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Curtis G.

Berndt
7609 Sleeping Ridge Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46217
Phone: (C): (317) 412-5082 E-Mail: (H) cb33630c@westpost.net
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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
EXPERIENCE/TRAINING/INTEREST APPLICABLE TO:
- Mechanical product designer with full scope project oversight.
- Project Manager responsible for personnel supervision, training, and developme
nt.
- Product Manager responsible for scheduling, tooling budgets, and team actions.
I am seeking a position where I can use my experience to create new products or
improve existing products. As well as possessing extensive design experience, I
have worked in manufacturing facilities to improve processes and production flow
, and with quality groups to identify and correct problems.
I am named on, or have received, 9 Product Patents as follows:
5,549,488: Keyboard Support System
6,079,680: Keyboard Support System
6,135,405: Tilt Lockout for Articulated Keyboard Support
6,293,508 B1: Keyboard Support System
6,343,775 B1: Keyboard Support with Quick Connect
6,344,610 B1: Rigid Electrical Conduct with Pass-Through Cut- Out for use in a M
odular Panel Wall
6,419,197 B2: Keyboard Support System
6,653,562: Portable Electrical Unit
20030217857: Portable Office Storage Unit
Qualifications:
* 30+ years of experience in Engineering, majority in Design and Product Enginee
ring
* 5+ years experience in Project Engineering and Engineering Management
* 2 Years as Quality Manager
* 10+ Years as Engineering liaison to Quality Control
* Proven experience in several industries
* Successful history of interaction with the Customer in several industries.
* Advanced Training and Certifications: Excel Spread Sheet, Microsoft Project Ma
nager, Microsoft Word, Pro-Engineer Wildfire, Catia V5, Dimensional Metrology, E
ffective Communications, GD&T (I was the in House Trainer for this).
Product Professional History
Design Engineer Toyota Indus. Equip. Mfg. (Fork Lift Truck Manufacturer) - Co
lumbus, IN 2008-2010
Design of components for Customer Special Requests.
* Design of plastic, sheet metal and machined components using Catia modeling/dr
afting software. Successful designs satisfied customer requirements and assisted
in securing return business.
* Incorporated equipment, from other suppliers, into the trucks per customer req
uests.
* Work with production and Q.A. to solve problems with designs and quickly imple
ment changes to avoid production problems.
Project Engineer/ Design Engineer/ Q. A. Mngr. Pent Prods. Inc. - Kendallvill
e, IN 1990-2007
As Project Engineer:
Supervised and directed Engineering projects from design to Production hand-off
* Successfully managed the engineering aspects of 3-new products, simultaneously
, from design to production. These products were brought to production under bud
get and ahead of schedule.
* Assisted in supplier selection and approval. This resulted in reduced costs an
d fewer incidences of quality related component rejections.
* Obtained and reviewed quotes for raw materials and equipment, resulting in low
er costs and quicker turnarounds.
* Improved / streamlined manufacturing processes and procedures during developme
nt and production resulting in shorter lead times and improved quality.
* Built product mock-ups, both functional and non-functional, for customer revie
w and analysis. These efforts resulted in improved product performance, fewer pr
oduction problems, and fewer quality related issues.
* Worked closely with Q.C. to analyze product issues at startup, and to resolve
these issues with the customer's product engineers. These efforts resulted in pr
oducts that better suited the customer's requirements.
As Design Engineer:
Created engineering designs and assisted with Engineering design projects from c
oncept to Production hand-off
* Refined and improved customer designs for various office furniture products. T
hese successful design changes assisted in the company securing the production c
ontracts for these products.
* Researched and implemented new design software and tools that resulted in redu
ced problems in production and increased customer satisfaction.
* Explained requirements to Project Managers, during design and development, to
assure that components were manufacturable using our processes. This resulted in
quicker start-ups ad faster submissions for customer approvals.
* Assisted manufacturing in both the modification of processes and procedures an
d in the creation of fixtures and tooling, to guarantee part quality.
Pro-Engineer experience:
Designed complex sheet metal and plastic parts, utilizing; surfacing, sheet meta
l, and solids. My Pro-E experience dates back to 1997 and includes experience in
Wildfire 2.0 and training in 3.0.
As Quality Assurance Manager.
Implemented and administered training, liaison with engineering, Assist with ISO
audits and compliance requirements.
* Supervised, directed, and trained Q. C. personnel, resulting in better underst
anding of product requirements.
* Wrote Quality Procedures, Work Instructions, and created Control Plans, Proced
ure Pages, and OFIC-ISIR (PPAP) submittals.
* Designed specialty gages and measurement fixtures to better control the Form,
Fit & Function of parts and products.
* Assisted Engineering in identifying quality related issues so that these could
be corrected quickly.
* Prepared for, and assisted in, ISO 9001/2000 Audits at the Plant and Design Of
fice levels.
* Worked closely with Q.C. to analyze and refine product inspection requirements
. This lead to reduced paperwork and easier quality inspections.
Prior to this role I worked as Engineering liaison with the Quality Group to imp
lement SPC in our molding operation, review ISIR samples, and solve metrology pr
oblems.
* Interacted with the customer's Quality Engineers to resolve issues leading to
better customer relations.
* Assisted in re-writing the company's Certified Supplier requirements to better
measure the factors that impacted part quality.
* Assisted in conducting quality audits of suppliers, and, as required, in the r
esolution of issues.
* Oversaw the move, sampling and OFIC/ISIR submittals of 187 tools moved from Al
abama to Indiana. This resulted in large savings for the company and improved qu
ality for the customer.
* Created new training programs in Blue Print Reading, PPS Training, and Enginee
ring Spec Training to better help the manufacturing personnel understand the req
uirements we needed to meet to satisfy the customer.
* Conducted Metrology training at the plant level to help manufacturing personne
l produce quality parts.
Design / Project Engineer Handy & Harman Automotive Div. - Angola, IN
1987 - 1990
Supervised up to 4 Technicians on multiple project design teams.
* Responsible for R & D of fuel injection manifold systems for automotive applic
ations.
* Analyzed and improved an existing fuel-rail design for a large foreign auto ma
nufacturer, winning their acceptance of the modified design and gaining their bu
siness.
* Worked with customer to design and prototype 2-fuel rails for new applications
. The successful designs assisted the company in securing the manufacturing cont
racts for these rails.
Education: A.S. Degree in MET: Purdue University - Ft. Wayne, Indiana Campus
Salary Requirement: Available upon request
References: Available upon request