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Manager Engineering

New Britain, CT
April 19, 2020

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Kevin Howick

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Berlin, CT *****



Continue to provide effective leadership and excellent customer support for a world-class organization. Reduce operating costs through continual improvements; provide customer satisfaction with quality product and responsiveness.


Companion Industries, Manufacturing Engineer / Production Manager 2014 2020

Analyze production workflow with a focus on improvements in quality control measures and processes.

Oversee processes for new product launch.

Evaluate manufacturing efficiencies part by part. Evaluate and improve processes for each part.

Assist Quality Control Manager in root cause analysis for all corrective action reports.

Work with customers on product change and improvements.

Prioritize production scheduling and tooling maintenance.

Attend Production and Tool design review meetings.

Interface with all department managers.

Seek all opportunities for improvements. Prepare improvements plan and discuss with department team leaders for implementation.

Work through prioritization and delegation for new project launch and follow through completion.

Provide quotes for new product.

Make necessary tooling improvments, design, build gages and fixtures.

Chair safety committee and 5S initiatives.

Lyons Tool & Die, Engineering Manager, Meriden, CT 2008-2014

Oversaw engineering projects of manufacturing plant Surgical, Aerospace and Automotive machining & stampings

Provided timely formal quotations to existing and new programs

Assisted with internal and external customers in meeting project requirements

Provided updates to management teams and customers throughout order process

Developed cost saving processes and assisted with product development / debugging for manufacturing, including scrap reduction and Continual Improvement programs.

Worked with customers on existing products for quality improvement and cost reduction

Collaborated with management team with new business development, goals and initiatives

Developed methods for manufacturing and provided detailed work instructions

Maintained updates to company s operating data system (Epicor)

Oversaw junior engineers

Assist with tooling and process improvement initiatives

Developed protocols and executions for medical programs

Chairperson for company Safety committee

Supported initiatives in 5s, Team building and Lean manufacturing approaches

Okay Ind., Manufacturing Manager, New Britain, CT 2005-2008

Managed a 120 Employee Manufacturing plant. - Surgical, Military and Automotive machining & stampings

Oversaw pressroom, tool room, welding and shipping departments

Measured goals set for Scrap reduction and In the press down time reduction initiatives

Assisted with the implementation for the Continual Improvement initiative

Implemented new operating data system (Plexus)

Maintained 5s initiative for related departments

Achieved 99% on time delivery

Certified for the internal audit system in ISO / TS 16949:2002

Supported initiatives in building strengths through Cross training and Team building approaches

Deringer- Ney Mfg., Manufacturing/Engineering Manager, Mundelein, IL. 1993-2005

Managed production department consisting of two supervisors and 25 employees

Supervised tool and die departments

Managed Tool & Die Design department

Provided Estimates and outsourcing of tool builds

Designer of complex high speed metal stamping dies

Processed electrical contacts for the consumer and automotive markets

Helped in the implementation of new operating data system (Made to Manage M2M)

Served on Safety committee

Certified for the internal audits for ISO and QS 9000

Managed the re-location program to Mexico plant

Seeley Enterprise, Production Manager, Alb. New Mexico 1989-1993

Managed 2 Supervisors of a 20 employee production department, plus 6 tool and die makers

Oversaw daily production in Aerospace industry, including stamping, secondary forming and welding departments.

Managed scheduling and shipping supervisors

Implemented training course in Safety

Implemented new Electronic data collection system

Wauconda Tool & Engineering, Tool & Die Maker / Design Eng. & Estimator, Algonquin, IL. 1981-1989

Press setup and operator of 30 200 ton presses. 50 -1,000 SPM.

Built and debugged stamping tools for the Electrical and Automotive industries.

Provided quotes for HIGH SPEED parts and tooling

Designing of complex high speed metal stamping dies


McHenry County College, McHenry, IL 1981 to 1987

Tool and Die & Engineering degree

Certifications, Skills and Qualifications

Tool & Die Maker & Die Design Engineering

Root Cause Analysis

Mistake Proofing

Six Sigma Green Belt

AutoCAD, Solid Works

Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

MS Project

Excellent in multitasking

Problem solving / troubleshooting

Innovate / creative thinker, fact finder

Lean Manufacturing

Project Management

Business Writing

Safety Management

Sexual Harassment Prevention

Reasonable Suspicion of Drug & Alcohol Abuse

TS 16949:2002 Internal Auditor Training

Safety Management

Strong work ethic

Team player / People person

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