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Quality Assurance Engineering

Oceanside, California, 92057, United States
October 19, 2016

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John Decker

*** ****** *** *** **. Oceanside, CA 92057 760-***-****

Quality focused, hands-on Manager offering 25+ years Manufacturing & Processing experience

Accomplished manufacturing professional: Founder and former owner of a profitable AS-9100/NADCAP compliant Metal Finishing job shop, specializing in functional Anodic (Type I, II III, Class 1 & 2) and plated (Au, Ag, Pd, Rh, Sn, ENI, Ni, Cu, Zn) coatings conforming to AMS, Mil-Spec, ASTM, ASME specifications; offering verifiable expertise in Anodic structures,

Electrolytic/Electroless metal deposition; design, process engineering, and root cause analysis in all areas of electroplating; developing highly efficient cross-functional teams (50+ personnel); supporting 5S programs by maintaining well organized, safe work environments; reducing costs/downtime; automating processes, optimizing performance; improving quality and driving growth in profits.

P & L Responsibility Instrumental methods of Chemical Analysis

Cost Estimating, Margin/Profit Improvement & ROI Bilingual English and Spanish

Experienced in Regulatory and Safety Approvals including 25+ years hands-on Plating and Anodizing, CFR, OSHA, EPA, HMMD, APCD. chemical blending, and analysis of solutions.

Knowledgeable in Engineering Specifications and Quality Std’s Skilled in MRP, ERP, EXCEL, PP,

Sourcing and Supply Chain Management WORD, QUICKBOOKS, AUTOCAD


Managing Principal Consultant Div Tech, Inc. - BSMI, Brentwood, CA 2015-Present

QMS audit & Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA)--Report findings to company shareholders. Develop and implement a continuous improvement and preventive maintenance plan: Establish laboratory process controls; chemical analysis & titrations. Design, develop and install a manually operated 70-200 GPM Dual Bed De-ionizing system for the re-use of process waters.

Managing Principal Consultant, Div Tech, Inc. - Reid Metal Finishing, Santa Ana, CA 2015-2016

Perform Internal Chemical processes and QMS audits: Modify and/or update the present QMS to improve overall system comprehensiveness. Review and Revise internal specification, WI’s, Op’s, FC’s; Perform Root Cause Corrective Analysis and report findings to the management team.

Manager, Quality Assurance, Hixson Metal Finishing Newport Beach, CA 2014-2015

Establish policies and procedures that ensured the production and shipping of Quality products and services. Prepare, Conduct and oversee Nadcap, AS 9100 and FAA compliance audits and internal and external customer surveys for Prime contractors. Direct, hire and train Quality/Inspection personnel. Perform RCCA. Interface with Executive Management, clients peer and subordinates.

General Manager, JDI, LLC, Escondido, CA 2009 – 2013 Managed day-to-day Business and Production Operations for contract manufacturing & metal finishing services

• Management of Production and Business Operations

Planned and directed capital projects exceeding $.5M. Oversaw and ensured efficiency in production operations of all projects/products, while managing and monitoring Production, process engineering, Laboratory, fabrication, Quality Assurance and supply chain. Consulted with clients, vendors and team members to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.

• Production Planning and Quality Control

Reviewed work orders, product specifications, and production schedules to determine and establish production needs and optimize process/product work flow; Analyzed specifications, blueprints, proposals, and pertinent criteria to prepare time, cost, and labor estimates for projects and services sold.

• Regulatory Compliance & Planning

Implemented ISO 14001 compliant standards and environmental management plans for containment and disposal of hazardous materials for San Diego’s City Center Development Corporation (CCDC), Hazardous Materials Management Division, Air Pollution Control District and EPA.

• Cultivation and Management of Sub-Contractor Relationships Sourced, negotiated and managed supplier and vendor contracts.

• Process Engineering/Processing

Developed a minimally invasive method for chemically passivating structural stainless steel safely on-site (San Diego Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge) and participated (hands-on) in the processing to ASTM A967; proximal to pedestrians, and nonessential personnel. Participated in the Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL) DEAP/CLEAN collaboration; provided engineering consultation, mirror design, and UV region reflective thin-film coatings process development.

VP of Operations, Advanced Technical Finishing, Huntsville, AL 2013 – 2013 Develop strategic plans for the revitalization of the company through Quality, Performance and Operations optimization.

CEO, Omnimark Corp, Poway, CA 1994 – 2006

Raised start-up capital, and founded Omnimark as a lean operating metal finishing company; providing quick-turn around functional plating/anodizing and contract Mfg., services to the aerospace, microwave, laser-optics and medical device industries.

• Strategic Planning & Business Development

Wrote and implemented Sales and Marketing plan for Metal Finishing and Contract Manufacturing services. Negotiated government (L3Communications, TRW Space & Defense, and General Atomics) and commercial contracts exceeding $1 Million dollars. Implemented concurrent engineering concepts and developed several cost reduction programs while simultaneously increasing profitability and production at three separate strategic-partner companies

• MRP, Production Planning and Quality Control

Oversaw and ensured efficiency in Production/Plating operations of all projects/products, while managing and monitoring five departments for processing functional coatings, with sales exceeding $1+ Million annually. Planned, directed and prioritized work for individual contracts ranging to $.5+M per order, with responsibility for MRP, production scheduling, and quality control. Purchasing of up to $.5M + in chemicals, equipment and supplies for individual and major contracts based on production requirements.

• Cultivation and Management of Sub-Contractor relationships

Cultivated and managed relationships with over 50 national vendors negotiating substantial savings by maintaining positive, long-term relationships with leading vendors.

• Regulatory Compliance & Planning

Wrote, implemented and enforced hazardous materials management & safety plans conforming to OSHA, EPA, HMMD, APCD and Fire Department standards.

• Quality Assurance and Control

Wrote, Implemented and enforced policy and procedure compliant with AS9100 standards.

• Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement

Increased product line throughput 25% by reducing cycle times through process reengineering, line ergonomics, waste reduction, employee training and work flow optimization. Implemented and enforced a strict preventative maintenance schedule resulting in a <1% reject rate, 20% extension of process lifecycles and zero downtime due to equipment failure. Decreased RFQ response time and improved COGS accuracy within +/- 5% by creating step-function processes.

• Processing/Process Engineering

Hands-on Rack and barrel Anodizing/ Plating of Au, Ag, Pd, Rh, Sn ENI, Ni, Cd, Cu, Zn coatings conforming to AMS, ASTM, ASME, MIL, Customer/Prime specifications.


Process Engineer, ATI, Rancho Bernardo, CA

Developed and automated a chemical process for affixing radioisotopes (pd-103) auto catalytically onto a minimally invasive permanent implant Brachytherapy seed (metallic substrate). Patent awarded.

Operations/Process Engineering, Sheffield Platers Inc., San Diego, CA

Revitalized Sheffield’s operation by transforming the business into a Lean operating engineering/functional metal finishing company; increasing the company’s revenue by 300% in less than two years.

• Strategic Planning and Business development

Wrote and implemented Sheffield Platers strategic Business/Marketing plan, translating a conceptual model into a successful growth strategy, reversing the corporations’ fortunes within one year.

• Training and Continuous Improvement

Improved quality in production by implementing a Total Quality Management system; Wrote, implemented and enforced Sheffield’s interim Mil-I- 45208 compliant Quality Assurance manual; Introduced ISO 9002 Standards to company owners.

Trained owners and operators in processing; process improvement methods; cost reduction strategies, job estimating/ costing, RFQ/RFP processing; inspection requirements, and methods for producing engineering compliant standards Anodized/Plated coatings (Au, Ag, Pd, Rh, Sn ENI, Ni, Cu, Zn).

Process Engineer, American Faucet and Coatings Corporation, Vista, CA

Designed, engineered and installed semi-automated plating line, waste treatment plant and coating processes; trained employees in safe efficient operations of equipment, production methods and process control.

Operations/Engineering Consultant North County Plating & Polishing Escondido, CA

Revitalized NCP’S operation by teaching company owners how to implement and administer 5S and Six Sigma & Lean principals; Consultation resulted in a 600% growth of the company after 1 year.


Process Attendant, Kaiser Cement Corporation, Cupertino, CA 1991-1993

Monitored and inspected 3600 acre cement manufacturing facility to ensure its efficient and safe operation. Control room operations and the use of PID controllers; from plant start-up to shut-down.

• Production Control Responsible for operation of the preheater, kiln and grate cooler; ensuring daily production requirements were met; Pre-blend, mix determination, raw materials proportioning and transfer for cement manufacture. Dispatched appropriate maintenance personnel to problematic locations. Determined/maintained levels of additives, coal/coke, pre blend, clinker storage, finishing material (gypsum, pozzlin, etc.) based on production requirements.

Production Supervisor, Acteron Metal Finishing Corporation, Redwood City, CA 1986 – 1989

Supervised and directed capital projects exceeding $.5M. Oversaw and ensured efficiency in production operations of plating projects; oversaw Production, Tooling and Quality Assurance departments.

• MRP and Production Planning

Planned, communicated and coordinated first article, in process and post-process production/process activities for Tooling, Plating, Quality Assurance, and Shipping & Receiving Departments; Reviewed work orders and optimized daily work flow reducing cycle-times by 25%. Analyzed specifications, blueprints, proposals, and pertinent criteria to prepare time, cost, and labor estimates for products and services sold; Participated in managers production strategy meetings to evaluate headcount, production schedule and facilities requirements.

• Quality Assurance and Control

Led daily MRB; determined cause of failures, process/product discrepancies, implementation of corrective actions and final dispositions. Improved product quality, minimized rejects and reduced waste a full 15% by implementing and enforcing Statistical Process Control (SPC) and root cause analysis; Trained inspection personnel in the correct use of inspection and measurement tools: micrometers, gauges, comparators, profilometers, spectrophotometers, beta-backscatter, X-ray fluorescence (XRF), coulometric testing, and metallurgical microscopes.

• Processing/Process Engineering

Researched precious metal (Gold) deposition rates and deposit uniformities utilizing process/hardware reconfiguration techniques and SPC resulting in a cost reduction of $2M/ year. Anodized/ Plated Au, Ag, Pd, Rh, Sn ENI, Ni, Cu, Zn.


DeAnza College Administration & Management 1987- 1988

University of Iowa Biomedical Engineering Dept. Iowa City, Iowa 2001 - 2002

University of Phoenix Administration and Management AZ 2013 – 2014

New Horizons, San Diego, CA Six Sigma Black Belt; PMP coursework 2014-Present

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