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Richard van der Walt
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Manufacturing Engineer

About our Client

Manufacturing Engineer experienced in working with internal and external suppliers to develop and manage projects to ensure efficient and cost effective systems and assembly processes consistent with lean manufacturing principles. Experienced in developing department capital and expense budgets, engaging in creative problem solving to address operational issues such as ergonomics/safety, efficiency improvements, process bottlenecks, and quality concerns, and delivering training programs for processors and assemblers. Friendly and collaborative team player with ability to communicate clearly at all levels and comfortable with sharing ideas and opinions in a values-based way. Qualified with a Master’s degree in Quality Engineering and Management and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from SouthernIllinois University, USA.


• Implemented Lean Manufacturing processes in facilities in Pennsylvania, West Virginia andVirginia and utilized 6 Sigma, Lean Manufacturing and change management methodologies to engage employees, reinforcing Caterpillar Values in Action and introducing Caterpillar culture

• Identified an operation that required the assembler to lower a sub assembly into a housing which eliminated reducing the risk of hand injury

• Collaborated with product design team to implement acrylic sleeving across all Large Stator products, resulting in a cost savings of $10,800 per year and reducing throughput time by 30 minutes a stator

• Proposed the use of a bonded ring for the D11XE Generator to reduce the tooling costs needed to machine the cooling holes in the core by 25%. This was achieved by using theCPPD process and collaborating with the electric drive design team on a multi-part clamping fixture

• Completed CPPD with packaging engineering, resulting in design changes to shipping containers and adding corner blocking to lock the stator in place, preventing possible part rotation during transport

• Developed and implemented Business Unit CPS training plan for the US Underground Mining facilities and successfully completed the contingency training plan for the contract negotiation efforts

• Created and implemented weld training and testing processes in conjunction with AWS and CWS standards and curriculum and the Caterpillar standardized Welder certification process

Professional Experience

Manufacturing Engineer, Jan 2018 – present

Overview: work collaboratively with product design to create and implement manufacturing processes to build new products for Caterpillar inc.

• Develop and maintain standard work, Process Failure ModeEffects Analysis (PFMEA’s), and control plans

• Implement engineering changes, maintain PINPOINT / DC torque tooling applications, monitor NPI programs and work with Environment, Health, and Safety.(EHS) team in reducing risk within assembly

• Work with operations, product engineering groups, logistics, NPI manufacturing engineers, and manufacturing associates to enable assembly processes consistent with lean manufacturing principles

• Maintain and continuously improve assembly processes and systems used in manufacturing and develop, analyze and manage manufacturing/assembly projects

• Assist in developing department capital and expense budgets and coordinate with NewProduct Introduction (NPI) team to ensure that line requirements are met and processed on time for NPI builds

• Design and implement the integration of manufacturing systems including factory control software (PINpoint, MESA), scheduling tools, and system applications

• Coordinate, plan, monitor and report activities associated with the station layouts, time studies, PFMEA/Control Plans, design implementation of complex manufacturing assembly flow lines in an assigned area

• Manage the purchase and application of machine tools, controls and related equipment to ensure the latest technology is being used to increase efficiency and economy of operations

• Work with tool design to develop complex/intricate jigs and fixtures to meet customer needs


Distribution Supervisor, May 2013 - Jan 2018

Logistics (Parts Distribution)

Overview: managed a cross functional team comprised of Supervisors, Logistic system operators and technicians and logistic ordered fillers, in a complex automated parts fulfilment system

• Engaged, trained, developed, mentored and evaluated personnel

• Responsible for safety/environmental compliance and for performance of multiple"production" areas

• Scheduled and prioritized constrained resources and adjusted staffing levels to meet flow and customer requirements through creating and implementing area manpower plan

• Implemented,CPS, 6 Sigma and change management, supported and sustained facility 5S initiative, and attained department and facility 5S goal

• Evaluated, created and implemented deployment of CPS job role training

• Practiced and taughtLean Manufacturing Methodology

• Led section status reporting and monitored and audited section metrics and led the creation, implementation and training of standard work procedures


Training Analyst, 2011–2013

Heavy Equipment Manufacturer (Underground Mining Equipment)

Overview: Conducted Instructor led training course relating to safety, productivity and Lean Manufacturing for all levels of the organization across five different facilities.

• Developed, implemented and delivered AWS and ISO weld standards training for production welders as well as training schedules and OJT checklist for new hire welders aligned with corporate 1E weld specifications and training standards

• Coordinated and delivered training sessions and resources to meet customer’s specific training needs

• Developed and implemented LeanManufacturing training and Standard Work for new and existing training courses and delivered Enterprise required safety training, including all OSHA compliance

• Updated Standard Work Procedures using Six Sigma and QMS Methodology

• Performed cost/benefits analysis studies on training interventions and analysed performance problems, training requests and skill needs of employees


Prior to 2011 I wasemployed at Caterpillar Inc as a Training Specialist, Production Welder, Team Lead, and Foundry Core SystemsOperator


• Master of Science, Quality Engineering and Management (2017)

• Bachelor of Science, Industrial Technology (2013)


• Cat Print Reading Instructor

• Certified 6 Sigma Greenbelt  

• Certified CPS Greenbelt

• CPS Blackbelt Trained


Professional Member of American Society of Quality(ASQ)


• Involved in the community through coaching club soccer for children ages 5 to 7

• Enjoy spending time with my family, playing games, taking hikes, and enjoying nature at our local wildlife refuge park

• Listening and playing music; have played drums for 30 years.

• Playing and watching sports, especially American football and rugby


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