Dennis W. Bales
8427Etiwanda Ave. Apt. D, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
Staff Procurement Engineer/ Procurement Technical Field Rep
Outcome oriented Procurement Engineer with diverse experience in the manufacture, processing, and quality control of aerospace products. Results oriented drawing on a strong engineering education and experience with aerospace suppliers to quickly resolve technical problems, manufacturing, and quality issues to ensure quality hardware ships on time to support customer needs. Trained Six Sigma Green Belt committed to Lean Manufacturing with a proven history of cost reduction and improved quality.
Engineering Change Management
Technical Data Analysis
Preparation of Production Schedules
Equipment/ Tooling review, and inspection
Technical analysis of supplier claims
Tooling Inspection/ Sourcing
Root Cause Analysis
Technical Documentation Review and Approval
Manufacturing Planning Review and Approval
Hardware & Acceptance Testing
Supplier Quality Audits
Strong Organizational Skills
Proficient in Multitasking
Highly Proficient in MS Office Computer Skills
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, New Orleans, LA
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, nationally recognized as a leader in the aerospace industry, a major operating unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, comprises two primary business units: Space Systems and Michoud Operations. Michoud Operations is based in New Orleans, LA., builds the external fuel tanks for the Space Shuttle.
Staff Procurement Engineer/ Procurement Technical Field Representative 2002 - Present
Successfully conduct supplier oversight activities for contracts in excess of $10 million at a variety of aerospace suppliers and processing companies. Accountable for flight hardware production to support downstream customer production and assembly needs to maintain NASA flight support. Successful in continuously leading multidisciplinary efforts to resolve technical, quality, and delivery issues in the manufacturing and shipping of flight hardware. Oversaw and worked extensively with supplier quality assurance to review hardware qualifications to ensure conformity to procurement drawing and flight requirements.
Contributions & Accomplishments:
After acquiring a new Propulsion Line supplier discovered they had been using an incorrect weld wire in the production of propulsion lines for the Space Shuttle External Tank program during a review of drawings, and production planning. Incident was investigated and all production planning was revised to require weld wire inspection and buyoff by quality engineering. Lockheed Management awarded a Directors Spot Award for the attention to detail and discovery of the issue.
Senior Procurement Engineer 1996 - 2002
Continuously supported the Procurement Department as the representative to the Technical and Engineering Change Management board, Change Planning Board, and Project Review Board to coordinate all proposed changes design and production changes to department to evaluate impacts to suppliers and production needs. Worked on multidisciplinary teams to perform subcontractor capability surveys to evaluate a suppliers current work load, machine/ tooling availability, and historical performance to support prospective new contracts.
Contributions & Accomplishments:
Investigated and implemented a packaging design change after the discovery of damaged Liquid Hydrogen and Oxygen diffusers that were found after being issued to production from inventory.
Master of Science in Safety Engineering: Specializing in Health Protection
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
University Of Wyoming
Associates of Science in Engineering
Casper Community College
Pre-Cap Inspection MIL-STD 883 & MIL-STD 750 (2008 â€“ 2009)
Cross Training with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Procurement Quality
Co-author of the following papers:
The Influence of Supporting the OXYLOG Instrument on Estimated Maximal Aerobic Capacity during a Step Test and Heart Rate Lifting Test.
D. Bales, B. Craig, J. Congleton, C. Kerk, A. Amendola, W. Gaines, and O. Jenkins
APPLIED ERGONOMICS: (Volume 32, Issue 4, August 2001)
Design and Fabrication of a Low Level Radioactive Waste Compactor
D. Bales and M. Stockwell
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