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Engineer Project Manager

Los Angeles, California, United States
February 04, 2019

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Chuck Kelecic, PMP

Escondido, CA ***** Mobile: 858-***-****

Engineering Project Manager

Delivering excellence in multi-disciplinary project management services for information technologies, power utilities, solar power, manufacturing processes, and facility infrastructure


Highly regarded for saving companies millions of dollars by using lean and continuous improvement methodologies to analyze, plan, and implement solutions that streamline workloads and reduce bottom line costs achieving the lowest cost of ownership. Hands-on, cross-discipline expertise in executive business management with a strong financial background and expertise in achieving cost reduction benefits. Interact with senior level management and influence actions / decisions of others via positive interpersonal skills. An excellent communicator, collaborator, and change agent with vision, flexibility and strategic thinking.

Core competencies include:

Cost Reduction specialist

Continuous Improvement Expert

Energy Saving Strategies

Construction Management

Project Management Professional

Six Sigma Blackbelt Certification

Facility Infrastructure Improvements

Construction Quality Management

IT Hardware / Software / Wireless

SCADA / CMMS Implementations

Certified Software Project Manager Expert

Certified Manufacturing Engineer

Strong financial background in budgeting, controlling expenditures, and cost analysis with proven expertise in achieving superior value engineering cost reduction benefits. Ability to effectively interact with senior level management and influence actions/decisions of others via in-person or via technical writing skills. An excellent Communicator, Collaborator, and Change-Agent leader with vision, flexibility and strategic thinking. San Diego county positions sought.

A U.S. Citizen with international experience managing customers & facilities in France, Spain, England, and Germany.



Principal: Project Management Consultant

- Engineering Consulting: Provided diverse full-scope technical planning, risk review, financial analysis and operational assessments based upon Six Sigma and Voice of the Customer principles targeting Project Management, Manufacturing, Facilities, Civil Engineering, Construction, and Transportation.

Major Customer Consultations:

EMG CORPORATION – Ownings Mills, MD 2016 - 2018

Engineering and Environmental Consulting for Commercial and Public Housing Real Estate

Project Manager

Analyzes existing building structures to discover issues at a site, identify options, make recommendations regarding functional obsolescence, develop costs, and timeline decisions to replace and repair based on industry experience. Develop analytical report for building's property management including Property Condition Assessment, Real Estate Due Diligence, ADA, and HUD-RAD in conjunction with client's goals and regulatory environment.

Provided client report reviews and corrections of the end product.


Military Project Management Consultant

Prime Contractor’s Onsite Superintendent at Navy Coronado Island, San Diego, CA

Oversight of contractor’s installation of two one-megawatt generators

Provided daily client safety and construction status reports.

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC / SQUARE D – Palatine, IL 2009 - 2014

Power Management and Controls

Senior Project Manager – Solar Power & Power Monitoring

- Project Sales, Development, System Design, Resource Allocation, Contractor Oversight, Accounting

Managed 15-person software electrical engineering team for 18 months in the installation of $8M Power Monitoring SCADA System for 16 newly installed dock-side electrical sub-stations for the Advanced Marine Power at the Ports of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, and the Port of Hueneme providing shore-to-ship power for all sea container terminals. Designed a User Acceptance Testing management software server. Award winning team achieved a 62% contribution margin. On-site, hands-on design and training of contractor workforce for constructing solar power system for a 60kW ground-mount solar power plant and SCADA for the Union Pacific Railroad at Joliet, IL Sea Container terminal.

Provide consulting guidance and project management in renewable energy projects and SCADA power monitoring.

Sales and field support showcasing Schneider’s Solar Power capabilities.

Lead a team of field software engineers in the design and installation of utility power monitoring SCADA systems using Iconics, SMS, and TopServer software engines that interact with IP monitor and control devices.

Delivered internal cost controls via integrating energy metering for large scale data centers at United Healthcare, DuPont Fabros, and Apple Computers.

SILIKEN RENEWABLE ENERGY – Carlsbad, California 2008

Solar Power Panel Manufacturing and System Integration; Spanish-owned company

Director of Operations

- Executive Management, Business Planning, Sales, Project Development, Business Development, Project Management, Design, Biding, Contractor Oversight, Construction

Overview: provided all sales, engineering and operational functions of a new USA-based solar power manufacturer and integrator.

Management: Provided New Business Start-up guidance for a Spanish solar power panel manufacturer and integrator by opening a San Diego, California manufacturing plant and Corporate Headquarters.

Trained and managed three Directors of Business Development, developed client relationship with potential customers, provided feasibility studies, and produced customer presentations.

Prepared detailed equipment specifications and authored bid proposals. Conducted reviews and inspections of existing power requirements and made recommendations for improvements.

Engineering: Design Engineer and author of Request for Proposals (RFP), perform Site Visits, collect and analyze customer data, review aerial photos and layout solar fields, select components, cost-out project and author Bid Responses. Developed standardized proposals to create accurate scheduling, shorten turnaround time, and control costs. Utility-grade project design work up to 45 megawatt / $250M project value.

Pricing Support & Cost Accounting: construction costing for rooftop, ground and carport mounting methodologies, Solar Integrator/Vendor vetting, bidding, and component procurement, civil work, permitting and installation costing. Negotiate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) funding and evaluate vendors and their products.

Business Development Manager training and managing three Directors of Business Development, developed client relationship with potential customers, provided Feasibility Studies and making customer presentations.

Operations: purchasing, developed order processing methods, website design, company brochure design, software selection, desktop & server backup, automated disaster backup, & facility layouts.

Manufacturing: Solar Panel UL certification, factory work flow, component procurement and warehousing.

INLAND EMPIRE UTILITIES AGENCY, Chino, California 2007 Municipal Waste-water District

Solar Consultant / Owner's Representative

- Project Manager, Design, Biding, contractor Oversight, Construction, Waste Water Treatment, Biomass, SAP

Owner's Rep for 3.5 megawatt Solar power plant design and procurement of four tracker-type solar plants.

Performed feasibility studies, authored Request for Proposal, vendor bid review, Board of Director’s Vendor Selection Recommendation and the Award of the $32,000,000 Contract.

PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT, Laguna Woods, California 2004-2006 Community Property Management

Senior Engineering & Business Analyst

- Planning, cost justification, recommendations, contracting and construction management

Corporate-level engineer providing Board of Directors with realistic analysis and proper long-term recommendations for major maintenance and construction of condo & public facilities throughout Laguna Woods Village consisting of 12,733 housing units on 2,100 acres with a valuation of over $8 Billion.

Project Manager for high value facilities, including refueling stations, elevator restoration, theater audio & seating renewal, energy conservation, life-safety systems and other municipal-scale projects.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY / FEDSOURCE, Brea, California 2004-2006 Federal Contracting Office

Construction Engineering Manager & Business Development

– Federal Contracting Office engineering adviser providing architectural, engineering, business development assistance and owner's representation to nationwide Federal Agencies and Military Bases

Project Manager for installing US Government's second largest solar photovoltaic power system at Navy Pearl Harbor Hawaii Hanger 54 rooftop generating 309 kilowatts. $3.2M project value.

Extensive large-scale experience in complex design, scheduling & construction on over 20 military bases

Coordinated work assigned to Indian Nation construction projects.

Building renovation/demolition, solar voltaic systems, power system upgrades, transformer replacements, UPS Generators, environmental remediation, facility energy efficient lighting, and HVAC retrofits.

Construction of taxiway at March Air Force Reserve Base, CA and a training “dirt-airstrip” at Fort McCoy, WI

Guided government’s Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) via Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) in the review of incoming customer work requests, selection of proper contract vehicle, and management of Field Engineers. Provided Earn Value Analysis and contractor payment authorization.

Provided prompt customer support and cost-effective design for bid and vendor analysis, process improvement, site assessment and site work verification; authored Statements of Work, process design/improvement scenarios with metrics to track and control the process.

FIRST AMERICAN CORPORATION: Santa Ana, California 2003

Real Estate Title Insurance

Information Technology Consultant

Developed data center's Financial Model & Pricing Structure for company’s new retail hardware/software.

EBI ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS: Los Angeles, California 2002 Property Condition Analysis

Property Condition Engineer

Performed large-scale commercial building pre-sale Due Diligence analysis for real estate property lenders by completing Property Condition Assessments per ASTM E-2018 standards including Phase 1 reviews.

MOTOROLA - World Headquarters, Schaumburg, Illinois 1984-2001

Telecommunications / Electronics – 1 million sq ft office & factory

Information Technology Manager (1998-2001)

- Managed IT operations for the Facility Department that covers of 1,300,000 million square foot and 5,000

employees at the corporate campus.

Earned the Motorola Worldwide Recognition Award (Best one out of a thousand employees).

Software Development & Deployment

Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) analysis and installation of a system that managed one-thousand maintenance and repair work orders per month within the facility; also tracked major facility equipment and subsystems (maintenance history with development of a reoccurring maintenance schedule and forecast of future failure expenses) using TMA Systems. Maximo Implementation Analyst.

Enterprise-wide SDLC development of the Global Real Estate Asset Management Database Software Development - led Team of 13 international managers in the creation and deployment of real-time software managing over 750 worldwide facilities. Performed User Acceptance Testing on this software which has since been released as a retail product.

Ariba procurement software testing and implementation

OSHA Material Safety Data emergency rapid electronic distribution function across a large facility.

IT Services Management

IT Help Desk: Developed quality metrics; managed servers, desktops and data warehouse systems.

Video Conferencing: Designed and deployed standardized facility requirements, equipment and web sites.

Web-based Conference Room Self-Reservation System reducing costs by $70,000 per year.

Implemented NT Data Servers, workstations, data backup, website

Managed Motorola's National Crisis & Disaster Management Deployment hardware.

Engineer Mentoring, training and personnel reviews.

Corporate Asset Manager: Industrial Real Estate (1995-1998)

- Facility Management: Planning, Facility Consolidations / Relocations, Cost Reduction, Construction

Real Estate Development and Portfolio management as owner's representative of over 80 remote-site offices, field service centers, and distribution warehouses throughout the USA and Europe.

Developed an award-winning, six sigma, Rapid Real Property Disposition Process.

Construction Project Manager: real estate development, design, and construction of the new sole Federal Radio Repair Facility in Washington, DC. Designed a new facility with new production methodologies that decreased repair labor costs by 30% and had the lowest company-wide facility operating cost.

Environmental Engineering work providing Phase-1 studies and managing Phase-2 remediation.

Facility Engineer (1993-1994)

- Facility Support Services: Project Management, Design & Construction, Space Planning, Fit-out

$5 million of internal construction projects; provided the operational design, bid & review, contract-construction-payment management, secured bids, negotiated pricing, terms and management of external contractors. Also provided space planning, furniture layout, procurement and budgeting.

Data center and electronic laboratory construction involving HVAC, fire/life-safety upgrades, chillers, power system enhancements and environmental remediation.

Fast-track construction of 43,000 square foot building at $1,000,000 under budget, and ahead of schedule.

Upgraded expanded sprinkler/fire alarm system covering 100,000 sq ft factory section.

Systems Engineer (1986-1992)

- Electronic Equipment: Product Development, Production, Installation, Customer Service, Data Center, Base Station Cell Sites, Business Development, New-Engineer Mentoring

Engineered cellular telephone building layout and construction, including nine data centers / Main Telephone Switching Centers (MTSO), telecommunication interconnect technology, AC/DC power conversions, Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS): battery & diesel generator backup, RF/microwave systems, towers, antennas, FAA filings, and as-built documents.

Advanced Technology Manufacturing Engineer (1984-1985)

- Product Development, Design for Manufacturability, Lean Manufacturing, high volume electronics.

Technical Operations and Quality Assurance Engineer liaison providing quality assurance for the Product Development Design group involved in Printed Circuit Boards and two-way Radio Communication Stations.

Provided training to instill “Design For Manufacturability”, “Design For Assembly” and supply chain shipping.

Saved the company over $100,000 annually by redesigning cellular base stations to lower construction costs.


Lead Manufacturing Engineer: Peacekeeper (MX) Ballistic Missile Program,

- Low Volume, high quality, Aerospace, Military, National Emergency Production Status, Nuclear Weapon Component Prototype Development to Production, Full Development Cycle

Prototype Design & Manufacturing Engineer for the MX Ballistic Missile Umbilical System; developed process, selected vendors, reviewed contracts, trained production/quality personnel and assembled systems.

Production of components for TOW missile, Boeing 757 fuel system, and other aerospace products.

Relocated entire engineering and aerospace production facility from California to Illinois.

Quality Material Review Board engineer analyzing out-of-specification components and developing quality aerospace supply-chain procurement.

Received US Air Force "Best Subcontractor" Award received for achieving quality and cost objectives for the MX Ballistic Missile Program.

SIGNODE, Glenview, Illinois

Industrial Engineer / Methods Analyst

- High Volume Strapping Material and affixing Machines, Environmental Management

Lean Manufacturing saved $508,000 by reducing scrap reduction on rolling mill, slitter, & CNC operations.

Reduced plant-wide chemical waste by over 90%.


Manufacturing / Facilities Engineer

- New Product Design and Facility Deployment for High Volume, Environmental Management

Designed manufacturing lines, automated distribution warehousing system, coolant filtration, and waste handling for a new 430,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art gasoline fuel injection manufacturing plant for Ford Motor.

FEDERAL-MOGUL CORPORATION: Bearing Co. of America, Greensburg, Indiana

Manufacturing Engineer

- Machining, Assembly & Packaging, Environmental Management, High Volume, Full Production Cycle

Utilized Lean Manufacturing techniques; saved $120,000 by developing automated robotic assembly machines, testing, and packaging. Experienced in high precision screw machine, grinding, broach and honing operations.

Originated project to install one of the world’s first automated commercial YAG lasers into the production line.


Certified Project Manager / Project Management Professional (PMP): The Project Management Institute

Software Project Management Certification – Expert Level (CSPM): ExpertRating Global Certifications

Certified Six-Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB): Motorola-Trained, Lean Trained: ExpertRating Global Certifications

Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE): The Society of Manufacturing Engineering

Technology Expertise: MS Project, Primavera, AutoCAD, Visio, SmartDraw, Filemaker, Maximo, and TMA Computerized Maintenance Management System, with experience in Oracle, SAP

Municipal Waste-water Operators License; State of Kentucky

Real Estate Agent Licenses – Former Commercial / Industrial Property management in multiple States

U.S. Corps or Engineer’s Construction Quality Management for Contractors Certification (valid thru 6/2021).

OSHA 30 Certification


University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois

Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Specializing in Manufacturing & Finance

Rock Valley College, Rockford, Illinois

FAA Airframe & Power Plant Mechanics (A&P) Program,

Licensed Private Pilot with Instrument Rating

Motorola University Continuing Education Program:

Lean, Six Sigma Quality, Kaizen, Facility Management, Quality Circles, Successful Negotiator, Dale Carnegie Management, Covey Personal Leadership, Interpersonal Skills, Risk Management, Government Contracts, Building Construction Management, Continuous Improvement, Dealing with Difficult People, Effective Leadership

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