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Engineer Manufacturing

Eden Prairie, Minnesota, United States
October 09, 2016

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Mike Kistner

***** ****** ****** **** *******, MN 55347 952-***-****

Experienced manufacturing / process engineer seeking a new opportunity. I have significant experience in many aspects of pre-product production, manufacturing, and quality. I can provide hands on production support, team building, and training. I am hard working, dedicated, and enjoy making a difference every day.


Pro Engineer CAD On time new product launches

Team Building and Leading General Machining Experience

Lean Manufacturing Development Fixture, Gage and Tool Design

Process Development and Validation Continuous Improvement focused

Production Assembly and Testing Marking Laser Production and Maintenance


Ritchie Engineering Bloomington, MN 2010 – Present

Manufacturing – Maintenance Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer responsible for Continuous improvement in processes and equipment

Launched Work Instruction program and Controlled document system for manufacturing projects

All Pre-production planning and line launches, Contributed in design reviews, Directed Time Studies

Developed and tested design changes for Cost Savings

Established higher quality expectations with torque controlled fastener program across multiple lines

Reduced production vacuum oil consumption by 80% by developing a filtration process to reuse oil

Reduces line stoppages to a minimal level, Went from days to hours throughout the plant

Phillips & Temro Eden Prairie, MN 2004 – 2009

Manufacturing – Process Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer responsible for multiple product families and lines for a Tier 1 manufacturer

Developed and maintained process documentation in an ISO regulated environment

Kaizen team ME responsible for process analysis, developing and implementing process improvements

Performed root cause analysis and implemented continuous improvements in response to customer concerns

Developed tooling, fixtures, and gauging for new product introduction from initial design to PPAP approval

Worked with production teams to develop balanced process product lines and continuous improvement projects

Developed PM processes and equipment upgrades to improve availability on laser marking system

Expertise in the following areas: ISO / TS16949, Lean Manufacturing, 5S, PFMEA, APQP, mechanical assembly, metal forming, and electro-mechanical systems.

General manufacturing engineering work in the following areas: production documentation, new assembly and manufacturing processes, production throughput, cell layout, material handling, and production time studies

Parker-Hannifin, Gresen Hydraulic Valves Minneapolis, MN 1981 - 2004

Manufacturing Engineer Mobile Hydraulics 1998 – 2004

Managed hydraulic test stand design projects to improve production testing capability plant-wide

Responsible for PC’s and peripherals, hydraulic sensors and circuits, signal conditioning, and software development related to product testing

Developed manufacturing process documentation for plant floor personnel

Supervised Associate Manufacturing Engineers and college engineering interns

Responsible for plant-wide process filtration improvements, achieving a product cleanliness of ISO 17/14 level and a 50% cost reduction for plant filtration to save $25K per year

Worked in a ISO 9000 environment as a design and manufacturing engineer since 1995

Designed tooling and fixtures for product assembly and testing

Pro Engineer CAD training and experience

Sr. Design Engineer Electronics 1995 – 1998

Responsible for the electro-mechanical design of microprocessor based hydraulic control systems

Developed product revisions to improve quality and lower cost of assembly

Worked with purchasing and product team to plan the phase in of product revisions and inventory control

Provided technical support and conducted product training for customers using electro-hydraulic controls

Designed tooling and fixtures for electronic product assembly and testing


Manufactures Alliance - 2016 Golden Valley, MN

Enrolled in Lean Practitioner Certification program

Emphasis Areas: Lean Manufacturing – A hands-on simulation

Visual Management & 5S

Value Stream Mapping

Introduction to 6-Sigma

Kaizen Rapid Improvement

Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN

Bachelor of Arts

Major: Industrial Technology

Emphasis Area: Manufacturing Engineering and Management

Oakland Community College Auburn Hills, MI

Associate of Applied Science

Major: Manufacturing Technology

Emphasis Area: Manufacturing Processes and Robotics

Hennepin Technical College Eden Prairie, MN

Certificate of Completion

Major: Electro-mechanical Technology

Emphasis Area: Electronics, Hydraulics, and Pneumatics

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