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Quality Engineer Manager

Colonial Heights, Virginia, 23834, United States
October 07, 2016

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Kenneth Lawrence

Skills Summary

Operations Management Quality Management Capital Planning and Budgeting Machining & Grinding Quality Engineering Project Management Heat Treatment Quality Systems SAP ERP

Inspection Customer Relations SAP Implementation

Metrology OSHA 30-hr Supplier Quality

SPC Environmental Compliance Polymers & Injection Molding Lean Implementation Quality Auditing Rail Industry & AAR M-1003 Process Improvement Corrective Action Automotive & TS-16949 Amsted Rail – Brenco; Petersburg, VA (1993 – 2016) Production Operations Manager (2011-2016)

Managed 24-7 production operations for a precision Railroad bearing manufacturer.

Oversaw Grinding and Inspection operations from 2011 to 2013 and Heat Treat and Machining operations from 2014 to 2016.

Department size ranged from 24 to 110 personnel.

Responsible for capital planning and budgeting for my areas of responsibility. Managed Capital projects, including an 18-month $2M project to replace manual CNC’s with an automated Machining line. Project was completed on-time and on-budget to save approximately $750K/yr.

Worked closely with the Scheduling Unit to plan and monitor weekly and monthly production.

Responsible for OSHA and Environmental compliance. Conducted accident investigations and developed corrective actions to remedy issues. Completed OSHA 30-hr training class.

Maintained a high visibility with the operators.

Extensive supervisory experience, including a wide range of employee relation issues.

Extensive experience with SAP ERP system.

Quality Manager/Sr. Quality Engineer (2000-2011)

Quality System Management – Established systems for compliance to ISO-9001 and AAR (Association of American Railroads – Rail Industry). Systems include implementing policies through operator level documentation and maintaining the systems and all documentation since their creation. Worked with QS-9000 and TS-16949 requirements for automotive product lines.


o Supervised Receiving Inspection Operations. Ensured that purchased components and materials were processed in a timely manner and conformed to specified requirements to support Manufacturing Operations o Supervised Metrology Lab operations ranging from one to four technicians. Lab functions included control of measurement equipment for all operations, dimensional releases and outsourced component qualifications. o Assistant Plant Manager for locomotive bearing remanufacturing operation. Duties included personnel supervision, Lean implementation, production planning and quality assurance. (2000-2003)

Statistical Techniques – Implemented real-time Statistical Process Control system to monitor dimensional and metallurgical parameters.

Trainer for SAP ERP implementation for Quality Management functions. Quality Engineer (1993-2000)

Auditing and Corrective Action – Led the company’s auditing program and corrective action program from 1993 through 2011. Determined the areas of non-conformance and ensured corrective actions were implemented. Extensive experience in Root Cause Analysis.

Documented company policies, procedures and area work instructions.

Supplier Development – Worked with Purchasing Department in identifying, developing and monitoring suppliers for bearing components.

Product Development – Program Manager for company’s integration of polymer components to replace steel components in the bearings. Developed FMEA’s as necessary for both products and processes.

Customer Relations – Worked with customers in complaint resolution and ensured compliance with customer specific requirements.

Developed job descriptions for technical personnel for company’s implementation of the Hayes Personnel rating system.

Honeywell (formerly AlliedSignal), Chesterfield, VA (1988-1993) Sr. Color Chemist (promoted to Senior in 1990)

Position responsible for the development of nylon and polyester color products for use in automotive, industrial and commercial applications. Job involved production quality control, subcontractor monitoring and production research. Education

B.S degree in Physics & Mathematics Emory & Henry College Emory, VA

Internship at Westinghouse Electric’s Wire and Cable Division in Quality Control and Statistical Process Control Professional Affiliations

Senior Member of American Society for Quality

American Society of Materials

Registered Quality Systems Auditor, RABQSA, Q06557 (expired)

Certified Quality Engineer, American Society for Quality, #37348 (expired)

Lead Auditor for Richmond ASQ Section’s Audit Resource Network

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