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Engineer Industrial

Houston, Texas, United States
October 06, 2016

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James E. Smith

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Senior Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer

Professional Profile

My passion as an engineer is to effect process improvement leading to bottom line savings; most recently in steel fabrication, and parts manufacturing for the oil and gas industries. The volatile economy and changing customer demands have accounted for the enterprise changes in my timeline. The cumulative result is the experience to be agile and adapt to new industries and quickly demonstrate my value as a team member. BSIE

Lean values (5S, VSM, Kaizen)

Cycle Time Reduction

Labor Standard Development

Epicor ERP user

Layout (Cells, Workstation Site)

Line Balancing

Procedures, Work Instructions

Data Analysis (multiple platforms)

New part number controller

Project Management


AMACS Process Tower Internals, Houston, TX 11/10/2013 – 5/17/2016

Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing Manager

Reengineered stamping dies in AutoCAD, managed the fabrication of new and refurbished dies.

Designed and sourced manufacturing for assembly parts that reduced purchase cost by 50%

Conducted continuous improvement projects in Houston and Monterrey MX.

Project manager for the closing of a legacy location on time and on budget. The project included

oDisposition and sale of all equipment; capital, office and facility

oLayout and movement of machinery to the current facility

oCoordination of all corporate communication, and deployment

Initiated and implemented a web based maintenance program (Maintenance Care) that reduced paperwork and increased the visibility of the maintenance projects through a website and smart phone apps

Managed the Epicor ERP part number system, maintained standard conventions

Trained and qualified fork lift drivers, active safety team member

Signal International Marine Fabrication, Orange, TX 08/29/2011 - 02/25/2013

Industrial Engineer

Replaced manual cutting process with; robotic cutting of precise steel profiles; $850k savings with return on investment of less than one year

Developed detailed process flow spreadsheets describing the work flow of marine fabrication

Worked with ship construction engineers and production operations to determine the optimal work flow for new projects, established labor standards through time studies of best practices

Conducted continuous process improvement monitoring and documentation on older equipment; recommended methods for cycle time improvement

Music and Arts Centers, Frederick, MD 08/06/2007 - 01/17/2011

Industrial Engineer

Established (new corporate position) labor standards for the repair and reconditioning of musical instruments

Presented, designed, planned and executed Lean, 5S, of refurbishment, repair workstations, to reduce WIP by 50% and increase single piece flow

Cost justified new sonic cleaning equipment, designed tooling related to the instrument cleaning process. Reduced cleaning time by 20%

Redesigned the layout of order picking areas for 88K sq. ft. warehouse as part of a cross-functional Kaizen

Conducted similar Kaizen events in smaller(7K to 20K sq. ft.) regional warehouses, country wide, with local teams

Created a daily production database for 50 plus technicians using MS Access;

Inspected, measured, and drafted new warehouse locations for fit and function with AutoCAD to show racking, workstations, offices and dock Developed cost models for presentations.

Sony Digital Audio Disc Company, Terre Haute, IN 09/01/2004 - 07/10/2007

Industrial Engineer

Designed successfully and in budget the layout of an order fulfillment warehouse; moved from 140K SF to 256K SF, Improved the pack and pick process 13% less travel; directed contractors for all equipment installation

Justified the ROI for a $750K four (4) color high speed disc printing equipment

Provided data analysis of the AS/RS and AGV Systems; improved on-time delivery by 17%

Columbia House Corp, Terre Haute, IN 06/09/2003 - 05/05/2004

Industrial Engineer

Created daily scheduling tool in Excel and Access for managers

Reduced labor cost by $75K annually by reducing bar code rejects in order fulfillment

Tyson Refrigerated Processed Meats, Houston, TX 11/15/2001 - 02/10/2003

Industrial Engineer

Directed a Preventive Maintenance project to improve machine uptime on the automated meat slicers, reduced slicing meat loss by 7.5 %

Led Kaizen project to reduce over inspection of finished product, reduced head count by 23% per line

LSG/Sky Chefs, Arlington, TX 01/03/1996 - 10/22/2001

Continuous Improvement Manager, Industrial Engineer

Executed Kaizens that reduced the staffing by 50%, in the preparation areas

Led lean manufacturing implementation in a multi airline catering facility

Trained employees in lean principles, at all levels on all shifts

Developed pricing labor standards for catering services

Marathon Power Technologies, Waco, TX 01/03/1994 – 01/02/1996

Industrial Engineer

Created the labor standards for sheet metal fabrication, electronic, Ni-Cad battery assembly

Led process improvement teams in warehouse and production areas

Tandy Software Assembly, Ft. Worth, TX 05/01/1991 – 01/01/1994

Industrial Engineer

Initiated Industrial Engineering activities for a computer sub assembly facility and supervised the daily activities of a full-time clerk and AutoCAD draftsman


University of Texas Arlington, Arlington TX

Major: Industrial Engineer, BSIE

Computer Skills

Proficient in MS Excel, MS Access, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, AutoCAD 2D, Epicor ERP, Oracle, Ease work measurement software

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