Ralph Wiechert


Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Project Manager, Team Lead

Saint Louis, MO

Ralph Wiechert

Saint Louis, MO 63146 US
Mobile: 314-922-9271
Home: 314-735-6354
Contact Preference: Email



Resume Headline: Experienced Mechanical Engineer Resume Value: 7dax9yr8ngn8w7r3

Prefer the St. Louis, MO area. I have several years of experience managing projects for new products in the fields of power generation, heavy equipment, and medical devices. In addition, I’m experienced in a variety of 3D CAD modeling systems, as well as prototyping, tooling, and fixture design. Currently I’m working on ramping up production for a new product line which is anticipated to also save my company millions/year. I also enjoy working hands-on.

EXPERIENCE: 3/2011 – Present Bausch & Lomb
Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Project Manager, Team Lead

Project Management, Production Line Development, Kintana/HP Project & Portfolio Management Software, Research & Development (R&D),Maintenance of Business (MOB),Customer Complaint Investigation, Material & Component Obsolescence, Failure Analysis, Root Cause Analysis, DFMEA (Design Failure Mode Effects Analysis),DRDI (Design Review of Design Inputs),Verification & Validation ,Lab Testing and Data Acquisition ,Fixture Design, Micro-controller programming, Pneumatic Fixture Design, Measurement Data logging (Fluke Hydra II),Environmental Chamber Testing (Envirotronics),Material Testing (Instron, Bluehill 3 software),Light & Optics testing (Ocean Optics software),Design of electromechanical surgical equipment, LASER system integration, Regulatory Approvals, UV Cure adhesives, Wire Harness Design, Materials Selection (Ceramics, Stainless Steels, Plastics),SolidWorks 2017ISO 7 Clean Room

3/2010 – 3/2011 General Electric
Industry: Energy and Utilities
Mechanical Engineer (Contract)

GE Rotor Center of Excellence (Generator Field Rotors) Supervise Designer/Drafter activities in multiple countries.Perform Engineering Change Orders (ECO) and Requests (ECR) through the G.E. DCI system. Provide dispositions and engineering support for Non-conformance issues & deviation requests.Provide technical assistance to vendors & G.E. purchasing to ensure compliance with design standards and practices. Support Senior Engineers with design activities & Key Part Reviews (KPR) for field rotor parts.

2/2010 – 3/2010 Bausch & Lomb
Industry: Medical Devices and Supplies
Mechanical Engineer (Contract)

Provided FDA validation & verification support for new Surgical Eye equipment. Designed & Modeled surgical components in SolidWorks 3D.Performed EtO Sterilization & materials compatibility research for Surgical Packs.

7/2009 – 10/2009 CDG Engineers
Industry: Energy and Utilities
Mechanical Engineer (Contract)

Detailed customer drawing packages .Designed & detailed coal handling equipment, conveyors, & hoppers used at power plants. Performed feasibility study on transition from AutoCAD to Inventor 3D.Provided support & training for Inventor 2010 to other Engineers & Designers. Developed Company 3D CAD standards & templates.

6/2007 – 5/2009 Innovative Energy Inc.
Industry: Energy and Utilities
Mechanical Engineer

Designed 150kW biomass reactors for the renewable energy market. Developed a scale-model, proof-of-concept, 3kW (downdraft) biomass power plant for demonstration & investor porposes.Modified 100kW Caterpillar gensets to operate on syngas & still achieve nameplate rating. Created a cyclone filtration/separation system for high-temperature, raw syngas. Managed 6 R&D shop employees.Specified & purchased shop equipment such as vertical mills, lathes, hoists, etc. Designed 2 prototype impellers and related components for high-speed (50,000 RPM) centrifugal compressors.Developed raw aluminum castings & associated machining methods.Generated manufacturing & assembly drawings, and bills of materials in SolidWorks. Detailed drawings using Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) per ASME Y14.5Operated GE Fanuc PLC equipmentWorked with vendors & suppliers to solve manufacturing challenges. Consulted with field experts & lab services.Successfully collected syngas samples for BTU & composition analysis.Reverse-engineered legacy components using a FARO arm & Verisurf software.2008 GTUS/ASME Texas A&M attendee.

9/2006 – 6/2007 Basler Electric
Industry: Manufacturing – Other
Mechanical Engineer / Project Engineer

Rendered 3-D models & detailed drawings in Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD.Documented and streamlined assembly methods for electrical equipment.Saved the company tens-of-thousands of dollars in one day by successfully sourcing an unavailable, obsolete part for the purchasing department.Researched and located alternate parts in emergency situations.Improved product data management methods via JD Edwards system.Generated bills of materials for complex parts & assemblies. Specified materials, components, fasteners, and finishes. Delegated tasks to appropriate groups or team members. Supervised assembly of multi-million dollar equipment.Designed sheet metal components for Amada CNC turret punch press.

11/1999 – 9/2006 John Harder Company
Industry: Manufacturing – Other
Project Engineer / Design Engineer

Rendered 3-D models & detailed drawings in Solid Edge.Designed custom & standard equipment for the forklift industry to ASME B56.1 standards.Invented, prototyped, and designed a single-port, spring loaded hydraulic cylinder.Invented & implemented a “universal” bottom retainer for forklift attachments.Worked with customers such as Anheuser Busch, Mitsubishi/Caterpillar, and General Electric to fulfill their unique material-handling needs.Invented new parts, assemblies, and fabrication methods as equipment increased in complexity.Selected appropriate materials and steels. Analyzed equipment & components with Femap Express Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software to verify integrity.Designed hydraulic components such as cylinders, heads, & pistons (1.5″-4″), 2 & 4 port rotating manifolds, & flow dividers. Managed multiple projects from initial concept to final testing. Reduced inefficiencies by creating quality control standards. Assisted with electrical and hydraulic circuit designs. Generated quotes & cost estimates.Organized safety meetings and conducted safety checks.

EDUCATION: 11/1999 – 12/2003 University of Missouri St. Louis/Washington University (ABET Accredited)
Bachelor’s Degree
Mechanical EngineerCum Laude, 3.4 GPA

SKILLS: Skill Name Skill Level
Microsoft Office Intermediate
ECO Entry Intermediate
AutoCAD 2010 CAD Beginner
Autodesk Inventor 2010 3D CAD Intermediate
Solid Edge 3D CAD Expert
Femap Express Stress Analysis (FEA) Intermediate
SolidWorks 2014 3D CAD Expert
FARO/Verisurf 3D Measurement Beginner
GD&T Intermediate
Lathe Beginner
End Mill Beginner

LANGUAGES: Languages Proficiency Level
English Fluent
Spanish Intermediate

HONORS & AWARDS: Cum Laude 3.4 GPA Excellence in Mathematics Award Science Olympiad 1st & 3rd Place

10,000+ hours Solid Edge 3D CAD modeling. 5000+ hours SolidWorks 3D CAD modeling. 1000+ hours Inventor 3D CAD modeling. 2000+ hours FEA (FEMAP).

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REFERENCES: Reference Name: Tom Brinkmann
Reference Company: SSM Healthcare
Reference Title: Director of Plant Operations-Hospital
Phone: 314-488-5089
Type: Professional

Reference Name: Rob Jones
Reference Company: John Harder Co.
Reference Title: Sales Engineering
Phone: 314-616-6577
Type: Professional

Reference Name: Barry Smith
Reference Company: St. Mary’s Hospital
Reference Title: Maintenance Mechanic
Phone: 314-952-2758
Type: Personal

Additional Info BACK TO TOP

Current Career Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)

Years of relevant work experience: 7+ to 10 Years

Date of Availability: Within 2 weeks

Work Status: US – I am authorized to work in this country for any employer.

Active Security Clearance: None

US Military Service:

Citizenship: None

Target Job: Target Job Title: Mechanical Engineer

Desired Job Type: Employee Temporary/Contract/Project

Desired Status: Full-Time Part-Time Per Diem

Target Company: Company Size:


Energy and Utilities
Construction – Industrial Facilities and Infrastructure
Automotive and Parts Mfg
Engineering Services
Medical Devices and Supplies


• CAD/Drafting
• Energy/Nuclear Engineering
• Environmental and Geological Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• General/Other: Engineering

Target Locations: Selected Locations: US-MO-St. Louis

Relocate: No

Willingness to travel: Up to 50% travel

  • Updated 2 years ago

To contact this candidate email wiechert.ralph@gmail.com

Contact using webmail: Gmail / AOL / Yahoo / Outlook

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