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MAHINDA FERDINANDO

Address: 706 University Av. Apt #3


Grand Forks, ND 58203
Tel: 701-371-8778
Email: mfdf81c8@westpost.net
OBJECTIVE
Highly motivated and enterprising engineering professional eager to contribute t
o the success of a manufacturing or processing organization.
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
Reliability & Manufacturing Engineering, Safety, Process Improvement, Mechanical
Aptitude, Project Management, Root Cause Failure Analysis, Failure Modes & Effe
cts Analysis, Research & Development, Regulatory Compliance, Quality Assurance,
Coaching & Training, Presentation, Technical Writing.
EMPLOYMENT
Maintenance Engineer
American Crystal Sugar Co. (ACSC), E. Grand Forks, MN, USA - May 2007 to June 20
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- Conducted safety assessments, set a positive personal example and enforced saf
ety work rules.
- Improved & maintained reliability of process equipment generating over US$600K
worth of final product per day, during an average annual 250+ day production cy
cle.
- Refined long term maintenance programs for new equipment valued over US$20 mil
lion.
- Managed a four-member Maintenance Planning/Scheduling Group & a three-member P
reventative & Predictive Maintenance Team.
- Assisted Maintenance Superintendent in managing annual factory
maintenance budget in excess of US$10 million & planed/coordinated time-critical
factory maintenance shutdowns.
- Saved ~$40K annually in prevented downtime after conducting extensive research
, justifying, & negotiating a performance-based installment payment plan for a s
haft-less screw conveyor.
- Headed weekly maintenance meetings for maintenance & production
supervisors, safety personnel, planning staff & maintenance crew leaders.
- Conducted Root Cause Failure Analysis to overcome chronic maintenance issues.
- Developed & facilitated Skills Enhancement training for maintenance staff.
- Hot-Work Policy - jointly trained all maintenance staff on policy changes & ne
w procedures.
- Worked with suppliers to inspect/evaluate new/overhauled equipment & assure qu
ality/reliability.
- Worked closely with Babbini SPA & GPS Engineering in Italy & local engineering
experts to address operational problems with new
Pulp Presses & to improve throughput.
- Specialized Training, Seminars, & Workshops attended while at ACSC
o Mastering Leadership Skills - Level I & II (Corporate Human Services Inc.)
o Maintenance Planning & Scheduling (Life Cycle Engineering, Inc.)
o Process Technician Training - Initial Level (ACSC)
o Operational & Maintenance Excellence (Life Cycle Engineering, Inc.)
o Team Building (Cal Tech Industrial Relations Center.)
o Behavior Based Safety Program (Behavioral Science Technology, Inc.)
o Creating a Positive Work Environment & Dealing with Difficult Employees (North
Dakota State College of Science.)
o Reasonable Suspicion - Dealing with Substance Abuse (Workforce Solutions Inc.)
o Basic Rigging Safety (ARXCIS Inc.)
o Vibration Analysis - Level 1 (Full Spectrum Diagnostics, LLC.)
Shift Administrator
American Crystal Sugar Co. (ACSC), E. Grand Forks, MN, USA - May 2003 - May 2007
- Facilitated the implementation of a new behavior-based safety program that red
uced OSHA recordable incidences by approximately 50%.
- Supported Shift Supervisor to ensure safe work environment, proper environment
al regulation compliance, quality product, & maximum throughput.
- Was solely responsible for over 45 union employees & US$200K worth of final pr
oduct per 8 hour work shift during absence of the
Shift Supervisor.
- Launched employee enhancement/cross-training initiatives & proposed & implemen
ted proposals for continuous process improvement.
- Promoted professional communication, teamwork, & promptly addressed employee i
ssues.
- Confined Space Safety & Policy - jointly trained all factory staff on new poli
cies & procedures.
Aircraft Technician
Sri Lankan Airlines Ltd., Katunayake, Sri Lanka - July 1996 - June 1998
Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Co. (GAMCO) Abu Dhabi, UAE - January - May 1996
- Performed inspection, repair/modification & heavy maintenance checks on Lockhe
ed L1011, Airbus A320, A340, & Boeing 767 aircraft.
- Acquired trouble-shooting skills & adhered to very high quality standards.
- Worked successfully in a high-tech, multinational, multicultural, multi-ethnic
, team orientated work environment with tight deadlines.
EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science Degree - Major Manufacturing Engineering, Aeronautical Optio
n
North Dakota State University (NDSU), Fargo, North Dakota (ND), USA - Dec. 2002
- GPA : 3.49 / 4.00
- Dean's List: 5 Semesters
Apprentice Aircraft Maintenance Engineer's Course
Sri Lankan Airlines Technical Training School, Katunayake, Sri Lanka - Dec. 1995
- Aircraft Maintenance Engineer's License without Type Rating for Airframe & Pow
er-plant.
- Practical experience included hands-on work under Type Rated Aircraft Engineer
s in the Component Overhaul Workshops & Aircraft Hanger & Line Maintenance Depar
tments.
INTERNSHIPS & ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
Manufacturing Engineering Intern
Case-New Holland, Fargo, ND - May 2001 - May 2002, & August 2002 -
March 2003
- Increased productivity of oxy-fuel cutting machines & reduced cost by optimizi
ng sheet steel.
- Supported layout of assembly-line work cells for new product & streamlining of
parts inventory handling during the merger of Case IH & New Holland.
Engineering Aide (Design Engineering)
TRW Aeronautical Systems, Jamestown, ND - May 2002 - August 2002
- Improved data gathering/processing tasks for design revision & evolution while
providing Configuration Management support for Boeing 747, 767, & 777 cargo han
dling systems design.
Manufacturing Engineering Intern
JEI Turbine Group, Fargo, ND - May - June 2000
- Assisted to build a composite, 'BD-5' civilian hobby-jet prototype.
- Gained experience in composite mold fabrication, & hand lay-up of glass/carbon
-fiber components.
COMPUTER (USER) SKILLS
- SAP ERP 6.0 (Plant Maintenance, Materials Management & Financial & Costing).
- DeltaV from Emerson Process Management.
- Aspen Process Explorer from AspenTech.
- Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Access & Project).
- JD Edwards Automated Time & Attendance & Payroll.
- ProENGINEER from Parametric Technology Corp.
REFERENCES
- Will be provided on request.