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Mechanical Engineer / Sr. Engineer / Business Performance Consultant

Chesapeake, VA
October 17, 2018

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Virgil C. Cochran

Chesapeake, VA *****

757-***-**** /

OBJECTIVE: Mechanical Engineer / Sr. Engineer / Business Performance Consultant


** *****, Mechanical Engineer (manufacturing, product design, industrial, applications)

3 years, Sales and Engineering Team Leader (government contracting)

Passport: United States Citizen (issued: 10/16; expires: 10/26)

Work Preference: Hampton Roads Geographic Area


03/13 –07/18, Applications Engineer

Sumitomo Drive Technologies, Verona, VA

Provided subject matter expertise (SME) as a mechanical engineer with 17 years of experience in speed reducer design and applications for industrial as well as precision gear reducers and gear motors

Developed quotes for mining conveyor, wastewater treatment, and USACE dam gate rehabilitation projects, varying by speed reducer size, quantity, and features ranging between $2K and $4.2M, for projects valued at an average of ~$65M annually

Configured speed reducer packages to meet project requirements; performed initial speed reducer selections based on basic reducer ratings - mechanical and thermal; evaluated the next smaller size, with addition cooling features, to test requirements at lower production prices for buyer (client);

Quality assured / verified engineers’ project proposals, including project specifications and drawings from US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); trained new employee engineers on job tasks and responsibilities; verified power transmission shafts manufactured from AISI 4140 steel and AGMA standards applied during manufacturing and assembly

Performed SME engineering, quality assurance, and verification on: ball bearing, cylindrical roller bearing, spherical roller bearing, and thrust bearing arrangements for power transmission shafts; shaft seals types / materials (e.g., standard double-lip nitrile, Viton (fluorine), and polyacrylate seals; grease-purged taconite seals; grease-purged labyrinth seals; cassette seals; braided-packing seals; waste-packing seals); axial- and radial-cooling fans; air-to-oil and water-to-oil heat exchangers, plate-heat exchangers, plus shell and tube heat exchangers; oil immersion heaters; oil splash, oil bath, shaft-driven pump, and motor-driven pump-oil lubrication systems; curved-jaw, flexible grid, flexible-gear, and fluid couplings for high-speed shafts; flexible-gear and rigid moment couplings for low speed shafts; and gear ratios of helical gear pairs and bevel gear pairs

06/07 – 03/13, Product Engineer

Sumitomo Drive Technologies, Verona, VA

Contributed to in-house, proprietary engineering training knowledge database; prepared engineering test procedures and instructions; performed failure analysis evaluations created test reports, resulting in completed failure analysis reports

Provided SME engineering advice to sales, customer service, marketing, and catalog updates; performed quality control (quality assurance) and repair to warranty evaluations

Performed research and development (R&D); completed project identifying a vibration analysis method for pinpointing Cyclo defects, including site visits to resolve noise, vibration, and oil-leak seal problems

Performed quality assurance inspections on installation of reducers per leaking speed reducer seals at water treatment facilities; identified issues (shaft corrosion due to reducers’ environment causing premature oil seal wear) resulting in recommendation for new seal design

Recorded / analyzed temperature variations using temperature guns and thermal imaging cameras, as well as no-load and full-load vibration levels using a vibration analyzer

08/05 –05/07, Engineering Team Leader

Kongsberg Automotive (formerly Capro), Swainsboro, GA

Performed design reviews to evaluate, update, and track Finite Element Analysis (FEA) results, cable travel and load calculations, Design Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (DFMEA) / test plans or Design Verification Plan & Report (DVP&R) for cable projects valued at $5K to $50K as engineering SME

Managed 2-3 facility project engineers for projects; supervised two engineers; researched, analyzed, and resolved problem including schedule delays / conflicts, resource shortages, quality problems; updated project time lines for project scheduling; introduced GANTT charts for production management, resulting in elimination of errors and omissions with 5% improvement for productivity within first month

Conducted weekly project meetings between engineering and sales and engineering managers to discuss work load, demands for mechanical control cables (seasonal); manufacturing schedules for lawn mowers, lawn tractors, lawn trimmers, and golf carts, cables for snow-removal machines, completing an average of 15 cable projects per week; participated in division’s 2007 Engineering Strategy meeting resulting in analysis of existing processes, improvements, and future goals set for performance standards

Served as factory’s engineering SME representative during sales presentations; served as SME advisor during company-wide engineering meetings for three factories; liaised with GA, TN, LA, and TX sites to improve consumer’s outdoor power tools for Husqvarna, Craftsman, McCulloch, Poulan, Weed Eater with modifications, resulting in reduced costs and manpower

Re-established Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) Georgia facilities manufacturing processes (after attrition), resulting in improved production and productivities for manufacturing brake cables and throttle mechanisms sold to golf cart manufacturers Club Car and E-Z-Go

Improved GA’s non-conformance management process resulting in improved ability to identify problems and faster resolutions, resulting in fewer defective products

01/03 – 08/05, Product Engineer

Sumitomo Drive Technologies, Chesapeake, VA

Researched, analyzed, identified, and resolved vibrational issues for reducer housing for client, resulting in retaining client with engineered solutions; visited speed reducer installation sites to resolve noise problems; performed failure analysis evaluations and completed failure analysis test reports

Prepared engineering test procedures / instructions; recorded / analyzed temperature variations using temperature guns and thermal imaging cameras, as well as recorded / analyzed no-load and full-load vibration levels using a vibration analyzer; automated engineering calculations via Excel spreadsheets

Performed orientation to new engineer hires on products, processes, and procedures (2-3 times annually)


Design Engineer

Sumitomo Drive Technologies, Design and Development, Chesapeake, VA

Provided general engineering support and engineered improvements for Cyclo-based products (increased performance or reduced costs), including evaluation of bearing isolators for use in speed reducers

Prepared engineering test procedures / instructions; recorded / analyzed temperature variations using temperature guns and thermal imaging cameras, as well as recorded / analyzed no-load and full-load vibration levels using a vibration analyzer

Industrial Engineer

Stihl Incorporated, Manufacturing Engineering Department, Virginia Beach, VA

Co-ordinated rework operations for defective parts; determined if in-house or external production needed; researched, analyzed, identified issues, scheduled resolutions and corrections to defects; monitor rework progress; update data systems upon completion

Established and maintained part, bill of materials, and routing information in the German Copics SSDV computer system (utilized by Stihl facilities); established, liaised, coordinated, and maintained routing data in US AS/400 system for time studies completed by myself and engineers in Stihl USA and Germany

Performed time studies in the plastics molding, crankshaft, and nylon line extruding departments as well as at sub-assembly stations; provided basic engineering SME advice and support to project and design engineers in manufacturing engineering Department

Completed a Return on Investment (ROI) study to determine whether purchase of a liquid nitrogen system to replace a rented system, resulting in data for a positive ROI of over three years


05/04, Master of Science, Engineering Administration, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA; GPA: 3.38 Courses: Applied Statistics for Engineers, Managerial Economics & International Trade, Operations Research, Management Information Systems, Quality Control & Reliability, Engineering Program & Project Management, Manufacturing Systems Engineering

05/90, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; Courses: Chemistry, Fortran, Calculus, Materials Science, Engineering Graphics, Physics, Ordinary Differential Equations, Vectors & Matrices, Dynamics, Mechanics of Solids, Circuit Analysis, Mechanics of Fluids, Thermodynamics, Applied Electronics, Engineering Economics, Dynamic Systems & Controls, Heat & Mass Transfer, Computational Methods in Mechanical Engineering, Vibrations, Mechanical Engineering Design, Computer-Aided Design of Mechanical Systems, Electronic Instrumentation, Mechanisms Analysis & Design, Finite Element Analysis


2017, Business Performance Metrics Course, LinkedIn Learning (

2017, Balanced Scorecard Course, LinkedIn Learning (

2017, Top Line Analysis with Excel Course, LinkedIn Learning (

2017, Bottom Line Analysis with Excel Course, LinkedIn Learning (

2017, Export Compliance, Sumitomo Drive Technologies

2017, Operational Focus, Sumitomo Drive Technologies

07/08, Certification, Microsoft Project Orange Belt, International Institute for Learning, Inc., New York, NY


AS/400 Information Systems

Autodesk Inventor

Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook

Microsoft Visual Basic

One Drive SharePoint



Salesforce Web-based CRM System

Skype for Business

Vibration Analysis

VSS & WinCarat Web-based Speed Reducer Configurator


2008, Presenter, Vibration Analysis Method for Identifying Cyclo Defects, American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) Fall Technical Meeting (

German - Fluent

2008 – 2013, Gear Accuracy Committee, American Gear Manufacturer’s Association, Alexandria, VA

2008 – 2013, Sound & Vibration Committee, American Gear Manufacturer’s Association, Alexandria, VA

2008 – 2013, Enclosed Drives for Industrial Applications Committee, American Gear Manufacturer’s Association, Alexandria, VA

KEY & TRANSFERABLE SKILL WORDS: Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), AGMA standards, AISI 4140 steel, Applications Engineer, AS400, Automotive Engineer, ball bearing, braided-packing seals, cooling fans, corrosion, crankshaft, Cyclo-based products, cylindrical roller bearing, dam gate, Design Engineer, Design Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (DFMEA), Design Verification Plan & Report (DVP&R), engineered solutions, engineering, errors and omissions, failure analysis, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), GANTT charts, Government contracting, Industrial Engineer, load calculations, lubrication systems, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineer, molding, motor-driven pump-oil, noise vibration, plate-heat exchangers, power transmission shafts, precision gear reducers, product design, Product Engineer, Production management, Project Management, project proposals, quality assurance / quality assured (QA), reducers, research and development (R&D), Return on Investment (ROI), schedules, seal design, speed reducer design, subject expert expertise (SME), temperature guns, test procedures / test reports, thermal imaging cameras, thrust bearing arrangements, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), vibration analysis, warranty evaluations, water treatment facilities

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