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Alex
aatala@bellsouth.net
954-610-2154
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33327
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
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I am highly skilled Mechanical Design Engineer, with more than 25 years of experience in the field of product development. I have worked as an independent consultant for the last 19 years, and I have worked in many different industries. As a Mechanical Design Engineer at leading Technologies Inc. I am certain I would make a valuable addition to your product development needs.

  • Engineering professional with 30 years of experience in the product development/manufacturing engineering environment. Designed products, manufacturing fixtures, and inspection gages.
  • Expertise include hands on Product Engineering and Business Management, Rapid Prototyping using CAD software, programming and implementation of CNC Equipment and the use of Quality Control inspection equipment with ISO 9000 internal auditor certification.
  • Medical industry experience designing surgery tools for orthopedics as well as dental implants.
  • 20 years of experience of product development using Solidworks CAD software, and Camworks CNC software. FEA (Solidworks Simulation and Ansys Workbench, LS-DYNA), and Camworks CNC software.
  • Experience in project management sources such as budgeting, manpower resources, cost and feasibility analysis.
  • Experienced with vendor pre-qualification, internal auditing of vendor capabilities, and vendor follow up of their quality controls.
  • Experienced with Rapid Prototyping technologies such as SLA, SLS, FDM (own a printer).
  • Owned and operated a reverse engineering equipment (hand held Z scanner) to laser scan one of kind components.
  • BSME engineer since 1985. MBA in 1994. Trilingual English/Spanish/Portuguese.

Experience
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Construction/Engineering
Mar 2017 - present
City Of Sunrise, FL

Report to the Global Engineering Manager. Responsible for managing multidiscipline research, design and development teams working with all vehicular and perimetral security products. Manage teams of 5 people from all disciplines on projects to reduce production costs and improve efficiency. Responsible for new product/technologies in all stages of development. This includes design, validation, verification, prototyping, testing, regulatory compliance, and documenting.

Responsibilities include:

  • Created and implemented DFMA production systems, tools and facility layouts to meet production requirements
  • Working on the next generation high security vehicular protection products.
  • Create design input specifications.
  • Create parametric models and assemblies using Solidworks. Advanced 3D surfacing.
  • Assign tolerances and create manufacturing drawings.
  • Finite Element Analysis using Ansys software (nonlinear).
  • Design validation and verification.
  • Technical support of various multi-million projects domestically and globally.
  • Oversee Value Engineering Design projects from start-to-finish which resulted in cost reduced parts from 20-50%.
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Senior Product Development Design Engineer
Medical Devices
Jul 2016 - Mar 2017
Miami, FL

Responsible for new product/technologies in all stages of development. This includes design, validation, verification, testing, regulatory compliance, and documenting.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work as part of a team in the development of new product technologies for medical devices and surgical instrumentation.
  • Investigate clinical requirements.
  • Create design input specifications.
  • Create parametric models and assemblies using Solidworks. Advanced 3D surfacing.
  • Assign tolerances and create manufacturing drawings.
  • Finite Element Analysis using Ansys software (nonlinear).
  • Design validation and verification.
  • Perform Failure Mode and Effect Analysis.
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President, Product Development Engineer
Construction/Engineering
Jan 1998 - Jan 2016
Davie, FL

Self owned Consulting firm responsible for the product development cycle from marketing considerations, actual "hands on" design, material specifications, design for manufacturability, and prototype generation. In addition, responsibilities included strategic business development forecast and cost analysis for the company. Use of various design tools are being used such as Solidworks CAD software, GD and T, 3D printing, and design for manufacturability.

Product Design Engineer (consultant)

Orbis Medical - 2015-11 – 2016-01

  • Design and development of surgical products utilizing common procedures for the skeletal system.
  • Take the customer's concept designs and creating a unique solution using virtual reality software tools such FEA
  • Injection molding flow analysis using the Solidworks suite of programs.
  • Create 2D dimensional drawings according to ISO 9000 and FDA requirements.
  • Components were made using Investment Casting processes as well as traditional CNC machining.

Product Development Engineer Mgr. (co-founder)

Ballista Tactical Systems - 2012-04 - 2013-03

  • Designed my own patented assault rifle accessory as part of a start-up company.
  • Developed parts for AK-47 and AR15
  • Responsible for the manufacturing and production implementation of the product.
  • This product was designed to be CNC-machined and /or injection molded for the polymer version.

Product Development Engineer (consultant)

Internal Fixation Systems - 2009-09 - 2011-12

  • Designed and developed a full set of orthopedic surgery tools.
  • Used DFMA and FEA to streamline manufacturing costs for each new product.
  • This project was conducted concurrently with the customer and it required concept design using Solidworks, and 2D dimensional drawing generation.
  • Create 2D dimensional drawings according to ISO 9000 and FDA requirements.
  • Components were made traditional 5-axis CNC machining.

Product Development Engineer (consultant)

Dr. Thomas McClelland - 2008-07 - 2013-05

  • Designed and developed a biopsy needle, soft tissue, end cutting (patent # US 7,722,550).
  • The concept design was created using Solidworks, DFMA, FEA, and according to FDA requirements.
  • Design of components was created to correspond with CNC-machining standards.
  • Create 2D dimensional drawings according to ISO 9000 and FDA requirements.

Product Development Engineer (consultant)

Pegasus Thruster - 2007-07 - 2009-03

  • Designed and developed a fixed mounted underwater diver propulsion vehicle.
  • This was a project that required design of components, sourcing of suppliers, and prototype implementation.
  • This product was design to be CNC-machined and /or injection molded for the polymer version

Product Development Engineer (consultant)

Quantum Bio-Engineering Inc - 2006-07 - 2012-02

  • Designed and developed a full line of dental implants.
  • This project was supervised by the customer and it required concept design using Solidworks, DFMA, FEA, and 2D dimensional drawing generation.
  • The components were designed to CNC-machining, plastic injection molded parts, and metal injection molding.
  • Followed design protocol using the ISO 9000 process.

Product Development Engineer Manager - 2004-02 - 2015-08 (consultant)

  • Designed, prototyped and manufactured the Improved Moving Target Simulator military trainer (IMTS).
  • This was a project awarded by the Defense Department, and I manufactured and successfully delivered 14 units in 2015.
  • Components were made using Investment Casting processes as well as traditional CNC machining.
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Industrial Manager
Manufacturing
Jul 1995 - Aug 1998
Miami, FL
  • Responsible for the overall operation of the Miami facility, such as product development, CNC manufacturing, and production control.
  • Also responsible for each model's cost analysis, production and manpower forecast, and overall industrial management.
  • Led a team of 115 on 2.5 shift operation.
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Product Engineering Manager
Manufacturing
Aug 1993 - Jun 1995
Miami, FL
  • In charge of the various projects being designed and produced at the Miami facility.
  • Responsibilities include the management of deadlines, proper utilization of human resources, and proper utilization of budgeted resources.
  • Led a team of 5.
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Project Engineer
Manufacturing
Dec 1990 - Aug 1993
Miami, FL
  • Utilized Intergraph I/EMS 2.0-Solid/kinematic software package and Autocad.
  • Experienced in the use of the solid modeler to produce rapid prototypes (stereolithography) and Rapid Tooling for prototype molds.
  • Implemented tooling, programming of vertical and horizontal Mazak milling machines, laser engravers, and QSEE optical measuring machines.
  • Responsible for several projects within Taurus International.
  • Designed and implemented pistol projects for the PT-22/25 product.
  • Designed and implemented custom shop accessories such as sights, grips, magazine wells, and competition barrels.
  • Designed machining fixtures and functional gages for the proper dimensional control of high volume production.
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Design Engineer
Manufacturing
Aug 1989 - Dec 1990
Tarpon Springs, FL
  • Responsible for improving and upgrading machine models to increase production rates and adaptability to different sizes of automated, high-speed packaging machines.
  • Created 3D cad layouts of new machines and developed a universal fit machine frame to be used for various applications.
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AutoCad Instructor
Education
Aug 1989 - Dec 1990
Clearwater, FL
  • In charge of teaching UIT's night executive course, including the lab workshop.
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Design Engineer
Manufacturing
Aug 1987 - Aug 1988
Gainesville, FL
  • Responsible for purchasing, budget preparation, design of layouts and detailed drawings, organizing of drawing packages and supervising machine shop operations.
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Education
Master's in Business Administration in Business Administration
Nova South Eastern University 1996
Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering
University of Florida 1985
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Mechanical Design
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