Ronald R. Clarke
Weimar, TX 78962
To secure a position where my experience and technical background in engineering design/manufacturing can be utilized for mutual benefit and result in appropriate remuneration, including fringe benefits. OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVE:
To find a connection with a large manufacturer that already has a line of products on the market -or- with one that manufactures custom products for specialized applications, and with whom my years of experience can be utilized for the production of ideas that are functionally necessary and not just experimental. EXPERIENCE AND WORK-RECORD ANALYSIS:
INTEGRATED ELASTOMERS (Pinehurst, Texas) 2017 - Present Senior Elastomer Engineer
Initiate and coordinate elastomeric research and development activities to enhance existing molded product lines. Provide fundamental elastomeric knowledge in the area of material chemistry, molded part processability, and quality sustainability. Analyze elastomeric test results (rheological and vulcanized physical properties), interpret results, and provide manufacturing support as it relates to individual compounds required and the respective molded process. Communicate with elastomeric material suppliers, tooling vendors, product engineering, quality, and the operational/production group to solve elastomeric, mold tooling, scrap reduction, and product-related technical issues. SHALLER ENJUNEERING (Schulenburg, Texas) 2015 – 2017 CAD/CAM Technician & CNC Machinist
Manufacturer of both captive (multiple styles of concession go-karts for Shaller Enjuneering) and custom fabricated metal/non-metal components for other customers. Able to create 2D CAD drawings and 3D solid models in AutoCAD for manufacturing production projects, make my own CNC machine setups, measure and visually inspect machined parts, and created new CNC programs (including job setup documentation) for any new incoming parts. Possess own tools needed to cover work requirements. Familiar with most CNC controls for lathe and milling machines. Some parts are for sheet metal fabrication (CNC plasma cutting, press brake bending/forming, MIG welding, deburr, and powder-coating). A self-motivated individual with excellent spatial perception in order to visualize objects in three dimensions, possessing good organizational skills, attention to detail, having the ability to manage projects including accepting responsibility and following through with projects from start to finish.
CUSTOM RUBBER PRODUCTS (Houston, Texas) 2011 - 2015 ENGINEERING MANAGER:
Manage the entire engineering group consisting of mold design/drafting (CAD), process engineering, and project engineering personnel to provide and manufacture custom molded thermoset product (elastomeric and/or composite, including on occasion ferrous or non-ferrous bonded components where required) for the petrochemical industry. CRP provided custom molded thermoset product to most major oilfield service providers (Baker-Hughes, Halliburton, National Oilwell, Weatherford, Davis-Lynch, and Schlumberger to name a few). Attached as the final pages of this document is a brief outline of former duties and responsibilities, as well as additional skills/knowledge. EXTERRAN (Alleyton, Texas) 2010 - 2011
SURFACE PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT DESIGNER:
Solid model (3D) & draft (2D) surface operation equipment with AutoCAD 2010 for their fabricated manufacturing operation. Examples include two and three-phase separators, re-boilers, filtration units, treaters, slug catchers, coolers, and scrubbers. ACCURATE ELASTOMER PRODUCTS (Elgin, Texas) 2009 - 2010 MANUFACTURING ENGINEER:
Coordinate all manufacturing efforts and produce more goods at higher quality and lower costs. The objective was, clearly, quite simple: improve the current manufacturing methods. Can prepare specifications governing the manufacturing process(es) to ensure a product's feasibility, producibility and consistency. Have the ability to visualize new products to add to a line, to estimate their costs and their return to the company, then to put these into design, and finally into production. Page 2
FREUDENBERG, NOK (Formerly TETRALENE ELASTOMER, INC. – Houston, TX) 2008 - 2009 OPERATIONS MANAGER:
Overall supervision of company’s operational activities related to thermoset molding of standard commodity products to ensure productive use of available manpower, processes, and equipment to meet the company’s objectives, including assurance that a constant supply of standard products are made within the required customer requirements. Present daily production indices in meetings and highlight key priorities for the Engineering team to focus. Resolve production-related and preventative maintenance issues, including understanding all existing equipment capacities/constraints for efficient work-order processing. Uphold safety and housekeeping compliance in work area by all personnel. CUSTOM RUBBER PRODUCTS (Houston, Texas) 2005 - 2008 ENGINEERING MANAGER:
Manage the entire engineering group consisting of mold design/drafting (AutoCAD 2002), process engineering, and project engineering personnel to provide and manufacture custom molded thermoset product (elastomeric and/or composite, including on occasion ferrous or non-ferrous bonded components where required) for the petrochemical industry. CRP provided custom molded thermoset product to most major oilfield service providers (Baker-Hughes, Halliburton, National Oilwell, Weatherford, Davis-Lynch, and Schlumberger to name a few). UTEX INDUSTRIES, INC. (Weimar, Texas) 2002 - 2005
CAD DRAFTSMAN / CNC PROGRAMMER:
Mold design and drafting, including CNC programming, for rubber and/or plastic polymer parts, both custom and captive. Mold design types included compression, transfer, injection, cast, and extrusion. Rubber press tonnage ranges from 100 to 1200, and plastic press tonnage ranges from 50 to 400. Cast mold design for pourable urethane. Included tool & die design for die-formed packing. Mold design with AutoCAD r13 and CNC programming in MASTERCAM version 9.1. Included 3D solid design with MASTERCAM version 9.1.
UTEX INDUSTRIES, INC. (Weimar, Texas) 2000 - 2002
MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN:
With several hundred thousand individual part numbers, this department lacked manpower. Established manufacturing standards to serve individuals by eliminating the need for repetitive routine decisions, thus allowing for greater individual growth and contribution to the team effort. Prepared special cost analysis of products by manufacturing method(s) and technical style(s). Introduced process mapping techniques to aide time studies. Duties included development of manufacturing methodology for incoming new part numbers. UTEX INDUSTRIES, INC. (Weimar, Texas) 1996 - 2000
Supervised up to four CAD operators, three CAM operators, and one File Room Clerk. Largely responsible for new tool design and accuracy of CAM programs. The work incorporated computer aided design, drafting, and manufacturing for production componentry and mold tooling involving elastomer, plastic, and die-formed product, for both custom and captive applications. Have experience in motivating fellow workers and technicians throughout the production process, from start to finish. Can offer many years of experience in the field of tooling design, including knowing how to design with precision. Included shop-cost estimating for custom and/or captive tooling/molds, including custom production-type parts. UTEX INDUSTRIES, INC. (Weimar, Texas) 1995 - 1996
MACHINE & TOOL DESIGN TECHNICIAN:
The position requires imaginative designing for a wide range of products and equipment, mostly dedicated for the companies own use. Worked in conjunction with the Manufacturing Engineering Group to coordinate efforts and produce more goods at higher quality and lower cost. The objective was, clearly, quite simple: improve the current manufacturing methods. Can prepare specifications governing the manufacturing, testing (including applied R&D), & assembly processes to ensure product's feasibility, producibility and consistency. Have the ability to visualize new products to add to a line, to estimate their costs and their return to the company, then to put these into design, and finally into production. UTEX INDUSTRIES, INC. (Weimar, Texas) 1991 - 1995
Have had long experience as a CNC Programmer. Can prepare, test, document, and analyze CNC programs. Can convert detailed print drawings into applicable CNC programs by manual programming techniques, CAM system programming, or word address system programming format. Know how to develop modified/simplified CNC programs to minimize redundancy. Possess a thorough knowledge of preparing program documentation. Created complete, detailed CNC Page 3
programs for any one of the CNC's on the shop floor, from production run parts to complex mold designs, on CNC lathes, 2- 1/2 axis mills, 3 axis mills, and a 4 axis turn/mill machine. (Allen-Bradley, Fanuc, DynaPath, Yasnac, and Cincinnati Milacron Acramatic controls most popular in this shop.) Also effective in creating CNC programs to be used on one of our vendors wire EDM. Am capable of creating usable geometry to be imported into CAM systems or can create usable geometry within the existing CAM system. Am proficient in generating post-processors to fit the applications of most CNC controls. Am competent in using word address systems to create CNC code for similar (family) style production parts. Was involved in the setup/design of our DNC system to send via RS-232C to machine controls. Was involved in the cataloging and storage/retrieval of existing CNC programs through the plant-manufacturing network. Capable of creating usable code in Quick-Basic (including G-Basic) programming language. UTEX INDUSTRIES, INC. (Weimar, Texas) 1989 - 1991
Manufacturer of precision metal/non-metal components. Able to read blueprints/drawings, make own setups, measure and visually inspect parts, and learned to read and modify CNC programs. Possess own tools needed to cover work requirements. Familiar with most CNC controls and machines. EARLY BACKGROUND:
Grew up in a rural area outside the city limits of Hallettsville, TX. Son of a tool and die maker with UTEX INDUSTRIES, INC. Attended public school and graduated with honors from Hallettsville High School. Member of National Honor Society
(treasurer), student council representative, and Future Farmers of America. PERSONAL INTERESTS:
Enjoy reading technical periodicals in my field, as well as current events, stamp collecting, and working on my ranch located between Weimar and LaGrange, Texas.
Married, 3 children (2 daughters, 1 son) Height: 6' 0' Weight: 205 lbs. Excellent health, non-smoker. TRAINING:
1) 2-day GlobalShop MRP/ERP software training at GlobalShop's facility in 2014 on Inventory/Router/BOM modules. 2) 0.5 CEU’s for PetroSkills training course held at Exterran facility in 2011 on “Overview of the Petroleum Industry”. 3) Since both Utex Industries, Inc., and Custom Rubber Products are ISO-certified companies, various training incorporating ISO standards/procedures were held at various intervals. 4) 1.8 CEU’s for Molding of Rubber & Design of Rubber Molds for the rubber industry held October 21 through 23rd, 1998, at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
5) 1.4 CEU’s for Mold Design and Mold Building for the plastics industry October 5 and 6, 1998, held in Chicago, Illinois.
(Sponsored by Society of Plastics Engineers)
6) Training seminar (periodic) on Statistical Process Control / Root Cause Analysis from May 6 till November 12, 1997, held inside Utex Industries, Inc.
7) Three day productivity training utilizing MasterCAM software, March 1995, held inside Utex Industries, Inc. ADDITIONAL RELEVANT SKILLS:
1) Computer software: MS-Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), Explorer, Adobe, AutoCAD, MasterCAM. 2) Basic office equipment: printers, copiers, scanners, fax. 3) Welding (AC or DC) SMAW (stick) and GMAW (wire) on most carbon steel substrates up to 300 Amps on Lincoln welding equipment.
4) Use of Victor oxy/fuel torch for heating/cutting/bending/brazing in metals up to 3” thick. 5) Novice level on most manual lathes or mills for basic metal removal operations including turning, boring, drilling, tapping, parting, slotting, and pocketing. Additional CNC lathe and CNC mill experience. 6) Capable of certification for forklift operation up to 15,000 lbs. 7) Capable of operating most shop equipment (e.g. drill press, shop press, band saw, crane, pressure washer, blast cabinet, pneumatic power tools, electrical power tools, and most known hand tools). 8) Also, possess the ability to operate most agricultural-related machinery. Page 4
Additional Duties & Responsibilities:
Oversee mold design and drafting, including Engineering standards.
Provide overflow support for mold and/or component design and drafting.
Review and approve mold design for manufacture.
Initiate mold purchase through approved vendor upon receipt of purchase order.
Track pending status of new/rework molds, including 1st article inspection (FAI).
Manage supporting engineers for mold design/drafting & manufacturing process engineers.
Control mold drawing file.
Control drawings supplied by customers as well as any internal company drawings created.
Maintain customer specifications for document control & provide access to manufacturing, as needed.
Periodically audit machine shop vendors and search for new sources.
Maintain communication between customers, both internal & external.
Maintain departmental training on company procedures, policies, HSE, & Quality Manual.
Meet weekly with company staff to discuss & resolve production-related issues.
Coordinate customer RFQ thru Sales:
Evaluate supplied part drawing(s) and/or sample part.
Initiate deviation/waiver request (where required) for DFM.
Build RFQ router to establish part costing and lead-time.
Acquire mold/tool/fixture costs for RFQ.
Present part RFQ’s to Sales/Customer Service for processing & subsequent return to customer.
Provide technical support to Manufacturing/Sales/Quality/Purchasing:
Drawing interpretation, including deviation/waiver request processing.
Resolve compound-related issues, including processability.
Assist in resolution/disposition on molded parts in QC quarantine via MRB.
Provide ongoing process engineering support.
Coordinate mold repair (outsource -vs- internal remedial correction)
Develop & maintain proprietary compound/material data sheets.
Complete 1st article inspection (FAI) transaction to customer, including documentation.
Mold acquisition with approved vendor, including progress tracking.
Global Shop (MRP/ERP) software maintenance on routers, BOM, and inventory modules.
Meet with contract chemist, when available.
Develop equipment specifications for molded thermoset product.
Assist with internal departmental audits and development of departmental work instructions for ISO compliance.
Provide technical support to customers:
Help determine proper material to suit their intended application.
Aid customer with part design, including design for manufacturability.
Concurrent engineering with customer on new product development, including DFM.
Interact with Customer Service to process customer complaints.
Review components & offer turnkey manufacture assistance as an alternative method. In addition, I have twenty-nine (29) plus years of cumulative, well-rounded experience in the oilfield industry via a combination of technical engineering, manufacturing knowledge, and management experience, along with extensive understanding in the following areas:
oil & gas industry experience in upstream/downhole tool (both custom and captive) components requiring molded parts, including DFM (design for manufacturability) and molded part tolerancing.
oil & gas industry experience in mold design (compression, transfer, and injection) for presses ranging from 20 to 1,750 US tons for both thermosetting and thermoplastic polymers, including mold repair and/or adjustment.
knowledge of thermosetting elastomeric materials required for downhole applications (NR, IIR, CR, EPDM, ECO, NBR, HNBR, XNBR, XHNBR, FKM, FEPM, FFKM, VMQ)
knowledge of process engineering and specific molding techniques for said elastomeric materials.
knowledge of thermosetting composite materials required for downhole applications (phenolics, epoxies, vinyl esters, BMI, including many of these with mineral filled, metallic-flake filled, glass-fiber filled (either short/long fiber lengths), and carbon-fiber filled.
knowledge of process engineering and molding techniques for said composite materials.
knowledge of most thermoplastic materials required for molded oilfield components, including those with high temperature requirements.
knowledge of process engineering and molding techniques for said thermoplastic materials. Page 5
knowledge of bond prep process and individual material bonding process requirements for rubber bonded to the following substrates: rubber, ferrous/non-ferrous metals, plastics, composites, Teflon, and fabrics/meshes.
knowledge of R&D process(es) for new part prototypes, first-article sampling (FAI/PPAP), concurrent engineering, and material qualifications with end-user (customer).
knowledge of press and auxiliary equipment requirements for both elastomeric and composite materials for pre- vulcanization preparatory process(es) and post-molding secondary operations (where required), including post-cure
(post-bake) principles when warranted.
familiar with most molded components required for the oil & gas industry. Examples include (but not limited to): multiple varieties of BOP, VBR, ram seals, cement plugs (with either metallic or composite inserts), line wipers, liner hanger components, darts, composite bridge plug components, landing collar assemblies, composite nose plugs, swellable elastomers (oil or water variety) bonded to pipe, packing elements (ends and centers, made from homogenous elastomer or bonded to ferrous components), diaphragms, vee-ring packing components (made from rubber-impregnated fabrics, homogenous elastomers, plastics, PTFE, ferrous or non-ferrous metals, and/or die- formed mesh), seals, o'rings, packing cups, billets (elastomer, plastic, composite), and mandrel-wrapped goods.
ability to interact with customers, and design engineering or procurement personnel to proactively solve potential manufacturing issues prior to onset of production.
ability to review components and offer turnkey manufacturing assistance as an alternative production method.
ability to establish part costing and lead-times for RFQ.
ability to develop individual molded part process parameters and associated process documentation, including data entry into MRP/ERP system (inventory, router, BOM, & manufacturing cost setup).
extensive understanding of various metalworking processes as it relates to mold manufacture from raw material, as well as machining of individual components (production-type) parts from billets (metal or polymer based), plate, or bar stock.