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Mechanical Engineer

Location:
Denver, Colorado, United States
Posted:
January 25, 2017

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CHRISTOPHER ALFORD

Denver, CO acyg4x@r.postjobfree.com (408) ***-****

SUMMARY

Mechanical Engineer with a diverse engineering background,a strong understanding of mechanics, principles, and materials. Skilled in the development of complex systems with interaction across multiple engineering disciplines, as well as managing and researching projects from design to production. Demonstrated hands-on problem solving with testing and fabrication ability including machining, welding, and composite lay-up. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING WORK EXPERIENCE

Design/Systems Engineer – Consulting March 2015-Current

Design and prototype tactical reconnaissance robot for SWAT tactical response applications working with LAPD SWAT. Invented articulating quadcopter propulsion to traverse all types of ground terrain with the ability to transform to flight mode to climb vertical surfaces

High performance industrial drone swarm system with advanced sensors for overseas customer to study tall building movement. Utilized advanced composites and fabrication methods to achieve 200% increase in strength and durability and 20% increased flight time compared to that of commercially available unmanned aircraft

Design plastic injection molded enclosures for wireless control of municipal lighting

Transfer case mode driver indicator for GMT900 large SUVs and pickups

In-house prototyping and machining with CNC Machine and 3D printer Forensic Engineer – Momentum Engineering January 2012-March 2015

Perform accident reconstruction and analysis of automobile, motorcycle, bicycle, and heavy truck collisions services for clients including attorneys, civil agencies, and insurance companies

Design and fabricate test rigs and roll cages for vehicle handling and tread separation testing, Design and build custom equipment systems and implement unmanned aerial surveying system

Perform crash tests (automotive and bicycle)

Certified for Bosch Crash Data Retrieval – Data Analyst, Tech Level I & II Research and Design Engineer – Progressive Suspension January 2011 – August 2011

Direct project responsibility and project management from concept phase through prototyping and production release of aftermarket motorcycle suspension products

Apply DFM (Design for Manufacturing) principles and produce drawings in compliance to ASME Y14.5 GD&T for overseas manufacturing

Design and validate manufacturing equipment and processes

Road test designs to quantify and report results Design Engineer - Stellar Exploration, Inc. March 2010 – September 2010

Mechanical design, analysis, 3D modeling, and creation of production drawings of spacecraft structure and mechanisms – Light Sail 1 for the Planetary Society

Reduced parts count by 30% and manufacturing operations by 50%

Communicate and work with customer, other engineering groups, and outside vendors

Ensured spacecraft met applicable standards

Intern – TENCATE Advanced Composites USA, Inc. Summer 2009

Designed and specified machine shop fixtures for new milling machine using Solidworks

Supported all types of composite prepreg testing and laminate fabrication for quality assurance

Designed and fabricated personal projects with spare material to learn complex laminate fabrication EDUCATION

CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIVERSITY SAN LUIS OBISPO Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, December 2010 Automotive Mechatronics, Summer 2008 - University of Applied Sciences Munich – Munich, Germany Advanced Strength of Materials, Fall 2013 - University of California Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA Composites Manufacturing, Spring 2014 - University of California Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

1st Place Turbomachinery Design Competition – Cal Poly

Designed the best performing turbine and nozzle to use 1 gallon of water to move a 15oz sled 10ft

Created Turbine and Nozzle with Rapid Prototyping Single Track Vehicle Design Project – Cal Poly

Designed and manufactured a carbon fiber bicycle frame

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

Lead Mobile Electronics Technician

Circuit City, San Luis Obispo 2006-2008

Trained new employees

Developed standardized procedures

Shop consistently ranked top 10 in

the company nationwide



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