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Short resume Richard Paul Spens 28515 Seven Mile Rd. Livonia, MI
48152-3501 phone# (248) 474 -2799 e-mail Richspens@aol.com
Objective: Product Engineer Apply a Degree and 12 yrs hands-on design &
project organizational experience of concept through production of mechanical & Electrical devices, power
transmission, testing & development, fabrication, project management & patent # 5,588,257 put in
production. Production cost analysis of competing designs evaluated. UL and CSA requirements
application, if required. Product development schedules maintained with critical point reviews in a team
environment. Testing performed in simulated and real-life environments prior to market introduction. I have
an additional 7 years experience in fabricating my own parts and assemblies.
Educator and Guidance Counselor 4/1996 - present Dedicated a
Leave of absence to raise my young children developing in them my infatuation with the mechanical arts
and sciences. Worked in my home with my three children. I Educated and guided my children toward proper
behavior, organization, Hands-on experiences were used to develop their problem solving and fine motor
* I Designed, created all required drawings and site plans, managed inspectors for 20x30 1-1/2 story
addition with basement to my house I built and finished myself; Saved $ and much time by consulting expert
contractors before each phase of construction.
* I maintain and kept up with the latest engineering trends by continuously reviewing and preparing to
apply the latest concepts from the many trade magazines I continue to receive. I attended many engineering
trade shows such as advanced productivity & gear expo *
Formulated spur Gear design and manufacturing program that calculates 35 interrelated solutions using 3
input variables. Accelerated the design machining & inspection of manufactured gears and gear sets.
* Fabricated and sold from photos in a trade magazine College classroom interactive display set of
geometric models, calculated angles and scaled size, improved student visualization & comprehension
* Devised, Constructed and posted my own dot com. web page that helps me to network with other
collectors of my antique machinery hobby, that can be viewed.atAntiquemachinery.com
* Conceived, developed, made drawings and constructed many mechanical
projects. I bought & rebuilt 7 machine tools to .001 accuracy.
* Consulted Electro-mechanical, & Chemical design development & fabrication of Spectroscopic
automated environmental water analyzer and also on a handicapped limb replacement skin and structure.
Project/Design Engineer 1986 - 1996 Stanley Home Automation, A division of the Stanley Works (SWK), 41700 Gardenbrook
Dr., Novi, MI , ........Reported to the Product Line Manager and Engineering Manager. Responsible for all mechanical research, design,
and production support of the residential garage door opener product line. Requirements included UL/CSA approval and validation,
manufacturing engineering, product testing, production cost analysis, and evaluation of cost reduction/avoidance proposals.
* Completed value added plastic gear case
assembly, improved design, eliminated previous processing problems and resultant part failures through an improved structure and
material selection. Reduced assembly time by 20% and QC rejects by 80%.
* Designed and implemented use of inspection gauges for output shaft that resolved disputes between vendors and engineering.
* Redesigned garage door opener using 3D CAD which reduced size, reduced cost $108.78 to 99.870 ,
improved lighting, increased ease of customer installation.
* Correctly redefined drawing and QC specifications, vendor process requirements, and built identical gauges for both our QC and the
vendor for plastic timing gear system (molded plastic gears in use) instead of a machined gear set previously specified. Prevented
breaking and skipping of teeth on gears. Avoided an additional product recall.
Technician, Mechanical Designer/ Mechanical 12/1983 - 4/1986 Bell Northern Research (NORTEL, Northern Telecom
R&D division) 100 Phoenix Dr., Ann Arbor, MI Reported to Mechanical Group Leader. Worked with mechanical and electrical engineers
on designing, fabricating, and assembling parts and mechanisms using worst-case analysis. Developed and maintained to latest
revision prototypes and documentation of computer modules. Performed product verification through functionality, noise, vibration, and
thermal tests. Assignments involved improving design, testing vibration and noise of main power supply, EMF shielding of transformer,
developing electro-mechanical interlocks, and overcoming power supply bus insertion problems. *
Resolved constraints of UL standards on manufacturing cost and development schedule. Saved one month in UL regulatory review
time loss. * Built, tested, and machined custom connector, built mold, and cast 80 plastic assemblies saving 6 to 8
weeks proto. tooling time.
Mechanical Designer/Specification Verification Test/ Mechanical Technician/Drafting checker/Prototype Machine
Builder/Forman/Steel fabricator & Machine set up/ Machinist/Truck delivery/Parts Manager/ Lath operator.
12/1983 - 6/1978 Various employment while attending day and night school at Lawrence
Institute of Technology, see the 3 pg. Resume for details.
Education: * Lawrence Institute of Technology, 1983, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, graduated cum laude * Electronic Engineering
Technology degree two-thirds complete. * Two-year high school vocational cert. in Machine Trades, 3.0 GPA.
Continuing Education: Computer literacy: Built custom System from scratch reinstalled hardware and software at least 7 times .
Completed classes at WELCH on Word Excell. CAD-CAM experience on Applicon, Gerber, and Grafteck Engineering training courses:
CAD/CAM 3-D design for CAD-KEY. Boothroyd-Dewherst's design for manufacture and assembly, ANSI Geometric Tolerance and
Dimensioning, AGMA Gear design, inspection and manufacture, Underwriters Laboratory applying recognized materials and
components, General Electric Plastics, material selection and Design for Mfg.
Awards: Dean's List -2 yrs LTU, Deans List -1 yr, Schoolcraft College. Top 12% nationally on academic comprehension test
Referances: Available on request from General Motors manager, former supervisors ect.