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     Date Submitted:27-02-2013
     Last Modified:28-02-2013 (07:44)
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     Current job:Sr. Mech Systems Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSolution creation, project engineering, mechanism creation, mechanical systems engineering, proposal creation, AI&T, business development

    I am a dedicated and innovative Professional Senior Mechanical Engineer with 28 years of mechanical design and project engineering experience, twenty four years within the Aerospace Industry. I motivate others and encourage team efforts to provide timely solutions to customers’ needs. I am an enthusiastic problem solver who works hard in a co-operative environment to develop improved methods to meet customers’ and suppliers’ needs and expectations.

     Work Experience

     MDA– Space Missions                                        2004 - Present

     Canada’s pre-eminent authority on space and terrestrial robotics and interplanetary exploration, MDA is a principle contractor for various robotic systems for manned space flight, instruments and vehicles for planetary exploration and innovative terrestrial robotic applications.

     Senior Mechanical and Project Engineer

    • Lead Mechanical Engineer – Tools, DARPA Phoenix Satellite Servicing Mission. Responsible for developing unique and innovative robotic tool designs to repurpose existing spacecraft components, mechanical program plans, costing and manpower allocation.
    • Lead Mechanical Engineer – OSIRUS-REx Laser Altimeter Device – Responsible for mechanical concept, planning, manpower, test and integration of the laser Altimeter for an asteroid sample return mission.
    • Lead Mechanical Engineer – Tools, for the Next Generation Canadarm program – Responsible for developing unique and innovative robotic tool designs to refuel orbiting spacecraft, developing detailed program plans, costing and manpower allocations for a $45 Million part of a $300 Million program.
    • Lead Mechanical & Project engineer on the Phoenix Mars Meteorological Station - responsible for finalizing the mechanical design, program schedules, risk mitigation and component integration and test.
    • Lead Mechanical Engineer ExoMars Rover Deployment Mast Assembly and Instrument Arm Assembly Proposals – Responsible for bringing innovative mechanical concepts to two independent mechanism proposals for the European Space Agency ExoMars mission.
    • Program Lead for the Tie Down Separation Plane (TDSP) program for the Japanese H2 Transfer Vehicle (HTV) – Responsible for program planning, manpower planning, manufacture, integration test and delivery of six sets of flight components, two of which have flown and worked perfectly.
    • Program Lead on AECL Reactor Tooling Program and Bruce Reactor Retubing Automation Proposal Team – Responsible for program planning, proposal execution, manpower planning and mechanical concepts
    • Lead Mechanical Engineer on the IBA EVA Enhancement program - responsible for innovative space shuttle repair tooling for astronaut inspection and repair of the Space Shuttle.


    • Developed innovative robotic tool designs that reduced previous concept costs by 30% and mass by 50%.
    • Have had 3 patents taken out for inventions relating to robotic servicing tools
    • Maintained profitability of TDSP program while introducing a number of changes that increased manufacturability and repeatability of a flight space program without requalification or additional expenses.
    • Provided on-site troubleshooting project management and technical expertise to allow Japanese customer to launch TDSP on schedule. This expertise was provided in Japan on extremely short notice. The customer expressed their appreciation to MDA.
    • Used project management skills to mitigate cost & schedule risk during build of Phoenix MET instruments.
    • Led team building Phoenix MET instruments to meet aggressive schedule targets while solving multiple critical technical problems.
    • Interfaced successfully with customer and suppliers on Phoenix MET instruments to meet aggressive build and test schedule with constantly changing resource requirements.
    • Was Project Engineer for Phoenix Electrical Engineering Team for 4 months.
    • Successfully presented innovative IBA EVA Enhancement design proposals to NASA within 4 weeks of joining company.

     Teknion                                              2000 - 2004

     The largest designer and manufacturer of office furniture in Canada, Teknion is a $500 million multinational corporation.

     Senior Design Engineer

    • Responsible for creating innovative mechanical designs and co-ordinating the activities of Industrial Designers, manufacturing and external suppliers to bring creative office furniture designs to production quickly and cost effectively.


    • Produced innovative mechanical designs for office furniture systems that reduced installation time, exceeded industry structural standards and permitted customers to realize a 23% cost saving whle increasing company profit margins while winning numerous international Industrial Design awards.

     Pratt & Whitney Canada                                      1984-1999

     The largest manufacturer of small gas turbine aircraft engines in the world, Pratt & Whitney Canada is a $2 billion corporation that supplies jet and turboprop engines to aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing, Beech, Cessna, deHavilland and Aerospatiale.

     Supervisor, Advanced Cost & Manufacturing Engineering (1998 - 1999)

    • Led a team of Cost and Producability professionals that provided engine and component cost estimates and reports and advanced manufacturing support to production and development engine programs.
    • Developed processes and procedures to simplify and quantify cost estimating and reporting services to meet internal and external customers’ needs.


    • Proposed and planned the development and implementation of an advanced, integrated, cost estimation and tracking system.

     Staff Design Engineer (1984 - 1998)

    • Designed complex rotating and static aerospace gas turbine engine assemblies.
    • Investigated innovative non-metallic materials to solve difficult component design problems.
    • Coordinated the research and use of advanced composite materials within Pratt & Whitney Canada.
    • Earned a reputation as an innovative, outside-of-the-box problem solver with strong process development and program management skills.


    • Led a multi-disciplinary design team that met extremely challenging goals with a combination of new ideas and established methods.
    • Designed noise attenuated engine inlet for PW-150 for Bombardier Dash 8-400 program working closely with customer’s staff and on-site at the British supplier.
    • Managed all composite materials research for four years with budgets averaging $600,000 per year.
    • Designed and implemented an unorthodox fire protection system that met all requirements and went from concept to production in only 11 weeks. This accomplishment was recognized with a bonus.
    • Have been granted a patent for a unique fan blade containment system that reduces weight by 20%.
    • Led numerous non-traditional materials investigations that either brought new technologies to Pratt & Whitney Canada or solved difficult component issues with nonstandard materials.
    • Represented Pratt & Whitney Canada on the United Technologies corporate Composite Materials Steering Committee for 3 years.


    • B.Eng (Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical), Memorial University of Newfoundland  -  1983
    • Achieved outstanding results in the Graduate Record Exams - 1982

               Engineering - 81, Mathematical - 91, Comprehension - 97, Logical - 99.9 (all marks in percentiles)

    • Solid skills in: SolidWorks 3D CAD Ver. 2012, MS Project, Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Frontpage, Publisher 

     Professional Memberships

    • P. Eng, (Licensed Professional Engineer) Ontario  - 1986
    • Past Member Society for the Advancement of Materials & Process Engineering (SAMPE) – 1 published paper
    • Past Member CACRC (Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee of the Society for Automotive Engineering)


    • Holder of one issued patent for an impact resistant jet engine composite fan case.
    • Lead inventor on three patents filed for robotic tool concepts: Robotic Refuelling Tool, Multifunction Tool and Free Flyer Capture Tool, all relating to robotic on-orbit satellite servicing.


    • Editor and author of various military vehicle publications and historical reference works with three books and over 30 articles published.
    • Board member Ad Astra Science Fiction Society.
    • Pattern maker and historical scale model maker, home machinist.
    • President, chair or founder of several clubs for plastic model enthusiasts.

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