Brian Bitney


Manufacturing Manager/Supervisor

West Melbourne, FL

Brian Bitney

Brian Bitney 321-848-8099
2773 Madrigal Lane
West Melbourne, FL, 32904


Proven and experienced manager and manufacturing engineer with extensive experience in, aerospace, military, commercial and medical manufacturing. Accomplished at waste reduction, problem solving and leading teams to improve products and production times. Six Sigma Green Belt Certified. Driven to obtain goals and make improvements in products, processes and systems. Always learning and exploring new technologies and processes. Excellent people skills and facilitates team building.

• Aeronautics Production • Production Management
• Manufacturing Engineering Management • DMAIC/DFMA/FMEA
• Six Sigma Green Belt Certified
• New Product Introduction
• Lean Manufacturing
• Refrigeration Production Management
• IPC-A-610 Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies Trained
• IPC/WHMA-A-620 Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Harness Assemblies Trained

• RoHS Compliance
• Program Budgeting
• Medical Device Production
• Military Production
• Root Cause Analysis
• Process Improvement
• Infrared Production
• Commercial Production

LMI Aerospace, Savannah, GA 2014-2016
Aerospace Production
Manufacturing Manager/Supervisor
I lead a manufacturing facility dedicated to the assembly of Gulfstream Aerospace fuselage skins and Boeing 787 Dreamliner metal and composite subassemblies. Managing all aspects of production including manufacturing engineering and assembly. Managing a 16 million dollar budget.

• Increased on-time delivery from 81.6% to 99.8%.
• Led the team to the highest production volume ever produced on the Boeing assembly line, 30% reduction in assembly times and 75% decrease in creating non-conforming material.
• Turned a very depressed, untrusting and abused feeling workforce into a productive, focused, improving team.
• My employee to management survey showed that I was above the Savannah management average on all indicators.

• Created performance tracking metrics.

Mainstream Engineering, Rockledge, FL 2012-2013
Military and Commercial Refrigeration Units and Products Manufacturing
Production Director/Manager
Led a manufacturing facility dedicated to refrigeration units and refrigeration products. Facility has a refrigeration production line totally ran on a Kanban pull system and a refrigeration unit LEAN assembly line. Managed all aspects of the facility including, quality, industrial engineering, planning, assembly, inventory and shipping and receiving. Managed a 4.5 million dollar budget.

• Led the team to deliver the first large scale production of 184 refrigeration units ahead of schedule along with additional orders totaling 293 units.
• Created production documentation, quality history records, travelers, and test records to control production.
• Trained manufacturing planners in planning function and scheduled production.
• Rewrote manufacturing, shipping and receiving operating procedures and created process flows for clarity.
• Responsible for the disposition of all discrepant material and working with vendors to correct issues.
• Performed root cause analysis on failed systems.
• Performed material and labor estimates for production contracts.
• Worked with Program Managers resolving customer issues and spares.
• Organized Program Management, Engineering, and Planning to perform a complete BOM review before ordering parts and starting production.
• Hired and trained eleven temp laborers for assembly capacity to handle peak production.

DRS, Melbourne, FL 2003-2012
Military and Commercial Infrared Night Vision and Medical Device Manufacturing
Principal Manufacturing Engineer, New Product Introductions, 2010 – 2012
Conducted design producibility and ROHS compliance of new infrared gimbals and sensor systems. Performed DFMA/FMEA’s on new products, developed BOM’s, estimated assembly times, resolved materials and parts issues, investigated new materials, mapped processes, created Lean assembly lines, created presentations for PDR, CDR and PRR reviews and wrote assembly instructions.

• Performed DFMA’s/FMEA’s on three new systems in one year.
• Created a ROHS compliant system.
• Transferred three new systems to production in two years
• Completed, on schedule, all requirements for PDR, CDR and PRR gates on three programs.

Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor, 2005-2010
Led an eleven person manufacturing/process engineering team performing production sustaining on five different infrared and medical manufacturing lines. Performed production sustaining on TWS infrared night vision scopes.

• Led team to make over $350,000 in documented production process improvements on TWS infrared night scopes, Apache Infrared Imaging System and Mast Mounted Sight Programs.
• Made $87,000 in documented process improvements on TWS infrared night scopes.
• Increased yield of TWS shutters from 30% to 95%.
• Created an electronic redline process to facilitate electronic process plan implementation.
• Led router documentation and creation team to facilitate production conversion to ORACLE.

Manufacturing Engineer, 2003-2005
Performed production sustaining on ALCON medical device and manufacturing development of TRTI infrared binoculars and DII Infrared and Visible Gimbal system.

• Created a new process plan format and documented its requirements in an operating procedure to standardize process plans for all new products.
• Developed processes, investigated materials, documented assembly process, investigated root cause of assembly failures, resolved material issues and created BOM’s and test procedures on the TRTI binocular and DII Gimbal systems.
• Revised process plans and managed engineering changes to the assembly floor on ALCON medical device.

LaserSight Technologies, Orlando, FL 1999-2003
Medical Device Manufacturer and Designer
Manufacturing Manager/Production Engineer, 1999-2003
Manufacturing Manager in a Class III medical device manufacturing facility manufacturing Lasik eye surgery, Micro Keratome and Retinal Mapping machines. Managed 15 assemblers and technicians. Performed facility and process validations, production sustaining, root cause analysis, process plan documentation, process development, BOM development, materials development, created labeling, wrote test procedures, made material and process changes to reduce cost and performed trouble-shooting of systems.

• Transferred three new medical products from design to manufacturing in two and one half years.
• Created Lean assembly flow, in new facility, for production cost and space minimization.

Boeing North American, Inc., Everett, WA 1997-1999
Jet Airplane Manufacturer
Manufacturing Engineer, 1997-1999
Lean manufacturing engineer in support of all 747, 767, and 757 model wire-bundle and panel production. Manufacturing planning of provisioning for wire bundles in 747 aft sections.
• Reorganized six wire bundle and panel manufacturing cells to improve flow, reduce costs, and reduce floor space by approximately 50%.

NLCF, Ridgecrest, CA 1989-1997
Non Profit Corporation
Administrator, 1989-1997
Administered the day to day activities of an 80 person non-profit corporation.

City of Ridgecrest, Ridgecrest, CA 1992-1997
City Councilman 1992 – 1997
Performed civic duties overseeing the city’s 7 million dollar budget.

Texas Instruments Inc., Ridgecrest, CA 1982-1989
Military Infrared and Avionics Manufacturing
Production Manager / Process Engineer, 1987-1989
Managed a military avionics pre-production assembly and modification facility, and methods and tooling. Gave performance reviews. Responsible for budget, costs and schedule.
• Delivered products on-time and on-schedule.
• Solved pre-production and design process problems including setting up vapor phase soldering and specifying dissimilar metal plating to resolve galvanic corrosion issues.

Lead Production Engineer / Production Engineer, 1982-1987
Supervised a ten member Electrical and Mechanical Engineering team producing infrared night vision systems.
Responsible for solving production and test equipment problems including the incorporation of system modifications, writing test procedures to military specifications, analyzing failure trends, redesigning products and parts for cost reductions.
• Reduced final test failures on TOW Night Sight production by 35% through data collection, performing Pareto analysis, and taking corrective actions.
• Implemented process improvements and the redesign of components to achieve project savings on TOW Night Sight production of over $250,000 within one year.


BS, Electrical Engineering
California State University Fresno, Fresno, California

DRS Professional Development Program
DRS, Melbourne, Florida

Six Sigma Green Belt
Certified, DRS, Melbourne, Florida

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