Not entirely sure if this is within the rules of this site but I have attached my resume in case you or anyone else wants to pass it on. I only ask that if it is passed on I first be informed as to where so I can prevent dual submittions.
THOMAS S. STRAHLER
2401 East McKinney Street, #1537 Cell: 865.591.0330
Denton, TX 76209 [email protected]
PLASTICS ENGINEERING MANAGER • TOOLING ENGINEER
Highly accomplished, results-driven Six Sigma Black Belt with extensive experience managing all operations of engineering departments in injection molding industry. Proven record of improving machine utilization, driving cost-saving initiatives, and increasing profit margins to achieve company goals. Adept at multi-tasking in ISO Certified engineering environment. Advanced communication skills, able to interact at all organizational levels.
Investment Casting • Blow Molding • Stamping • Transfer Molding • Thermoforming • Extrusion
Six Sigma • Mold Flow • QS 9000 • ISO 9000 • Pad Printing • Silk Screening • Automation • Paint
Spin Welding • Sonic Weld • Emaweld • Heat Stake • Adhesive • Chrome Plating • MIM • RIM
Specialty Molding • Injection Molding • General Machining • Die Casting
Experienced in the following sectors: Recreational, Agricultural, Appliance, Medical, Horticulture, Computer, Airline, Building Supply, Lighting, Packaging, Electronic, Automotive, and ClosureTooling.
K&D PLASTICS, Gainesville, TX 2006 – 2009
Engineering company with $14M in annual sales and 150 employees.
Engineering / Technical Marketing Manager / Tooling Mgr
Oversaw engineering department, which included coordinating tool builds and FAI, reviewing and approving tooling designs, and supervising $325K AS 9100 budget. Directed team of seven employees, including Program Managers, Tooling Engineers, Engineering Assistants, Toolmakers, and Tooling PM Specialists. Evaluated customer product design and managed Six Sigma project. Served as Member of Steering Team comprised of CEO, GM, Plant Manager, Engineering Manager, and Controller.
• Managed all new tooling and production tooling.
• Produced $15.3M in new sales and secured 3 aviation customers with $10.1M in annual business.
• Boosted sales by strengthening relationships with existing customers and cultivating new customers with targeted growth of 12% annually.
• Reduced tool costs up to 40% by introducing new and reliable toolmakers in Asia.
• Accommodated aggressive sales growth.
• Grew engineering department 100% to accommodate new sales.
• Decreased start-up costs 40% by engineering new First Article Inspection and Process Flow.
• Used Epicor ERP system to track problem tools and projects
• Member of the steering committee for P&L.
• Process Improvement
RAIN BIRD, Tucson, AZ 2004 – 2006
Leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services.
New Product Development Tooling Engineer
Directed plastic product designers in part design and supervised prototype and production builds. Developed Asian toolmaker base.
• Transferred tooling to newly opened plant in Shanghai, China, and established secondary operations equipment in Shanghai.
• Managed all new tooling projects both domestically and offshore.
• Improved efficiency and productivity by implementing new technologies.
• Worked with Design Engineers to produce pressure vessels.
• Gained experience with elastomers to produce seals.
• Worked with plastics and additive to resist chemical aspects in water.
• Designed and built Closure Tooling.
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MORTON CUSTOM PLASTICS, St. Matthews, SC 1999 – 2004
Plastics manufacturer with $250M in annual sales, 4 plants, and 175 employees.
Engineering Manager (Tooling Eng)
Reviewed customer designs for manufacturability and sustained ISO 9000 in engineering. Led continual improvement, Six Sigma, and 5S projects. Managed team of 10 project engineers, interns, process engineers, and process technicians with departmental budget of $400K. Served as Member of Steering Team comprised of GM, Quality Manager, HR Manager, and Controller. Directed and optimized machine utilization.
• Boosted sales 25% through customer design reviews.
• Increased sales $7M by traveling to Japan and China and providing technical expertise to new and potential customers.
• Saved company $5M through process improvements and Six Sigma projects.
• Managed all new tooling builds as well as transfers and production tooling.
• Managed internal tool shop and maintenance
• Used Orical ERP system to track problem tooling.
• Member of the steering committee tracking P&L
PROGRESS PLASTIC PRODUCTS, Bellevue, OH 1996 – 1999
Injection molding company with $24M in sales, 2 plants, and 250 employees.
Engineering / Sales & Tooling Manager
Developed new projects from existing customers. Managed tool rooms and continuous process improvement initiatives in both plants with budget of approximately $300K.
• Secured $14.5M in new sales while increasing process improvements 30%.
• Played key role in implementation of ISO 9000, AS 9100, and TS 16949.
• Managed all new tooling as well as production tooling.
• Member of the steering committee on P&L
• Process Improvement
CAREER NOTES: Previous experience as Tool and Die Apprenticeship Instructor with Akron University and Journeyman Tool and Die Maker for 16 years specilizing in Electrical Clip and Closure Tooling.
EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
ALMEDA COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY, Greenville, NC
Six Sigma Certified – Black Belt
ISO 9000 Auditor AS 9100 Auditor
Society of Plastic Engineers • American Engineering Association
Container Manufacturers Association • Society of Manufacturing Engineers
HONORABLE DISCHARGE FROM US ARMY
Ending Rank E-5
Vietnam Era Veteran
Status Quo is never good enough.