Richard A (Rick) Benefiel
McKinney, Texas 75070
An accomplished professional with more than twenty years of experience in design engineering along with nine years of experience in real estate appraising. Strong service-oriented background including involvement in many professional, community, and social projects. Dedicated, adaptable, self-motivated, skilled in customer care, communication, time management, organization, attention to detail, prioritizing, meeting deadlines and quotas, and dealing with people in high stress situations.
REASON FOR EMPLOYMENT SEARCH:
To secure a position with an established and stable company that can benefit from my years of experience in product design and customer relations.
POINT INNOVATION/Collins Aerospace (Formerly Rockwell Collins/formerly B/E Aerospace) September 19, 2011 to present.
Business Development Manager/Staffing Director
Create relationships with new vendors and maintain relationships with current vendors to provide professional staffing needs. Supply qualified candidates for vendor staffing needs and following up with necessary contracts and benefit/employment paperwork. Manage and direct all staffing personnel while reporting directly to company Owner/CEO.
Also generating new clients and contracted work for the Technical Resource/Consulting department of Point Innovation. Providing experience and guidance to various engineering design projects as needed and/or requested.
Project Engineering Manager – September 19, 2011 to February 28, 2019
Design and develop new main cabin seat assemblies and components for Collins Aerospace to provide to most major airline companies. Determine mechanical and electrical components necessary for aircraft seat ship sets and build fully constrained seat assemblies to include electrical routing. Research, follow and apply all FAA, Airbus, Boeing and airline specifications. Responsible to quote, schedule and manage multiple programs at the same time. Manage and utilize from 2 to 12 Point Innovation employees at any given time to complete programs from start to finish within agreed timeframe and budget.
SME/Training Coordinator (May 2014 to present)
Coordinate, implement and document all company training. Liaison to Collins Aerospace for coordination and implementation of Vendor training. Develop and author internal employee training at Point Innovation, in addition to assigning and training new SME (Subject Matter Expert) trainers.
IC BUS/NAVISTAR (Contract through Aerotek) – April 18, 2011 to September 16, 2011.
Senior Design Engineer
Manage six employees in the designing and developing of a new IC Bus/Navistar school bus for 2014. Responsible for the design and development of bus structure, flooring, interior and exterior body panels, and exterior trim. Provide experienced design input as well as parametric, UGNX6 CAD data. Also set up and assist in running FEA and structural analysis and reviews, design reviews, and assembly integration. Responsible for all prototype, testing and part approval.
VALEO SYLVANIA (Contract through Total Technical Services) – July 19, 2010 to April 8, 2011.
Senior Design Engineer
Designing and developing the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Headlamp to include all product and UGNX5 CAD development in collaboration and cooperation with the Corvette design studio personnel and General Motors engineering teams. Also supported this program for the first 5 months in the capacity of R&D Engineer, Project Engineer and Program Manager until resources for these roles became available. I also served at the Teamcenter coordinator for all General Motors programs, which included the import and export of all General Motors files and data.
TECHTRONIC INDUSTRIES NORTH AMERICA INC. - July 7, 2008 to April 9, 2010
1 Design and develop various gas, electric and battery powered tools.
2 Creating 3D, parametric CAD data in UGNX6 and Solidworks.
3 Fabricating prototype parts
4 Testing plastic and steel parts, motors, pumps, and assemblies
5 Coordinating program objectives with other departments
PROFESSIONAL APPRAISAL GROUP – July, 2007 to June, 2008
Real Estate Appraiser
Performed and prepared residential real estate appraisal reports.
CR APPRAISALS – 1999 to 2007
Real Estate Appraiser
Performed and prepared residential real estate appraisal reports. Reviewed residential appraisal reports prepared by other appraisers for various lenders.
Co-Owner of company with spouse
1Full service real estate appraisal company.
2Prepared residential real estate appraisal reports including Single Family, 2-4 Family, REO, FHA, and Review reports for several national and local lenders, banks, and mortgage brokers.
3Reviewed appraisal reports prepared by other fee appraisers and provided detailed appraisal reports for Fannie Mae and the State of Indiana.
GUIDE CORPORATION –1993 to 2006
Senior Lead Design/Project Engineering Manager
1Design/project engineer coordinating new exterior lighting designs as a liaison to General Motors, Ford and Chrysler
2Responsible for the guidance and supervision of all Unigraphics CAD designers and design activities as they relate to an assigned program
3Supervise and assist in the UGNX4 Cad data development to include checking files to determine proper content and adherence to standard parametric data practices
4Assist in the development and implementation of all prototyping and testing
5Responsible for the development and implementation of all component and assembly GD&T.
6Assist in product validation and assurance of meeting all Federal legal criteria
MULTIPLE ENGINEERING – 1986 to 1993
Contract designer for General Motors at Guide Corporation prior to hiring as permanent employee
1Designed exterior lighting components for mostly General Motors automobiles. Served as liaison between engineering and production
2Designed all types of lighting components for General Motors and other automobile brands
3Started exclusively on drafting board
4Worked in the Corporate Graphics System (CGS), GM’s version of a wireframe/sheet body based CAD design system
5Worked in Unigraphics for five years utilizing UG to build parametric, feature based, solid model automobile lamp component data to be used in the making of molds for injection molding machines.
6Worked in Pro-Engineering for nine years designing and modeling headlamps and tail lamps including assembly and component detail drawings
7Worked in studios and technical centers during packaging stages assisting in development of new products
8Provided expert analysis in product development
9Modeling solid data for product mock-ups and testing
10Provided in house customer support for sales and marketing staff by attending many developmental and cost meetings as the company representative
11Set up and ran weekly meetings with core engineering departments to facilitate the input of all engineering expertise
12Spent time on production line at manufacturing facilities utilizing various manufacturing tools to gain hands on experience in the development of better design practices
13Worked with core engineering departments to utilize current test data to develop new design standards
14Participated as a team leader on many committees formed to facilitate problem solving and the improvement of engineering practices
15Performed various corporate duties on a temporary basis including acting as design supervisor, product engineer, and program manager on various occasions
US ARMY – 1983 to 1985
Reported enemy locations utilizing map coordinates for artillery unit.
EDUCATION: Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1981-1982
Lapel High School, Lapel, Indiana, Graduated May 1981.
ENGINEERING DESIGN/CAD SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
At Multiple Engineering and Guide Corporation (Division of General Motors)
1987 – Trained in Corporate Graphics System (CGS), a wire mesh surface/sheet body based CAD system developed by EDS for General Motors. I used this system to develop the cover side only of injection molded automobile lighting products to include head lamp and tail lamp lenses and housings. We used this data to develop drawing views and sections of the cover side data and then finished the core side of the views and sections on the drafting board. I used this system for approximately four years at Guide Corporation.
1991 – Trained in Pro/Engineer (Pro/E), a feature based, parametric solid modeling CAD system developed by Parametric Technology Corporation. I used this system to develop injection molded parts including automobile head lamp and tail lamp lenses, housings, bulb sockets, plastic and metal brackets, aim adjusters, bezels and various other lamp components. I also used Pro/E to create bulbs, PC boards, electrical wiring, electromagnetic ballasts, stamped and extruded closeouts and gaskets, nuts, bolts, screws, studs, and various stamped and extruded steel brackets. I also used this system to develop detailed component drawings and assembly drawings. I used this system for approximately nine years at Guide Corporation.
1998 – Trained in Unigraphics (UG), a parametric solid modeling CAD system that I used to develop injection molded parts including automobile head lamp and tail lamp lenses, housings, bulb sockets, brackets, aim adjusters, bezels and various other lamp components. I also used UG to create bulbs, PC boards, electrical wiring, electromagnetic ballasts, exterior body panels, stamped and extruded closeouts and gaskets, nuts, bolts, screws, studs, and various stamped and extruded metal brackets. I also used this system to develop detailed component drawings and assembly drawings. I used this system for approximately eight years at Guide Corporation.
At Techtronic Industries Inc.
2008 – Utilized UGNX6 and Teamcenter to develop parametric, solid model parts and assemblies in the power tool industry. Utilized UGNX6 to model plastic, steel, die cast, rubber, brass and foam materials used in the assembly and manufacturing of hand and bench top power tools to include, but not limited to: gas, electric and battery powered hand drills, jig saws, circular saws and pneumatic nail guns; table saws, tile saws, air compressors, generators, power washers, power painters and laminate floor saws; 18v HID Spot Light; new patented technology in a real estate lock box designed to open via key, lock combination or key fob; various accessory parts to include nuts, bolts, screws, studs, clips, saw blades, drill bits, hammers, hole saws, knack knives, garden augers, new patented design of spauger bits, forstner bits, wire cone bits and wire wheel bits; medical cast saw with patented, quick release blade mechanism and fully mobile, integrated vacuum system; rechargeable lithium batteries, battery cells, and batter chargers. I used this system for approximately two years at Techtronic Industries Inc..
2008 – Trained in Solidworks CAD system. Utilized Solidworks to revise and further develop CAD modeling data received from corporate vendors and customers including pumps, motors, fan blades, small engines and plastic handles and grips. Also created Edrawings, data translations and revised and updated component detail drawings and assembly drawings to facilitate 3D viewing of parts and product rapid prototyping to downstream users and processes. I used this system for approximately two years at Techtronic Industries Inc..
2009 – Utilized Pro/E Wildfire 4.0 to create and assemble parametric, internal gears and 18kt yellow gold case and bracelet for the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Men’s Watch. I used this system for approximately two weeks at Techtronic Industries Inc.. I took over this product and program from Techtronic Industries Inc. home office in Hong Kong, China so that it could be completed before the customer deadline which arrived during the home office shut down for Chinese New Year. Working at Techtronic Industries Inc. and the power tool industry helped me to further develop a diverse knowledge and skill set in my experience of the mechanical and industrial design of injection molded plastic parts, sheet metal, steel, electronics, air flow and cooling systems, pumps, motors and engines.
At Valeo Sylvania
2010 – Utilized UGNX5 and Teamcenter to develop parametric solid model parts and assemblies for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Head Lamps. Developed and modeled data to include a two color polycarbonate head lamp lens, polycarbonate housing, APEC high heat polycarbonate bezel, new technology polycarbonate LED light guide (LET), six LED acrylic turn signal module, bi-function HID projector and nylon bracket, electronic LED PC driver board, stainless steel mounting bracket, nylon lamp to car electrical connector, corrosion resistant electronic ballast, and various screws, clips and attachment hardware.
At IC Bus/Navistar
2011 – Utilized UGNX6 and Teamcenter to develop parametric solid model parts and assemblies for a 2014 school bus. Developed and modeled data to include various 10-gauge to 22-gauge body panels, structural members, trim and flooring. Also designed and developed various new metal clips and attachment features. Also utilized acquired experience to assist in the review of all injection molded plastic parts to include driver’s compartment panels and exterior lighting products.
At Point Innovation
2011 – Have utilized UGNX9 and Teamcenter to develop parametric solid model parts and assemblies for various main cabin, commercial aircraft seat configurations. This includes the design and development of plastic, sheet metal, machined and cast parts, as well as various electrical components and harness routing.
TRAINING CLASSES AND SEMINARS:
Subject Matter Expert (SME) Training and Certification
Corporate Graphics System (CGS)
Geometric, Dimensioning, and Tolerancing
Red “X” Problem Solving
Corporate “Lean” Training
Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint