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Engineering Project Manager, Engineering Manager

Pittsburgh, PA
February 26, 2016

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Jeffrey C. Rihn

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Butler, PA *****



Skills Summary Senior Project and Engineering Manager with extensive experience in a variety of industries and engineering design/management tasks in a multi-discipline environment. Experienced in managing major capital projects up to $500MM, facility improvements, product design and development, upgrading and expanding industrial manufacturing processes and facilities. Can effectively communicate and interact with in-house personnel, customers, suppliers, contractors and regulatory agencies. Willing to take overall control and direct major tasks as well as work alone and take a hands-on approach to solutions.

Areas of Expertise

Experienced in a variety of industries including chemical, metals, nuclear and industrial product design and development

Design and development of products, custom electromechanical equipment and custom tooling

Project management, budget control, schedule control, risk management, communication, interface and resource allocation

Experienced in major plant expansions and process improvements.

Personnel management – experienced in managing diverse disciplines including electrical, mechanical, civil, industrial and tool and die engineers, draftsmen and technicians

Experience HORSEHEAD CORPORATION 2007 - Present

2007 – 2010 Sr. Project Engineer

2010 – Present Director of Engineering

Diverse responsibilities and experiences in capital projects management, facility design and the installation and startup of heavy industrial manufacturing processes

Managing approximately $10 million of local capital projects annually

Managed design, construction and startup of $65 million kiln plant in Barnwell, SC from 2008 to 2010 and a $500+ million hydrometallurgical plant in Mooresboro NC.

Provide engineering support for all manufacturing divisions, manage a diverse technical staff of salaried and hourly personnel, directing in-house labor and production force, manage department budgets and plans


Engineering Manager

Engineering Manager of a small manufacturing company (< 100 employees) with direct responsibility for directing an in-house staff of designers and engineers.

Responsible for all engineering aspects of product (dynamic braking systems, load banks, heaters)

Manage typical phases of multiple design/build industrial products, including identifying clear and complete customer requirements, performing all necessary engineering analyses, specifying components, supervising design staff, generating test specifications, coordinating assembly and test operations with production staff, startup/installation at customer’s site, etc.

Heavy customer contact including sales calls, project proposals and trade shows.


1991 – 1993 Mechanical Project Manager

1993 – 1998 Manufacturing Engineering Manager

1998 – 2005 Division Engineering Manager

Diverse responsibilities and experiences in capital projects, product design, facility design and the installation and startup of industrial manufacturing processes

Managed the establishment of a manufacturing operation in the Peoples Republic of China. Responsible for establishing personnel resources, equipment and infrastructure requirement to support sales forecasts. Responsible for identifying and qualifying local low cost suppliers and contractors, as well as managing a Chinese design institute and inspection company for the local engineering tasks. Assisted with negotiations and setup of company with local agencies and administrations. Work was completed in 2 phases in parallel – a small pilot plant operation to quickly establish operations and train workers while also establishing a 180,000 ft full scale greenfield manufacturing facility.

Managed a project in 2001 to expand manufacturing operations in North Carolina. Selected a 200,000 ft facility, performed due diligence, directed all capital project efforts, developed process equipment infrastructure requirements and production layouts, managed all suppliers, engineers and contractors. Total project budget: $29,000,000

Provided engineering support for all manufacturing divisions, managed a diverse technical staff of salaried and hourly personnel, directing in-house labor and production force, managed a precision tool and die design group, maintained environmental specialist staff and managed department budgets and plans.

Responsible for design support of manufactured product, design and build of specialized electronic product inspection equipment and specialized production equipment, design and construction of process utilities/infrastructure and property maintenance of all office and production facilities.


1984 – 1986 Engineer I

1986 – 1989 Engineer II

1989 – 1991 Senior Engineer

Responsible for the specification, design, procurement, qualification and testing of electromechanical devices for naval nuclear applications. Developed and qualified a new generation of temperature and pressure instruments to withstand harsh temperature and radiation conditions. Performed a series of accelerated life testing to qualify the devices.

Responsible for various nuclear refueling equipment designs. Worked on a team to develop and qualify a new design refueling machine. Worked closely with in-house and vendor staff to complete the design, construction, test, delivery and installation of the multimillion dollar machine.


Project Engineer

Responsible for the design and field support for various commercial nuclear plant operating systems.

Obtained operating plant site access for various customer’s operating plants

Education B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1982

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN


Completed Six Sigma Greenbelt training in 2001

MIT Sloan School of Business, completed course in how to manage multiple complex projects

Registered Professional Engineer - PA

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