Katy Halverson

Katy Halverson
Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Collaborative, problem-solving Senior Manufacturing Engineer with over 10 years technical and
project leadership skills in global technology industries. Consistently meets customer requirements
and delivers robust products and processes to the factory. A self-directed professional that thrives
in a fast paced environment requiring multitasking and a tenacious hands on approach. Excels at
working well in a team as well as independently to achieve solutions.

Key Competencies:
• Surface Mount Technology
• Continuous Improvement
• Design for Manufacturability
• Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
• Electronics and Mechanical Assembly
• Lean Manufacturing
• Troubleshooting
• Supplier Quality
• ISO Documentation
• New Product Introduction

You can contact me at khalverson1@hotmail.com.

Sr. Manufacturing Engineer at EMC
September 2013 – Present (3 years 8 months)
Isilon Division
Developed production process, incorporated DFM improvements and supported NPI builds for five
major product launches in two years.

Staff Manufacturing Engineer at QLogic Corporation
2011 – August 2013 (2 years)
• Achieved a cost reduction of over $100K annually by working with the board supplier and making
minor design changes.
• Chosen for Kaizen team which eliminated critical bill of material release errors from 20% to zero
and reduced churn at the contract manufacturers.

Senior Manufacturing Engineer at QLogic Corporation
2004 – 2011 (7 years)
• Coordinated and drove new product launches, averaging one major development per year for
each of my years at QLogic.
• Established relationships with overseas contract manufacturers and provided daily technical
support on new and sustaining products and processes.
• Learned Valor DFX tool and applied findings to improve designs for manufacturability and reduce
• Supported production transfer at a new contract manufacturer including qualification of all
products, assembly processes and material localization with no disruption to end customers.
• Investigated a test yield issue and discovered mechanical weaknesses in the test fixtures.
Redesigned the fixtures to reduce false failures and eliminate strain on the product.

Senior Manufacturing Engineer (Contract assignment) at FSI International
2004 – 2004
• Performed component engineering tasks such as specifying alternatives to obsolete parts.
• Solved problems relating to sheetmetal, painted panels, cable assemblies and mechanical fit
issues in addition to implementing solutions for electronics issues.

Manufacturing Engineer (Contract assignment) at Pemstar
2003 – 2004 (1 year)
• Designed and implemented a work cell to improve quality and efficiency on a complex chassis
assembly. Met customer quality goals at production start.
• Developed flowcharts, routings, engineering drawings and BOM for both ECN changes and new
• Generated assembly procedures by interfacing with operators and assessing their needs.

Senior Manufacturing Engineer at ITT Industries
2000 – 2003 (3 years)
• Developed product traceability system using Microsoft Access and bar code scanners. The
database replaced a paper log system and saved about $20,000 per year.
• Led project and completed manufacturing engineering tasks on start up electro- mechanical
joystick assembly line. The tooling was ready, devices were qualified, and the line was running on
time to meet customer requirements.
• Recommended purchase of newer technology solder equipment by demonstrating a $65,000/year
cost savings.
• Completed quality engineering tasks such as supplier audits, closed loop corrective action reports
(8-D) and incoming material defect analysis.
Senior Process Engineer at Honeywell
1997 – 2000 (3 years)
• Planned process flow, layout and line balance for new electro-mechanical valve family.
• Designed and coordinated the assembly of 25 custom tools for use on a new gas valve production
• Traveled to three Mexican assembly plants to support new product launches.
• Worked on a team that implemented SMT in a Honeywell Tijuana facility, which produced 800,000
mixed technology boards per year.
• Studied ultrasonic welding and used the process to solve a design problem.
• Performed Process Failure Mode and Effect Analysis on new product which sparked the
development of additional tooling.
• Earned Power of Quality Award for production support of furnace control product.

Senior Manufacturing Engineer at Microtron, Inc.
1993 – 1997 (4 years)
• Worked with very high volume production of safety related automotive electronics.
• Was instrumental in implementing ISO9000 as a team leader and internal auditor.
• Performed troubleshooting and provided solutions for SMT process and product problems.
• Selected equipment and managed the installation for a $1 million mixed technology assembly line.
Developed performance and capability criteria for several machines.
• Learned the soldering process both mechanically and chemically through hands on experience
and optimized surface mount machine programs to reduce throughput.
• Managed two major projects from prototype stage through production start up. This involved
planning, machine and material acquisition, and customer interface.
• Coordinated and taught surface mount rework class to operators which improved product quality.
• Developed department procedures that improved product documentation and product quality. The
change made it easier for users to find required information.

North Dakota State University
BS, Electrical Engineering
Activities and Societies: Scholars Program Distinction

Surface Mount Technology, Continuous Improvement, Design for Manufacturability, Failure Mode
and Effects Analysis, Electronics and Mechanical Assembly, Lean Manufacturing, Troubleshooting,
Supplier Quality, ISO Documentation, New Product Introduction
Katy Halverson
Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Senior Manufacturing Engineer

3 people have recommended Katy
“I worked on several programs with Katy at QLogic and highly recommend her. She is a
professional that will step up to any challenge and not back down until they are resolved. Katy is
extremely knowledgeable in all facets of manufacturing and product development and is a key
contributor on all cross functional teams that she is part of.”

—Julie Hanninen, Commodity Manager / New Product Introduction, QLogic Corporation, worked
with Katy at QLogic Corporation

“I highly recommend Katy as a manufacturing engineer/project manager. As an engineer she
developed control plans, PFMEA’s, process detail sheets, BOM’s and was called upon to writing
and implementing the ISO9000 procedures and processes. She was very instrumental in the
acquisition of manufacturing’s new pick and place equipment for the company and worked on many
of the initial profiles for production. As a project manager, she led new product launch teams for
high volume and more complex modules that were manufactured from the facility. She conducted
weekly team meetings and was very professional, keeping the projects on tasks using gannt charts
and offering assistance to team members that were behind schedule. The projects that she led
were highly successful and within budget. She is a good problem solver and worked well with a
very diverse workforce.”

—Terry Dull, Sustaining Engineering Project Manager, Medivators, worked with Katy at Microtron,

“I highly recommend Katy as an engineer. My experience working with Katy while she was a
manufacturing engineer found her to be very detailed, strong on process, and very well rounded
in knowledge. On numerous occasions she stepped into a tricky situation, didn’t get overwellmed,
approached the problems in a focused meaningful way and resolved the situation in a timely
manner …. that stay solved!”

—BILL SCHMIDT, Senior Program Manager, Intel Corporation, managed Katy indirectly at QLogic

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