Christopher J. Damson
S ENIOR M ANUFACTURING & P ROCESS E NGINEER
Continuous Improvements New Product Development Safety & Quality Project Management R&D
Certified Material Review Board Engineer (MRB)
Incorporating Advanced Information & Manufacturing Technologies to Optimize Productivity and Deliver Substantial Revenue Gains
Performance-driven Senior Manufacturing Engineer with more than 15 years experience in manufacturing and
product/tooling engineering, process evaluation, prototyping, plant operations/production, fabrication, precision
machining, assembly, organizing materials, and lean manufacturing. Propelling breakthrough process, quality, and
productivity improvements programs projected to reduce annual expenses by 10%, while enhancing product quality
and customer satisfaction/retention. Willing to relocate. Drove Performance in the areas of:
Expert at system, process design, and cost reduction strategies ensuring the streamlined operations of client
projects through scope and objective development, preliminary project planning and design; and the determination of
resources and timelines. Known for innovative problem solving and complex technical troubleshooting.
Leading complex, multiphase, and high-profile cross-functional engineering projects driving projects
from pre-development through post-development cycles. Increasing operational profitability and enhanced processes
by implementing state-of-the-art manufacturing technology and best-practice, lean-process, agile methodologies to
reach profit goals. Able to address financial constraints and complicated logistics to overcome project challenges.
“Chris has always displayed a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition. In addition to his excellent
manufacturing engineering accomplishments, he has proven his leadership ability by assisting the design team in
achieving their goals in a complex R&D program. Chris would be an asset to any organization, and I am happy
to give him my wholehearted endorsement.” James Francis, Procurement Manager, Atlantic Inertial Systems
E NGINEERING S TRENGTHS & L EADERSHIP E XPERTISE
Project Engineering Cost Estimates, Project Management Assembly & Test Procedures, Cross-
Management: Functional Team Supervision & Coordination, New Product Management, S pecification
Writing, Timeline Management
Core Expertise: R&D for Manufacturability, Process Engineering & QA Management, MRP, Mass
Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing/Kaizen, Production Standards, Bills of Material (BOM),
Standard Repair Procedures (SRP), Process Improvement, Systems/Equipment Analysis &
Design, Tooling Engineering,
Personnel Coaching & Mentoring, Training & Supervision, Management & Team Motivation, Conflict
PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE
ATK Rocket Center, WV 2008-Present
$4.4B global manufacturer with state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies of aerospace, defense, and sporting products
METROLOGY LAB MANAGER (2011-PRESENT) SENIOR MANUFACTURING/PROCESS ENGINEER (2008-2011)
Promoted to Metrology Lab Manager based on expert technology qualifications in combination with strong performance in
team leadership and project management over large-scale, top-priority, and complex manufacturing initiatives.
Implement and refine calibration processes by applying continuous improvement and lean manufacturing principles
to all areas of production for equipment of calibration services and repairs, ensuring that all products meet
engineering specifications, manufacturing requirements, cost analysis, and resource planning implementation of
high-profile government and corporate client projects.
ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP PERFORMANCE CONTINUED …
Heavily involved in business development, with proposals and contract negotiations cited as key to large contract
wins on projects ranging from $500K to $2M. Increased operational profitability by enhancing processes. Manage 7
direct reports. Key Results:
Delivered profit-improvement solutions valued from $200K to $1M per year through process enhancements,
paving the way for gains in throughput (increases of up to 10%) coupled with cost and energy savings.
Increased productivity 20% by streamlining project scope and designing and developing production tooling.
Drove profit margins by another 20%-30% after securing new vendors through strategic contract negotiations.
Established machining processes and utilized the latest tooling technologies to reduce calibration time
from 60 minutes to 15 minutes.
Developed and implemented manufacturing/assembly processes for new product introductions, handling all
phases of manufacturing from concept through production launch. Delivered products on time and under budget.
Drove First Pass Yield Metrics improvements through the implementation of 5-S program and the
development of measurement systems to drive quality, cost containment, process, and safety improvements.
Maintain the highest quality audit standards that helped the operation earn an outstanding report as a
“World-Class Metrology Lab”, minimizing the need for audits every year. Currently finalizing ISO 17025 for
certification in 2014.
Implementing new MRP (Material Resource Planning) software (Solumina) for the ATK Rocket Center location.
Forged strong relationships with all levels of management and client teams to drive consensus,
collaboration and forward momentum toward the completion of project milestones and the attainment of client
Atlantic Inertial Systems SENIOR MANUFACTURING/PROCESS ENGINEER Heath, OH 2000-2008
One of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced navigation products and systems, and space programs for
the military and defense market
Led cross-functional, 20-person team in corporate product engineering and manufacturing engineering for plant
operations. Managed and directed product development, product specifications and drawings, project management,
production control, quality control, purchasing/vendor qualifications, and job costing. Empowered team with tools,
resources, guidance, and autonomy necessary to succeed. Key Results in: cost analysis, plant maintenance
engineering, and process troubleshooting.
Increased efficiency and quality 20% by implementing augmentations in manufacturing processes instructions
(Mopes), and instituting quality assurance objectives to ensure repeatability, compliance with customers’ demands
for utmost quality, process improvement, and overall production efficiency improvement.
Regarded as one of the firm’s leading subject matter experts (SMEs) on product engineering development,
prototyping, and process reconfiguration; utilizes training in Kaizen lean manufacturing to streamline
processes, reduce waste, and drive customer satisfaction while realizing profit gains.
Maintained 98% on-time delivery by planning and coordinating resources and milestones and promptly resolving
issues for client projects. Completed projects ahead of schedule, on or under budget, and with high-quality results.
Delivered profit-improvement solutions (valued from $500K to $1M) through improved productivity of
operations and by decreasing assembly and test cycle time. Ensured team efforts met and often exceeded all
financial, performance, quality, and reliability goals.
Built and managed pre-design engineering units for the government including modeling, prototype build,
mold construction, quality and test plans, and order fulfillment; exceeded all test expectations.
ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP PERFORMANCE CONTINUED …
Achieved superior performance in leading the process development project to vastly improve production through
design of experiments (DOE) and process control. Exceeded design specifications and customer expectations.
Decreased customer complaints by implementing test procedures on the floor to measure quality defects, and
utilizing the latest tooling technologies to reduce lead time and increase throughput efficiency; ensured all
product quality and all customer and government requirements were successfully met.
The Boeing Company ENGINEERING LIAISON Seattle, WA 1996-1999
The world’s largest aerospace firm and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space, and security systems
Developed and maintained machining processes for part deliveries including necessary tooling, gauging, and
inspection & quality requirements, and providing direct shop support. Planned and monitored aircraft maintenance,
repair and servicing of wings, skins, fuselage, and wiring for the 737 and 757 airplane production lines. Key
Reduced cycle time and increased throughput 30% by developing and implementing new load process that
provided stable workflow.
As project manager for the 757 aileron, identified the disposition of MRB and provided corrective action
to prevent future discrepancies through the redesign of the aileron fitting, eliminating future rework.
Reengineered workforce and scheduling process, driving a matrix-driven structure aligned to client training
and installation of technical products that resulted in shorter lead times and better use of staff resources.
Certified Material Review Board Engineer (MRB)
“Chris performs at the highest levels professionally, and maintains moral and ethical character, all while
displaying a strong drive and motivation in all he has attempted while working as a Program Manager. It is an
honor and a distinct privilege to recommend Chris Damson. It is my opinion that he will not fail to impress
others with work ethics and abilities.” Donna C. Porter, Sr. Operations Analysis Manager, Atlantic Inertial
CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Manufacturing Engineering, Pomona, CA
DON BOSCO TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
Associate of Science in Manufacturing Engineering, Rosemead, CA