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Christopher Victor

Engineering Lead- Product Engineering/Manufacturing GM Business Unit - Faurecia Automotive Seating

Troy, MI

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Work Experience

Engineering Lead- Product Engineering/Manufacturing GM Business Unit

Faurecia Automotive Seating
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Troy, MI
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2012 to Present

Troy, Mi. 2012 to present 
 
A 22.5 Billion dollar Global Automotive Interior supplier of seating, instrument panel cockpit, door trim and acoustics. 
 
Engineering Lead- Product Engineering/Manufacturing GM Business Unit 
Providing 1st and 2nd row Seating Engineering and Design Architecture support during the concept through feasibility phase on the GM Omega program. Projects range from complete Interior Seating Systems to mechanized sub- assemblies. 
* Working in the pre VPI phase, in the Studio concept phase, developing occupant packaging and early Seating Architecture layout for fixed and slouch rear seating 
* Providing Product Design direction to GM regarding, typical section development, part interfaces, fastening schemes, GD&T and general craftsmanship. 
* Work in conjunction with GM manufacturing to develop DFM/DFA metrics. 
* Developed injection molded seat side shield and plastics closeouts. 
* Developed latching and countermeasure strategies for fixed and Slouch Seating configurations 
* Reduced complexity and weight of systems by using early FEA and driving material specifications. 
* Develop BOM's based on customer input and complexity charts 
* Provide quotations to purchasing based on additional program wants and needs.

Professor- Adjunct Faculty

Oakland Community College
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Auburn Hills, MI
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1997 to Present

Auburn Hills, Mi. 1997 TO PRESENT 
 
Located in Oakland County, it is the largest of the community colleges in the state with five campuses and an enrollment of approximately 46,000 students. 
Professor- Adjunct Faculty 
Part time staff position. Report to the Dean of Engineering. Teach CAD/CAM/CAE to full and part time students majoring in Engineering Sciences. Subject matter includes stampings, castings, extrusions, and injection molded components from the automotive and consumer products industry. 
* Assist in federal and state grant proposals. 
* Develop course curriculum, outline, and syllabus. 
* Present subject matter instructional material via lectures, visual aids, hands on demonstrations and white board examples. 
* Incorporate real world examples into learning and show the correlation and evolution of the product development process. 
* Administer all testing and grading. 
* Participate in Technology Advisory Committee and maintain close association wit SAE, SME, and AIAG.

Product development and manufacturing consultancy specifically related

Halpin Design
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Sterling Heights, MI
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2011 to 2012

to mechanical architecture and class 'A' aesthetical product execution. 
 
Engineering Lead- Product Engineering/Manufacturing 
Providing multiple OEM and Tier 1 Suppliers 1st, 2nd and 3rd row Seating Engineering Architecture support during the concept through feasibility phase. Projects range from complete Interior Seating Systems to mechanized sub- assemblies. 
* Working in the Studio concept phase, developing occupant packaging and early Seating Architecture layout for Toyota Tundra and Ford 'C' ' Max vehicles. 
* Developed and executed new seating structures/mechanisms based off vehicle packaging constraints and seating functions utilizing CATIA V5. 
* Developed injection molded seat side shield and plastics closeouts. 
* Developed latching and countermeasure strategies for Fold Flat, Stadium and Slouch Seating configurations 
* Reduced complexity and weight of systems by using early FEA and driving material specifications. 
* Worked with customer Engineering teams to further define ambiguous part specifications, resulting in reduced iterations of Design/Engineering.

Engineering Lead- Product Development

CES Engineering
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Rochester Hills, MI
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2006 to 2011

Rochester Hills, Mi. 2006 to 2011 
 
Product engineering, Product development and manufacturing consultancy focused on specialty projects and reduced overall project expense. 
Engineering Lead- Product Development 
Directed a team of 5 Sr. Product engineers and 4 suppliers responsible for the Engineering Design, Development and Integration for the full Interior of the Dodge Challenger Program from concept through volume production. Managed 
approximately $65 million dollars in supplier budgets. Oversee all program APQP activities. Developed staff and suppliers to execute an accelerated program. 
* Exceeded annual cost containment target on tooling budget by 7% and E&D budget target by 8.5%. 
* Executed new test procedures resulting in program savings of $260 Thousand dollars. 
* Reduced complexity and weight of systems by using early FEA and driving material specifications. 
* Implemented early cross functional teams with Body and Manufacturing Engineering to drive the product as an integrated system.

Engineering Manager- General Motors Business Unit

Lear Corporation
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Troy, MI
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2004 to 2006

Troy, Mi. 2004 to 2006 
 
Global Automotive Interior supplier with capability from seating, instrument panel cockpit, hard trim to carpet & acoustics with sales in excess of $2.5 Billion dollars annually. 
Engineering Manager- General Motors Business Unit 
Reported to the Director of Engineering. Managed a group of 9 Product engineering professionals. Led R&D, Product Engineering, Program Management and integration responsibilities for specific GM interior programs from phase zero through launch. Controlled departmental budgets in excess of $10 million dollars, and tier two supplier budgets in excess of $30 million dollars. 
* Increased customer piece price revenue by 12% from target by marketing premium materials for various interior components. 
* Improved R&D efforts by eliminating ambiguous customer engineering specifications and defining detailed technical specs derived from benchmarking. 
* Developed long term make vs. buy strategy for interior components reducing capital expenditures by $10 million dollars. 
* Initiated LCC (low cost Country) sourcing on specific interior components resulting in annual cost savings of $ 240 thousand dollars. 
* Built the Engineering integration organization to be a viable extension of the traditional GM interior Engineering function at an E&D cost reduction to General Motors of $500 thousand dollars per year. 
 
Christopher C. Victor

Engineering Manager- Corporate

Collins and Aikman Corporation
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Troy, MI
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2000 to 2004

Troy, Mi. 2000 to 2004 
 
Full service Global Automotive and Heavy Truck Instrument panel cockpit, hard trim and Fabrics supplier with sales of $4.0 billion dollars. Collins and Aikman products are in 96% of vehicles worldwide. 
Engineering Manager- Corporate 
Managed the domestic and international Engineering and R&D groups for GM, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota and Hyundai business units. Staff included 12 direct and 15 indirect reports with a departmental budget of 5.3 million dollars. Established goals, objectives and common operational strategies between engineering and manufacturing to obtain optimum efficiency and improve quality metrics. Played a key role in the pre acquisition of Textron automotive including the integration of Textron into the Collins and Aikman organization. 
* Centralized R&D group and reduced operating cost by initiating several grants with local colleges. 
* Reduced overall product development cycle by 11% by improving and driving discipline throughout the engineering and manufacturing organizations. 
* Condensed outside engineering FEA services and prototype construction by in-sourcing the workload and deliverables to the R&D group. 
* Negotiated a 2 year $435 thousand dollar contract with Hyundai motor to provide Engineering R&D in the United States during their transitional phase to a North American Engineering facility. 
* Led Plant Manufacturing Engineering initiatives to Develop Processes, facilities, equipment, primary and secondary tooling for injection molded Instrument Panel and console assemblies. 
* Managed the launch teams in the Implementation of new production lines as well as change management for existing production lines. Worked with program management to establish customer prototype, production and service MRD timing requirements.

Sales

United Technologies Automotive
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Troy, MI
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1997 to 2000

Troy, Mi. 1997 to 2000 
 
Automotive Interior and electrical division of United Technologies Corporation supplying domestic and International Automotive and Truck Original equipment manufacturers. Sales in excess of $2.0 billion. 
Principal Engineer - Corporate 
Report to the VP of engineering at UTA and VP of Operations at UTC. Recruited to infuse new technology and benchmark processes to turn around operational losses in product engineering and manufacturing. 
* Built the operational support structure for rapid product development at the engineering and manufacturing level and reduced the product development cycle by 22%. 
* Led corporate technology fairs to educate staff on future technology deployments. 
* Developed the Philippine engineering center to be a viable extension of the Americas Engineering Center at a cost saving of $1.2 million dollars annually. 
* Introduced standard ERP and PDM methodology used on a global basis to effectively manage the engineering and manufacturing change process and work flow. 
* Worked in conjunction with purchasing evaluating and ranking global supplier technology capability to determine long and short term supply base strategy.

Engineering Design Manager

Magna International
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Livonia, MI
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1995 to 1997

Manage a staff of seven Engineers and 3 Program Managers responsible for exterior systems Engineering Design and development.

Engineering Design Supervisor

GM Truck
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Pontiac, MI
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1993 to 1995

Supervise a group of 8 product designers working on chassis systems for the GMT540 and gmt800 programs.

Sr. Product Engineer

Chrysler Corporation
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Auburn Hills, MI
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1988 to 1993

Advanced Vehicle Engineering supporting Body and Chassis Systems.

Education

BS in Engineering Co

Graduate Trumbull County Tech center -
Warren, OH

1981

general studies

Graduate Howland High School -
Warren, OH

1981