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Engineer Product Development

Dallas, TX
February 26, 2016

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Michael Connors

** ******** ****** ***** 609-***-****

West Deptford, New Jersey


Masters of Business Administration, Villanova University: Graduated June 2013

Concentrations: International Business and Finance

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Drexel University; Graduated June 2002

Minor: Business Administration


Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma-Green Belt, Leadership Essentials, Incident Investigation Team Leader, Auditing, Crisis Management, Layers of Protection Analysis, Microsoft Windows Operating Systems and Microsoft Office Suite, SAP software

Employment Experience:

OCCIDENTAL CHEMICALS, Pedricktown, New Jersey July 2011 – Present

Manager of Operations

Recorded zero Oxy and A-1 contractor recordable injuries or potentially severe first aid, zero environmental incidents exceeding the threshold quantities at the facility and zero security incidents at the facility for the past 4 years 5 months.

Manage engineering, maintenance, IT/Process control, operations personnel to ensure all performance goals are met in the key areas of safety, environmental, quality, productivity, and cost.

Ensure site complies with all written site and corporate safety, health and environmental procedures which have resulted in the plant achieving zero injuries, environmental releases or security breaches in the past five years.

Acting process steward and owner of the all the plant PSM program, Management of Change procedures, Process Hazard Reviews, Operating procedures and Layers Of Protection Analysis.

Oversee and act as the project sponsor for the development and implementation of the revised multi-stage training program to address immediate and soon to come personnel training needs.

Communicate with supply chain to determine business needs in order to identify resource requirements and implement necessary resource changes to meet these needs.

Assist employees in their professional development by indentifying training needs and providing training opportunities.

Determine corrective action for misoperations of process equipment and/or any performance related issues in accordance with ISO 9001.

Communicate with A-1 Contractor supervision regarding work practices.

Assist in the development of the annual budget as well monitor plant operating costs against this budget.

Manage facilities annual capital budget of $1.2 million.

Lead crisis management teams and execute special situations plans.

Led the startup of an idled second production line which doubled the capacity of the facility. This included a $700,000 capital investment to automate the oncoming dryer. This expansion required the hiring of 15 new employees, 35% of the workforce, HESS training and job specific training. The startup was completed in 19 weeks with no HESS issues.

Act as a team and/or member as required for various internal and external audits such as TCPA, DHS, OSHA VPP, Oxy Corporate HESS and Oxy Operational audit.

Serve as the backup for the plant manager in their absence.

OCCIDENTAL CHEMICALS, Pedricktown, New Jersey November 2007 – July 2011

Process Engineer

Maintained focus and continued improvement to safety, health, the environment, security and social responsibility.

oSite team member for coordinated corporate HESS audit in 2008 and 2011 at the Pedricktown PVC facility.

oContributed as an active team member to achieve OSHA VPP Star recertification in 2008.

oRecorded zero Oxy and A-1 contractor recordable injuries or potentially severe first aid, zero environmental incidents exceeding the threshold quantities at the facility and zero security incidents at the facility for the past 3 years 9 months.

oParticipated as an audit team member for the 2011 Pasadena PVC corporate HESS audit in 2011.

oAn active member of the Control Standard Fail Safe Initiative alliance team in 2011.

Executed projects that enhanced the value of existing assets and improved our long term competitive position by reducing the controllable fixed manufacturing costs.

oOperated the Pedricktown PVC facility at or above outlook rates for 42 of 48 operating months.

oReduced “Off Grade” production by 62% from 2.30% in 2007 to 0.87% in 2011.

Implemented Hi IV PVC resin production using RVCM. These products were previously produced utilizing only fresh VCM. Producing these products with RVCM decreased the capital needed for single line conversion by $125,000. In addition allowed a single line operation to run more efficient by reducing shutdowns and product switches that would be associated with managing RVCM levels.

Integral role in transitioning Pedricktown PVC from a dual line production facility to a single line production facility.

oImplemented transition procedures that ensured Health, Environmental, Safety and Security maintained utmost focus, which resulted maintaining our zero/zero/zero status during this transition period.

Primary plant contact for the following essential functions:

oProduction Planning,

oMaintenance planning and asset allocation

oProduction Quality

oSAP/LIMS Quality User Expert

oCustomer Service & Complaints

oMonth End Accounting/Variances

PUROLITE INCORPORATED, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania February 2005 – November 2007

Process Engineer

Increase production efficiency of major product line through use of six sigma methodology. Reduced failures by 38% while reducing product loss by 85%

Communicate with senior management on production efficiency, maintenance issues, production costs, product yields, and product recipes.

Identify opportunities for process, quality, and safety improvement and implemented changes to accomplish these improvements.

Utilized Design of Experiments and Statistical Process Control to develop plans for improvement of process costs and quality.

Coordinate process development activities with production management, product development and marketing.

Provide support, as a technology expert, to product development and manufacturing.

Work with vendors to improve raw material availability to reduce production down time.

Manage the process control engineering activities for batch production of the final product.

Implemented detailed operating procedures to disclose process hazards, increase product consistency, make batch information readily available for engineering improvements.

Increased operator knowledge through open communication of operator responsibilities and process variable interactions to increase production efficiency.

Integrated Operating procedures with the Enterprise Resource Program system for production entries to account for raw material usage, intermediate product usage, and finished good production amounts.

STONHARD INCORPORATED, Maple Shade, New Jersey June 2002 – February 2005

Product Engineer

Provide polymer system expertise regarding recommendations, installation requirements and timelines, root cause for system failures and repairing techniques for these failures.

Technical service is concentrated in the northeast region of the United States but not limited to this region as this department provides these services to the entire world.

Work closely with research and development in new product development of polymer coatings and mortar systems. This includes formulation, chemical and physical testing, and application methods for training.

In conjunction with developing new products, forensic analysis of existing product failures is conducted for the purpose of making product recommendations to sales force.

Provided project management for a 125,000ft2, $600,000, trowel able epoxy mortar with an epoxy coating and OSHA required safety yellow striping. The project was installed during an eight-day shutdown during a scheduled Christmas shutdown.

Will provide references upon request.

Michael Connors

30 Pleasant Valley Drive

West Deptford, New Jersey


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