Resume of Edward A. Czech

July 16, 2010

PO Box 33 Winamac, IN 46996

Ph 765-427-2148 ~ 574-242-9044

niimcoinc@yahoo.com ~ czech_ed@yahoo.com

Summary of Experience

Mechanical design & manufacturing engineer experienced with RV products, van/bus wheelchair lifts, lowered floor mini-vans, Para-transit vans, conveyor/industrial equipment, auto/appliance switches, and commercial/residential building projects. Hands on problem solver with effective, practical solutions. Adept at moving product from concept to customer.

Qualifications

Hands on mechanical designer/manufacturing engineer in a technology environment including CNC turret punch press, CNC laser, CNC plasma, CNC turning centers, CNC machining, DNC press brake, CNC tube bending, vacuum forming, mold design, mig, stick, and robot welding, jigs, fixtures, gages, electrostatic/powder coat paint systems, AutoCAD 3D, Mechanical Desktop, Inventor, and MS Office.

Patents/Inventions

Joint inventor of 3 US Patents, Rotary Wheelchair Lift #4,664,584, Stowable Rotary Wheelchair Lift #5,180,275, and Assistive Van Entry Seat #5,524,952. Primary inventor of 3 US Patents applied for.

Professional Activities

Safety pioneer of mobility product designs that conform to VA, UMTA, FTA, SAE, D409, ADA, CE, and FMVSS regulations and guidelines. Independently authored the Wheelchair Lift Multi-Spec, a specification and test procedure that conforms to all worldwide specifications, permitting marketing globally. Designed and conducted experiments and tests to assure compliance with the Multi-Spec and other regulations. Provided mobility product safety consultation in wrongful death and injury claims.

Professional Experience

2001-2010 ~ Northern Indiana Industrial Machine Company, Inc., Consultant

~Manufacturing consultation.

1995-2010 ~ Lift America, Inc., Consultant

~Mobility product consultant.

2002-2005 ~ Atwood Mobile Products, Inc., Manufacturing Engineer

~RV motor home doors; RV products.

1998-2001 ~ I.T.Equipment, Inc., Design Engineer

~Quoted & designed conveyors and one of its kind custom material handling applications.

1984-1995 ~ Braun Corporation, Eng. Manager/Chief Designer/Manufacturing Eng./Quality Control/Customer Service

~Mobility product/technology guru. Sales grew 7 fold to $55m ($22m profit) during 12-year tenure. Described by Ralph Braun as his right hand man

1982-1984 ~ Braun Corporation, Facilities Eng./Product Designer/Manufacturing Eng./Assembly Supervisor

~Between 1982 and 1990 described by Ralph Braun as his arms and legs.

1978-1982 ~ Braun Corporation, Van Body Shop/Preventive Maintenance/Facilities Eng., (concurrent)

~Braun Corporation jack-of-all-trades

1972-1979 ~ C&E Construction, General Contractor

~Commercial & residential designer & builder. Designed homes & constructed unique projects.

1969-1972 ~ Eaton Controls, Supervisor

~Set up supervisor; union literate.

1968-1969 ~ Monitor Coach & Holiday Rambler RV's - Electrician/Assistant Foreman

~Designed wiring to meet national electrical codes; assistant foreman in 50-man department.

1964-1966 ~ Controls Company of America, Quality Control/Supervisor

~Conducted first part inspection reports; set up supervisor in 25-person assembly department.

Education

Year

Course

School

Location

Awards

1993

Product Liability Claim Deposition Training

Brattain, Minnix, Young

Indianapolis, IN

Completed

1992

Wheelchair Lift Sales & Service

Braun Corporation

Winamac, IN

Certificate

1988

CNC-Mazak Laser Programming

Mazak

Winamac, IN

Completed

1985

CNC-Wiedeman M5000 Programming

Wiedeman

Winamac, IN

Completed

1985

CNC-MTP Programming

Machine Tool Program

Schaumburg, IL

Completed

1982

CNC-Wiedeman W3050 Programming

Wiedeman

Winamac, IN

Completed

1982

Mold Design, Vacuum Forming, Plastic Fab

Plasti-vac Training Pgm

Charlotte, NC

Certificate

1972

Industrial Engineering

Leadership Training Institute

IU Bloomington

Certificate

1972

Basic Leadership Skills

Leadership Training Institute

IU Bloomington

Certificate

1966

Ammunition/Explosives Technical School

USMC

Quantico, VA

Certificate

1964

High School-Math, Science, Business

NJHS

N. Judson, IN

Diploma

 

Military

USMC Vietnam combat veteran honorably discharged Sgt. E5 1966-1968.

Professional Affiliations

Past member of SAE, ASME, FTA, SME

Community Activities

Member/Secretary of Pulaski County Library Board of Trustees (12 years)

Square dance calling (36 years)

Member St. Peterís Church (19 years)

Cub Scout Den leader (4 years)

Member of Moose, Eagles, and VFW (life)