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Matt Bratland

Senior Mechanical Engineer/Mechanical Engineer - Rockwell Collins

Silver Spring, MD

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Work Experience

Senior Mechanical Engineer/Mechanical Engineer

Rockwell Collins
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February 2007 to Present

STRATEGIC, PRUDENT, AND ACCOUNTABLE LEADERSHIP 
• Work with systems engineers to review allocated requirements and derive requirements 
• Create baseline schedule and budget based on proposal, statement of work, and performance specification 
• Lead mechanical engineers and designers from design phases through manufacturing support 
• Manage $1 million budget including labor and materials using SAP to extract actuals 
• Assign labor hours to team members per task and drive results as required to maintain schedule 
 
CREATIVE, COMPREHENSIVE, AND COST EFFICIENT DESIGN WORK 
• Develop and lead mechanical designs for aircraft simulator 
• Collaborate with flight simulator hardware team to upgrade flight trainer 
• Design support structure for flight simulator weighing 5 tons 
• Present and critique designs with client and internal partners during design reviews 
• Provide estimates on hardware labor hours for project proposals 
 
INNOVATIVE, AMBITIOUS, AND BOLD LEAN ACTIVIST 
• Won Lean Challenge, division-wide contest; proposed process improvement to save $200,000 
• Create time-saving VBA macro for auto-generating Excel Bill of Materials Change Document, present macro at a regional All Hands Meeting, and then to CEO in a Lean briefing 
• Work with common engineering team in Lean event to reduce engineering costs 
• Present ideas for hardware process improvements to Change Control Board 
• Lead Lean process improvement project team of six after identifying project scheduling problem

Mechanical Engineer

Science Applications International Corporation
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April 2004 to February 2007

PRACTICAL, FUNDAMENTAL, AND HANDS-ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT 
• Designed and manufactured enclosures for power supplies and electrical controls 
• Conducted stress and thermal analyses 
• Wired and constructed electrical assemblies 
• Populated and tested circuit boards

Education

Master of Engineering in Professional Practice

University of Wisconsin-Madison -
Madison, WI

May 2010

BS in Mechanical Engineering

University of Wisconsin - Madison -
Madison, WI

2003

Skills

SolidWorks, AutoCAD, ProEngineer, Unigraphics, SAP, Microsoft Project, VBA for Microsoft Excel, Matlab, Minitab, C++, Lotus Notes • Lean Electronics Associate Certification