Theodore Hotz is a results-oriented Mechanical Engineering Professional with broad background in the manufacture and test of electro-mechanical products for the DOD secure communication systems industry, in an ISO-9001 environment.
THEODORE HOTZ Norwood, MA 02062 781-769-9043 firstname.lastname@example.org MANUFACTURING ENGINEER PROFILE Results-oriented Mechanical Engineering Professional with broad background in the manufacture and test of electro- mechanical products for the DOD secure communication systems industry, in an ISO-9001 environment. Skilled supporter of all business units, including Engineering Product Development, New Product Qualification, Shop Floor, Incoming Inspection, Quality Control, Engineering Test, and Procurement. An organized and effective problem solver with proven record of achieving both immediate and long term needs of the business, ensuring project success and on- time delivery. Focused, technically savvy, a quick study in emerging technologies. A trainer and mentor. Recognized by management as an excellent resource and a welcome addition to any team. CORE COMPETENCIES Large and Small Systems • Manufacturing Process Development & Improvement • Fiber Optics Assembly & Test Tool & Fixture Design • Root Cause Failure Analysis • Microsection Analysis • Materials Test & Evaluation Radiographic Analysis • PWB Internal Structure Analysis • Test Plan Development & Execution Environmental Testing • SolidWorks 3D in Training • Microsoft Office Suite • Communication Skills Current SECRET DOD Clearance PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE General Dynamics, Needham and Taunton, Ma. 1974– 2011 Senior Manufacturing Engineer Performed component characteristics testing, field failure root-cause failure analysis, and supported new product Engineering Qualification System Test. Resolved in-house and outside contractor quality, reliability, performance, and process issues associated with metalworking & finishing processes, electro-mechanical sub-assemblies, and PWA component and solder issues across all Programs. Supported four Work Centers, working to improve product quality and reliability, to improve yield, and to introduce more efficient processes and technologies. Identified need for new capital equipment or manufacturing processes, presented business case to Management, and initiated approved purchases. Identified a weld design flaw that caused winch mounting bracket failures on hundreds of fielded military mobile antenna masts. High Visibility Project because of the potential risk for catastrophic mechanical failure and serious physical injury to field personnel. Redesigned the anchor pin weld on the bracket and performed design validation tensile tests. Mast OEM adopted the design change and upgraded all fielded masts with new brackets. Established a 1,000 sqft Work Center for the assembly and test of Fiber Optic components for a new multi-million dollar Mobile Field Communications System for the Army. Purchased all capital equipment, developed and documented all assembly and test procedures, designed all fixtures & tooling, and trained all work center and Quality Inspection personnel. Received a Superior Performance Award for completing this project on time and on budget. Developed specifications for and supervised fabrication of a $250,000 Automated Test Equipment hardware upgrade. Upgrade was needed to meet production schedule for pin-to-pin continuity and shorts testing of a 3,000 point, wired backplane for a new Army project. The upgrade exceeded expectations, reducing total test set-up time by 25 minutes per unit. Established an automated component lead tinning work cell utilizing a six axis robot and a bench top wave solder machine. The automated system eliminated the need for hand tinning of critical parts. Upgraded semi-automatic ribbon cable terminating machines with vision systems. Upgrade eliminated part miss- registration errors and reduced waste by 74%. EDUCATION Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering Northeastern University Boston, MA
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