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Corporate Project Engineer/Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Pierceton, Indiana, 46562, United States
March 03, 2011

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Manufacturing Project Engineer with proven success at optimizing processes and completing projects to meet aggressive manufacturing goals. Key strengths in facilities layout and process investigations that result in better flow, reduced cost, and improved efficiencies. Extensive experience in AutoCad as a manufacturing engineer in a variety of manufacturing systems and engineering environments. Solid understanding of LEAN principles and application in a variety of environments. International business experience.



Corporate Project Engineer

Provided AutoCad layout, engineering, and project support for 13 facilities in North America and Canada originating out of the Huntington, Indiana Transwheel location. Responsible for layouts, equipment, and warehouse relocation projects at the Michigan, Georgia, Maryland, Colorado, California, Illinois, Texas, Florida, and Canadian facilities. Traveling 75% to provide support and work with contractors on site for successful project coordination and timely completion.

Created Gantt charts utilizing Microsoft Project to provide planning, manage tasks, and time lines for contractors, production, warehouse, and operations managers.

Supplied AutoCad design and support to automate powder coat painting processes.

Provided wastewater treatment support for vibratory polishing operations.

Designed and built media handling equipment that reduced handling by 50% increasing efficiency and reducing production costs.

FRANKLIN ELECTRIC, INC., Bluffton, IN 1999 – 2010

Corporate Project Engineer 2003 – 2010

Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Department

Instrumental in manufacturing process development / improvement and associated project work utilizing LEAN manufacturing techniques. Responsible for coordinating inter-plant product and equipment moves with minimal impact on production schedules. Designed the complete AutoCAD plant layout for implementation at the Mexico facility, and created work cells for new product introduction and related processes.

Skilled in large project management and capital equipment procurement, utilizing Microsoft Project to Gantt progress from inception to justification, quoting and purchasing, through installation to successful completion.

Performed as a managing team leader affecting many design changes that cut costs through labor hour reductions while providing improved product quality and manufacturability.

Subject matter expert re: manufacturing techniques including product flow charting, progressive assembly, and synchronous flow systems that provide WIP reductions and timely quality information that cuts scrap costs and reduces overall labor.

Directed new product launches from design through first article and start of production.

Successfully outsourced components and processes resulting in elimination of labor and reduction in manufacturing costs.

Advanced Manufacturing Engineer, Bluffton Corporate Operations 1999 – 2003

Supported machining departments that manufactured stainless steel and cold roll components for assembly including drilling, milling, turning, grinding, CNC drilling and turning, heat treating, forming, stamping, and die casting. Responsible for TIG, MIG, and stainless metal resistance welding processes and development.

Instrumental in establishing process quality prior to relocating the large horsepower submersible motor division from the Bluffton, Indiana facility to Wilburton, Oklahoma.

Successfully planned and transitioned all production processes while maintaining 100% fulfillment of customer orders.

DWYER INSTRUMENTS, INC., Wakarusa, IN 1994 – 1999

Operations Manager, Assembly Plant; ISO 9001

Managed staff of 7 production supervisors supporting 105 production employees and $30M operating budget. Took production line deficits from 10 weeks in arrears to on schedule and maintained that performance using daily production meetings, one piece flow, and timely communication feedback.

Maintained employee productivity and commitment to quality by encouraging and facilitating involvement in process improvements and implementing applicable suggestions.

Provided manufacturing engineering support for all production lines.

Brought vendor silk screening processes in house for cost saving and control over lead times and quality saving $300K yearly.

Introduced daily cycle counting and increased inventory turns from 4 to 11 reducing inventory by $500K.


Division Supervisor, Submersible Motors

Supervised 10 group leaders and 100+ production workers in a union environment. Responsible for manufacture of submersible and gas motor lines including components for stator, rotor, end bell, through final assembly, and packaging.

Increased labor efficiencies 30% by automating time-consuming functions and evaluating and streamlining overall processes.

Implemented procedures to monitor product and process quality in real-time, which allowed operators to detect, correct and prevent process variations that caused defects.

Maintained 98% on time customer deliveries.

Managed businesses in both union and non-union environments.


BS, Business Administration, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN

AS, EET, ITT Technical Institute, Fort Wayne, IN


Good understanding of Lean principles such as Value Stream Mapping, Just-In-Time, Demand Flow, Single Piece Flow, Five S’s, Visual Management, Total Productive Maintenance, Continuous Improvement Process, Kaizen, SPC, Six Sigma and Communication Tools, Statistical Problem Solving, ISO, QS9000.

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