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Kevin O'Neill

Kevin O'Neill

QA Manager


QA Manager at SolidWorks



QA Manager

QA Manager (November 2011 - Present)
Senior QA Engineer (April 2009 - November 2011)
QA Engineer (May 2006 - April 2009)

Test and develop World Class 3D CAD software.

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Alps Electric

Production Engineer

Production Engineer (November 2001 - May 2006)

Bringing from the CAE role a good knowledge of 3D CAD, began work on the team designing and building a new generation of in-house SMT Chip Multi-Mounting machines. Used a mix of 2D and SolidWorks to perform the mechanical design of frames, jigs, motorised units, air cylinder lifters as well as safety covers and fixtures. Developed the 3D models for initial concepts and later optimum placement of all units, actuators, etc. on machine platens before any parts were manufactured.

Once the Mounter had been developed and went into use on the factory floor the role developed into kaizen continuous improvement of various components. This involved specifically the continuous development of injection moulded parts for chip hoppers, i.e. identifying mould issues and solving by modifying design to optimum performance.

It also included actually performing the injection moulding, leading teams to assemble the complex parts and testing the Hoppers to meet a level of quality. Developed software to run test machine for this task. Also used the CAE experience to simulate and identify in 3D CAD areas of possible obstruction for falling chips leading to 10% lower defect rates.

Being Bilingual the role also included the drafting of hard copy English manuals for assembly, usage as well as online trouble-shooting documents. Editing Bilingual manuals for international use.

CAE Engineer (November 1998 - November 2001)

Initially using NISA, performed FEA solder reliability tests on products. Advised on optimum positions for solder legs and frame. Other tests included the thermal cycle testing of CSP and tuner circuits.

Later, using a mix of NISA and IDEAS assisted on the virtual FEA Vibration testing for machine frames. Suggested design changes that eliminated large deflections and improved machine mount accuracy for chip mounting machines.


EPS Group

CAD operator

Produce drawings of pipe layouts and pumping systems under supervision of
Engineer. (AutoCAD 12 with digitiser).


General Operative

Maintenance of fire-fighting equipment and plant.
Maintenance of land-based and sea-going craft.

University of Limerick

Bachelor Degree, Mechanical Engineering

Cork Institute of Technology

Diploma, Mechanical Engineering