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Learning and Development Leader

Phoenix, AZ
March 10, 2020

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Ernesto Huerta

Sierra Vista, AZ ***** 520-***-****

Learning and Development Leader

20+ years' success strengthening organizations across diverse sectors.

Repeated success devising and implementing curricula aligned with company culture and goals. Achieves objectives regarding training, mentoring, and coaching. Quickly identifies root causes of problems and drives training and process improvement efforts in complex and changing environments. Cultivates involvement and engagement throughout the organization. U.S. military association; active government secret security clearance.

Areas of Expertise

Policy Development

Course Development

Project Management

Evaluation Methods


Performance Management

Community Outreach

Culture Management

R6 Sigma Green Belt Qualified

Professional Experience

Raytheon, Sierra Vista AZ (Ft. Huachuca,) 2008-Present

Consulting Training and Development Specialist, Supervisor

Served in a variety of training and development roles over a 10+-year tenure.

Direct all classroom and simulator training for operation of the Gray Eagle unmanned Aircraft systems to Army, Navy, and Marine personnel. Design and develop courses using CBT/ WBT, workshops, and simulations all within U.S. military guidelines. Create course outlines, instructional materials, handouts, study guides, and evaluation methods and assessment forms. Supervise workflow, scheduling, and development for a team of 18.

Created and implemented an app for testing data, costing less time and yielding higher productivity.

Graduated +1000 Gray Eagle operators.

Streamlined editing process as part of lean sigma initiatives.

Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems, Reno, NV, June-July 2019

Subject Matter Expert/Data Analysis

Superintended field flight operations with commercial and public entities to ensure compliance with FAA and other state and local flight regulations. Evaluated performance of flying entities under the Nevada Test Site Certificate of Authorizations. Sent FAA flight data to FAA databases. Ensured flights complied with Nevada Air Tasking Orders. Advised Director on potential operational issues. Provided data analysis for use in UTM software testing.

Contributed to development and monitoring of Nevada Air Tasking Orders.

Provided planning tools to mitigate disruption to flight scheduling and testing.

Center for Academic Success High School, Sierra Vista and Tucson, AZ, 2001-2008

Vocational Education and Head Teacher

Developed syllabi aligned with school and district objectives; employed learning activities to engage various learning styles. Evaluated learning disabilities and referred students to specialists as needed. Contributed to selection of learning materials. Assessed student performance and provided progress reports as required by law. Led staff initiatives for instructional goals and methods. Courses taught include Algebra, Drama, Music, Accounting, Business, Life Skills, Spanish, and character development courses.

Recognized by local media for success introducing technology to the classroom.

Collaborated with local community college for dual credit opportunities.

Guided YES seminar participants to First Place finish.

Additional professional experience includes Training and Safety Officer with Environmental Management Services, Special Markets Manager with Safety-Kleen, and District Manager with Ferrellgas.

Education and Certifications

Micro Master, Program Management, MIT

B.S., Management, University of Ravenhurst, Denmark, magna cum laude

AAS., Environmental Studies, University of Ravenhurst, Denmark, magna cum laude

Military Education:

UAS Standardization and Instructor Operator Course

United States Army Basic Instructor Training Course

United States Army Cadre Training Course

United States Army Support Cadre Training Course

UAS Standardization and Instructor Operator Course

Contemporary Operating Environment

Gray Eagle (MQ-1C) UAS Qualification Course

Shadow 200 (RQ-7A/B) UAS Qualification Course

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