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Engineer Manufacturing

Newburgh, IN
January 10, 2020

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Eugene O. Ossai

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Newburgh, IN 47630



Seat Engineer delivering Continuous Improvement and Change Management focused on quality improvements, on-time delivery, inventory and cost reductions, as well as process performance improvements. Proven success utilizing Pull / Kanban systems, Mistake Proofing activities, Lessons Learned and Best Practices. Core competences include the following:

Cost Analysis / Cost Avoidance

Estimating / Budgeting

Scheduling / Planning

Mentor / Coach / Train

Quality Assurance / Quality Control

Performance Improvement

Regulatory Compliance

Capital Project

Value Stream Mapping

Kaizen Activities

Lean 6 Sigma

Conveyors and equipment installation

Jigs and Fixture

Test Run on Equipment

Highlander Seat (End of Arm Tool “EOAT”)


Led production employees to five successful product launches in a four year period, increasing gross margins. Utilization of Kaizen team to organize and streamline manufacturing using SMED.

Team leader in three Kaizen / Pull system events improving production, manufacturing process and information flow. Prioritizing first in / first out and overproduction.

Authored capital equipment justification and acquisition of a $60,000 wire harness testing machine.


Engineering Specialist, Toyota Boshoku, Lawrenceville, Illinois. 2018- Present

Responsible to provide technical support and monitoring processes ensure that team objective are met regard to delivery of quality parts on time to the customer.

Developed new or Modify current new assembly method, techniques and procedures

Established assembly instructions/visual aids to guide production team relating to specifications/process.

Assisted in development and maintenance of work instructions in compliance with TS 16949 requirement.

Coordinated technical personnel in performing inspection to ensure worker’s compliance with established seat assembly procedure, restrictions, and standards.

Communicated project status to other department and manufacturing engineering plant.

Supported plant manufacturing and engineering staff during new launch.

Created and manage purchase order for tools and equipment.

Actively contributed to the machine design from the manufacturing engineer’s perspective and liaise with other engineers in the team during the design and manufacturing process to ensure that the manufacturing requirement are adhere to.

Interface Sealing Solutions, Marshall Town, IA 2016 - 2017

Manufacturer and provider of advanced materials, sealing solutions, thermal management systems and specialty products to customers worldwide.

Manufacturing Engineer / Maintenance

Reviewed existing products, process improvement, production / manufacturing management and engineering projects.

Investigated / monitored quality issues, identified root causes, and implemented corrective actions involving assembly to meet and provide solutions.

Participated in PFMEA's and Control Plans, PPAP, APQP, ECN ensuring engineers focus on issues with quality and closed all the gaps.

Applied mistake proofing methodology to high risk processes that exhibit recurring quality issues.

Developed and modified operator work instructions as changes necessary for new product integration, working with operators standard work procedure, closing gaps.

Monitored data and metrics within the plant to identify areas of waste, prioritize the investigation and implementation of solutions.

Implementation of Predictive and PM Maintenance schedule leading to registration in TS I6949, checking machines / maintenance, decreasing machine breakdown, loss time, and increasing production.

John Deere Des Moines Works, Ankeny, IA / Moline, IL 2010 - 2016

Delivered products and services to support those linked to the land.

PDP / OFP Manufacturing Engineer

Established and maintained work methods and documentation, technical assistance, mistake proof, conduct line balance and capital projects. Investigated quality issues, identified root causes, and implemented corrective actions.

Developed and modified operator work instructions as changes necessary for new product integration.

Implemented layout changes necessary for new product integration, management tools and process management systems, SAP, Wplanner: Enterprise Product Delivery Process (EPDP).

Implemented line and process design, material presentation, cycles of imbalance, and visual management tools to ensure that equal amount of operators /Machine available on the line at all time.

Provided manufacturing engineering leadership throughout a new model development program from initial concept through launch at the final assembly facility.

Coordinated and facilitated projects / objectives, validate and tracks savings and cost avoidances. Member of Pivoting Team responsible for Kaizen / Lean Manufacturing.

Refined and improved existing processes including manufacturing and test procedures, process development, product design for manufacturability and assembly, capacity, efficiency, floor and cell layout.

Cadence Innovation, Troy, MI 2004 - 2008

Provider of design, engineering and manufacturing solutions to the automotive industry worldwide.

Production Manager

Analyzed and planned work force utilization, space requirements, and workflow, circle time.

Provided problem solving improvement recommendations in areas such as processes, process control, maintenance techniques, tools and STDs.

Established and monitored maintenance performance metrics as a guide to areas needing most improvement.

Reviewed the quality results from daily production and determined the action needed for countermeasure.

Tracked and analyzed quality measurement data, established process capability characteristics and non-conformance.

Preparation of test plans and schematics, racks, bins and other containers that protected parts and insured quality.

Supervised employees assembling doors and Instrumental panel for Jeep Cherokee / Commander, quarter panels and Load floors.

Developed and implemented strategies to reach corporate objectives

Groomed a team possessing a good company culture with good teamwork and low turnover

Mentored and developed a team of mid-level leaders

Charged with developing, implementing and managing process to ensure safety, quality and production goal.

Leadership skills to foster a growing team.


Electrical Engineering (BS)

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI


John Deere, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, 2013

University of Villanova, Lean Six Sigma, 2010


PPAP, APQP, Kanban, 6S, SMED, Root Cause Analysis, Takt time, Cro, Pro E, Gemba Engagement, Kaizen Activity, Value Stream mapping

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