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Project Engineer, Machine Designer, Mechanical Engineer

Hammond, Indiana, United States
October 03, 2016

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To design new machines and equipment with an ultimate goal of creating leaner production and generate ROI.


Shop experienced Machine Designer in multiple fields including: Ship and Barge Welding equipment; 2-piece Beverage Can manufacturing equipment; Mechanical Transfer Presses; and Plate and Angle Bending machines.

Delivered redesigns of multiple machines used in panel line ship building resulting in significant cost savings.

Delivered prototype Separator Sheet Cleaning Machine from concept to installation.

Inventor of US Patent for Bridgeless Close Coupling Conversion.

Major designer of prototype Dynamic Orientation System transfer press feed.


OGDEN WELDING SYSTEMS – Schererville, IN 2006 – 08/2016

Machine Designer

Designed various barge and ship welding equipment and large plate handling equipment.

Designed specialty machines including:

oFitting/Forming Gantry for Cheetah Chassis (Semi Trailers)

oPlate Fairing Buggy for Newport News Shipbuilding

oRIG Test Fixture for Strick Trailers

Redesigned Magnet Bed and Stiffener Welder for significant manufacturing cost savings while maintaining or increasing machine performance.

Generated significant parts and labor cost savings in field installations by creating a complete panel line plumbing drawing.

Designed and supervised installation of special Stiffener Press/Welder and other panel line equipment at Northrop Grumman/Ingalls, Pascagoula.

Delivered designs for major retrofit of Blanket Plate Stiffener Handling System, and Stiffener Press/Welder for Northrop Grumman, Newport News.


Project Engineer

Designed and detailed machines and retrofits used to make beverage cans.

Delivered prototype Separator Sheet Cleaning Machine from concept to installation to satisfy customer quality demands and stop $40,000 annual back-charge.

Redesigned oil sealing gear guards for conversion of can necking process eliminating oil leakage problem in original conversion design.

Built wooden test stand to trial modifications to prototype machine, proving ideas for significant production increase.

Inventor of US Patent #6,698,265 B1 for Bridgeless Close Coupling Conversion saving $2 million in new equipment cost avoidance and plant floor space.

Winner of Crown Silver Award for Excellence and first recipient of Vice President’s “Defiance Award” for Separator Sheet Cleaning Machine Project.

VERSON (Division of Allied Products Corp.) – Chicago, IL 1993 – 2000

Mechanical Engineer

Designed and detailed large mechanical transfer presses.

Major contributor to design of prototype, PLC controlled, automatic press feed for a big three auto customer.

Worked directly with major automotive customers to meet design requirements and customer standards.

BERTSCH – Cambridge City, IN 1988 – 1993

Project Engineer

Responsible for entire mechanical and hydraulic design of plate and angle bending roll machines.

Implemented and programmed CAD system (AutoCAD 10) from installation resulting in improved efficiency for engineering group.

HERCULES INC. – Terre Haute, IN 1986

Design Draftsman (Co-op)

BERKELEY-DAVIS – Danville, IL 1984

Detail Draftsman (Co-op)

ALL-POWER EQUIPMENT INC. – Terre Haute, IN 1983 – 1984

Fluidics Mechanic

Repaired hydraulic equipment including pumps, motors, valves, cylinders, etc.


Indiana State University School of Technology – Terre Haute, IN

B.S. degree in Industrial and Mechanical Technology, 1988


SOLIDWORKS 2016 Essentials Training


ISO 9000

Basic and Advanced Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing


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