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Engineering Manager

Owasso, Oklahoma, United States
May 14, 2019

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Career Summary

I have ** years of experience in various divisions of the aerospace industry, close to 3 years working within the pipeline industry, and am currently working for a defense contractor. I have over 15 years of mechanical engineering experience, including 6 years of management experience. While I have significant knowledge of stress analysis, I have also acquired a strong knowledge pertaining to project management, leadership, manufacturing, and establishing / cultivating customer & vendor relationships (amongst other skills). I have worked on primary structures for rockets, combustor components for aircraft engines, aircraft interiors, robust pipeline tools, and training simulators. While I consider my technical skills to be an asset, my strengths lead more towards leadership, consulting, business development, and interfacing with customers / vendors. My ability to compartmentalize & break down numerous complex problems, communicate well to any audience, and adapt to new situations would allow me to thrive in many career paths.

Core Strengths

Leadership / mentoring / training

Project management

New product development

Mechanical engineering (design and analysis)

Qualification testing (design and execution)

Nonconformance resolution

Procurement and vendor negotiations

Process control and quality assurance

Continuous process improvement

Conflict resolution

Technical writing and presentation

Trained in Lean / Six Sigma tools

Professional Experience

L3 Technologies (AMI) Tulsa, OK

Engineering Resource Manager Oct 2017 - Present

Managing a team of 60 direct reports, consisting of Mechanical, Electrical, and System Engineers, CAD Designers, Test Technicians, and Document Control clerks, all tasked with the design, test, and manufacturing support of training simulators. In addition to reacting to numerous conditional situations requiring action, my tasks include;

Handle conflicts as well as provide necessary feedback / course correction to my team.

Work with Project Engineers and Program Management to verify each program is assigned an adequate amount / talent mixture of my team. Forecast the resource loading requirements based on 12 month projected incoming / outgoing work.

Conduct performance appraisals for each of my reports, identifying development areas / growth opportunities for each team member, using that information to establish individual goals for the current year.

Establish and continually improve design / test processes implemented by the Engineering Team.

Career Highlights:

Grew the engineering staff by 25 engineers in 6 months

Implemented a drawing quality check process to improve first time yield of drawings

Implementing accountability, quality, and performance measures to help guide the engineering team to optimal performance

Mathey Dearman Tulsa, OK

Director of Engineering March 2015 – Oct 2017

Lead a small team of 3 engineers concurrently tasked with product development and existing product improvement related to tools used for cutting and clamping pipe. Additionally, worked to create a foundation of drawings, processes, and procedures that previously did not exist.

Reviewed all designs and drawings, providing corrective actions and guidance as needed. Designed, reviewed, and executed qualification testing / calculations, as well as customer field testing. Wrote and reviewed Parts and Operating manuals. Reviewed patent documentation prior to submittal.

Lead Engineering, Sales, and Production in efforts to seek out and filter through new product /product improvement ideas. Served as the new product development focal point, tracking each discipline on multiple projects, with regards to schedule and cost, discussing recovery plans when necessary, and presenting status / results to the executive team.

Served as member of executive team, providing insight on company matters involving growth and sustainability, diversification, and cost reduction measures.

Career Highlights:

Redesigned the New Product Development process, which the company now uses to determine which ideas / acquisitions / joint ventures to pursue as well as the tollgates with which new ideas must pass through before launch.

Successfully lead the development and launch of multiple new product development / product improvement projects which have the potential to increase annual revenue more than 10%

Worked with Production to improve labor efficiencies on multiple products by 10% or more, as well as implement a template for a quality program.

Created or corrected & updated drawings for over 80% of the existing catalog.

Bizjet International Tulsa, OK

Chief Structures Engineer July 2012–March 2015

Lead a team of 10 engineers tasked with the design and structural substantiation of multiple VIP completion projects on passenger planes. Provided support / oversight to offsite contracting engineering services as well.

Communicated structural design and integrity oversight and guidelines to my team and all other disciplines within the company, as well as to any offsite contracting services. As Bizjet’s structural test lead, I developed, organized, and executed multiple company and FAA test programs to establish component load allowables, as well as derived allowables through calculations.

Participated as a member of the project bid team, calculating the time required to complete potential projects (as well as potential schedule risks), and supplying any sources of secondary costs.

Provided stress analysis support when the team was working at maximum capacity, substantiating the structural aspect of the design package (using a combination of rigid freebody analysis and finite element analysis). Combined analysis and allowable derivation(s) into structural substantiation reports submitted to the FAA.

Career Highlights:

Successfully managed to completion the structural design and analysis portion of four programs (three BBJ 737 and one Airbus A318).

GE Aviation Cincinnati, OH

Lead Mechanical Engineer (Project Engineer) Jan 2011–July 2012

Drove efforts towards final design review of commercial aircraft engine combustor components by consolidating ideas between multi-discipline teams (various engineering disciplines and manufacturing /production). Organized and lead meetings to generate optimal solutions to technical and delivery problems, while staying within schedule, cost, and design parameters. Prepared and presented formal design reviews.

Concurrently, procured hardware for development and compliance engines, as well as component level tests. Engaged the vendors to incorporate any ideas into the hardware design to improve process time, quality, or manufacturability. Established a status rhythm with vendors to receive and process/react to any nonconformances or schedule slip.

Career Highlights:

Decreased prototype production cycle time of a combustor component by more than 30% through engagement with the assembly team and vendors to revise individual component designs/tolerances and define assembly fixtures

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Denver, CO

Lead Stress Analyst JAN 2004–Jan 2011

Provided stress analysis support to primary structures (pressure vessels / thermal protection support system) and secondary structures (covers /struts / brackets) on the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles, as well as the Orion Crew Capsule.

Created high fidelity finite element models to perform various analyses (linear, nonlinear, and buckling) and identify critical locations on the components. Leveraged rigid freebody calculations to check against FEA results, as well as generate margins of safety. Diagnosed and offered dynamic design improvements to boost operational performance and functionality. Gave formal design reviews to company executives, NASA, and the Air Force.

Developed and implemented test programs necessary to qualify major structural components. Generated strain/deflection gage predictions and ultimate load capabilities. Oversaw test data real-time and offered sound judgment decisions in an effective manner.

Career Highlights:

Redeveloped the FEM of the Thermal Protection System Support Structure on the Orion Crew Capsule

Reengineered Atlas V booster tank, developing the necessary stress analysis and required test programs

Rendered hands-on support to multiple secondary structure design reviews with stress analysis and input on design optimization


Master of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering: 2003

University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI

Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering: 2002

University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI

Software Proficiencies

Basic knowledge of Solidworks and AutoCAD Proficient in NASTRAN and FEMAP

Proficient in MS Office (including MS Project)

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