dougdr
Global rank:
8,295 / 42,636
Skill pts: 5

About

Innovation and Good Design equals Higher Profits and Greater Market Penetration and Market Retention
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I’m passionate about design, I enjoy designing new products and seeing them through from concept to production.
I have a strong mechanical mind and love solving complex problems.
I am a very practical person with vast practical experience and can think on my feet and solve problems while maintaining focus on the end product.
I am happy to work full time or on contract basis and am comfortable with a remote working arrangement

Experience

  • Owner / Consultant DDMD Proprietorship · Self-employed Jan 2016 – Present 5 yrs 9 mos Pretoria, GP, South Africa Working for myself as a consultant and contractor in product design and development

    Wide range of equipment and products worked on, including
    • Production infaces and Production jigs
    • Production tooling for 155 mm cannon shells
    • Gripper interface for robotic ice-cream packing system
    • Complete redesign of the fire nozzle suppression system
    • Side member welding jigs for vehicle manufacturing for Ford
    • Full design of painting skip for Ford
    • Primer paint booth for Ford
    • New product design

    Duties:
    • Project management of numerous design projects
    • Effectively manage client changes
    • Establish and manage a friendly and effective client relationship
    • Use of SolidWorks
  • Senior Mechanical Designer Tricom · Full-time Jan 2013 – Jan 2016 3 yrs Pretoria, GP, South Africa Product design and development.
    Projects completed and worked on
    • Design and development of Cellular and Elecrical Transmission Towers
    • Involvement in design of “Meerkat” project superstructure
    • Design of manufacturing of over 400 welding jigs and transport rigs for the “Meerkat” projrct

    Duties:
    • Product Design and Development of numerous projects
    • Plan, manage, estimate, and track
    • Effectively manage client changes
    • Establish and manage a friendly and effective client relationship
    • Design all mechanical structures
    • Creating accurate and precise manufacturing drawings
    • Managing the drafting registers and controlling documentation
    • Designing new equipment and concepts
    • Use of SolidWorks.
  • Mechanical Designer Mechanical design · Self-employed Jan 2010 – Jan 2013 3 yrs Pretoria, GP, South Africa Design of new products and conceptual design services for a wide range or products for companies across the globe.

    Some products:
    • Car centre console design
    • Concept design for boat roof vent
    • Angle iron flaring tool
    • 10 ton water tank stands
    • Concept for solar panel frame
    • Product Design and Development of a wide range of commercial and industrial catering equipment.
    • Mechanical design and drafting work for clients
  • Product designer and development coordinator Hawkstone Hawkstone · Freelance Jan 2007 – Jan 2010 3 yrs Pretoria, GP, South Africa Design of new telecommunication housing units and iCafes, updated old product range, contributed to Gauteng Online classroom units.
    Conceptual design and renderings for marketing proposals.
  • R&D Program Manager / Project Leader / Manager of Design Centre CSIR / Mechem · Full-time Jan 1986 – Jan 2007 21 yrs Pretoria, GP, South Africa Responsible for design and production of new products for the Landwards Division of CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) in South Africa.

    Duties:

    • Program Manager and Project Leader of a wide range of military programs.
    • Responsible for mechanical design
    • Overseeing and supervising the output of the drawing office
    • Designing and drafting of new products
    • Conceptualization
    • Project Management

    Projects worked on
    • Aviation
    • Missile Launchers and systems
    • Mine clearing vehicles and equipment
    • Military vehicle design
    • Weapon and weapon system design
    • Electronic housing product design
    • Commercial products and systems

Education

  • South African Air Force Diploma of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering 1969 – 1974

Other experience

  • Aircraft Technician Aircraft Technician
    South African Air Force