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Production Manager

Varna, IL
September 05, 2018

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David M. Smid

**** **** ******** **. *****, IL **375 / 815-***-**** /

Production, Maintenance & Safety Management Professional with experience in plant start-up & commissioning, research & development, large-scale production, chemical operations, training & supervision of personnel. Extensive experience in plan maintenance R&D and production within the chemical, electronics, biochemical, and agrochemical industries.

Key strengths include:

Quality and productivity improvement techniques include Six Sigma, 5-S system, KPI’s, Visual Management, clear X to Y by When goals, Internal and external auditing.

Direction of skilled technical personnel within maintenance and production.

Leadership of teams within safety, quality, production, and maintenance departments.

Drive continuous improvement.


Greenbrier Rail Services – Peoria, IL 2015 to Present

Production Manager

Motivate safety awareness through JHA’s, Daily Toolbox Talks, and Weekly Safety meetings.

Manage thirty production personnel, two foreman, and two maintenance teams, including hiring, performance reviews, and mentor employees.

Schedule production and maintenance plans.

Successful implementation of Computerized Maintenance Module System (CMMS) to track all assets, repairs, preventative maintenance schedules, work orders for plant requirements. Author and drive all Standard Operating Procedures, and Safe Work Practices. Advance maintenance performance by implementing KPI’s to performance from the time of issue through the time of completion. Train and assist maintenance personnel when required.

Effective execution of lead and lag measures, through Visual Management increasing productivity above ninety-five percent.

Create and maintain an extensive production database including records of downtime and both planned and non-planned events to obtain true earned hours.

Continue authoring site specific safety procedures and plant emergency procedures.

Pioneer-Parent Seed – Utica, IL

2012 to 2014

Safety Coordinator

Managed, led, and reviewed Pioneer / DuPont safety programs for local and OSHA compliance including noise and dust monitoring.

Oversaw and scheduled, Ergonomic, First-Aid, CPR, Yearly Audiogram testing, physicals, AED, and other first response training as required.

Assigned safety programs to employees for total plant involvement.

Led PSSR, JSA, TSA, PHA, and MOCs for new and / or existing equipment and plan assessments.

Conducted Safety Audits ensuring personnel, plant, contractor, vendor, and visitor safety.

Utilized SHEM database to enter near miss and injury reports, investigating root causes.

Lessons learned shared with all plant and sister plant(s) personnel.

Developed KPIs (Key performance Indicators) regarding Safety Incidents, Audits, and Programs.

International Titanium Powder – Ottawa, IL

2010 to 2011

Production Supervisor

Conducted and led Safety Audits, assisted the Safety Health and Environmental Engineer to ensure safety.

Collaborated with engineering staff to determine corrective action analysis and equipment failures.

Led PHA's, JSA's, PSSR's, RCA's.

Updated and recommended changes to P&ID's and PFDs.

Emerald Performance Materials – Henry, IL

2005 to 2010

1st Class Chemical Operator (2005-2010)

Achieved Specialty Chemical Class-1 Operator within 9 months of employment.

Received certification in Exterior Brigade Fire Training for Industrial Firefighting thru Texas A&M.

Chosen Safety Committee Chairman.

Aurora Circuits – Aurora, IL

2002 to 2005

QC/Process Engineer / Internship

Identified bottlenecks within the processes, inspected PC boards for defects, and applied necessary changes through collaboration with engineers in order to resolve time and defective product.

After identification of production bottlenecks and personnel capabilities, quadrupled production quadrupled, product quality increased by seventy-five percent, with an annual savings of $32,000.

Connor-Winfield – Aurora, IL

1999 to 2002

Quality/Process Engineer

Created and implemented a nonconformity database.

Setup and troubleshot high-speed robotic/vision process equipment.

Achieved ISO 9001-9002 Internal Auditing certification.

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation – Aurora, IL

1997 to 1999

Production Supervisor

Defined and implemented manufacturing standards & procedures for new business.

Designed and constructed a class 10,000 clean room.

Company representative and technical support to a supplier’s plant.

Right of Invention Disclosures pertaining to semiconductor wafer fabrication.

Amoco Chemical Company – Naperville, IL

1985 to 1995

Lead Pilot Plant Operator / Laboratory Technician

Senior chemical operator of batch, semi-continuous, continuous reactions, and lab analysis.

Collaborated with engineers for installation and modifying reactors.

Developed and authored Standard Operating Procedures.

Patent pending for process to produce Purified Pyromelletic Acid.

Recognition and Outstanding Contribution Award given by the Fiber and Film Business Unit for 2,7 DMN Recovery, Disposal of DMN Isomers, Reduced Warehouse Storage, and PMA Recycle to Sloss for Purification.


DeVry University – Addison IL

BS – Technical Management


Quality Control Programs

A3, 5-why, 5-S, Demand Flow Technology, DPC-TRACC Certified Trainer, Fishbone Analysis, Interactive Chart Utility, IT3, JMP4 Statistics, SPC, cGMP/HACCP, ISO 9001-9002, AAR M-1003 Section J, AAR M-212 / M-214.

Safety Programs

OSHA 30, Chemical Spill Response, Confined Space Rescue, Safety & Research Control Valves, Dangerous Goods by Air, DOT Hazardous Materials, First Aid CPR, Hazmat Employee Response, Hazardous Chemical Safety, EPA Class K Waste Water Treatment Work Operator, Eurotherm Control Systems, FEMA Incident Command System, Hazardous Materials Transportation, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, Lift Truck, Man-Lift, & Track Mobile Certified, Fire Brigade Standard, Rupture Disks and Safety Heads for Over-pressurization Protection, NFPA Dust Explosion Hazards, and Pesticide Applicator Certified.

Specialized Control Programs

Delta V, DCS, VB NET, and PLC

Work Planning and Control Programs

CMMS, Dynaplan, SAP, SAS, 4DX and IBM AS400

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