AAS, Electromechanical Engineering @
Michigan Technological University
Project Engineer/Supply Chain Manager: Comprehensive experience in all aspects of machine design, manufacture, and maintenance. Brought new technology to market with best-in-class diesel fuel economy. Eliminated installation failures with no cost or cycle time increase. Patent for 50% reduction in gravel packing cycle time. Developed seal with 80% performance improvement and only 20% cost increase. Improved team
Project Engineer/Supply Chain Manager: Comprehensive experience in all aspects of machine design, manufacture, and maintenance. Brought new technology to market with best-in-class diesel fuel economy. Eliminated installation failures with no cost or cycle time increase. Patent for 50% reduction in gravel packing cycle time. Developed seal with 80% performance improvement and only 20% cost increase. Improved team ownership of manufacturing costs. Improved supplier communication, reducing quoting times. Organized test lab assuring correct setups with no debugging. Placed employer at forefront of engineering data management. Coordinated manufacture of machine with 30% profit. Implemented document parent/child cross-reference reducing copy distortion 75%. Landed new customers by learning CAD software quickly. Redesigned part for $2M/yr savings. B.S., MfgE, Western Michigan, A.A.S., Electromechanical Eng., Michigan Tech. Reside in Austin, TX area. Willing to relocate.
Project Engineer @ Build engineering department from scratch. Implement standard procedures for welding, painting, assembly, and documentation. Design and supervise fabrication of tools and fixtures to reduce rig-up/rig-down time. Improve reliability and reduce costs through standardization of parts across product platforms. From November 2014 to Present (1 year 2 months) Owner @ Built company from scratch, from business plan, to capital procurement, through marketing and operations. Previous engineering and management experience keeps design, implementation, equipment maintenance, and computer & web services internal, reducing costs. From 2007 to Present (8 years) Production Supervisor @ Supervise 15 employees in two shifts manufacturing and packaging residential brick. Oversee maintenance and repair of automated machinery. Manage vacations, payroll, and shift scheduling. Coach teamwork, quality, and process control.
• Increased productivity approximately 20% From February 2010 to November 2014 (4 years 10 months) Maintenance Engineer @ Specify, install and maintain automated brick manufacturing equipment. Fabricate electrical panels, install motors and associated contactors/starter-protectors. Design and fabricate mechanical improvements and safety control upgrades. Troubleshoot/rework complex electromechanical assemblies. From 2009 to 2010 (1 year) Supplier Manager @ Took initiative to reduce machine shop supplier count from over 300 to 70. Selected, qualified, and pushed continuous improvement of remaining shops by monitoring quality and delivery metrics. Recruited machine shops outside the oil industry to insulate our production from capacity competition with other oilfield service companies. Focused capacity expansion on high-value machine services not easily found in the Houston area.
• Created and implemented new O-ring packaging system to minimize waste and confusion. Reduced packaging methods from 5 to 1.
Coached supply chain team to better understanding of purchased products. Facilitated field trips to suppliers; explained manufacturing processes; promoted machine-tool trade show attendance.
• Improved buyer-supplier communication and reduced quoting times.
Expanded BOM visibility to field users and suppliers. Enabled ordering of individual parts instead of assemblies. Widened field use of special tools developed in other departments.
• Increased demand for one specialty tool by fifteen fold, reducing cost per tool from $1200 to $450. From May 2003 to May 2007 (4 years 1 month) Design Engineer @ Revitalized Downhole Wet-Mate Connector project. Applied principles of metallurgy, sealing, and mechanism design to address previous problems and revive project; Recruited designers outside the department to get fresh perspective. Results: First successful test of system.
Developed locking Zonal Isolation Tool for oil well completions operations. Collaborated with end users to understand functional requirements; Conceived design change allowing valve to be locked in place during run-in, released for gravel packing, and re-locked on way out. Developed all parts drawings and BOMs; Purchased all test parts; Coordinated and documented all testing; Introduced to field crews; Supervised first commercial run-in. Results: Eliminated accidental openings with no cost or cycle time increase.
• Received US Patent 6,575,243 B2 for trip-saving down-hole gravel packing method. Devised an alteration to tooling and methods for the gravel packing process. Results: 50% reduction in gravel packing cycle time.
Reorganized manufacturing process for critical application shear pins. Collected and analyzed historical data. Documented process and data acquisition techniques. Improved data quality by acquiring correct test equipment. Standardized methods using statistical process control techniques.
• Elimination of firing failures attributable to shear pins.
Developed new heavy-duty gravel packing seal design. Evaluated multiple materials and processes in combination; Introduced field test samples in most popular sizes; promoted roll out to field locations; managed MRP to ensure uninterrupted supply.
• 80% performance improvement with only 20% cost increase. From March 2000 to May 2003 (3 years 3 months) Design Engineer @ Synthesized multiple on-hand technologies to build the company’s first working prototype for “pilot” fuel injection, a fuel delivery method that allows diesel engines to run cleaner, quieter, and more efficiently. Generated approximately $2M in annual savings by redesigning a $4 machined part into a $0.53 stamping. Pushed further use of DFM concepts in other new product lines.
• Instrumental in the creation of Mack Truck’s super-efficient highway diesel engine. From December 1994 to March 2000 (5 years 4 months) SP-4 19K M-1 Tank Crewman @ Honorable Discharge From November 1987 to November 1989 (2 years 1 month)
BS, Manufacturing Engineering @ Western Michigan University From 1993 to 1999 AAS, Electromechanical Engineering @ Michigan Technological University From 1980 to 1983 James Pabst is skilled in: Engineering, Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Management, Analysis, CAD, Design for Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Process Engineering, Petroleum, Product Development, Testing, Purchasing
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