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Food Safety Engineer

Saint Paul, MN
May 14, 2020

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Darwin Schlinger

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Profit - Loss Responsibilities Food Quality Integration FDA, USDA, AIB, SQF, BRC

Capital Budgets & Invoicing Resource Allocation

Maintenance (TPM & CMMS) Project Scheduling

Process - Procedure Development Personnel & Vendor Management

Hiring & Firing Business Analysis – 5’s, Lean Manufacturing


Contract Negotiations Solution Sales

Budgetary Planning Price Quoting

Research – Development Client Relations

New Business - Strategy Development Development and Training


Principle Engineer: Baxter Medical Group (Contract) Oct 2018 – Dec 2019

Provided engineering support for a biological tissue product line that the business had been trying to enhance since 2005. Worked with a vendor to design and secure, safe production equipment capable of making the product enhancement possible.

Updated quality control document and performed IQ, OQ, PQ and validation for product enhancement projects.

Provided AutoCAD drafting support needed for facility changes and product enhancements.

Updated PFMEA documents to address severity, occurrence and detection. Associated the risk involved with each processing step to determining proper mitigation and testing parameters for various projects.

Used MS Project to develop timelines for the scheduling and completion of projects.

Sr. Project Engineer: Wenck (Contract) May 2018 – Oct 2018

Participated in the evaluation of a client’s facility. Delivered costs estimates and recommendations to convert the facility to a ready to eat, grain processing facility.

Addressed the different levels of hygiene at the client’s processing facilities. Making recommendations and cost estimates to comply with Cargill’s food safety and hygiene standards.

Provided construction management for clients “startup” food processing plant. Management of several projects and contractors related to process improvements, food safety, and increase in production capabilities.

Sr. Project Engineer: Power Engineering (Contract) Jan 2018 – Mar 2018

Develop power point presentations used for training and sharing knowledge. Used to mentor and train younger engineers within the organization on pneumatic conveying systems and bakery facilities.

Sr. Process Engineer: Rise Baking Company, River Falls, WI Feb 2016 – Nov 2017

Manage all aspects of capital & continuous improvement (CI) projects. Scopes, budgets and engineering oversight for projects related to the manufacturing facility ranging in scope from $15K up to $10MM.

Collaborate with different business departments to developed documents used for review and approval of capital expenditure requests, submitting and reviewing with upper management for approval.

Implemented safety related project in areas of OSHA and audit compliance, food safety, and ergonomics. Reducing the risk of injuries or food contamination. Employee and food safety is number one priority!

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Engineering Manager II: CSM Bakery Solutions, Eagan, MN Dec 2004 – Feb 2016

Managed capital budgets and engineering oversight for capital & continuous improvement projects for multiple manufacturing facilities ranging in scope from $18k up to $23MM.

Developed documents used for review and approval of capital expenditure requests, submitting and reviewing with upper management for approval.

Sourced contactors/vendors for equipment and services, overseeing equipment performance per design and completing services to meet company’s new packaging and production strategies.

Managed and tracked all project financing: budgets, contracts, purchase orders, and invoices. Completed 22 capital projects at multiple facilities, all within +$5.0MM budget.

Implemented CI projects using OPEX Value Stream Analysis and evaluations of processing lines for continuous improvements and Zero Based Waste (ZBW). Generating $2MM in annual savings.

Developed and maintained AutoCAD drawings of the facility, equipment layouts, P&ID’s, electrical and mechanical drawings.

Project Manager: Dahlen Systems, Inc., Wayzata, MN Oct 2002 – Feb 2004

Developed and presented engineering documentation, designs, budget, schedules, installation/demolition scopes and equipment specifications for a $2.5MM project.

Managed Automation & Controls projects for various clients.

Continuously blended probiotic with infant formula at a 0.01% to 99.99% ratio, resulting in a new multi-million dollar product line for the Nestle organization.

Programmed PLC’s / Allen Bradley and HMI’s / SCADA – Fix Intellution to operate and control plant utilities at an infant formula manufacturing plant. Resulting in maintenance/operator controllability, reliability, flexibility, and energy savings by utilizing those systems as needed by the manufacturing processes.


Drafter, Tech Source Design, Inc. (Nuclear Energy Facility)

Contract Design Engineering, Self Employed (Quotes, Equipment Design, Sales)

Administrative Staff Engineer, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (Pet Food Ingredient Manufacturing)

Process / Project Engineer, C.E. Rogers Company (OEM for Food & Dairy, Beverage and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturing)

Field Service Technician / Pilot Plant Manager, GEA/Niro, Inc. (OEM for Food & Dairy, Beverage, Equipment Manufacturing)


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology / EET Minor: Physics & Computer Science

Mankato State University, Mankato, MN

-Accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Internship with IBM, testing software for AS400 computer system.


PMP Certification (4/15/2020)

Supervision IV (Project Management)

Skills of Engagement

Leadership Training and Time Management

Conducting Effective Meetings

9 Steps Refrigeration Training

AIB International – Building Your HACCP Program

Supervision I: Fundamentals of Leadership

MS Windows, Network and Operating Systems Essentials.

Fix Intellution (Fix Fundamentals 104) SCADA Systems

Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Workshop

Solid Work Drafting

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