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                 Complete Resume          Richard Paul Spens      28515  Seven Mile Rd.  Livonia, MI  
48152-3501             updated 9-11- 06   
                                                    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, I will apply to projects my past successful use of
experience and an innate mechanical ability to design, build ,test, explore and learn how all things work.
I hope to
continue to apply all new methods I learn toward improving product quality and success.
Some Highlights of Successes
*
Inventor patent # 5,588,257which was put into production enabling a new product reintroduction with Taiwan production.
*UL test certified to do in house UL test to verify compliance with UL requirements.
*Formulated spur Gear design and manufacturing program that calculates 35 interrelated solutions using 3 input variables.
*Implemented electromechanical interlocks, calculated timing with tolerance. Eliminated destruction of $110 microprocessor.
 * Resolved disputes with machine shop by adding a specific process to transfer and resolve drawing changes to manufacturing.
*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
*Completed value added plastic gear case assembly, improved design, eliminated processing problems, part failures  
improved quality perception
*Built prototype and tooling for preproduction showroom model of octagon pool from verbal description,
*Solved & implemented resonance transformer induced noise reduction program. Vibration and EMI cut 60%
*W
orked overnight, three nights a row to complete assembly  prototype computer for functional and customer test review by corporate.
Designed, created all required drawings and site plans, built myself, then managed
inspectors for 20x30 1-1/2 story addition.
Summary of Qualifications                                                                                                                                                                       12 years
experience in design, 10 years in testing, and 7 years designing and fabricating my own parts, assemblies and test fixtures.  Direct experience with design
and development of mechanical and electrical devices, power transmission,
testing & development, fabrication, project tracking, and preliminary
and production cost analysis of competing designs.  UL and CSA requirements and methods knowledge. Product development schedules maintained
through critical point reviews in a team environment.  Testing performed in simulated and real-life environments prior to market introduction.   Experience
in packaging printed circuit boards, solving production problems, and interacting with marketing and customers to specify new project requirements or
resolve problems.
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 * 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 to avoid pit
falls before each phase of
construction.
   *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 machined and $old (using only
photos in a trade magazine) College classroom
interactive display set of geometric models.
Calculated angles and scaled size. Improved
student visualization & comprehension
100%.*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 at Antiquemachinery.com.

*I designed and built educational kits to develop
hand-eye, fine, and gross motor skills. I set up
fixtures and line to produce these projects. Kits  
use nails, screws, bolts and glue plus a little art.
(most schools have sadly scrapped all vocational
machine tools and teach no practice )   I've Taught
classes using these and custom projects at Livonia
Recreation Center and built 100 kits with inner city
youth and their parents as a means to develop
family togetherness and interest in developing life
skills.  I continue to do so every year.
*  
Conceived,
developed,
made
drawings and
constructed
many
mechanical
projects. I
bought &
rebuilt 7
machine
tools to .001
accuracy.
* Consulted
Electro-mech
anical, &
Chemical
design
development
& fabrication
of
Spectroscopi
c automated
environmental
water
analyzer
* Consulted and built prototype
prosthetic limbs with silicone
rubber skin and unique actuators.

*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 skills.

* I maintained 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.     
Project/Design Engineer                                          (6/1986-4/1996)
Stanley Home Automation, A division of the Stanley Works Mfg. of Automatic Garage Door Openers. (Stock symbol 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, improved lighting, increased ease of customer installation, and reduced
cost ($108.78 to $96.67).
·                      Extensively test and Developed a steel tube alternative to a molded plastic structural component that was more cost competitive. The more
robust appearance improved quality perception of product to the dealers. Reduced the total of all return goods by 8 %
·                     Transformed a hand worked low volume dealer garage door opener into a modern medium volume consumer product. New design contained
the strength and robustness of the old design with a 50% price reduction.
·                     Eliminated grease separation in gear case after performing a complete temperature and lubrication performance analysis of existing and
purposed materials. Saved 3 to 4 yearly  $5000 lawsuits tormenting my Engineering manger.
·                     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.
Applied noise abatement test and development to reduce resonant noise by to two thirds to a new design by others, not by expensive isolators or
sound deadening material, but by isolating noise by design. Saved a costly motor redesign and vastly improve customer perceived quality.
Mechanical Designer / Mechanical Technician            (12/1983 - 4/1986)
Bell Northern Research (a Div. of NORTEL) Northern Telecommunication’s Research & Development division, a fortune 500 company, 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 thermodynamic
functional analysis for enclosure of Modular Integrated Voice Data System.  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 electromechanical interlocks, and overcoming power supply
bus insertion problems.  Designed and built production fixtures for factory floor use.
·                      Considered and resolved constraints of UL standards on manufacturing cost and development schedule.  Saved one month in UL regulatory
review time loss.
·                      Mocked up, tested, and machined custom connector, built mold, and cast 80 plastic assemblies saving six to eight weeks of prototype
tooling time quoted by supplier.
·                      Persevered with project engineers and engineering manager overnight, three nights in a row by applying my model making skills to complete
assembly and "polish" prototype computer system for functional and customer test review by corporate.   Saved potential cancellation of  $80M project
due to failure at a critical junction.
·                      Transformed theoretical connector pin lubricant into reality, located all required chemicals, developed mixing procedure and an application
method to successfully coat 100-pin connector assembly.  Reduced connector force and its resulting breakage insertion 70%.
·                      Implemented electromechanical interlocks, calculated necessary timing with tolerance.  Eliminated hot switching of modules resulting in
destruction of $110 microprocessor.
·                      Solved & implemented resonance transformer induced noise reduction program. Vibration and EMI cut 60% by development and
application of high silicon steel shielding. Application to and resealing of assemblies applied in house. Saved six to eight weeks of development cycle.
Dramatically improved quality perception of product.
Engineering Assistant                              (Full time 9/1983 - 12/1983)
LINK Engineering, (Mfg. of tire test, motor winding mach.) 3840-70 Elmira, Detroit,MI     Reported to Engineering Manager.     
Completed checker changes, updated drawings to as-built, researched and assembled drawings into complete package for shop use.
·                      Resolved disputes with machine shop by adding a specific process to transfer and resolve drawing changes to manufacturing and the
machine shop.  Saved 1 to 3 days process time and a lot of finger pointing in each cycle.
·                      Filled in for electrical engineer when he left company, saved 3 weeks in potential lost design time.
General Machinist                                 (1982, through summer 1983)
Zimmerman Engineering, (design and job shop), 2460 Telegraph Rd, Southfield, MI       Reported to owner/operator.
Maintained part tolerance and changed inserts, load and unload. Watched and maintained tolerances on Swiss automatic screw machines and CNC vertical
mill. General machining, short runs, teardown and some simple set-ups. I Improved and repaired machinery and production facilities.
·                     Calculated optimum operating conditions program offsets and tooling of CNC.  Increased production 10-20%.
Shop Foreman                                         (part of 1979, summer 1980, 81)
Aqua Star Pools, Ann Arbor Trail Rd. Westland, MI                                                     Reported to company owner, kept supervisor
informed of my assignments.     
Set up woodworking and metalworking machinery, repaired and modified steel processing equipment. Designed and developed new "Apollo" octagon
pool, performed on site troubleshooting and repair, delivered and set up product.
·                     Built prototype and tooling for preproduction showroom model of octagon pool from verbal description. Design assured proper
installation.  Improved and completed product concept displaying feasibility.
·                     Developed and built from observations of production problems new steel processing line and racks for stock storage. Put equipment for
production and stock in logical orderly sequence. Saved 20% on processing steel.
Stock Room Controller                                                  (Summer job 1979)
Flair Line, (mfg. of air and hydraulic cylinders) 130424 Flairline drive, Livonia, MI        Reported to plant supervisor.
Assembled cylinders and tested for leaks and operation according to specifications. I pulled and organized parts per design and put into kits for
completion by assemblers.
·                      Within 2 weeks promoted to stockroom from assembler. If parts were not in stock, I placed an order for their manufacture, or tried to
locate them in the machine shop room. Saved 2 weeks time compared to simply waiting for stock.
·                      Organized stock of major product into a linear sequence according to order pulled, saved 30% of the time necessary to pull parts for
assembly kits.
Lathe Hand, Piecework                                              (summer 1978)
H.R. Krueger Machine Tool Co., Inc. (Designer and mfg. of assembly line machining centers) 31506 Grand River Road, Farmington, MI    Reported to
shop Foreman.
Selected stock and blueprint to produce 1 to 10 parts on worn out W&S #4 Turret Lathe.
·                     Developed method to produce long shafting correctly for rush jobs given me, normally beyond the capability of my (way out of tolerance)
machine. Produced rush jobs as given to me. Enabled machine tools to be assembled on schedule.
                       
                   
    
ADVANCE
D
EDUCATI
ON:
·                    Lawrence Technological University, 1983, BSMET in Engineering, cum laude.
·                    Electronic Engineering Technology, degree two-thirds complete.
·                    Two year, High School 1000 hr. vocational certificate in machine trades 3.0 GPA.

CONTINUING  EDUCATION:
Computer skills: Custom built  my own system from scratch. (hardware and software), Word and Excell trained Walsh college, CAD experience on  3-D
autocad,2-D Cadkey, Applicon, Gerber, and Grafteck Systems
Engineering training courses:  Boothroyd-Dewherst's design for manufacture and assembly (3 day course), ANSI Geometric Tolerance and Dimensioning
(3 day course), AGMA Gear Design Tolerance and Manufacture (1 week course), Underwriters Laboratory's Selecting & Applying Recognized Materials
and Components (2 day course), General Electric Plastic's Design for Manufacture (5 day course), CAD/CAM 3 dimensional design for CAD-KEY (3
day course)
  
I have maintained 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 attend many engineering trade shows such as advanced
productivity & Gear expo.      
                
                                   
AWARDS:
Dean's List - two years, Lawrence Institute of Technology (now called Lawrence Technological University)
·                    Dean's List - one year, Schoolcraft College
·                    Top 12% nationally on academic comprehension test
REFERENCES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST from General Motors, staff also former managers ect.
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