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Gordon Macmillan

Gordon Macmillan

Mechanical Design Engineer

American GFM

Mechanical Engineering Professional





American GFM

Mechanical Design Engineer

• Apply fundamental engineer principles such as free-body-diagrams and hand calculations to solve design problems and material sizing problems
• Operate equipment and instrumentation
• Provide engineering support to manufacturing and assembly for machine tools
• Designed an assembly to solve the problem of stabilizing an inkjet printer head for a printing system attached to a gantry mount cutting head
• Implemented VBA code to more efficiently extract and format BOM information cutting down time spent on releasing parts
• Created 3D models and detail drawings using GD&T, limits, fits, and hands-on experience
• Inspect mechanical assemblies, correct, or disposition manufacturing quality reports and perform revision changes to drawings
• Detailed 3D Inventor part design and drawing releases for ultrasonic ply cutting machines used extensively by Boeing to cut pre-preg composite and core materials
• Apply fundamental engineering principles such as free-body-diagrams and hand calculations to solve design problems and material sizing problems
• Provided insightful knowledge of composites manufacturing, contributing to AGFM pre-form process R&D

Career medium 06
Career medium 05

Eagle Technologies, LLC

Mechanical Design Engineer

• Designed and optimized layups for carbon fiber parts using Solidworks and Pro Engineer, NASTRAN and spreadsheets
• Shaped process for integrating gauges, accelerometers, and actuators with composite materials layup into rotor blades
• Conducted testing and characterization of scaled research experimental test articles. This included wind tunnel model systems and rotor blades
• Operated hydraulic static and GAG cyclic calibration equipment
• Developed Nastran/FEA code and finite element models to make product lifecycle evaluations for various components of scaled research experimental test articles
• Performed analysis using a combination of hand calculations and software programs including NASTRAN and MYKLESTAD in support of various types of structures including UAV fairings, fuselage structures and rotor blades. Types of analysis included: static, dynamic, modal, buckling, non-linear and rotor dynamics. Analyzed aerospace composite joint loads from FEMAP models, calculated fastener and bearing stresses, determined margin of safety and validated results using hand calculations
• Wrote detailed model systems report documenting design and analysis of NASA LaRC scaled Apache Active Twist Rotor Blades (ATR-A)
• Supervised composite shop procedures and part trimming processes for various components and co-cured assemblies. Coordinated actions to produce more consistent and higher quality layups on a torsion beam component for a rotor system
• Collected various mass and inertial data using blade segmentation, weight balance and trifilar suspension platform testing
• Interfaced with an experienced team of engineers to devise rotor blade testing lab set ups and to perform strength and stiffness testing


ANCO Engineers, Inc.

Design Engineer

ANCO Engineers, Inc. was a unique experience where I was granted the opportunity to start my career off at a company where I could develop my core competencies and practice problem solving. I am fortunate to have developed my knowledge of an engineers responsibilities here and have been able to hone my design, research and documentation techniques. I also received hands on machining and fabrication training.

Career medium 06

University of Colorado at Boulder

BS, Mechanical Engineering

Blacksburg High School