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Hardware Engineering Manager

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53095, United States
May 28, 2010

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Engineering Management professional with more than 27 years of progressive design, new product development, project management and group management experience. Recognized for strong project management, team leadership, logical problem solving abilities, and embedded hardware design. Demonstrated strengths include:

• Project Specification and Definition • Project Planning

• Resource Allocation • Activity and Milestone Scheduling

• Progress Reporting • Qualification Testing

• Complete Product Documentation • Product Performance Specifications


Hydro Electronic Devices, Hartford, WI 2008 to Present

Manufacturer of intelligent electronic controls for mobile equipment.

Engineering Lead / Manager - Hardware

Responsible to lead and manage the hardware design group in the planning, design, development, test, and documentation of new and existing projects and products. Products include intelligent controls modules, data loggers, operator interfaces, graphical displays, customizable intelligent switch panels, and custom solutions as required and outlined by specific customers.

• Administrative responsibility for the hardware design group.

• Responsible for analog and digital circuit design, qualification testing, PCB layout, and documentation.

• Responsible for setting standards for functional testing, new product qualification procedures and testing, the entire development process, and all design documentation.

• Responsible for out sourced design services and requirements such circuit design, PCB layout, and circuit board assembly as needed.

• Responsible for manufacturing final assembly and customer support.

• Performs sustaining engineering for existing products

• Supports customer service for returned material and root cause analysis of failures as needed.

• Developed a new time reduction Engineering Change Process that reduced the need to change 568 different documents to a single Engineering Change.

Rockwell Automation (Allen-Bradley), Mequon, WI 1997 to 2008

Worldwide manufacturer of industrial controls and motor control systems.

Senior Project Engineer – Systems Hardware

Responsible for hardware design and coordination of multiple design teams for the main control board for Rockwell’s highest performance systems AC motor drive. This project has design teams in Mequon WI, Mayfield Heights OH, Euclid OH, and Japan.

• Core member of the “Drivelogix Team.”

• Project responsibility for main control board hardware for the Drivelogix systems drive.

• Designed and helped layout PCBs for surface mount components with up to 12 layers.

• Designed with programmable logic devices using VHDL.

• Designed with both RISC and DSP processors.

• Active in the hiring process of others with the Systems Group.

• Mentored senior level co-op students.

• Trained in Six Sigma techniques for “voice of the customer” and “design of experiments”.


Manufacturer of outdoor recreational equipment, including Minnkota, Scuba Pro, Old Town Canoes, Lake Electric Motors, Johnson Fishing, Mitchell Reels, Eureka Camping, and others.

Electronics Group Leader

Responsible for design, project management, and supervision of all electronics and motors projects. Managed projects for four different business units. Assigned, guided and mentored other design engineers. Coordinated and managed outsourced electronics projects.

• Core member of the “Innovation Spearhead Team.”

• Member of the “Global Minnkota Action Team.”

• Member of the “Marine Accessories Action Team.”

• Administrative responsibility for all electronic and internal motor design group, including yearly performance reviews.

• Project responsibility for all electronics and internal motors design projects.

• Trained in “Economic Value Analysis,” EVA.

• Designed with MOSFETs to control power to 70 amps dc and 24 volts dc.

• Designed pulse width modulation for control of dc brushed motors.

• Became familiar with the functionality of “Global Positioning Systems,” sonar depth detection, electronic compasses, and autopilotting systems.

SNAP-ON TOOLS, Kenosha, WI 1982 to 1996

Worldwide manufacturer of the highest quality hand, power, and industrial tools, tool storage units, and automotive diagnostics test equipment, with total sales over $1.2 billion.

Senior Project Engineer/Manager 1995 to 1996

Project Engineer/Manager 1988 to 1995

Responsible for assigned projects and project team, from concept to manufacturing and into field service. Required to define, plan, schedule activities and milestones; allocate all assigned resources; provide progress updates, performance specifications and instruction manuals; and complete product and component documentation to meet the project design cycle and the requirements and procedures for ISO 9000.

• Responsible for complete hardware and software efforts, resources, schedules, and quality.

• Led cross functional design teams of up to 18 people.

• Participated in “Total Quality Management” program.

• Responsible for projects with budgets to $3 million.

• Coordinated complete project documentation.

• Facilitated all project design reviews.

• Helped to develop and implement corporate standards: “Project Design Cycle,” “Product Performance Standard,” and “Component Documentation.”

• Trained in Quality Functional Development (for project definition), Statistical Process Control, Design of Experiments, and ISO 9000 requirements and procedures.

• Helped to qualify and select suppliers of key materials and components.

Senior Design Engineer 1985 to 1988

Design Engineer 1982 to 1985

Responsible for the design of assigned projects and a member of project teams. Required to define, plan, schedule activities and milestones, and complete component documentation for project assignments.

• Design expertise earned seven U.S. patents assigned to Snap-On.

• Managed three simultaneous projects that resulted in promotion to Project Engineer.

• Responsible for printed circuit board layout for general EMI noise reduction.

• Designed linear analog circuits, including complete signal conditioning and filtering from sensors and transducers to analog to digital converters.

• Designed automotive diagnostic equipment using both 8 and 16 bit Intel microprocessors to a clock rate of 16 Mhz.

• Wrote and debugged assembly language software for these 8 and 16 bit microprocessors.

• Designed digital circuitry from the application of analog to digital converters for data acquisition and display to sampling rates to 4 Mhz.

• Skilled with in-circuit emulators, logic analyzers and oscilloscopes.

• Became familiar with programmable logic, such as ASICs and FPGAs.

• Learned requirements for automated printed circuit board assembly, electo-static discharge (ESD) precautions, manufacturing instructions, and procedures for incoming inspection, quality control, and final assembly.


Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1989)

Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

• Specialized in digital signal processing.

• Additional courses in microwave theory, neural networks, and knowledge based expert systems.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (1982)

Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI

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