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Engineering Quality

Essex, Vermont, United States
October 26, 2016

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Successful Quality and Manufacturing Engineering and technical management professional with strong track record of high performance. Well versed in a broad range of applicable expertise and experience that includes government programs and supplier management, Lean/Six Sigma, Design for Manufacture, process design and improvement, and testing. Strong skills in leadership, teamwork, change management and continuous improvement.

Recent training and certifications: ASQ CMQ/OE, CQE, CQA, Trained in Lean/Six Sigma green belt.


ASQ CMQ/OE, CQE, CQA, Lean/Six Sigma, RCCA, Quality Audits, ISO/AS9001, SPC, DOE, MSA, APQP, PPAP, FMEA, 8D, Control Plans, Process Capability Analysis, MOST work measurement, Composites, Energetics, Earned Value Management (EVM), Cost Account Manager (CAM)


Engineering Manager

ASK-IntTag, Essex Jct., VT (2015 - 2016)

Accomplishments and responsibilities:

Headed engineering and maintenance staff as well as engineering projects for production of secure RFID products in a dynamic and growth oriented facility.

Directed engineering team that resulted in successful engineering process and product projects, factory quality and lean improvements, and effective factory technical support in a 3 shift operation.

Greatly improved engineering team contribution through factory leadership, effective resource and project management, and Design for Manufacture. Results included record setting levels of quality (yields up 40%) and product velocity (up 30%) to meet customer demand.

Government MRPT Clearance.

Principal Quality Engineer

General Dynamics-Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Williston, VT (2007 –2015)

Accomplishments and responsibilities:

Program Lead and Supplier Quality Engineer for Hydra-70 Rocket / Missile program, responsible for all aspects of mission assurance as well as point of contact quality leadership to Hydra quality management and Integrated Product Teams. Assigned most challenging assignments and improvement projects.

Program Quality Engineering

Customer Quality Representative – productive face of the customer within company. Conduit for communication between the government agencies (Project Office, Technical Agencies, DCMA, etc.) and other Quality/Program functions within company.

Converted government contract requirements into executable and successful production and supply chain programs.

Executed Program Quality risk assessments and mitigation plans.

Government customer reporting – successfully met numerous and challenging contractually required quality reporting contracts deliverables on schedule with high levels of quality.

Engineering Changes – ensured changes were properly executed in quality organization and supply base.

Managed numerous complex First Article Test (FAT) validation planning, testing, and reporting for process validations and verifications for internal factory and supply base.

Instituted several Hydra program quality policy and procedure improvements into AS9100 QMS.

Developed and coached new and junior quality engineering personnel.

Performed failure analysis and error proofing (e.g. Fault Tree Analysis, CAPA) for test failures.

Developed improved methods of managing validation and contract requirements communication to supply chain that resulted in 40% reduction in contract errors.

Supplier and Operations Quality Management

Evaluated, selected, and managed zero defect based supplier base.

Implemented contract requirements into supplier subcontract agreements.

Ensured quality requirements are communicated, understood, and executed.

Trained supplier personnel and managed implementation of quality improvements and use of quality improvement tools. Resulted in reduced supplier risk and improved supplier quality.

Managed critical parameter supplier quality improvements and corrective actions using disciplined approach.

Led supplier QMS audits and assessments, QMS improvement projects, and corrective actions.

Engaged supplier quality personnel, government quality representatives, and third party inspectors to ensure product compliance and conformance to requirements.

Corrective Action Management - ensured robust RCCA – member of company Corrective Action Board (CAB).

Utilized on numerous occasions to respond to and resolve urgent supplier crisis situations in supply base that resulted in preventing production line stoppages.

Product Development

Headed quality engineering efforts, including successful bid proposals, on Hydra product development projects.

Provided product qualification management and quality leadership on product development projects.

Implemented rigorous supplier qualification and validation protocols that increased first time quality by 50%.

Principal Advance Manufacturing Engineer (AME)

General Dynamics-Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Williston, VT (2003 –2007)

Accomplishments and responsibilities:

Managed manufacturing engineering product development and value engineering programs including the Hydra APKWS guided rocket.

Applied Design for Manufacturability (DFM) principles to optimize product cost and quality.

Analyzed and improved manufacturing processes using Lean Six Sigma tools including SPC, PFMEA, Control plans, and process mapping.

Evaluated industrial base capabilities and developed new supplier base capabilities.

Utilized fluency in GD&T, castings, machining, molding, and mechanical inspection.

Initiated and managed manufacturing estimates, Statements of Work (SOW) and BOE’s.

Director / Chief of Manufacturing

Shortgrass Technologies, Largo, FL (2000 – 2003)

Accomplishments and responsibilities:

Established and managed production facility, manufacturing engineering, hardware design, purchasing & materials, field service, customer relations, production process development and set up, for this best-in-class producer and designer of specialized computer products. Processes include mechanical & electronics manufacturing.

Sr. Project Engineer / Engineering Team Leader

Jabil Circuit and Reptron Mfg., St. Petersburg, FL (1997 – 2000)

Responsibilities and responsibilities:

Led engineering teams (up to 20 people), customer technical lead, proto lead, line layout and staffing, capital equipment specification & procurement, DFM, and Lean / Six Sigma. Processes included contract mechanical & electronics manufacturing.


Produced record-breaking quality and line efficiency production lines for Cisco and Gateway customers that led to follow-on business.

Project lead for first company application of Six Sigma quality techniques. The project was then used as a model for remainder of company production lines.

Initiated cross-functional NPI project teams that achieved high start-up yield and efficiency success.

Managed successful large capital equipment projects and implemented new lean production lines utilizing line balancing, standard work, Poke Yoke, and TPM. Used SAP ERP system.

Manufacturing Engineering Manager

Watlow Controls, Winona, MN (1993 – 1997)

Responsibilities and responsibilities:

Led high performing manufacturing engineering team (12 people) - DFM, New Product Introduction, process improvement, and capital equipment projects. Processes included OEM and contract mechanical & electronics assembly, stamping, machining, molding. Achieved Minnesota state quality award for quality process improvement project.


Led high performance team, strategic planning, managing budgets, hiring, coaching, and training.

Initiated product development / NPI efforts using DFSS/Six Sigma techniques.

Managed large ($2M) capital equipment budget and executed 5 successful capital projects.

Championed the largest capital project in company history to a successful conclusion. Quality, budget, and schedule targets were all exceeded.

Technical Specialist Engineer - Advance Manufacturing Engineering

McDonnell Douglas (Boeing), St. Louis, MO (1990 – 1993)

Accomplishments and responsibilities:

Instituted concurrent engineering and DFM practices and acted as lead concurrent and DFM engineer for missile and aircraft avionics development programs.

Process experience included electronics, machining, castings, PWB fabrication, optics, materials, coatings, plating & metal finishing.

Educated in and applied Six Sigma techniques.

Headed large process improvement project that resulted in increased solder yields by 60% and resulted in corporate award.

Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Honeywell Incorporated, Minneapolis and Albuquerque (1987 – 1990)

Accomplishments and responsibilities:

Integrated team member on MK50 torpedo program and various avionics electronics products transitioning new designs to production on time and within budget.

Led implementation of design changes for functional and DFM purposes.

Completed new process projects on schedule and to high quality demands that included resolution of urgent prototype quality issues, and all tooling and fixtures debugged and working to plan.

Developed complex process project that yielded over $300k saving per year.

Held United States Government Secret clearance.


MBA – Webster University, St. Louis, MO

BS – Manufacturing Engineering/Industrial Technology, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI

AA – Electronics Technology, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI


Lean Six Sigma – Completed Green Belt training by Breakthrough Management Group Inc. (BMGI)


American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE), Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), Society of Mfg. Engineers (SME)

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