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Engineering Engineer

Phoenix, Arizona, United States
October 23, 2016

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Al J. Tercero

**** *. ********** ******* – Gilbert, Arizona 85295



Process Improvement – Project Management – Troubleshooting

Seasoned and successful test engineering professional with over 25 years of experience in spearheading test planning and execution, dramatically improving testing and production process, and directing equipment instrumentation and calibration. Demonstrated track record of managing classified military programs and delivering complex initiatives on-time and under budget. Proven problem-solver and team leader committed to driving effective vendor negotiations and strengthening team skills. Areas of expertise.

Project Management * Process Improvement * Problem-Solving * Systems Engineering

Test Engineering * Technology Needs Assessment * Vendor Management * Negotiations

Troubleshooting * Instrumentation * Test Equipment Calibration * Thermocouples * Strain Gauges

Calorimeters * Pressure Transducers * Load Cells * Accelerometers * Programmable Controllers


MTD Southwest Inc. Tempe Arizona 2009-2016

Manufacture of hand-held lawn equipment. Regulatory Engineer, Test Lab Supervisor. Managed 11 test technicians and 10 field crew. Set-up new anti-static electrical test lab. Modified and fabricated test fixtures. Operated $980,000.00 budget. Maintained several data bases to streamline product flow. Co-chairman of the Safety Committee.

HONEYWELL ENGINES, Phoenix, Arizona 2007-2009

A builder of propulsion engines and auxiliary power units for commercial and military clients.

Controls Engineer (Belcan Engineering Contract)

Ensure outstanding engineering performance by overseeing cross-departmental test plans and procedures, testing new engine parts, ensuring specification fulfillment, and collaborating with engineering teams and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Support diverse customers by conducting on-site process/procedure audits. Contribute to parts validation by assessing technology needs. Monitor products’ federal regulatory compliance by managing offshore groups’ reposition projects. Facilitate revision updates by evaluating schematics/drawings. Secure required documentation from vendors.

Major Accomplishments:

Garnered $100K savings in product testing costs by negotiating with vendor for cost absorption

Identified and resolved electronic oil level switch defect by liaising with vendor to change manufacturing process and ensuring new product compliance.

Achieved on-time/under-budget delivery of project to check fit of 28 engine harnesses, managed engine availability, test matrix, documentation, and engineering sign-off.

Earned reputation for successful delivery of complex and struggling projects.

TOVEY ENGINEERING, INC., Phoenix, Arizona 2005-2007

A manufacture of strain gauge load cells.

Calibration Technician

Supported manufacturing activities by calibrating load cells in calibration lab environment, managed environmental temperature chambers and transducer simulator system calibration. Controlled pneumatic calibrating stand by leveraging LABVIEW software. Ensured compliance with National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST).

Major Accomplishments:

Enabled handling of 20K-lb. loads by developing air lift system for in-field load cell calibration.

Transformed temperature conditioning chambers by implementing cutting-edge digital controllers.

Improved production and quality by introducing new manufacturing techniques/processes and providing management training.

TALLEY DEFENSE SYSTEMS, Mesa, Arizona 1996-2004

A producer of shoulder-launch weapon systems, ammunition dispersion systems, and jet aircraft ejection seats.

Test Technician IV

Facilitated test results recording by establishing instrumentation. Enabled engineering test plan implementation on test range by leading interpretation. Ensured optimal testing performance and accuracy by calibration critical test equipment. Served as team member in production process improvement initiative.

Major Accomplishments:

Developed multifunction test unit, still utilized in all test bays – patent pending.

Accelerated production line performance by implementing new process techniques.


Bachelor of Applied Science in Instrumentation (Honors)

Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona

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