Christopher Brackins


Manufacturing Engineer Manager

Pikeville, TN

Christopher Brackins
6140 Old Spencer Rd
Pikeville, TN 37367
(423) 220 7991
To obtain a position that allows me to grow and utilized my skills to better the company as well as myself.
Work Experience

Mueller Company
Manufacturing Engineer Manager
Chattanooga, TN September 2014-Present
• Process analysis, and improvement
• Tooling CPU, Budgeting
• Tool Design, Cycle Time Reduction
• Budget Control
• CNC programming, tool life studies, time studies, 5s activities,
• Kaizen activities for lean manufacturing
• New Launch planning and SCC management
• Project management of new line
• Process development, Assembly, Machining, Powder Coat, Lost Foam Foundry
• CER development
• Project management
• Lean Management
• Training development and implementation
• Management of Manufacturing Engineers and Tooling Engineers

Nissan North America
Manufacturing Engineer- Tooling/Machining
Decherd, TN June 2013 – September 2014
• Process analysis, and improvement
• Tooling CPU, Budgeting
• Tool Design, Cycle Time Reduction
• Budget Control
• CNC programming, tool life studies, time studies, 5s activities,
• Kaizen activities for lean manufacturing
• New Launch planning and SCC management
• Project management of new line

THK Rhythm North America
Manufacturing Engineer-Machining/Assembly
Sparta, TN August 2011- June 2013
• Oversee the daily running of 292 CNC machines consisting of Okuma, Mazak, Murata, Takamaz, RoboDrill, Fuji, and Tsugami. With axis ranging from 3 axis to 5 axis capability.
• CNC programming, as well as modification. Tooling Design, Process Design, AutoCAD, and Creo
• Capacity Studies, Capability Studies, Tool Life Correlations, Kaizen implementation. Plant layout, time studies, and line balancing
• Supervising 9 engineering techs, project management of new launch and production floor machine moves, modification and company wide improvements.
• Modifications to machines i.e. Programming, robot teach points, SOP, operator training. Equipment Setup and runoff.
• Controls used Fanuc, Mazak, Okuma, Mitsubishi,
• Programming on the control as well as with Mastercam
• Designing fixtures as well as cutting tools using Solid Works
• Overseeing breakdown maintenance
• Budget control for all machining projects
• Capitol request for next fiscal year investments to include new machinery, expansion
• Integration of automation into existing line’s to include gantry, and pick in place units. Using Fanuc robots and custom designed liner motioned systems.
• Lean Manufacturing techniques to include 5s, loss time analysis, and value stream mapping
• Budget control for capital projects for the machining department

Taylor Machine Company
Lead Manufacturing Engineer
South Pittsburg, TN May 2011 – August 2011
• Process analysis, and improvement at various companies
• Quoting of new products for production for the machine shop floor
• Part and Fixture design using AutoCAD Inventor
• Supervision of all draftsmen and drawing releases to the floor
• CNC programming using Feature Cam

Tennessee Rand
Project Mechanical Design Engineer
Chattanooga, TN May, 2010- May, 2011
• Designed automated welding equipment for the automotive industry using Pro E
• Project management “cradle to grave” of new equipment design, build and integration.

CNC Programmer
Cookeville, TN February, 2010- May, 2010
• Programmed CNC machines for various parts on the control as well as using Surfcam for 3d machining.

Ellis Computerized Machining
CNC Programmer and Machinist
Johnson City, TN June, 2006 – April, 2008

• Program, setup, and daily running of various CNC machines. Making a different parts from tool and die fixtures to high production parts. Using mastercam as well as on the control programming.


Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN 2008- 2010
B.S Manufacturing and Industrial

Northeast State Technical Community College Blountville, TN 2004 – 2006
A.A.S Machine Tool Technology
A.A.S Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Additional Training

Supervision training program at Morrill Motors
OSHA Certified Forklift Operator
Erwin Vocational School Welding Certificate
CMS (Certified Manufacturing Specialist) Certification through ATMAE
APQP, PPAP, and FEMA (PIT Group)
Machining Apprenticeship through Northeast State Technical Community College (Sponsored by Eastman Chemical Company)
NTDS (Nissan Tool Design School) completed tool design classes for, Block/Head/Crank/ and general design for automotive machine tooling.
Nissan V-Up (Improvement program for machinery)
Kaizen leader training- (provided by Nissan)
Capital Budget Management- (provided by Nissan)
AMD-(Automotive Machine Design) Tennessee Rand
PCD Tooling Process-offered by Mapal
Powertrain Machine Design and layout- (provided by Nissan)
Project management/supervision training program-(provided by Nissan)
Nissan Production Way Certified-(Lean Manufacturing Training provided by Nissan)
Engineering Management Training Program-(provided by Nissan)

Memberships and Recognitions

American Welding Society (AWS)
American Foundry Society (AFS)
AFS recognition for design and advance casting techniques

Job Move Explanation

Ellis Computerized Machining – Left to complete my B.S in engineering at TTU.

ATC – Worked there as an intern, position came open for machinist took it until engineering position came available at Tennessee Rand.

Tennessee Rand – Left because no job satisfaction, and no long term growth potential.

Taylor Machine Company – Took the position on agreement that we would negotiate my salary up after 90 days to allow me to move. Could not come to terms on salary increase after 90 days

THK Rhythm North America – Left because of excessive overtime 100-120 hours a week.

Nissan North America –Before my start date a policy change was issued that stated that 125mile radius before relocation was offered from the original 75m radius.
My managers have tried to get them to honor the offer but they will not so I drive 88 miles one way to work. 1h 45min.

Mueller Company- In the past 3 months they have terminated 3 managers, and reduced hourly staff, due to lack of work and financial difficulties within the organization. Capital spending has been frozen and future is very unstable.

  • Updated 7 years ago

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