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Machine Shop Quality

Milpitas, California, United States
December 26, 2015

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James Keith Wichman

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Milpitas, CA 95035


SUMMARY: A Journeyman Machinist with over 30 years of experience in problem solving and fabrication in a lean manufacturing environment.


•Machined projects w/lathes, mills, horizontal mills, surface grinders, tool post grinders (in lathes and shaper), G&E shaper, radial arm drill press, Chicago-Dreis leaf brake, rolling mill, sheet metal brake, shear.

•Taught State-sponsored apprentices and skilled-trades personnel in Machine Shop Theory and practice and mathematical skills. (6 years).

•Ordered new Sharp combination mill w/ $10k worth of tooling, Ordered new Wilton metric lathe w/tooling

•Attention to Detail while teaching safe & competent operation of machine tools.


Lockheed Missile & Space, Sunnyvale, CA 6-1986 to 8-1989

Tool-Making Machinist. Produced tooling fixtures on jig borers, milling machines, lathes.

New United Motors Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) 8-1989 TO 9-2009

NUMMI, the Fremont-based joint venture formed in 1984 between Toyota and General Motors that produced the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, Toyota Corolla sedan and Pontiac Vibe sedan.

Facilities Maintenance Team Member: Machined projects for other teams and departments in NUMMI; implemented preventive measures, tracked students’ quality on a daily basis, wrote standardized work procedures for each job, trained new team members on Machine Shop Theory and Practice Improved existing machine tools by ordering and fabricating missing tools (such as a 6” capacity steady rest for a Lodge & Shipley lathe, a 7” capacity steady rest for the Leblond 13” swing gap lathe) Served as a team member as needed; worked with management to improve quality and efficiency.

•A member of the Loading Docks Team responsible for NUMMI receiving the JD Power and Associates North American Gold Plant Award for Initial Quality in 2004

•Earned NUMMI Suggestor of the Year Award in 2003

•Supervised classes of five apprentices and skilled trades students who maintained perfect attendance and 100% retention

•Recorded data from testing (both written and performance) for the Training Center.

•Read inspection reports to determine incorrect installation, or defective parts

4-2012 to 7-2012: Manpower. Custodial work at Stanford University.

3-2014 to 4-2014: Nelson Satffing. Worked for the IRS.

7-2014 to Present: Drove for UBER, SIDECAR and CAVIAR.

10/1/2015 to Present: Bell Plastics, 202 Industrial Ave, Hayward, CA

Manual Machinist (Lathes and Milling machines)


Newport High, Newport Beach, California

High School Diploma

Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, California

AA Degree in Manual Machining

San Diego Community College

San Diego, California

AS Degree in NC Programming (APT)


NUMMI, Fremont, CA

Toyota Production Systems

Kaizen Certification

References: Furnished upon request.

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