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  • Eric Johnson

    Surface and Solid Modeling Consultant

    Portland, OR

AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN: Concept & production Class-A surfacing with ICEM Surf, CATIA V5/ISD, and NX8.5. Firms: Chrysler, Ford, GM, Proton, Fisker, DTNA & Paccar. AEROSPACE DESIGN: ME & EE design for UAV cameras, cockpit avionics, control wheels & grips . Firms: Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, Esterline PRODUCT DESIGN: Automotive, Aerospace, Robotics/Mechatronics & Consumer Products. PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Plan and track project timing, resources & budget. INSTRUCTION: ICEM Surf and CATIA V4.

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Work History

Eric B. Johnson 425-495-1866 Design Manager position to help a company create, develop, engineer and produce highly desirable products with efficiency and exactness. PROFILE Design Engineering career professional. Very personable team member. Good communications and problem-solving skills. Extensive experience with several CAD platforms, various industries and their standards and a multitude of manufacturing methods and materials including lightweight and exotic materials. Comfortable presenting to C-level executives. Able to coordinate resources to meet complex demands/schedules. Familiar with complete Product Lifecycle Management from R+D to continuous engineering. Experience with automobile and semi truck interiors/exteriors, military fixed/rotary winged aircraft control grips, wheels and cockpit avionics, aerospace wire harnesses, medical devices, circuit cards and capital equipment for material handling/automation. SKILLS SUMMARY * Design/Engineering * CAD/CAE/PDM: ICEM Surf, CATIA, Pro-E,SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Cosmos, and more. * Standards/Compliance * Continuous Product Improvement * Customer/Supplier Relations * Multi-discipline computer skills * Automotive * Military/Aerospace * Medical * Consumer Product PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE * Develop robust designs from concept sketches, clay models, rapid prototypes, carry-over parts or scans. Create rapid prototypes. Incorporate manufacturing feasibility. * Use of both Surface Modeling (NURBS, Bezier) and Solid Modeling software techniques. Documentation control, 2D drafting, GD&T (ANSI Y14.5), finite element meshing, linear static stress analysis and design optimization. * Mechanical design, electro-mechanical design, wire harness/cable design. Blueprints and schematics. Engineering analysis, troubleshooting, FMEA, DFM, DFT, Lean methods, qualification testing. * Coordinate designs with Executives, Sales, R+D, Engineering Simulation (FEA, Thermal, and CFD), QC, Manufacturing, Customers and Vendors. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY Daimler Trucks N.A. (Freightliner) Class-A Surface Modeler 2/2012-Present Contract surfacing designer of vehicle interiors and exteriors of Freightliner and Western Star. CAD design of cabs, sleepers, instrument panels, door trim panels using CATIA V5, ICEM Surf, NX8.5 and SMARAGD PDM. 3D modeling of components from carryover parts, sketches and clay scans. Fisker Automotive Surface Designer 2/2011-1/2012 Contract surfacing designer of vehicle interiors and exteriors of luxury electric vehicles with extended range using CATIA ISD (ICEM Surf Design) software. Ford Surface Designer 6/2010-9/2010 Contract surface designer hired short-term by the Ford R+D studio in Detroit to repair the surface quality and manufacturing feasibility of a single vehicle interior that was insufficiently created by a previous effort elsewhere. Use of ICEM Surf software. Kenworth R+D (Paccar) Surface Designer 5/2008-4/2009 Seattle, WA Contracted 3D surface modeling of advanced designs of Class 8 trucks using ICEM Surf. Interpret designer sketches and clay scans, incorporate manufacturing feasibility, and analyze class-A surface quality. Stitch surfaces and translate into Pro-E. Esterline – Mason Controls Design Engineer 10/2006-4/2008 Sylmar, CA Commercial and Military Control Wheel and Grip Assemblies. Design and engineering using SolidWorks and COSMOS (FEA), qualification testing, customer interface, vendor RFQ’s. Investment cast wheels and grips, switches, PCBA’s, schematics, drawings, GD&T and checking. Clearance: None, but eligible if required. Advanced Display Technology (ADT) Electro-Mechanical Design 10/2005-9/2006 Burbank, CA Video Instrumentation Display/Avionics design using AutoCAD 3D and 2D layout. All schematics block diagrams, PWB layouts, sheet-metal parts, machined parts and assembly designs. All document and configuration control duties. All weight and CG analysis. Military commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. Ford Design Studios Surface Designer 10/2004-10/2005 Irvine, CA Contracted (The Underground) 3D surface modeling of advanced designs using ICEM Surf and I-DEAS. Interpret designer sketches and clay scans, incorporate manufacturing feasibility, and analyze class-A surface quality. Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Mechanical Design Engineer 5/2001-10/2004 El Segundo, CA Two separate contracts (Comforce & Manpower) assigned to Opto-Mechanical group. 3D packaging and 2D layout using I-DEAS for opto-mechanical components (gimbals, optics, and electronics), mil-specs. Also used Pro-E for solid model assemblies of test fixtures. Clearance: None, but eligible if required. Linius Technologies (now part of Autodesk) Application Engineer 12/1999-5/2001 Burbank, CA Technical sales support for third-party wire harness design software integrated with SolidWorks, CATIA, Pro-E, AutoCAD and other MCAD vendors. Software beta testing and consulting design. American Racing Equipment Surfacing Engineer 3/1999-12/1999 Rancho Dominguez, CA Complex surface design for aluminum wheels. ICEM Surf, I-DEAS, and CATIA (v4). 3D design, 2D layout, and mold design. Clients: GM, Ford, Chrysler/Jeep. ICEM Technologies/AES (now MSC) Application Engineer 12/1996-3/1999 Detroit, MI & Los Angeles, CA Trained Ford designers in Dearborn, MI in the use of ICEM Surf for interior and exterior surface design. Consulted on automotive design with Ford in MI. Worked with CA reseller for ICEM doing consulting design in multiple industries. Developed curriculum and training manuals. Chrysler Corporation Senior Designer 10/1992-12/1996 Highland Park and Auburn Hills, MI 3D surface design of interiors and exteriors of production and concept vehicles. 3D Surfacing to scans, 2D package studies and layouts. Instrument panel design and packaging using CATIA. Automotive Design Consultant Junior Designer 5/1985-10/1992 Detroit, MI 3D surfacing, 2D layouts of automotive body exteriors and interiors. Use of CATIA (v2-v4). Manual drafting. Clients: GM, Ford, Chrysler. CATIA instructor to Chrysler staff. EDUCATION * Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI - Bachelor of Science – 1984. * Philpot Automotive Surface Design and Theory – Detroit, MI – 1988. * Lewis-Hanke Descriptive Geometry & Automotive Design – Detroit, MI – 1986. * Dondero High School – Royal Oak, MI - H.S. Diploma – 1978. REFERENCES Available upon request. Available for Relocation


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Elected to Ferndale (MI) School Board. Oversight of district policy and budget, expansion of media centers (computer updating of 70 year old buildings) in all schools, construction of a new junior high, labor negotiations, and promoting a school bond campaign.