Richard Dalton

Richard Dalton

Machinist, Leader, Engineer, Manufacturing
Machinist, Leader, Engineer, Manufacturing
  • Rolla, MO
  • April 3, 2022
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Mechanical Technology @ Missouri State University
Jan 1995 — Dec 1996

This is an applied Mechanical Engineer degree that focused on manufacturing technology.


Operations Manager / Manufacturing Engineer @ Avidity Corporation
Mar 2021 — Current

• Manage the operation for a machine shop and fabrication facility leading12 employees, $1.8M+ job shop
• Scheduling and project management to meet order deadlines through direct supervision of 12 employees
• Initiating a Six-Sigma LEAN culture into the facility by developing goal driven strategies
• Fixture design and process improvement leading to part cost reductions
• Machinist development and training through a mentoring and implementation of an apprentice style program
• Preparing the facility for ISO certification and start a KPI driven analysis program for operational decisions
• Developing a culture of quality, safety, and talent through training program
• Manufacturing process planning/improvement and quality control for proper method assessments

SAFETY AND SHOP OPERATIONS MANAGER @ Missouri University of Science and Technology
Dec 2009 — Feb 2021

Managed 12000ft facility used by engineer design teams comprised of up to 1,500 students
● Lead a safety cultural change through implementation of a safety and occupational health training program for the facility teams and solar house construction team, recommended disciplinary actions when required
● Taught over 8,500 student contact classes in 12 years, for twenty engineering design teams who use the facility 24/7; safety focused short classes intended to teach a skill-base for teams to build their projects
● Developed and managed 14 on-line classes in safety, vehicle driver, machine shop, electrical, welding, and composites: skills-based training classes with evaluations
● Established departmental operational policy and procedure recommendations for team use of the facility and travel
● Developed automated member management system for student training transcripts, team involvement, and skill tracking that fully integrated into the access control of shop areas and specific machines
● Managed 3-5 workers that assisted in-shop maintenance, equipment operation, part production and class training
● Managed program for maintenance, training, safety needs, and equipment buys as large as $250K and an annual shop operating budget of approximately $50K
● Outreach and procurement of in-kind donations of over $150K which supported the student teams
● Oversee the space planning for the facility to include expansion project oversight
● Served as the department emergency response coordinator and environmental health lead oversight
● Classes taught: OSHA 10hr and 30hr classes for construction and general industry, general safety, electronics, composites, welding, basic machine shop, manual mill and lathe, CNC mill and lathe, water jet, MasterCAM, NX, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, driver training (van and truck/trailer)

Sep 1997 — Dec 2009

● Instructed machine tool technology classes and labs with over 48,000 student contact hour classes
● Conducted job skill assessments to develop course outlines, curriculum, and laboratory projects for 10 courses
● Responsible for maintenance and oversight of over $2.5M in shop equipment
● Courses taught: CNC mill, lathe, and wire EDM; advanced manual mill and lathe; surface and cylindrical grinding; quality control and CMM; injection mold making, tool and die making automotive machining; basic electricity and hydraulics; software: Mastercam, Solidworks, VeriCut, Surfcam, PEPS wire EDM
● Custom contract trainer for corporate machine training and an independent consultant for machine shops

Jan 1997 — Sep 1997

● Design engineer for commercial refrigeration product line of about 20 variations of refrigeration equipment
● In charge of drawings, bill of material, manufacturing routing plans, cost estimating and cost reduction analysis
● In charge of research and design for new products, built prototypes, testing, and certification process
● ISO2000 process management expert for the department
● Project manager for new and change implementation for production changes
● Provided technical support for customers and technical sales, and custom design engineering
● Oversaw product evaluation, production oversite and assembly engineering

Casting Pattern Maker @ Branson Pattern Works
Jan 1995 — Dec 1986

● Designed and made casting patterns of numerous types by CNC and traditional methods
● Utilized multiple wood and metal shop equipment to make patterns
● CAD/CAM programing for multi-hour, lights-out, CNC machining of parts
● Pattern types made – single and multi-piece, match plates, core boxes, master patterns, and other.

ASSISTANT SHOP MANAGER @ Aaron's Boats and Motors
Feb 1991 — Sep 2011

• Performed all aspects of the marine business operations, full-time and part-time over the years
• Full management of the business in the absence of the ower
• First point of contact for service work order writeup and closeouts
• Custom boat design and complete builds from bare boat hull to electrical and propulsion installations
• Maintenance technician on outboard and inboard, Mercery, OMC, and Suzuki; outboard prop, inboard and jet powertrain
• Parts and accessory inventory management and ordering
• New boat and motor sales and government bids

Command Sergeant Major @ US Army Reserve
Dec 1988 — Current

BN CSM Engineer Battalion
MOS's while in the service
12N Heavy Equipment Operator
92D Power Generator Repair
92E Machinist

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