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Over the past 17 years, I have worked as an R&D Engineer and Project Manager in the research & development engineering field on multi-disciplinary teams of Electrical Engineers, Testing Engineering, and Tooling and Manufacturing Engineers for sporting goods and outdoor products at Lifetime Products and for Smoker Grills and Culinary Products at Traeger Grills. I have also worked on ASTM Committees for Industry Standards. Throughout my engineering career I have created, managed, designed, worked on, and helped to sell many consumer home products which have ended up on major retail sporting goods shelves as well as online stores. Many of the products I have designed have been patented (see below). I have extensive experience with 3-D modeling and surfacing CAD software (most proficient with Solid Works and Pro Engineer/Creo), GD&T, Product Definition Package Creation, product testing, product development and enhancements, plastic part design, metal part design, Welding and Welding Processes, Sheet Metal Fabrication, and engineering materials used in mechanical design.

Experience

  • R&D PRODUCT SR. ENGINEER /PROJECT MANAGER Traeger Grills · Full-time Jul 2021 – Present 3 yrs Salt Lake City, UT, United States ● 2 Years’ experience in R&D Engineering for $800,000,000+ per year product category.
    ● Created and designed innovative product solutions for smoker grills.
    ● Managed product design projects from concept to production and shipment.
    ● Oversaw and was directly involved with prototyping, costing, internal & external testing, and tooling of products.
    ● Designed injection molded and formed sheet metal parts
    ● Fabricated many of the test prototypes for the team
    ● Presented research and development projects to CEO and upper management on a regular basis for approvals.
    ● Worked with sales, marketing, manufacturing, accounting, tooling, Quality, and material vendors to create profitable, well designed, easy to manufacture parts and products.
    ● Worked in a fast paced environment with a team of 10 to develop the most innovative technology in grilling.
  • R&D Product SR. ENGINEER /PROJECT MANAGER Lifetime Products · Full-time Feb 2006 – Jul 2021 15 yrs 5 mos Clearfield, UT, United States ● 15 Years’ experience in R&D Engineering for a $100,000,000+ per year product category.
    ● Created and designed patented products destined for sporting goods retailers, discount retailers, and club accounts.
    ● Managed projects, budgets, and designed products that landed the company's first swing set in a club retailer after a very successful test.
    ● Managed product design projects from concept to production and shipment.
    ● Oversaw and was directly involved with prototyping, costing, internal & external testing, and tooling of products.
    ● Made international travel trips for tooling and manufacturing reviews in China and worked extensively with the China engineers and managers.
    ● Designed Injection Molded, Blow Molded, Sheet Metal, and Tubing parts and systems

Education

  • Weber State University BS, Manufacturing Engineering Technology 2001 – 2007 Activities and Societies: Tau Alpha Pi Honor Society Member
  • Davis Applied Technology College 2 year Welding Technology Certificate, Welding Technology 2005 – 2005 Completed a 2-year certificate in Welding Technology and became a certified welder during the summer of 2005.

Other experience

  • Mission District Leader/Trainer I served as a District Leader and Trainer during a 2 year Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 2001-2003