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Engineer Design

Blue Springs, MO, 64014
January 08, 2021

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Gene A. Jestus

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Blue Springs, Mo. 64014

612-***-**** 01+ 35349079


Mechanical Engineer with a can do attitude & desire to learn & advance. Capable of taking a project from initial design to product release. I have over 15,000 hours of Solidworks CAD design experience. As well as a strong, background in manufacturing and machining / tool & die making.

During my departure from Undercover, I spent my last 4 months working remotely. During this time I completed 2 additional cover designs beyond what I was expected to. This should show I am capable of working remotely!

My design for Undercover's Flex pickup bed cover won the Global Media Award at the 2011 SEMA show.

I am also a USN veteran and I was qualified on Nuclear Submarines.


Sept 2018 to present Manufacturing Engineer

Martinrea Riverside, Riverside Mo.

Support the expansion of industrial welding and fabrication programs.

This includes:

1-Reviewing customer prints for weld call out accuracy & GD&T requirements.

2- Developing weld & check fixtures.

3- Training and ensuring production personnel understand how to make the assemblies.

4- training the CMM personnel on interpreting GD&T tolerances as well as how to measure them.

Sept 2010 to Oct 2018 Design Engineer

Undercover Inc Rogersville Mo.

Duties: Design pickup bed covers. Includes responsibility for all aspects! Solidworks design, Sourcing & purchasing all components, including aluminum & rubber extrusions. Designing & building all assembly tooling / fixtures. My

Accuracy with these complex models has been 100% without needing revisions. Prior designers had up to 12 revisions!

Feb 2008 to Sept 2010 Designer Maintenance

Carlisle Power Transmission Springfield, Mo.

Duties: Design & detail machinery and equipment modifications for the

Maintenance Department using Solidworks (solid modeling software)

Dec 2006 to July 2011 Mold Designer

( part time after Feb 2008) Diversified Plastics Corp. Nixa, Mo

Duties: Design & detail molds and components for the expanded polystyrene

Industry, Using Solidworks

Feb 2005 to Dec 2006 Journeyman Experimental specialist

Toro, Bloomington, Mn.

Licensed Journeyman with the state of Minnesota

Duties: Assist engineering group in all aspects of manufacturing, Inspection

And assembly of new & modified parts & equipment to ensure

Proper documentation, form, fit and function. Equipment used includes Faro arm (CMM) Manual Milling machines & Lathes, Shears, Brakes, tube benders, Mig & Tig


Sept 1994 to Dec 2005 Owner / Operator (Part time)

Gene’s Machines & Welding, Big Lake, Mn.

Duties: All aspects of this sideline business were my responsibilities. Including quoting, Machining, Billing & Purchasing materials & supplies from vendors. My equipment included: E-Z Path CNC lathe, Manual milling machine & lathe, a small edm machine, Heat treat oven, Oxy-Acetylene torches, 40 ton hydraulic press, 250 amp TIG welder, sandblaster and all associated tooling.

April 2002 to Feb 2005 Senior Machinist

Leeds Precision Instruments, Golden Valley, Mn.

Duties: Design & Build custom attachments & accessories for stereomicroscopes.

Documenting, designing and building equipment and components. Machines used were all manual mills & Lathes.

June 1998 to April 2002 Senior Model Maker

IMI Cornelius, Anoka, Mn

Duties: Assist engineering in the design & construction of operational prototype equipment.

Aug 1997 to June 1998 Tool Maker

L A I Midwest, Fridley Mn.

Duties: Design & Build improvements to existing water jet cutting equipment. Design & build tooling for water jet cutting & laser marking equipment.

May 1992 to Aug 1997 Tool/Model Maker

Wagner Spray Tech. Plymouth, Mn

Duties: Fabricate parts and components per engineers’ directions. Assist tool room personnel in the repairs / fabrication of plastic injection molds

Nov. 1986 to May 1992 Senior Model Maker

Sanborn Manufacturing, Minnetonka, Mn

Feb. 1984 to Oct 1986 Model Maker 1Wagner Spray Tech. Plymouth, Mn.

May 1981 to Feb. 1984 Machinist Art Betterley Enterprises Inc. Blaine, Mn.

Feb 1981 to Mar 1981 Tool & Die Maker, Palm Tool & Mfg Coon Rapids, Mn.

Sept 1980 to Dec 1980 Pipe fitter Cabco Engineering Pawtucket, Ri.

Oct 1979 to Sept 1980 Turret Lathe Operator Crosby Valve & Gage Wrentham Ma.

July 1973 to Oct 1979 Machinist Mate First Class United States Navy - Onboard the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Tullibee.

Sept. 1972 to July 1973 Shell Core Operator Jet-Son Iron Works Inc. Blaine, M


April 2006 Solidworks essentials, advanced part & assembly @ QTE Manufacturing Solutions

Sept 2006 Intro to Hydraulics systems. @ Hennipin Technical College

Jan 2000 Microsoft Word & Excel (Intro & Advanced) @ Anoka Technical College

Dec 1998 AutoCAD revision 14 @ Anoka Technical College

Nov 1997 Advanced Laser Welding @ University of Wisconsin at Madison

Jan 1985 Tungsten Inert Gas Welding @ Hennipin Technical Center, Brooklyn Park, Mn

Sept 1984 Fundamentals of Mold Design & Machining @ Hennipin Technical Center, Brooklyn Park, Mn.

Sept. 1981 to Apr. 1984 Evening Classes at Anoka Ramsey Community College - Working towards an associate’s degree.

July 1973 to Oct. 1979 Military Schools:

Machinist Mate class A school (class standing was: 21 of 234)

Naval Nuclear Power School (class standing was: 9 of 97)

Naval Nuclear Power Operational Prototype (Standing 8 of 85 & 2 of 44 in rate)

Various other training courses

Sept. 1968 to June 1973 Anoka Senior High School, Anoka, Mn.

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