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Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Extron Electronics

Nashville, NC

Senior Design Engineer at Extron Electronics

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Extron Electronics

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer for audio and architectural products.

Received 15 utility and design patents for innovative product designs featuring a multitude of manufacturing methods such as injection molding, vacuum forming, sheet metal fabrication, and CNC machining.

Designed and patented a unique construction technique consisting of the marriage of a thermoformed housing with an aluminized molded composite shell; a combination that produced lightweight speaker and plenum vault enclosures capable of surpassing harsh UL 2043 burn testing while staying under weight restrictions that require costly OSHPD engineering certifications.

Leveraged extensive manufacturing experience to convince Director of Acoustic Development to start product assembly at Extron Raleigh, a site originally intended only for research and development, sales, and customer training. Handled all facets of manufacturing startup from location of raw material suppliers, capital equipment justifications and tooling design, to equipment installation, preparing assembly documentation and associate training.

Coordinated a mix of Asian and domestic supplier sourcing to build cost effective, high quality products with annual sales of over one million dollars.

Responsible for product compliance with the regulations of governing bodies such as UL, CE, ASTM, NFPA, Intertek and the green initiatives of RoHS and REACH.

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Career medium 03

Performance Design & Machining, Inc.

Director of Engineering

Promoted to Director of Engineering after less than a year; demonstrated an effective track record of satisfying customer requirements, managing engineers, and meeting deliverables under-budget and ahead of schedule.

Career

Nash Community College

Advanced CAD/CAM & Machining Instructor

Served as a part time instructor on request from the community college to fill the need for an advanced level CNC machining and CAD/CAM instructor.

Developed course curriculum for beginning to advanced Solidworks and Gibbscam CAD/CAM programs.

Voluntarily authored a grant proposal that awarded Nash Community College $100,000 for a new Haas 5-axis CNC Mill and funding for NIMS certification.

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Performance Design & Machining, Inc.

Senior Manufacturing and Mechanical Design Engineer

Responsible for managing 5 mechanical engineers, technicians and machinists while remaining hand-on in all facets of daily operations from complex 3D modeling, FEA and tooling design to PLC programming, machine wiring and multi-axis CNC machining.

Interfaced directly with clients to establish non disclosure agreements, review project requirements, outline deliverables and assure deadlines were met.

Designed and manufactured a wide range of products from simple machined parts and prototype/ production tooling (injection molds and fixtures) to full turnkey high speed assembly systems for aerospace, pharmaceutical, and automotive industries.

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Keihin Carolina System Technlogy

Manufacturing Engineer

Specified and purchased 2.5 million dollars annually in capital equipment for new model year production.

Completed all necessary ISO process documentation to comply with ISO/QS procedural requirements.

Successfully managed a team of 10 engineers and technicians to install new process equipment and analyze existing operations for performance improvements.

Developed new approaches to a wide range of manufacturing processes including high-speed robotics, air logic and cam systems using Solidworks.

Worked routinely with PLC programming, SMT technology, laser marking, and automated assembly.

Career medium 03
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Career medium 03

The HON Company

Manufacturing Engineer

Created new manufacturing processes for changes issued by product engineering by adjusting KANBAN quantities and specifications, programming CNC machining centers, designing and fabricating necessary fixturing, and walking prototype units through production from start to pack-out.

Successfully finished a 4-month project dealing with a redesign affecting 65% of the production models.

Developed training programs for CNC equipment that reduced machine damage from new operators by 75%.

Led Kaizen and continuous improvement events focused on increasing throughput, reducing scrap, and improving operator efficiency. One notable project uncovered a packaging design problem that immediately eliminated $250,000 of damaged goods a year.

Fabricated and machined tooling and fixtures in-house on CNC equipment during off-shifts, which saved over $50,000 in immediate costs and $250,000 in long-term expenses from process improvements.

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Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Manufacturing Engineer

Promoted with increasing engineering responsibilities through Quality Assurance, ISO 9000 Audit, Frame Fabrication, and Tank and Fender Departments.

Modeled new plant processes with Solidworks for planning and presentation purposes.

Responsible for capital equipment justification, purchase and installation. Specified and installed a seam welder to complete a product flow path that increased production by 33%.

Planned and installed four weld cells for a new model fuel tank, established standard work and accepted the design from product engineering.

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NC Board of Engineers and Surveyors

EIT

York College of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Science (BS), Mechanical Engineering