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Engineer Engineering

Bloomfield Hills, MI
November 29, 2018

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James Juriga

***** *** *** ******* *****, MI **025 248-***-****

Senior Engineering Professional

Engineering Professional with extensive experience leading Engineering, Design and Program Management operations within manufacturing environments. Successful building and directing design teams to deliver high-quality, low-cost systems across global manufacturing sites. Highly effective developing and implementing TS16949/ISO9000, Quality systems supporting plant operations. Holder of seven U.S. Patents (suspension / chassis design).

Core Leadership Competencies

Engineering Team Leadership & Collaboration

Product Innovation / Quality Support (5-Why)

Engineering Operations Management

Engineering / Pre-Production System Development

Strategic & Tactical Planning Initiatives

Quality Systems (TS16949 / 6σ / 5s / DVP&R)

Professional Experience

Automotive Consultant February 2015 - Present

Chassis Design Engineer (AM General)

Senior Engineer for Suspension System

Cost reduction concept submissions

Weekly Chassis Team Coordination Review

Generated New Employee “How To” Systems training Materials

Mahindra Engineering – Troy, Michigan

Design Release Engineer / Automotive Chassis January 2013 – November 2014

Senior Engineer for Suspension and Frame Systems

Responsible Frame and Cradle Design adaptations for cost reduction.

Air Spring adaptation to new products.

Provided development support for Bushing and Cradle Mount cost reduction

VIBRACOUSTIC CORPORATION – Plymouth, Michigan December 2012 – November 2013

Product Development / Customer Interface

Senior Engineer for Suspension System Design and Tier I Support

Advanced Program Management / Provided real time TS16949 Audit Support for ongoing certification.

Provided European Product Adaptations to the American Market (bushing design: rates and loads)

TATA Corporation– Auburn Hills, Michigan December 2009 – November 2012

Material Cost Reduction Group / Change / Program Management

Team Leader for Frames, Heat Shields: Chassis Engineering Changes

Cost reduction / Value Analysis concepts / coordinated production implementation

Submitted / propagated over $2,000,000 USD in Chassis simplification / modification concepts.


May 2009 – November 2011

Manufacturer of Medium and Heavy truck parabolic and multi-leaf suspension springs

Design and Manufacturing Engineering Consultant

Resident, on-site leadership for in-house design / APQP capability, software development and cost reduction efforts.

Selected Achievements

Developed proprietary software for parabolic spring profiles serving the specialty vehicle aftermarket.

Generated an estimated $500,000 in cost saving ideas while resident in Mexico.

RASSINI – Plymouth, MI / Piedras Negras, México

1997 – 2009

Leading Tier I OEM manufacturer of light truck suspension coil springs, torsion bars, leaf springs and bushings.

VP of Advanced Engineering (2007 – 2009)

Promoted to lead R&D and product engineering operations with accountability for engineering and design, quality assurance, and ISO/TS16949 certifications. Managed and trained 37-member team of engineers and technicians. Won Editor’s Choice Award from Popular Mechanics magazine for designing proprietary R4Tech suspension system.

Selected Achievements

Secured three U.S. patents by engineering unique operational features for suspension systems vital to growth.

Generated and developed over $7,600,000 in cost savings ideas applied to existing products while with the company.

Reduced ppm by 250 in one year after researching, and implementing high-speed laser CMM (FARO) to inspect product.

Implemented VIC 3D non-contacting strain measurement; replaced strain gages. Resulted in a -70% test time reduction.

Led implementation of TS16949-certified quality management system critical to 94% of firm’s “Big 3” business.

Director of Engineering (1997–2007)

Resident in México (Piedras Negras). Oversaw Product Engineering design for all customers in all facilities (5 Plants / Mexico). Technical liaison for the Hendrickson joint venture (heavy truck spring manufacture).

Selected Achievements

$7.6 million in combined customer cost savings (VAVE) generated by developing new designs and a new bushing design tool which simplified axial, radial, torsional and coning rate projections at a given material durometer.

Achieved TS16949 certification, enabling company to remain Tier I Supplier after QS9000.

Won “Top Tech” Award from Automotive Engineering International for RASCAL Suspension Coil Design Program


1988 – 1997

Product Engineering Manager (1991 – 1997)

Managed Product Engineering efforts for firm’s Suspension division with team of 15 engineers, technicians, and sample-makers.. Received Joseph Eaton Innovation Award for improved product life and customer satisfaction ratings.

Selected Achievements

75% reduction in product design errors achieved by collaborating with customers, local design team, and Manufacturing to develop program status review (PSR) that tracked and managed customer requirements weekly.

Designed first modular suspension that used a parabolic spring (metallic and composite substrate technologies).

Engineering Specialist (1988 – 1991)

Corporate Innovation Center, Oversaw five technicians and CAD personnel supporting Quality Assurance. Recipient 1991 Joseph O Eaton Corporate Innovation Award for R&D efforts; 1 of 3 in the company to win this annual award (4000+ employees).

Selected Achievements

$6 million in cost savings garnered by multiple OEM customer Engineering design changes.

Designed a transversely mounted leaf rear suspension system / SUV market commissioned by Ford Motor Company– this became a lead cover story for Automotive Industries magazine.


Product Engineer / Project Engineer (1980-1988)

Selected Achievements

Advanced Vehicle Engineering Group / Suspension Design: Executed simulation analysis of new suspensions.

Chairman SAE Student Branch; General Motors Institute / Winner 1984 Min-Baja Competition; “Best Design”.


B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, General Motors Institute, Flint, MI / Phi Eta Sigma Academic Honors Student

Certificate: Advanced Management, Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Professional Affiliations / Awards

Chairman SAE Leaf Spring Committee / Member Coil Spring Committee 1997-2010

President Student Branch / GMI, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 1984 & 1985

Recipient of Various Customer Awards: Ford Q1, Nissan Yushu Shoh Excellence Award, Quality Master, Toyota Certificate of Quality Achievement, Chryslers' Gold Award

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