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Richard Paul Spens 28515 Seven Mile Rd. Livonia, MI
(248) 474 -2799
Objective: Product Engineer Apply my
BSMET Degree and 12 yrs hands-on design & project
organizational experience of concept through production of mechanical & electrical devices, power
transmission, testing & development, fabrication and project management. & Patent # 5,588,257 put into
production of 30-40k units. 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
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.
1986- - 2010
Project/Design Engineer 1986 - 1996
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,
production support of the residential garage door opener product line.
Requirements included UL/CSA approval and validation,
engineering, product testing, production cost analysis, and evaluation
of cost reduction/avoidance proposals.
Completed value added plastic gear case
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
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.
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
and documentation of computer modules. Performed product
verification through functionality, noise, vibration, and thermal
Assignments involved improving design, testing vibration and
noise of main power supply, EMF shielding of transformer,
electro-mechanical interlocks, and overcoming power supply bus
Resolved constraints of UL standards on
manufacturing cost and development schedule. Saved one month in UL
Built, tested, and machined custom connector, built mold, and
cast 80 plastic assemblies saving 6 to 8
weeks proto. tooling time.
Other employment during College 12/1983 - 6/1978:
Designer/Specification Verification Test/ Mechanical
Technician/Drafting checker/Prototype Machine Builder/Forman/Steel
& Machine set up/ Machinist/Truck delivery/Parts Manager/ Lathe
Education: * Lawrence Institute of Technology, 1983, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, graduated cum laude * Electronic Engineering
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.
List -2 yrs LTU, Deans List -1 yr,
Schoolcraft College. Top 12% nationally on
academic comprehension test
Referances: Available on request from Ford, Crash test manager, former supervisors ect.