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Engineer Mechanical

Buffalo, NY
October 16, 2018

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Jeremy M. Vail



Resourceful engineer with the ability to creatively solve problems within a given budget. Works well with others to identify and tap into each team member’s skill set in order to effectively and timely accomplish the task. Competent communicator with the ability to create a positive relationship with the end user to ensure the product satisfies their needs. Hands-on and results driven troubleshooter, eager to get involved, learn and take on new responsibility. Solid background working globally in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

Areas of Knowledge

Inventor, AutoCAD, Creo

Microsoft Office suite

Instructional training

Technical writing

Clean room experience

Machining / Fabrication

Precision assembly

Component/Tool Design

Oracle ERP system

Automation/ PLC programming

System/component integration




Panasonic Eco Solutions Solar New York, Buffalo NY (Tesla Gigafactory 2) June 2017 – Present

Equipment Engineer

-Coordinate and manage the installation schedule of equipment, along with start-up and factory acceptance

-Solve equipment issues in production process with the Engineering department and the Quality control department

-Coordinate with Product development and Engineering department for a new product and new technology introduction. Verify that current equipment is capable of the production process needs

-Repair the production equipment and make maintenance plan of production equipment.

-Manage the spare parts of production equipment.

-Plan improvement activity for productivity, quality level and reduction of production cost.

Bosch Automotive Steering LLC, Plymouth, MI November 2015 – June 2017

Senior Product Design Engineer

-North American Design Lead for all variants of GM A2XX APA (axially parallel layout) Electronic Power Steering

-Responsible for releasing steering gear design from early stages of Mule prototypes

-Coordinated/performed all necessary calculations and tolerance stacks to ensure robust design

-Developed the customer release drawings for overall program P-Release

-Develop locally sourced suppliers for sensors, connectors, die casting

-Managed the program to a production ready status and prepared for a successful hand off to an entry-level engineer

-Updated and maintained DFMEA/PFMEA

-Aided with the design solutions to allow our steering gear to meet GM’s 15 year corrosion requirement

-Completed DFSS training, currently working on projects related to my program which will result in a Green Belt certification

-Aided in the development and training of younger engineers in general engineering best practices

Reynolds, Canandaigua, NY November 2011 – November 2015

Mechanical Engineer

-Responsible for overseeing and scheduling the build process of automated bag closure system equipment

(i.e. plastic slider and press to close flexible packages)

-Project Management of machine builds and machine overhauls in house, as well as working with suppliers

-Designed tooling and fixtures to improve machine performance, as well as simplify and reduce pricing

-Designed, installed and serviced customer equipment many of which are located throughout Europe and Asia

-Technical training of customers on proper and safe use of equipment

-Troubleshoot complex electrical and mechanical issues onsite at customers’ locations

-Partnered with Molded Parts Manager to resolve issues and test newly designed molded parts

-Aided in the development of the first child proof closure system on a flexible package

Sefar Filtration, Depew, NY January 2008 – November 2011

Manufacturing Engineer

-Responsible for equipment on the manufacturing floor and the ability to produce quality products

-Update electronic controls; add sensors and safety circuits to OEM equipment.

-Design and build custom automation to increase efficiencies, either stand alone or incorporated into existing equipment. Manage and schedule the maintenance group’s functions.

-Consulted with customers in order to design machines and tooling to give in house manufacturing the ability to produce products that meet their needs and specifications

-Designed, built, tested and installed a one off machine to aid the production of screen printing frames used in the process of making solar cells which reduced labor costs by 66%

-Rebuilt archaic European heat slitting machine by switching from relay logic control to a modern PLC control in order to slit delicate material and reduce scrap from damages

-Communicated with marketing department to provide guidance, technical and engineering support as needed

-Monitored progress of projects, converse with engineers, and review reports to ensure that projects are progressing according to schedule and within budgetary guidelines

-Recommend and evaluate new equipment to ensure seamless integration

-Prepared cost estimates for new equipment to determine the return on investment

-Performed initial start up and validation of new equipment

-Assure continuing compliance of engineering procedures and practices with established market-driven requirements (i.e., Healthcare and Filter elements: ISO 9001, FDA GMP’s; Process Filtration: ISO 9001)

-Ensure that all fabrication equipment meets OSHA and insurance company safety standards

-Assist in the repair, design and upgrade of new and existing equipment

-Responsible for instruction of employees in the proper use and care of production equipment

-Create technical work instruction for new processes

-Implement process improvements to reduce scrap and labor time

-Design tooling in conjunction with application engineering to allow the production of new products with our current equipment

Moog Inc., Aircraft Group, East Aurora, NY August 2007- January 2008

Technician (Contract)

-Assembled and tested main rotor swashplate servoactuator for V-22 application

-Rebuilt damaged incoming units as well as new servoactuators that did not pass validation tests

PCB Piezotronics, Inc. Depew, New York February 2007 - August 2007 Design Engineer

-Designed piezoelectric force and pressure sensors for various applications

-Modified and maintained assembly procedures

-Designed tooling and fixtures to aid with assembly procedures

-Responsible for providing technical assistance for calibration, and assembly

-Performed failure analysis on customer returned sensors as well as sensors that did not pass in house inspection

Ag-Pak, Gasport, New York June 2005- February 2007

Mechanical Engineer

-Designed automatic packaging machine with sewn enclosure

-Developed electro-mechanical and pneumatic components; responsible for proper integration

-Programmed logic controllers, tested and performed initial startup of equipment

-Fabricated and machined components, brackets and guarding


B.S. in Mechanical Engineering SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica, N.Y

A.A.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, N.Y.

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