About

I am a senior mechanical engineering product designer, specialist in 3D CAD design and FEA of sheet metal and heavy steel fabrication with 16 years of experience. I am passionate about CAD design and analysis, with strong focus on technical documentation and drawing detail accuracy. This includes 3D and 2D fabrication and assembly drawings in Solid Works, Creo (including Windchill) and Inventor (including Vault) as well as considerable FEA experience (Including ANSYS non-linear). I have designed a wide variety of product across many sub disciplines of mechanical engineering (Structures, driveline, suspension, hydraulics, composites… etc.). I have successfully taken many complex projects from concept to production, often reducing complexity and yielding significant cost savings all while complying with the relevant international standards.

Experience

  • Product Designer 3 Bell Equipment Company SA · Feb 2009 – Present 12 yrs Richards Bay, South Africa
    • Specialist level new product design and FEM analysis of major structural components, primary areas of responsibility: Main chassis, ROPS cab and a selection of sheet metal parts across the BELL earth moving equipment range.
    • Responsibilities also include; participate in the development of the engineering strategy, root-cause analysis on quality and reliability issues of high complexity/sensitivity, current product manufacturing support, mentor to junior staff members, CAD mentor specializing in ProE/Creo Simulate (with PTC Windchill) and Autodesk Inventor (With Autodesk Vault) and Fastener component category owner.
    • Most noteworthy project: I was the engineer responsible for the main chassis design and front end styling of the E-Series range ADT (From B20E to B60E). I have delivered a series of front chassis designs which have proven to exceed our durability goals while reducing mass and manufacturing complexity/costs.
  • Design Office Manager (Started as Product Designer) Desmond Equipment SA · Jul 2003 – Jan 2009 5 yrs 6 mos Port Shepstone, South Africa
    • Supervise and approve all drawing modifications while personally completing all advanced design problems.
    • Manage all levels of off-road construction equipment design projects, Including; Haulers, Articulated Dump Trucks, Front End Loaders, Motor Graders, Underground Grader and Tipper Trailers.
    • Design, implementation, training and maintenance of 3D modelling, 2D drawing and data management practices, in the company's conversion from 2D AutoCAD to 3D Autodesk Inventor with data management in Autodesk Vault software.
    • Supervise CNC Plasma machine installation, training and maintenance.
    • Most noteworthy project: I was the lead engineer on Dezzi 3500 front end loader “clean sheet design”. I completed the driveline, hydraulics, kinematics and structures design from scratch delivering a “best in class” equivalent machine.