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Engineer Manufacturing

Tiffin, Ohio, 44883, United States
September 27, 2019

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James J. Hardina

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Tiffin, OH 44883

Home 419-***-****


A challenging position as an Industrial, Manufacturing or Project Engineer with a company that seeks an ambitious and career conscious person to assist in improving productivity, safety, quality and profits.


Productivity & Efficiency Improvement

Cost Reduction & Justification

Project Planning & Estimating

Process Improvement, Engineering & Re-engineering

AutoCAD and VantageCAD Drawing & ESAB Programming

MODAPTS, MTM, P-CAM & Excel Certified

Lean Manufacturing, APQP & Six Sigma Experience


HDT Global – Defense Contractor for Military Air Handling Systems, Ontario, Ohio

Manufacturing Engineer, March 2018 – Current

Provided Technical Engineering assistance in the function of equipment and processes used to manufacture activated carbon filled steel & aluminum air filters which provide Bio-Hazard Protection for Military Personnel.

Designed/Projected and built jigs/fixtures/pokeyokes/Go & No Go equipment to improve assembly operations.

Created Work Instructions in Microsoft Excel & Word - revised existing documents used throughout the facility,

Implemented and Oversaw Continuous Improvement activities/devices to assist operators and/or provide measureable data for comparison purposes/reports.

Adhered to many MIL specs and procedures in daily responsibilities/duties.

Webster Industries Inc., Heavy Steel Fabrication of Conveyance Products, Tiffin, Ohio

Manufacturing Engineer, 2014 – 2017

Reported to Director of Operations - Provided technical support & long term Project Management.

Co-ordinated the quoting, justifying, appropriation, and installing of Automated Cells for Process Improvement and Manning Reductions, as well as, troubleshooting of equipment as needed.

Pioneered Continuous Energy Improvement Program and Procedures for plant wide energy reduction.

Generated 70K+ in Incentive dollars and saved 482,000 KWHrs of electricity in 2016.

Improved Throughput & Increased Production Rates using Value Stream Mapping and Lean Manufacturing techniques to streamline various material issues and process flow constraints.

Improved Part Quality thru DoE’s, in process sensoring, and gaging.

Interfaced with Design Engineers & Manufacturing to optimize current & future products and processes.

Designed devices and fixtures to Improve Process Flow and catch/contain non-conforming parts.

Analyzed Processes thru Time Studies, Justified Capital Equipment & did ROI’s on new equipment options.

Maintained Plant & Department Layouts in AutoCAD as plant expansion and new product line was introduced.

Established sources & relationships with local tooling providers for Automated Cells and Equipment.

Findlay Products Corp., Automotive Stamping, Welding & Assembly Facility, Findlay, Ohio

Industrial Engineer, 1999 - 2014

Performed time and motion studies for line balancing, process improvement and establishing standards.

Compiled plant Capacity Studies as plantwide forecasts & workload fluctuated.

Assisted Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) teams in implementing efficient manufacturing processes during 7 extensive vehicle product launches.

Prepared internal CAD drawings to resolve material flow issues and to enable adjustments of plant facilities during 3 major expansions and as needed.

Initiated, implemented and/or document material reduction and process improvements resulting in cost reductions and savings.

Addressed and resolved safety and ergonomic concerns regarding plant equipment.

Implemented Plant wide Standardized Work and Instructions for Press and Assembly/Weld Operations

Co-ordinated Plant level Environmental Management System’s (EMS) efforts.

Developed effective packaging for internal Stampings and Assisted Corporate Packaging Engineers on customer assemblies and components packaging.

HiSan Inc., Tubular Automotive Component Manufacturer, Findlay, Ohio

Cost Estimator / Industrial Engineer, 1995 - 1999

Reviewed inquiries and component drawings, developed estimates and prepared quotations.

Interpreted/translated product specifications from detailed customer drawings.

Developed production rates and standards by doing time studies on new processes and equipment.

Created cost analyses for adapting automation systems for new products and process improvement.

Assisted with the preparation of internal CAD drawings and layouts for prototype and production part development.

Worked in a team environment with many Japanese associates to resolve differences in product specifications between Japanese and U.S. supplied materials.

Developed VA/VE ideas at the pre-production stage to generate customer and internal cost savings.

Minnotte Manufacturing Corp., Heavy Steel Fabrication, Crown Point, Indiana

Project Engineer / Project Manager, 1992 - 1995

Simultaneously oversaw numerous fabrication projects from inception to completion (primarily for the Steel Mill Industry).

Reviewed and analyzed customer drawings, technical data, product specifications and code compliances.

Performed CAD layout, detailing, development and nesting of parts from manufacturing drawings for processing components.

Determined and ordered all necessary materials and provided critical data to vendors.

Programmed multi-axis ESAB Oxy/Acetylene and plasma burning machine.

Provided shop floor support for all processes such as cutting, forming, fitting, welding, machining, etc.

Scheduled all out of house operations, such as non-destructive testing and heat treating.

Sensus Technologies, Division of Rockwell International, Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Industrial Engineer, 1991 - 1992

Performed time and motion studies of automated and manual assembly, testing, soldering and packaging operations in a facility that manufactured advanced electronic water meters and registers.

Worked with Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Quality Control, Production Supervision and Accounting during compilation of information necessary to develop technical manuals and videos in order to transfer 35% of operations to a new plant in Mexico.

Adhered to ISO guidelines.

E.G. Smith Construction Products, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Production Worker, 1986 - 1988

Extensive involvement with assembly, materials prep, inventory control, plant layout, scheduling and inspection functions.

Assisted operators of PLC controlled rolling mills and electrostatic paint spraying equipment.

Operated welders, milling machines, hydraulic and rotary presses, brakes, shears, curvers, and industrial saws.


State University of New York - Institute of Technology, Utica, New York

B.S., Industrial Engineering, Minor: Robotics and Automated Systems, 1990

1988 through 1990

V.P. of Student Chapters of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).

University of Pittsburgh, Titusville, Pennsylvania

1983 through 1985

Completed 2 years of Mechanical Engineering coursework through a Cyclops Corporation Scholarship.

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