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Engineer Mechanical

Huntley, IL, 60142
January 14, 2020

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Self-motivated, dedicated and reliable product engineer with proven team leadership skills and project management; with hands-on experience in industrial and automated equipment design. Possess the ability to guide projects from conceptual design to production, while working closely with customers, vendors, sales, and service personnel. Awarded (13) thirteen U.S. patents.

Solid background in structural, sheet metal, and casting design. Additional experience with welding and materials, hydraulics, pneumatics, gears, electro-mechanical devices, GDT (geometric dimensioning and tolerancing) and heat treatment. Complemented with exposure to PLC’s and electrical troubleshooting.

Skilled at assessing new products, building prototypes and improving production processes. Along with procedures for installing parts, machines and equipment in alignment with design plans and timelines.

Proficient in the following systems and software:

Multiple 3-D Solid modeling platforms – SolidWorks (20 yrs.), Autodesk Inventor (7 yrs.), Catia (3 yrs.), and AutoCAD (6 yrs.) for design engineering and modification of technical plans.

Solidworks Simulation software and Solidworks PDM vault.

DFMA Certification (design for manufacturing and assembly).

ISO Certification (quality systems) and LEAN principles certification (manufacturing efficiency).

Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet research and accurate email communications.


Automated Manufacturing Solutions, Crystal Lake, Illinois, 5/2019 – 9/2019

Manufacturer of custom automated equipment for the food processing and manufacturing industry

Mechanical Engineer

Design and detailing of fully automatic food processing equipment for the fast food industry. Specify all automation equipment including linear (Linmot) and rotatory motion devices, servo motors and all mechanical components.

Reverse engineered a working prototype of a bun transfer station to make it production ready. This redesign was to make use of standard engineering processes, methods and components. The project also required design for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA).

Assisted in the implementation of a Solidworks PDM Vault system for database management

Contracted to The RDI Group, Itasca, Illinois, 8/2017-4/2019

Global manufacturer of automated roof shingle processing equipment, steel coil slitting and handling machines, and steel laser blanking equipment

Mechanical Engineer

Layout, design and detailing of material handling conveyors, rotary conveyors and load cell conveyors for high speed shingle processing equipment.

Reverse engineer of coil flattener, threading table, and uncoiler. These machines were originally designed in metric and all components had to be converted to Imperial (US customary, ANSI). All equipment required a 20% increased load carrying capability than the original equipment specifications.

Designed a rotary loading cart for steel coil handling. The cart was engineered to carry a coil in excess of 60,000 lbs. Used Solidworks simulation software for FEA.

Redesigned a customers’ existing fixed steel coil threading table with a double articulation feature to allow for the oiler to be moved when not in use and allow machine operators to pass-through the line.

Contracted to Yeaman Machine Technologies, Inc. Elk Grove Village, Illinois, 10/2016–06/2017

Manufacturer of commercial custom packaging equipment

Mechanical Design Engineer

Develop and design custom packaging production equipment (Continuous and intermittent motion Cartoners and Pouch machines) based on customer specification. This consists of all mechanical part and assembly documentation, selecting components and materials; creation of BOMs and exploded view drawings for assembly and technical operating manuals.

Work on standardization of custom packaging machines to utilize common components, hardware and sub-assemblies and simplify BOM’s.

Designed a powered test stand with settler assembly needed to simulate product flow and consistency as product enters bag in fill position, on pouch machines, per customer specification.

Ellis Corporation, Itasca, Illinois, 8/2012 – 6/2016

National manufacturer of industrial laundry and wastewater equipment

Mechanical Engineer

Lead Engineer responsible for a cost reduction project of a 2.7 million BTU WD7664 natural gas dryer. The scope of the project was to reduce the $100,000.00 manufacturing cost of the existing dryer by 20%, while including (4) value added enhancements. This consisted of evaluating every mechanical system on the dryer to determine where the cost savings could be achieved without sacrificing form, fit, or function.

Designed a field retrofit kit for a 450 and 900 lb. open pocket washing system. This was to repair a structural design flaw that caused the lower belly/drain box of the washer to fatigue and crack prematurely during high extraction. Solidworks Simulation software was used to recreate the failure and determine the point of the weakest link. That data was used to design a bracing super-structure to withstand the extreme loads. The design was engineered to be integrated into all new production washers.

Tasked with a dryer standardization project in which the assignment was to take 3 unique dryer models, take the best features of all models and create a new hybrid dryer. The project was broken into 5 phases. 1) burner/gas train 2) base weldment 3) drive and tilt frame assembly 4) tower and blower box weldment 5) shell assembly. All phases were redesigned and/or modified to achieve this goal.

Assisted in the design of the pump, valve and tank system for the primary 500-gallon water reservoir used on a 12 module, 120 ft. long tunnel washing system. The tank was divided into 3 chambers containing the reclaimed water, fresh tempered water, and fresh hot water, along with three 15 HP water pumps.

Architectural Builders Hardware (ABH), Itasca, Illinois, 11/2009 – 8/2012.

Manufacturer of heavy-duty overhead holders and stops, hospital push / pull latches, electromagnetic holders, pivots, exit panic devices and related mechanical equipment.

Senior Product Engineer

Lead Engineer responsible for design and development of industrial products, hardware and equipment; report directly to C-level executives.

Manage project development and production unit costs, recommend appropriate manufacturing methods, and work collaboratively with UL engineers to obtain product certification.

Provide value engineering consultation and implementation in support of company profit goals, including direct involvement in strategic planning, cost reduction and efficiency.

Designed a unique load and life test system used to simulate vigorous reliability standards; able to quickly attain UL approval, which resulted in reducing time to market.

Designed three new exit devices to achieve customers’ project-specific requirements; recognized for achieving cost savings, time management and productivity goals by utilizing 60% common parts.

Achieved a patent on a dogging mechanism for exit devices; additionally, have multiple patents on door hardware devices for hospital push/pull latches, including lock and over-ride mechanisms.

ITW Signode, Glenview, Illinois, 8/1991 – 11/2009

Global manufacturer of strapping/packaging equipment

Senior Product Engineer, 3/2005 – 11/2009

Lead mechanical engineer for the development of industrial cotton strapping machines in the Industry Packaging Systems group; coordinated project phases between design, manufacturing and electrical engineering. Created all Bill of Materials for project management and technical documentation.

Developed new equipment while providing value engineering that included overseeing continuous quality improvement and cost containment.

Obtained multiple patents on a strap rotator device; significantly improved cotton packaging capabilities.

Team leader for development of a universal up/down cotton strapping system. The new system had a parts reduction of 35 components, and an increase of common components by 50% from previous models.

Designed a dual coil strap dispensing system in response to customer project-specific requirements; reduced manufacturing and component costs by 25%.

Group leader on the first Signode cotton strapping machine to be installed in South America.

Senior Engineer, 6/1997 – 3/2005

Senior Engineer for the Signode Engineered Products group; assisted in the design of general-purpose strapping equipment consisting of side seal, bottom seal, and corrugated machines.

Primary liaison to Signode Engineered Products / Europe for product integration and continuous improvement.

Achieved multiple patents and inducted into ITW Signode Patent Society Hall of Fame.

Chief Engineer for nine months at the production facility in West Union, Iowa; responsible for overseeing initial production assembly of two new lines of strapping machines.

Design Engineer, 8/1991 – 6/1997

Designed and developed industrial strapping equipment for Signode Engineered Products (SEP) group; built prototypes, completed test analysis, and followed development into production.

Worked collaboratively with vendors and suppliers to select and execute appropriate manufacturing processes and materials.

Applied and approved for three patents.


Associate of Applied Science, CAD Design, Elgin Community College

Associate of Science, General Studies, Elgin Community College

Industrial Management Specialist Certificate, Elgin Community College

Completed 16 credit hours, BSME, Illinois Institute of Technology

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