Richard Paul Spens 28515 Seven Mile Rd. Livonia, MI 48152-3501 Updated 3-14-2020
phone# (248) 474 -2799 e-mail
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 knowledge applied 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. Summary of Qualifications 12 years experience in design, 10 years in testing, and 7 years fabricating parts and assemblies. Direct experience with design and development of mechanical and electrical devices, power
transmission, project tracking, and preliminary and production cost analysis of competing designs. UL and CSA requirements and methods knowledge applied if required. Product development schedules maintained through critical point reviews in a team environment. Testing performed in simulated and real-life environments prior to market
introduction. Additional experience in packaging printed circuit boards, solving production problems, and interacting with marketing and customers to specify new project requirements.
Currently…. Carlesimo Products Inc. Returned 8/2012 to Present—(July/2014) Part time: Contract July
August of 2011
Production lay outs, Quality control Report to George Roest, Plant Superintendent.
• Produce production Lay outs on molds for production personal to produce products and make required
components for them.
• Final inspection of components and pipe systems and assemblys before release and loading for customer
• Help production personal resolve problems and remember missed steps. Remind employees of production
assignments for product.
• Produce shop drawings or layouts from supplied drawings sent by customer.
• Equipment repair machinist, repair production machines and equipment, locate buy machine modify
replacement parts to requirements.
• Worked closely with plant supervisor maintaining production and repair of the machinery and Hi-Lo’s.
Product design and build engineer.
RPS Enterprises, -Livonia MI ( 4/1996 -6/2010) Developed and ran my prototype development Business.
Reported to the customer or client if for resale. I turned client concepts into specifications, prototypes, and
short run production.
• Using customer concept sketches and competitors pictures, prototype build, then machined for the entire
stores display cases, 17 housing assembles 2 to 6 feet long, 4 with welded angled ends. LED housing assembles
build at 1/3 competitors cost LED light strip currently working to customer satisfaction in Skyline Jewelry in
• Designed and made replacement gears using my rebuilt machines to repair machines.
• Repair production machines and equipment, machine replacement parts, maintain machinery.
• Consulted built and developed a unique linear actuator for use in robotic arms and legs, also developed into a
variable force exercise machine.
• Consulted Electro-mechanical & Chemical design development & fabrication of Spectroscopic automated
environmental water analyzer.
• Consulted and built prototype prosthetic limbs with silicone rubber skin and unique actuators.
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 to Head of Geology department. (using only photos in a trade magazine)
College classroom interactive display set of geometric models.
• I maintained and kept up with the latest engineering trends, attended CAD-CAA classes for Solid works ect,
and 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 Stanley Home Automation, (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.,
Reported to the Product Line Manager and Engineering Manager.
Responsible for all mechanical research, design, and production support of the residential garage door opener
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). · 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
employer. · 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.
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
electro mechanical 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 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 electro
mechanical 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.
ADVANCED EDUCATION: · 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 3.0GPA. CONTINUING EDUCATION: Computer skills: Rebuilt my system
twice (hardware and software), CAD-CAM experience on 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) 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