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R&D engineering & project management. Specialising in automated processing of naturally variable product, with previous experience in design of medical products.
Primary Software Used: SOLIDWORKS
Project Manger / Senior R&D Engineer
Auckland, New Zealand
Project Manager / Senior Engineer Responsible for concept generation, time and cost estimation, management of engineers and projects. Also responsible for detailed analysis & design and mentoring of junior team members. DEMONSTRATED COMPETENCIES R&D Instrumental in successful product research and development (R&D), including: R&D of equipment for abattoirs: Pelt removal devices, development of equipment and process to remove meat previously wasted. Planning / time estimation, costing, FMEA, risk analysis, testing, customer reports. Patented several of the concepts and designs generated. Training Mentoring and Presentation: Articulate and effective communicator, with skills developed in the interpretation and presentation of complex engineering information to non-technical audiences. Mentored junior engineers to become useful contributors. Mentoring of foreign interns. On-going delivery of progress reports to customers, with creation and delivery of PowerPoint presentations. Project Management: Excellent interpersonal skills used in interaction with staff at all levels enabled smooth progression of the projects. Whether involving internal or external engagement, floor or management. Costing and time estimates for R&D projects Successfully developed multiple novel prototype devices for use in industry: Involving concept generation, design, fabrication, evaluation. Delivered within budget and estimated time-line. Equipment Development: Senior R&D engineer involved in concept generation and design of novel devices, through to customer sign off on completed projects.
6 / 2007 - Current
Product development specialist
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
Auckland, New Zealand
Product Development Specialist 2003 –2007 Responsible for design and development for a range of innovative patient interfaces ensuring a large market share in the hospital ward environment and the ICU. From initial design through to manufacturing and assembly of components and assembly line design. Including cost and time estimation, outsourcing components and ongoing communication with the line and suppliers. Project Leader 1997 - 1998 Managed the commission of a portion of production line, which involved the supervision of 3 engineers and 4 production staff. The resulting line had excellent throughput and quality. Project Engineer 1995 - 1998 Responsible for all aspects from product R&D to complete ownership of manufacturing equipment development and commissioning, resulting in quality, low cost components. DEMONSTRATED COMPETENCIES R&D R&D of healthcare equipment (3-in-1 breathing circuit and “Ward” interfaces), with design for manufacture. Engineering of plastic components, assembly tooling and injection moulds, to provide cheap, robust, disposable product for easy assembly. Involved appropriate material selection. Documentation: Planning, FMEA, risk analysis, testing, validation. Patented several of the concepts and designs generated. Equipment Development: Senior R&D engineer involved in concept generation and design of novel devices, through to internal customer sign off on completed projects.
5 / 2003 - 6 / 2007
Oxford Instruments Superconductivity
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England
Project Engineer While strictly speaking a “Modified Standard” engineer – tweaking standard superconducting magnet designs to suit customer requirements, occasionally stepped outside that role to design test insert platforms, power leads and cryostats, becoming involved with project management. DEMONSTRATED COMPETENCIES Product design • Geometry, Hoop stress, Current, Magnetic Field and Homogeneity calculations, for systems up to 21 Tesla (T). • Cryostat lead design to minimise “boil off”. • Custom rotating insert platform for cryogenic testing. • Benchtop 5T magnet system. • Custom modification of cryostat design. Training Mentoring and Presentation: Delivered presentations to Sales & Marketing and Engineers in support of Training and Marketing initiatives. Skills were also used to stimulate student and prospective employee interest. Communication: Excellent interpersonal skills used in interaction with staff at all levels to obtain delivery of the finished product. Through communication, developed an understanding of the considerations and processes in use in manufacturing – not something undertaken by other engineers. Equipment Development: Advanced R&D project by 1-2 years by enabling the use, through PLC programming, of otherwise redundant machinery. Programme modifications include introducing a mathematical model for motion and enabling simple modifications by the user.
5 / 2000 - 6 / 2002
BE(Mech), Mechanical Engineering
220N force gauge shown, but same as 880N model. Modelled from manual measurements, accuracy not guaranteed.