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     Date Submitted:04-12-2017
     Last Modified:04-12-2017 (09:11)
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     Current job:Director of Technical Assurance
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywords31 years in System Engineering discipline. Reliability, Safety, and Quality. Space Shuttle, Space Station, and CST-100. Leadership, Independent Assessment, Leading Change.


    Obtain a leadership position as Director of System Engineering disciplines utilizing skills in leadership, planning, analysis, resource commitments and task prioritization to maximize company assets and minimize risks and to increase company profits.


    Leadership Skills

    Charts the Course

    Directs and Manages Change. Drives change, focuses on results, analyzes process, manages assets, implements improvements and measures effectiveness of results.

    The Customer is First.Translates strategy into actionable objectives and plans; communicates clearly at one-on-one and group levels; conveys sense of purpose and mission that motivates others; maintains direction, balancing big-picture with day-to-day issues.

    Sets High Expectations

    Rooted in ensuring competitiveness; sets high personal expectations first; has courage to raise the bar continuously/routinely; holds self and others accountable for continuous improvement; communicates expectations directly, openly, and effectively; shows people and teams how to reach (acts as a coach).

    Inspires Others

    Energizes, excites, and motivates others; creates and models a confident and winning atmosphere; builds teams whose impact is far greater than the sum of its parts; inspires in ways that are consistent with values; celebrates success and learns from disappointments; creates an atmosphere where all see opportunities to stretch, take risks, create, contribute and learn.

    Finds a Way

    Thinks and Acts Strategically.Develops vision and plan for global and local execution.

    Continuously monitors customers and operations to spot issues; faces reality and adjusts to keep commitments; models confidence that sees change as opportunities; uses company complexity as leverage, not an excuse.

    Exceptional support for customers as major programs came to an end

    Lives Company Values

    Models, leads, and committed to company values, principles and business conduct policies; earns the trust and respect of company stakeholders; ensures effective business, compliance and financial controls; promotes integrity in all that we do; demonstrates commitment to and takes advantage of diversity; creates an environment of respect and inclusion; does not use abusive or intimidating behavior; bounds vigorous pursuit of individual and business objectives with overall interest and reputation of the company.

    Delivers Results

    Creates Value.Continuously looks for opportunities to demonstrate return on investment.

    Promises made, promises kept; does not rationalize shortfalls and is accountable; demonstrates strong operational skills; marshals the other Demonstrated Leadership Attributes in meeting commitments; capitalizes on unanticipated opportunities and changing circumstances to meet commitments.


    Prevention requires an investment. Determines what prevention measures need to be implemented to improve risk posture.

    Technical Integrity is the outcome of a deliberate effort to intentionally measure and improve key elements.Matches Technical Assurance / Systems Engineering functional elements to apply, manage and improve.



    TechnipFMC – FMC Technologies    Technical Assurance / Systems Engineering             2012-2017

    Director of Technical Assurance function responsible for improving technical integrity in products and systems.

    Cost accounting management with responsibility of approximately $8million budget.

    Lead a team of discipline engineers and highly skilled professionals for Technical Assurance function.

    Established and directed implementation of a roadmap for process improvement utilizing expert methods from various industries to infuse into the company, consisting of: Engineering Execution Processes, Requirements Management Processes, Integrated Product & Process Development, Technical Safety & Reliability Engineering, Integrated Risk Management, Mult-Physics Simulation, and Industry Standards Change Compliance.

    Established and directed implementation of foundational requirements, training and assurance function to set a baseline for integrity.

    Provided Global ownership of the Engineering Execution Process to standardize and improve engineering throughout the company.

    Focused on improving New Product Development engineering for Research & Development by bringing prevention discussions early in the process.

    Developed and maintained a Global Technical Safety and Reliability engineering team utilizing technical analysis methods for insight and improvement.

    Introduced and sustained Integrated Product and Process Development for advanced collaboration on product development as well as advanced teaming for product execution in order to dramatically improve cost and schedule.

    Developed Technical Integrity Standards in order to set a benchmark for measuring important integrity dimensions for an understanding of what needs to improve.

    Developed and led Independent Technical Reviews for insight into systemic and organizational causes of problems that go beyond just a failed piece of hardware.

    Developed Technical and Integrated Risk for identification, mitigation and control (key Systems Engineering element).

    Directed a Multi-Physics Simulation group for advanced technical analysis.

    Sustained development of Requirements Management methodologies and tools (key Systems Engineering element) and an emphasis on getting it right the first time and providing traceability from requirement to solution.

    Developed and managed an Industry Standards Change Compliance process and network in order to improve awareness of changes, proactively determine company impacts, and manage those changes.


    Boeing              Systems Engineering                                             2004-2012

    August 2011 to 2012: Lead Systems Engineering Reliability Engineer for the Commercial Crew Transportation System in development of the design of the CST-100 Space Vehicle.

    Developed lean processes, documentation, products & training utilizing industry best practices.

    December 2004 to August 2011: Manager of Safety, Reliability & Quality Engineering for the Space Shuttle Orbiter Vehicle.

    Provided cross-functional support to Engineering, Space Shuttle Program and Safety & Mission Assurance matrix organizations.

    Responsible for Space Shuttle Orbiter vehicle systems engineering and operations.

    Lead a diverse team of 27 engineers including contractors and support staff.

    Delegated department manager responsibility with other manager direct report.

    Cost accounting management with responsibility of approximately $2million budget.

    Built and maintained a highly successful engineering team.

    Managed NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter Program risk documentation.

    Provided real-time mission support and anomaly assessment for 24/7 vehicle operations.

    Operated business in compliance with Lean+ and ISO standards

    Managed risk assessments and documentation including Failure Modes & Effects Analyses and Hazard Cases Reports.

    Technical expert to NASA and USA customers on the design and operation of the Space Shuttle fleet to ensure its continued safety, flight-readiness, efficiency and overall mission success.

    Activities ranged from designing new system modifications and upgrades to resolving day-to-day issues and mission anomalies

    Work with program leadership, customers, suppliers, partners, government agencies and employees ensuring achievement of strategic goals and objectives.Experience in both development/operations environments

    Developed and executed organizational business plans / budget. Defined, evaluated functional & program priorities. Provided leadership in negotiating successful resolution of cross functional program issues

    Participated in major accident investigations and helped implement preventative measures.

    Provided leadership opportunities within team.

    Developed and implemented performance and quality improvement programs.

    Streamlined processes and influenced stake-holder partnering.

    Consistently managed work plans and delivered products within budget and as scheduled.


    United Space Alliance           Systems Engineering                    2000-2004

    December 2003 to December 2004 Served as the Safety, Reliability & Quality Engineering Management customer for Boeing product deliveries to NASA

    Participated in major design improvement programs such as the Orbiter Boom Sensor System and the Thermal Protection Repair.

    Served as Program Quality Product Manager for the NASA Customer Project Office at the Johnson Space Center.

    August 2001 to December 2003 Quality Assurance lead & functional focal point for the International Space Station Problem Resolution & Corrective Action (PRACA) Data System (PDS)

    Developed policy, plans and procedures, and managed processes to assure safe & productive Space Station & personnel

    Reviewed and coordinated the implementation of QA activities within NASA, International Partner & contractor programs

    Coordinated process & database improvements with problem resolution teams & facilitate issue resolution

    Performed audits & analyses on failures to determine trends & reported those trends to senior management & customers

    November 2000 to August 2001 Reliability Engineer for the International Space Station

    Performed investigative engineering based assessments & analyses directed toward identifying & quantifying the risk of designed options, conditions, or events

    Performed risk & reliability analyses, applied & adapted assessment tools & techniques 

    Performed analyses with application of models & methods for assessments & analyses

    Provided detailed reports & recommendations & prepared material for technical presentations and training


    SAIC         Systems Engineering                                               1997 to 2000

    Safety and Mission Assurance Engineer

    Responsibilities included: management of requirements & processes; development, certification, design;review of failures, preparation of failure modes & effects analyses, hazard analyses, review of operational procedures & flight rules & government regulations

    Provided System Safety Engineering and Independent Assessment

    Served as human spaceflight Certification focal point for all subsystems

    Thorough ability to analyze problems (troubleshooting, fault detection & isolation, repair, modification, or redesign) of hardware to support the design, development & modification of products by application of knowledge of engineering disciplines



    BS, Mechanical Engineering Technology,  (ABET) The University of Houston, Houston Texas  



    Company representative to the Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI) Advisory Committee; and Subsea Systems Institute (SSI)

    Featured speaker at OPEX In Oil and Gas Summit

    Completed courses/seminars in safety, employee involvement, and leadership, Oil & Gas production systems, Space Shuttle Crash Investigation, Export Control Administration, Mechanical Reliability, Safety Engineering, Quality, Deming, Requirement Development, Root Cause Analysis, Labor & Employment Law Basics



    Management of a technical team, Integrated Product and Process Development, System Engineering, API17, Windchill Quality Solutions, Relex 2011, MIL-STD-882 (Safety), MIL-STD-1629 (FMECA), MIL-STD-1543 (Reliability), AS-9100 (Quality), ISO-9001, 14001, DOORS overview, Lean (+,5s,10x), TQM,EVMS overview, SHEA, Root Cause Analysis, Process FMEA, Value Stream Mapping & Critical Path familiarity



    Kezirian, Michael T., Morsches, Douglas T. and Thornton, Timothy F, “Orbiter Propulsion Safety for Space Shuttle Return to Flight.”  42nd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, 9-12 July 2006, Sacramento, California, AIAA 2006-5110.



    - Houston Chronicle, “From orbit to drill bit, NASA exes know unknowns of risk,” March 17, 2013

    • NASA Medal for participation in Flow Control Valve investigation.

    • Boeing Space Flight Honoree – STS-121 Launch

    • United Space Alliance recovery & investigation of Columbia accident

    • NASA Group Achievement Award - Quantitative Risk Assessment System

    • Silver Snoopy Award given by Astronaut Corps (awarded to <1% of workforce) - safe return to flight of Main Propulsion System

    • NASA Group Achievement Award  - Failure Modes & Effects Analysis for Orbiter

    • NASA Group Achievement Award - Shuttle Operations

    • Tier II Award - Ops & Maintenance Reqs & Specs turnaround reduction effort


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