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I have worked for a composite guitar manufacturer for 2 years.
My duties included:
-In-house product design
-Manufacturing process engineering
What this means to you is that you can employ someone with a sleeves rolled up attitude that has firsthand experience with manufacturing processes. More importantly, this allows me to aid in the development of designs which are cost efficient and work hand in hand with manufacturing.
409 Lodge dr.
Lafayette, LA 70506
I am a creative, outgoing designer from Louisiana who possesses strong sketching and computer skills balanced with good teamwork and leadership abilities. I am a fast learner with good practical problem-solving skills and creative aptitude. I have acquired experiences from freelance work, in-house product design and company-sponsored projects. I am looking to develop a successful career as an industrial designer by advancing my skills and challenging my creative talent while advancing my education.
November 2003 to Present: Intern Architect, Guidry Beazley Architects, Lafayette, LA.
Guidry Beazley Architects is a 50 year old firm who have designed nationally recognised buildings. My duities at GBA included the following:
-Producing construction drawings using Auto-CAD
-Producing Digital 3-D architectural models
-Administering office computer network
-Developing internal office website (using PHP, SQL & HTML)
October 2001 to October 2003: Industrial Designer, Composite Acoustics Guitars, Lafayette, LA.
Composite Acoustics Guitars is a young innovative company which manufactures carbon fiber acoustic guitars. The patented molding process and the use of carbon fiber allow the guitars to have shapes, forms and sounds that are atypical of wooden guitars.
I was hired as a freelance/part time designer to work on a new sound-hole rosette for product identity and develop the new bass guitar. I earned a full time supervisor type position where my responsibilities and day to day activities involved the following:
-Developed custom guitars for artists such as Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, White Stripes, Brooks and Dunn, John Fogerty, and Trick Pony. This development process entailed the following:
1.Initial conceptual design, which was shown to the artist and tailored further to suit their needs.
2.Final design presentation, which was a graphical rendering of the final product.
3.Outsourcing of processes which could not be done in house. (ex. Laser cutting Abalone)
4.Final production, which was when I would physically make the guitar.
-Designed guitar components such as bridges and tail pieces for different production models. This design process included the following:
1.Initial conceptual design, which included 2D design sketches and full-scale foam models.
2.Initial design presentation, which included my presentation of an array of full scale gel-coat covered foam models to the CEO. We would discuss the each design and then decide the best direction to pursue.
3.Final design, which included more full scale gel-coat covered models, staying true to the preset design criteria. The final models were then shown to the CEO for selection.
4.Production, where rubber molds of the selected design were created in order to mold a carbon fiber model, which was then used to make a working carbon mold to be implemented into the manufacturing process.
-Acquired extensive knowledge of composites, manufacturing and assembly line processes.
-Created tools and streamlined processes to aid in the speed and efficiency of many manufacturing processes.
July 2000 to September 2001: Waiter, The Bank at 500 Jefferson, Lafayette, LA.
December 1994 to May 2000: Waiter, Cafï¿½ Vermilionville, Lafayette, LA.
Both of these establishments are four star high end restaurants where I worked as a waiter while attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As a waiter, I developed strong communication and sales skills as well as learning to thrive in a team environment.
December 2001: Bachelor of Industrial Design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Accredited by NASAD. (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
Attended additional non required classes such as:
ï¿½Metalwork and Jewelry (2 semesters)
ï¿½Machining Technology (Mechanical Lathe and Milling Machine)
ï¿½Hands on Steel (forging and welding)
Graphic and 3D:
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe AfterEffects, Alias|Wavefront-Maya 5, AutoCAD 2007, Corel Draw 10, Rhinoceros, 3D Studio Max, Sketchup.
Macromedia Dreamweaver, Macromedia Fireworks, Macromedia Flash
Microsoft Access, Excel, Power Point, Visual Studio and Word.
Experienced with Macintosh and very proficient in Windows 98, ME, 2000, and XP.
Some networking and programming skills (PHP, C & C++).
As part of a small university design team, our design was chosen over others in the competition to be mass-produced and used in classrooms across the country. We designed a "Buddy Box" for a company called Earthwalk which was partnered with Toshiba. The Buddy Box is an enclosure for a network of classroom laptop computers. Some of the major criteria included:
1.Encasing 10 wireless battery powered laptop computers
2.Containing a battery recharging tray and its power source
3.Holding wireless networking equipment
4.Possessing anti-theft mechanisms
5.Implementing a means of transportation
Will Provide Upon Request
University of Louisiana at Lafayette