Vehicle Closures Process Engineer: Body-In-White Design & Integration @ General Motors
Sr. Firmware Engineer - Chassis Controls Architecture Design @ Tesla
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
I'm an enthusiastic professional engineer with a focus on vehicle testing and alternative energy system development. I graduated from a challenging Automotive Engineering Honours Program and have years of industry experience including Tesla Motors and General Motors. I have a strong passion for all things automotive and I view my career as an avenue to explore and
I'm an enthusiastic professional engineer with a focus on vehicle testing and alternative energy system development. I graduated from a challenging Automotive Engineering Honours Program and have years of industry experience including Tesla Motors and General Motors. I have a strong passion for all things automotive and I view my career as an avenue to explore and excite that. I attain satisfaction from and thrive on concurring new and complex challenges. My overall goal is to make an impact on the automotive industry and leave a legacy that will not only benefit those inside the industry, but the end users as well.
My background is automotive mechanical engineering but since working in the industry, I have had a natural ability to develop a core competency of software and control systems including CAN (UDS and XCP), Ethernet, Flexray, MOST, and other automotive communication protocols. I have a good balance of mechanical knowledge as well as the underlying software and firmware that is the operating basis of today's modern vehicles.
I have a natural leadership and engineering ability and thrive on accomplishing goals in dynamic, achievement focused environments under pressure within strict time and budget constraints both independently and amid teams. I'm a self starter with excellent analytical ability, resourcefulness and interpersonal skills, attention to detail, technical and problem solving skills. I have strong project management and multitasking skills along with communication and organizational competence to work effectively and productively with professionals from diverse backgrounds.
• Vehicle Design, Development and Testing
• Automotive and Mechatronics Engineering
• People and Project Management
• Thorough understanding of CAN bus and interface tools such as Vehicle Spy, CANape, PCAN Explorer, and CAN2000.
• Knowledge of programming environments including Python, MATLAB, and LabVIEW
• Well versedUnigraphics NX and SolidWorks
Firmware Integration Engineer @ Role: Integration, testing and validation of chassis and powertrain controls firmware on both the vehicle and sub-system level to ensure the controls functions and vehicle system interactions are correct. From December 2015 to Present (1 month) Engineer: Vehicle Testing (Software, Firmware, Infotainment) @ • Test Management: Support vehicle validation tests involving reliability & durability, structural, powertrain & endurance, dynamics & performance, crash, NVH, homologation and component level testing. Performed reference vehicle assessment tests related to full functional assessments, performance and trailering.
• Test Development: Modified test procedures to incorporate powertrain damage caused by trailering based on damage profiles created from exiting test data sets as well as customer usage data and statistical analysis.
• Root Cause Analysis: Functional engineer for firmware and vehicle systems related to powertrain, battery and charging, active safety and autonomous driving, vehicle dynamics, as well as user infotainment and 12 V body controllers.
• Quality Control: Managed software updates to vehicle test fleet and flashed development application, bootloader, and board specific files to vehicle ECU's. Learned Linux based commands to interact with vehicle operating system to modify configurations, debug software update problems, and root-cause issues after part update/swaps.
• Stakeholder Management: Worked cross-functionally with engineers and managers across entire the organization including executive level, program management, development, integration, system and vehicle testing, and service.
• Process Improvement: Integrated test group into Scheduleit, drive robot dyno automation, and NeoVI Ion dataloggers. Led a series of training courses for engineers and technicians on system integration and firmware. From May 2014 to December 2015 (1 year 8 months) Engineer: Vehicle Testing & Competitive Benchmarking @ • Performed competitive vehicle assessment by conducting a variety of simulated real world based automotive test procedures related to vehicle development in HVAC, Powertrain, Chassis, Electrical and Body systems using a climatic wind tunnel, 4-post and multi-axis shaker platform, dynamometer, and cold cell chambers. Concurrently tested and led failure analysis of multiple prototype vehicle platforms of all fidelity in real world tests on a variety of test tracks.
• Installed and configured of monitored channels though Ipetroniks and ETAS data acquisition that included temperature, flow, pressure and frequency data. Created high speed auxiliary CAN databases integrating auxiliary DBC channels with vehicle OBD-II channels in Intrepid Vehicle Spy. Also used Vehicle Spy to backwards engineer bus transmitted message ID’s to capture CAN and Flexray data above J-1979 spec including aero-shutter operation, individual wheel speed sensor and a variety of other transmitted message data. Analyzed data post test.
• Developed a power-train test procedure to validate positive crankcase ventilation system icing during cold weather and short drives for high compression, forced induction gasoline and diesel engines. Developed vehicle prep procedures and a universal instrumentation package and performed different drive cycles at various temperatures to develop test procedure and failure modes. Validated results both real world on road and simulated in climatic wind tunnel tests.
• Investigated vehicle issues, and analyzed ECU data and DTC codes as well as node/ECU Simulation and data acquisition & engine calibration using CAN2000 and Vehicle Spy. Problem solved engineering concerns related to all areas of vehicle quality and durability.
• Collaborated with design teams to identify component design flaws and collect necessary data. Presented findings to various engineering design and test communities and created reports detailing the vehicle’s overall performance. From October 2012 to May 2014 (1 year 8 months) Vehicle Closures Process Engineer: Body-In-White Design & Integration @ Lead body-in-white process engineer for 2014 Chevy Impala, 2013 Cadillac XTS, and Buick Regal / Chevy Camaro mid-cycle enhancement closures including analyzing product designs for the best method of manufacture as well as the financial planning and engineering design, construction & verification of multimillion dollar assembly systems for new vehicle launches.
• Led body-in-white vehicle door quality including fit & finish, panel flushness, hem flange jewel effect and closure to body gap tolerance through use of GD&T measurement techniques, white light scanning, perceptron scanning and 3-D electronic coordinate measurement scanning.
• Optimized vehicle structural design and build quality by modifying body-in-white processes and participating in dampener patch location studies to increase door closing sound quality.
• Led several process engineering initiatives related to vehicle quality, safety, and throughput including AutoCAD & Unigraphics design projects resulting in six figure cost savings. Provided technical support to engineering functions, suppliers, plant personnel and others to implement projects, reduce costs, improve method and product quality to support build programs.
• Directed and traveled to material and strategic suppliers in Ontario and Michigan to meet goals, resolve concerns and coordinate input from internal and external customers. From June 2011 to November 2012 (1 year 6 months) Industrial Maintenance Manager, Engineer @ Responsible for numerous manufacturing engineering initiatives:
• Trim plant maintenance lead for the 2011 Equinox launch team. Oversaw modifications to equipment, tooling and processes and coordinated the maintenance requirements to allow build during the launch phase with plant customers.
• Participated in the design and installation of new tooling locators at the Trim to Chassis 3-rail lift to resolve vehicle mis-loads onto VAC carriers.
• Used Design Failure Mode Effects Analysis to perform stress and strain tests on various specimens and to develop new tooling assemblies and equipment at the General Motors Canadian Regional Engineering Centre.
Responsible for numerous industrial management duties:
• Several special assignment roles including department safety audit lead as well as task instruction sheet and safe operating procedure development.
• Directed a team of unionized skilled trades employees including overseeing and enforcing safe operating and equipment lock-out practices. Handled payroll, performance, training and development.
• Coached first line responders through equipment failure resolution and assisted in brainstorming and issue resolution of equipment and process failures. Implemented short & long term engineering solutions for prevent-ability to improve vehicle quality, throughput, plant safety and costs.
• Managed weekend work planning and developed validation action plans to identify and address start up issues as well as preventive maintenance plans on new equipment installations. From May 2010 to June 2011 (1 year 2 months) Power-train and Chassis Engineer @ • Collaborated with Automakers and the Government to design and convert a Two-Mode Hybrid Saturn Vue into a fully electric vehicle to compete with Universities across North America and achieve more fuel efficient vehicles.
• Designed CAD and managed fabrication of half shafts, motor mounts and Traction Inverter Module brackets. Applied Finite Element Analysis to newly designed half shafts, differential case and custom fabricated motor mounts.
• Prepared a detailed Engineering Progress Analysis Report for EcoCAR leaders and sponsors and participated in vehicle testing. From September 2009 to May 2010 (9 months) Mechanical Engineering Intern @ • Subject matter expert for hydrogen fuel cell initiative. Managed and supported daily operations, implemented PM schedule, responded to downtime, oversaw engineering re-works and determined viability of fuel cells.
• Managed implementation, rework and throughput of material delivery production processes. Created database of spare parts lists, developed PM schedules, coordinated work for skilled trades, and engineered and implemented solutions to various safety and throughput issues that were adapted by other North American plants.
• Designed a hitch mechanism for material delivery tractors. Created parts in AutoCAD, performed stress, strain, bending and weld strength calculations, and conducted prototype fabrication and testing with CNC machines in GM's machine shop.
• Attended daily safety and throughput meetings to discuss work initiatives and resolve issues from all plant departments. From September 2008 to September 2009 (1 year 1 month) Junior Data Analyst (Summer Intern) @ • Assisted in the development of a Web Enabled Reporting System that Family Health Teams use to track expenditures.
• Developed business requirements documentation and presented business cases to providers.
• Provided analytical support to system developers and conducted project risk analysis of mitigation strategies.
• Developed Microsoft Excel cost models and benchmarks to assist in evaluation of projects and initiatives. From June 2003 to August 2008 (5 years 3 months) Manufacturing Supervisor, Co-op @ • Ensured streamlined operation of an assembly section by addressing and resolving quality, throughput and safety issues. Managed 60 unionized employees and handled disputes as well as interpersonal problems.
• Oversaw redesign and retooling of equipment for the GMT-900 platform model year change and hybrid model.
• Improved production rates by 5%, reduced safety incidents to 0 and scrap costs by $2000 annually through Practical Problem Solving solution models, standardized work and people involvement over the term length. From May 2007 to August 2007 (4 months)
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Energy Systems (Automotive) @ University of Michigan From 2012 to 2015 Bachelor of Engineering, Automotive Engineering @ University of Ontario Institute of Technology From 2005 to 2010 Cardinal Newman Jerome Latchana is skilled in: Automotive, Lean Manufacturing, Unigraphics, Product Design, Project Management, Manufacturing, NX Unigraphics, AutoCAD, Product Development, Design for Manufacturing, Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Microsoft Excel, SolidWorks, Vehicle Testing
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