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Hickory, North Carolina, United States
November 06, 2018

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Donald Ingram Gillam

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Hickory, NC 28601 919-***-**** cell

Mechanical Engineer with broad exposure to chemical/mechanical/electrical engineering, computer/IT, mechatronics, ion specific electrodes, machine fabrication and design. 15 years' cumulative experience in research engineering and diverse co-op technical/operational areas (software development, applications engineering, R&D) to complement sound academic credentials. Track record of initiative and leadership; highly adaptable in both independent and team assignments; strong communication skills. Comprehend relationships between business processes and how technical systems contribute to overall corporate objectives. Excellent problem-solving skills.


B.S., Mechanical Engineering, December 2002 North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

honors Graduated magna cum laude GPA 3.729

senior design Track Tensioning Device for Caterpillar Model 277 motor. Co-led group of 5, primarily accountable

project for linkage dynamics calculations. Created unique spreadsheet enabling estimation and tracking of tension. Wrote and presented 30+-page report, including graphics and equations, to class and Caterpillar representatives. Earned an A.

memberships Golden Key National Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Honors Fraternity

computer skill Solid Works, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, AutoCAD, Unix, some MatLab, C++, Python, GXWorks 2 &3, Step 7, Crimson 2.0 &3.0.

EXPERIENCE Corporate Equipment Engineer: Camfil USA, Conover, NC January 2013-Present

Privately owned international manufacturer of industrial air filters. Clients include Cumins and RaceTrac. 80 employees locally and over 3,000 globally..

Responsible for 3-man team tasked with designing and building equipment from concept to installation.

Brought equipment from Sweden and Germany to the US. Installed and adapted the equipment to work with US filters.

Coordinated installation of $1million sewing machine from Sweden including scrap and dust collection system.

Designed and built assembly table that helped first pass yield of HEPA filters improve from 70% to 85%.

Designed, built, programmed, and installed numerous other machines.

Directed and helped teams move equipment around the plant.

Developed positive working relationships with vendors to speed up building process and improve machine quality.

Maintenance Supervisor/Plant Engineer: Camfil USA, Conover, NC May 2005-January 2013 Lead 5-member maintenance and machine shop teams in on-going, preventative maintenance. Scope of responsibilities includes hands-on machine rebuild (from frame up), programming PLCs, machine rewiring, general fabrication (welding, grinding, cutting, etc.), and precision machining.

Slashed cycle time in half (7 seconds to 3.1), markedly reduced wear, improved functioning, and increased machine lifespan (and cleanliness) by designing/fabricating new machines and systems and restructuring existing machines; e.g., designed/built Wire Welder, rebuilt another, and created new alignment system that has been virtually trouble free. Equipped them with new pay-off stand that improved ergonomics tremendously.

Participant in up to 20 Lean events, making what the Lean Team envisions a reality, with astonishing results. Orchestrate the movement of all equipment during Lean events.

Restructured maintenance scheduling system, complete with checklists that were portable and placed conveniently in departments. Results less paperwork, elimination of recurring problems, greater efficiency.

Member, Safety Committee and ISO Committee.

Research Engineer: ChemTronix, Waynesville, NC January 2004-May 2005

Ambitious, proactive, and resolute research company with one office and 7 employees.

projects Although initially hired to re-design (mechanically) a device monitoring amount of silver in water (e.g., in photo processing) hoping to use technology for heavy metals, rapidly transitioned to research and involvement in anything making the product work, including circuit design and computer programming.

Designed machine that was cheaper, simpler, better looking, worked as well or better, and used less wire, fewer parts and was easier to machine and assemble.

Initiated use of aquarium heater and electric thermometer to bring liquid to specific temperature; wrote code for this.

Designed complementary cart unit. Consolidated numerous components (including tanks for fluid storage, plumbing, wiring) onto Rubbermaid cart; modified cart for easy access (making wall panel into a door), mobility, and field testing in small space without drilling holes. Unit is currently being field tested in Seattle.

Mechanical Engineer: Robert Bosch Corp., Charleston, SC Fall 2000, Summers 2001/2002

Co-op position. Investigated manufacturing process, using Failure Modes Effect Analysis; designed tools and solutions for auto parts manufacturer (specifically fuel injectors and ABS units for American cars). Participated in collaborative and team projects with most company departments, specifically with programming, R&D, and machine shop. Learned much about relationships between engineers and those who make their ideas.

projects Wrote and revised documentation on process of building ABS units in the shop. Added file archiving software to Product Quality Instruction, added new gauges, took lubricants out of PQI, and improved/added all missing operations.

Modified/re-designed existing fixtures in shop to hold more new parts needing assembly, capturing time/process efficiency. Worked not with CAD station but with graph paper, a straight edge, pencil, and my own circle template (no compass). Collaborated closely with machine shop.

Designed fixtures to hold every part stocked in sample shop, enabling marking by laser-marker a challenging project with a wide variety of shapes in a tight space.

contributions to Assigned to program new laser-marker to mark everything to certain specifications, using

on-going projects in-place software and laser-marker extremely susceptible to user error increased user-friendliness and accuracy. Archived programs to Bosch Network to ensure back-up safety.

Any number of small projects throughout plant, to include manufacturing or modifying a variety of system gauges, adapter pins, shelf/tool holders, fixtures; implementing new floor layout; replacing torque drivers; and other assembly, process and organizational improvements.

Consultant, Glen Raven Mills, Anderson, SC 2005

Drafted finishing and inspection lines using AutoCAD to meet tight deadline for textile plant.

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