manufacturing culture by integrating principles of Lean Manufacturing. Introduced Layered Process Audits, Countermeasure System, People Recognition Program, and refined the Training Plan and Matrix. Improved employee retention metric. Tracked and updated ‘Colored Line Events’, Standardized Work Combination Tables, and Cycle Trackers.

General Motors/Delphi Automotive - North America Technical Center - Warren, MI (Retired)

Manufacturing Engineering General Supervisor- Pre-Production Operations-Machining, Tooling & Stamping

2002 – Jul. 2012 (Total of 33 years with GM/Delphi)

Coordinated all department activities relative to manufacturing and engineering requirements to support the Body Engineering Center (BIW), the Structural Development Laboratories, the R&D Activity, and the General Assembly Center. Coordinate all training activities for Metal Model Maker’s, Apprentices, and Skilled Support Operators. Hired and trained hourly and salaried employees to support departmental needs. Co-developed manufacturing metrics and monitor performance to business targets on a daily basis. Conduct layered audits weekly to identify opportunities for continuous improvement. Reduced operational costs through strategic planning, rigorous execution and tracking, and partnering with the UAW to implement lean manufacturing. Delivered BIW Weld Tools on-time for each Integration and Mule program without fail. Never missed a Start of Build, in terms of timing.

Subject matter expert for ‘Lean Manufacturing’. Implemented the Global Manufacturing System (GMS) to the engineering shop floor and created a lean workforce that supported the elimination of waste. Lean Manufacturing integration included Standardized Work, Problem Solving, Continuous Improvement, Process Development, Value Stream Mapping, and 5S Workshops. Instructed Standardization, Problem Solving, and Lead-Time Reduction classes.

Managed the CNC Machining Group, Inspection Activity, CMM Team, Laser Team, Bench Group, and BIW Weld Tool Team. Responsible for manufacturing dies, parts, Test Lab Fixtures, R&D Projects, and Checking Fixtures. Led the department in transitioning from a 60% loss disposition to a 5% profitable operation, over a 3 year period.

Created new manufacturing methodology for producing material test samples that made GM an industry leader in the arena of Torsion and Tension Testing. $25,000 Suggestion Award. Created and sustained a ‘GMS Showcase’ in CNC Machining Area, which demonstrated the application and execution of corporate manufacturing principles. Held office of Vice-Chairman of the Professional Managers Network, for the GM Tech Center. Past member of the Warren Community Relations Council. Taught physics to Bates Middle School students through the ‘A World In Motion’ project.

Engineering Manager-Core Latch Group-Delphi Automotive Systems-Troy, MI

2000 - 2002

Managed a $58M budget to supply latches to GM, Ford, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, and Fiat. Launched a plethora of new programs simultaneously, with a reduced engineering workforce. Responsible for technical correctness of all new Latch programs. Created and updated all Latch DFMEA’s. Coordinated all Product Design and Drawing Reviews with technical staff. Developed a Global Bill of Design process for Global Engineering. Integrated ‘Lean Engineering’ principles into the Troy Engineering Center, including Workplace Organization and Visual Controls. Champion for leading 5S workshops throughout the facilities. Quality Network Representative for 4 Body Hardware manufacturing plants. Certified as an Internal Auditor for QS9000. Head minority engineering recruiter for Delphi Interiors.

Superintendent-Engineering Shops-Delphi Interiors Division-GM Tech Center, Warren, MI


Managed the most efficient and effective prototype shop at the GM Tech Center, according to the metrics. Responsible for managing a $10M budget and leading 100 skilled trades employees and a salaried staff of 13 employees.

Supplied prototype parts (Seat Adjusters, Door Latches, Window Regulators, Door Modules, Power Door Closers, Hinges, Test lab Fixtures, Interior Trim, and R&D projects) to Delphi Engineering, GM, Lear, Ford, and Chrysler. Responsible for making the operation competitive with outside job shops. Always profited $1M+ to budget. Unprecedented grievance history…2 grievances over a 4 year period.

Sr. Supervisor-Engineering Shops-Fisher Body Central Engineering, GM Tech Center


Responsible for manufacturing hardware samples and supervising Metal Model Maker’s in the Engineering Shops. Transformed low producer’s into productive employee’s through leadership skills and accountability strategies.

Sr. Designer-Research & Development-Fisher Body Central Engineering, GM Tech Center


Responsible for creating and designing new mechanical and electrical concepts for product engineering.

Metal Model Maker-Apprentice/Journeyman-Fisher Body Central Engineering, GM Tech Center


Responsible for matriculating through the apprenticeship program that taught the basics of manufacturing prototypes through machining, die making, inspecting, blue-print reading, and metallurgical sciences. Graduated top of the class.


The Northwood University Midland, MI

BBA-Business Management-Magna Cum Laude 2004

W/Honors 3.84 GPA

President and Deans List Certificates

Macomb Community College Warren, MI

AS-Manufacturing Technology, 1984

Journeyman Certificate, 1982


University of Michigan Flint, Michigan

Middle Management Core Training, 1990

Ordained Minister, 1999

General Motors University Warren, Michigan

7 Habits of Highly Effective People Seminar, 2003

Financial/Budget Management, 1994


Leadership Customer Focus

Public Speaking Value Stream Mapping

Project Management Integrity and trust

Engineering Management Microsoft Office

Lean Manufacturing Team Center

Problem Solving Journeyman Metal Model Maker

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