Thomas Wiley


Account Engineer

New Hope, MN

Thomas Wiley
6007 W. Broadway Ave. Apt 105
New Hope, MN 55428
(715) 379-1668
Management Leadership Manufacturing Engineering Solid Works
Autodesk Inventor Lean Manufacturing Positive Customer Interaction TPM
Process Improvement Kaizen CNC Fabrication Machining
Fixture Design Production Planning Schedule Balancing 5S
Design for Manufacturing Troubleshooting Tool Design JIT
Part Tolerancing/GD&T Product Design Customer support SPC

Education and Training

• University of Wisconsin Stout – Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology with a focus on
Mechanical Design
• Silgan Containers – Lean Manufacturing Certified
• American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM) – Pursuing Engineering Management certificate

Employment History
General Sheet Metal Works – Minneapolis, MN 2015 to Current
Account Engineer
• Work on-site at our largest customer, The Toro Company, to offer engineering expertise and premium
customer support at every stage from part development through a finished product
• Work as a communication link between the two companies to quickly and efficiently resolve issues
• Utilize in-depth knowledge of manufacturing process to incorporate cost reductions into part designs
• Develop manufacturing processes which meet customer’s needs without unnecessary excessive costs for
tooling or fixturing, based on the fit, form and function of the part
• Implement logistics improvements to reduce freight costs and increase load density
• Work with customer engineering to examine failures and develop robust improvements
• Reduce quote turn-around time by having parts prepared for estimating and manufacturing prior to print release
• Visit customer’s manufacturing facilities on a weekly basis to further improve customer support and fully
understand issues in assembly

General Sheet Metal Works – Tomah, WI / South Bend, IN 2011 to 2015
Manufacturing Engineer
• Setup manufacturing process to efficiently and cost effectively manufacture sheet metal components.
• Work closely with customers to fully understand their products and part specifications; offering ideas for
improvement and cost reductions where possible
• Assist floor employees with engineering concerns as well as trouble shooting issues with machinery and
• Work intimately with sister facility as well as the planning department to maintain and level work load
between plants to fully utilize production capacity and enhance profitability
• Thorough knowledge of CNC press brakes, CNC lasers, CNC robotic welders and stamping aids in developing
robust processes for non-typical part geometries
• Comprehensive understanding of stamping and forming; utilizing progressive die technology
• Continually update print database while managing current revision levels and print standards
• Develop and implement quality inspection plans as well as analyze current production processes; creating
fixtures, inspection aids, or training courses when appropriate
Silgan Containers Manufacturing Corporation – Menomonie, WI 2007 to 2011
Production Supervisor / Lean Manufacturing Champion
• Managing human capital to maximize production opportunity and available resources
• Lean Manufacturing Champion of the Menomonie facility – Led “Operational Excellence” through 5S, TPM,
JIT and other lean concepts
• Trained and implemented 5S, the foundation of Lean Manufacturing, across entire production floor.
• Created a visual factory using shadow boards, standard colors and standard work procedures.
• Implemented “A place for everything and everything in its place” saving steps for personnel and ultimately
saving money every minute of every day.
• Implemented Total Productive Maintenance Program to have scheduled down time as opposed to the
“wreck and repair” mentality
• Lead Kaizen events to increase productivity, reduce changeover time, reduce process variation and
increase plant safety
• Firm working knowledge of draw redraw, can welding, multi-die presses and conversion presses to quickly
and efficiently troubleshoot, repair, and changeover
• Utilize Statistical Process Control to track and reduce variation in manufacturing processes to maximize
capabilities of machinery and personnel

Curt Manufacturing – Eau Claire, WI 2005 to 2007
Product Design Engineer
• Led the engineering side of their Boston based sister company, Da’Lan
• Continually pushed the limits of design with new towing systems including hitches, fifth wheels and goose necks
• Worked closely with Da’Lan personnel to streamline operations and processes
• Created, converted and updated detailed prints for Curt Manufacturing and Da’Lan for a wide variety of
hitches and towing accessories.
• Modified product components and tooling to consolidate part numbers, streamline operations and maximize

• SME Chapter 11 member

  • Updated 7 years ago

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