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Mechanical Engineering Design

Madison, Alabama, United States
October 02, 2016

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Dean L. Lilja

*** ****** ***** ** **********, AL 35806

256-***-**** home 909-***-**** mobile

Structural design highlights: Beginning at ALS Electronics, I was part of a team that developed heavy-duty shipboard racks for Aegis cruiser radar power supplies. At Whessoe-Varec, I designed crude oil storage tank appurtenance products (breather valves, level gauges, thief hatches, etc.). At Thermadyne, we designed plasma metal cutting products (power supplies and housings) for industrial and commercial use. At IFT and ITAN, I designed avionics equipment for commercial aircraft. At PESA, I designed telecom racks. At Teledyne-Brown, I worked with a team designing pressure vessels for classified military projects.

Electrical/electronic highlights: At most of these companies, I was involved in electronics design, ranging from PCB design to cables and harnesses to packaging and layout of electronic systems. Safety approval (FM, Cenelec, and UL) was often needed.

Engineering-related highlights: Usually integral to most organizations, my concept development and organizational skills often placed me in positions of management or mentoring. My reverence for documentation fidelity placed me in the realm of drafting, services, or team lead. I led teams at ALS, Varec, Synerdyne, Neurologic, Pesa, and CDI. I participated as a team member to develop standards at Synerdyne, Neurologic, and now at Boeing.


Electro-Mechanical Designer

05/03/2016 – present Interconnect-Wiring @SES

Design and document wiring harnesses for specialized aviation overhaul of military aircraft. Analysis of design and fit-review on-site with the aircraft, followed by documentation update.

Tech Specialist 2 – Product Standards Group

Design and document parts and standards for worldwide Boeing design efforts. Part of a team dedicated to modeling components and parts for design engineers using Catia. Standards consolidated using XML to provide uniformity to the world's largest private collection of standards and specifications.

10/2015 – 04/15/2016 Boeing Huntsville, AL

Tech Specialist 2 – Product Standards Group

Design and document parts and standards for worldwide Boeing design efforts. Part of a team dedicated to modeling components and parts for design engineers using Catia. Standards consolidated using XML to provide uniformity to the world's largest private collection of standards and specifications.

10/2014 – 03/2015 CDI Electronics Huntsville, AL

Drafting / Illustration Tech Supervisor – Engineering Group

Design and document aftermarket parts for small watercraft. Design molded enclosures, machined metal parts, wiring harnesses, and cables. I was leading a small team (2 designers) using SolidWorks and Adobe Illustrator to produce and maintain new and legacy documentation.

09/2011 – 05/2014 Teledyne-Brown Engineering Huntsville, AL

Sr. Tech Specialist – Engineering Group

Design classified military system for US Navy project (NAVSEA). Design machined enclosures, sheet metal parts, battery systems, crew interface, control system parts. I am part of a team using SolidWorks integrated with E-PDM tool to design, revise and control configurations. I routinely work with government personnel to adapt arrangement, placement and human interface needs.

Sr. Illustrator – Logistics Group

High degree of design knowledge for the whole design necessitated loan to Logistics Group, where my guidance in the creation of provisioning, technical, training, and repair manuals. Protocols used in this work included MIL-STD-40051, MIL-STD-38784. Acquisition of the materials for the TM content was directed by MIL-M-24784.

06/2008 – 05/2011 PESA Corp. Huntsville, AL

Sr. Electro-Mechanical Designer

Designed sheet metal enclosures and machined parts for audio and digital network routers using SolidWorks. Created product layouts and all related documentation. I was a one-man mechanical engineering department shortly after joining the company, and I maintained Doc-Control and drawing Change Orders.

06/2007 – 06/2008 Rockwell-Collins, Inc. Irvine, CA

Sr. Electro-Mechanical Designer

Designed aircraft modification drawing and other documentation to support avionic enclosure installation, including cables and system routing, using AutoCAD and SolidWorks.

12/2005 – 03/2007 Intheairnet LLC Irvine, CA

Sr. Electro-Mechanical Designer

Designed sheet metal avionic enclosures and machined parts on-board entertainment systems using SolidWorks. Create System Layouts and related Product Documentation. Perform layout of PCBs using OrCAD Layout/Capture. Maintain Doc-Control and coordinate Change Orders. Work with engineers and suppliers to coordinate and deliver system components.

4/2004 – 12/2005 Neurologic Research, Orange, CA

Associate Designer

Designed molded enclosures using SolidWorks. Design sheet-metal housings using SolidWorks and AutoCAD. Perform layout of PCBs using OrCAD Layout. We conducted rapid-prototyping of mechanical and PCB designs for process control and environment sensing.

1/1999 – 7/2003 Contract work for Nortel, Teradyne Inc., and Thermadyne (FL, MA, NH)

Sr. PCB Designer

I was responsible for high-tech multi-layer boards using Cadence Allegro and OrCAD Capture and Layout applications. Designs were 4-24 layers, utilizing impedance matching, differential pairing, and high component count/ density. Valor “Enterprise” analysis guided manufacturing efforts in production.

8/1996 - 1/1999 Trimm Technologies Las Vegas, NV (no longer operating)

Sr. Mechanical Designer/ PCB Designer

Mechanical Engineering:

Designed sheet-metal enclosures and system packaging for OEM supplier of RAID systems and industrial housings for related computer peripherals. Employed AutoCAD Mechanical Desktop in both 2D and 3D to create riveted and welded enclosures out of CRS and K2. Prototype documentation customer interface kept projects on schedule and on budget. Extensive customer-customized bills of material change tracking ensured quality and timeliness.

12/1994 - 8/1996 Interactive Flight Tech. Las Vegas, NV (no longer operating)

Sr. Mechanical Designer

Designed avionics, system layouts and related products for on-board entertainment systems installed by Alitalia, Swissair, and Debonair (UK). Used AutoCAD 12/13 in 2D to create display technology and electronics housings for optimal strength / weight. Helped design the doc-ctrl process for the company and maintained prototype / production documentation. Worked extensively with engineers and suppliers in the US and Europe to get accurate components, and with customers to deliver/install their system.

4/1992 - 12/1993 Synerdyne, Inc. Santa Monica, CA (no longer operating)

Sr. Mechanical Designer

Created designs for use in hand-held PCs for UPS delivery systems, inventory tracking for KFC, and commodities trading in Chicago (CBOT). Designed wall-mounted transmitter / receiver stations for wireless indoor data gathering. Helped guide a 3-month project to develop prototype laptop-sized satellite-based systems for Litton Data Systems to supply military units with touch-screen PCs.

3/1984 - 3/1993 Whessoe-Varec, Inc. Cypress, CA

Eng Services Mgr/ Sr. Mechanical Designer/ PCB Designer

Mechanical Engineering:

Supervised Engineering Services, re-organizing Document Control and the Change Control Board. For design engineering, responsible for mechanical packaging of instrument enclosures and explosion-proof field equipment housings.

Technical Writing:

Wrote / illustrated Installation/User's/Upgrade Manuals for sensor product lines. Published an article on SMT design in "Surface Mount Technology."

2/1976 - 4/1984 ALS Elec. Anaheim, CA

Sr. PCB Designer/ Mechanical Designer

Mechanical Engineering:

I participated in the design of a frequency converter for the USMC. These projects included heavy welding, casting and sheet-metal design for harsh wartime environments. Personally designed and packaged several commercial products, including uninterruptible power supplies and computer peripherals. I participated in the selection of the company's CAD system and peripherals.

PCB Design and Engineering:

An offshoot of my drafting duties, I did all design here using tape & mylar. I gained experience and stature, and was eventually responsible for PCB design, supervising two other designers, as well as maintaining changes and new designs for military and commercial products.

Technical Writing:

A born writer, I independently undertook to write and illustrate a complete design procedure in 1983 to create schematics and PCBs using the company's new CAD system. Wrote and illustrated packaging guidelines for circuit board layouts for design consistency.


10/2006 University of Phoenix Las Vegas NV

Bachelor's Degree - BS Program for Information Technology (compl. expected by this date)


Mech. Des: Catia V5, SolidWorks 2014, AutoCAD 2015, Solid Edge, Pro-E exposure

PCB Design: Altium PCB, Cadence Allegro 14.2, OrCAD Layout 10.3 / Capture CIS/15 years

Tech Writing: Wrote and illustrated manuals for in-house and customers

Illustration: SolidWorks Composer 2014, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw!

PC Environment: Windows, Office (all components), some UNIX

Networking: Small network IT functions, PDM knowledge using Enterprise PDM

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