Kevin J. Talbot     Product Designer & Team Leader 

Contact me via e-mail at kevint@halcyon.com  

Visit my home page at http://www.povertyrock.com 


Professional Objective:

To apply my experience working on a multi-discipline team developing innovative new electro-mechanical products from concept to production on fast track schedules while ensuring a faithful implementation of the product's aesthetic and ergonomic features and meeting manufacturability and functional goals.

Background Profile:

Versatile, creative and experienced Technical Leader with nineteen years' experience as a Mechanical Design Engineer on more than two dozen commercial product development projects. Over eight years' experience as an Engineering Manager in both Technical Leader and Group Manager roles. Have performed as an individual contributor, Project Engineer and Group Manager. Strong conceptual and detail design skills and problem solving abilities. Excellent written and verbal communication, project planning and customer interface skills. Some specific areas of experience and expertise include:

Product Development 

Experience Outside of Engineering 

  • Group, project and team leadership
  • "Hands On" Project Engineering
  • Electronics packaging
  • Project/Tooling scheduling & budgeting
  • Electro-mechanical mechanism design
  • Product specification development
  • Meeting regulatory requirements
  • Beta and clinical trial test site support
  • Trade show booth duty (sales support)
  • Product introduction to manufacturing
  • Technical proposals for customers
  • Salesperson training via hands-on demos
  • On-site customer problem solving
  • Client and customer interface

Engineering Tools 

Part Fabrication Processes 

  • Pro/Engineer, Anvil 1000, AutoCAD
  • Lotus, Excel, wordprocessing
  • Project scheduling software
  • Bills Of Material usage
  • UNIX & DOS workstations & administration
  • Plastic injection molding
  • Die, sand & investment casting
  • Sheet metal forming
  • General machining and finishing
  • Plastic thermoforming
 Also experienced in recruiting and hiring technical team members, proving guidance to and fostering growth of team members and researching and procuring new engineering tools to enhance productivity. Possess the ability to see the "big" project picture and relate it to the individual contributors through specific technical direction. Supported Manufacturing, Marketing and other departments during initial production phases of many projects.

Education:

Patents, Awards and Certifications:


Professional Experience:

Note: I have additional information on this web page on some of the products I've worked on.
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SelfCHARGE Inc. - Redmond, WA (portable power supply manufacturer)       3/98 - present

Senior Project Engineer. Supporting existing products currently in production and developing new portable, battery operated power supplies for OEMs for portable disk drives, cellular phones and various industrial equipment products.

Stratos Product Development Group - Seattle, WA (design consultancy)         3/97 - 2/98


Mechanical Engineer. Individual contributor on multi-discipline 9 person team developing a high end thermal medical printer for US based O.E.M. customer. Responsibilities included mechanical architecture of product and detailed design and development of several subsystems.
 

Walter Dorwin Teague Associates - Redmond, WA (design consultancy)           6/92 - 3/97

KJT enterprises - Mercer Island, WA (self employed)                                         8/91 - 6/92 Intermec Corporation - Everett, WA (bar code label printer systems)                7/88 - 7/91

Mechanical Engineering Manager, Printer Engineering Group. Managed group of 10+ direct reports including mechanical engineers, college interns and technicians. Developed new thermal bar code label printers. Acted as Project Engineer on small to medium projects, providing on-going customer, sales and marketing technical support for printer products as needed. Planned, estimated and scheduled new projects and proposals. Acted as Project Engineer on a very successful, low-cost bar code label printer (3000A). Patent-pending "Adaptable Strip Pin Mechanism" was invented. Wrote the technical volume of a $2M contract-winning proposal to the US Postal Service.

UltraThermics Inc. - Redmond, WA (medical electronics)                                 7/86 - 7/88

Mechanical Engineering Manager. Startup company that developed an ultrasound heating system for psoriasis and cancer therapy (UT100). Management responsibilities included: staffing and managing mechanical design and drafting groups; developing documentation systems; acquisition and management of mechanical CAD system; project scheduling and budgeting. Technical responsibilities included: concepts for the overall product design; detailed design and development of major mechanical portions of the system; component selection, qualification and documentation.

Quinton Instrument Co. - Seattle, WA (medical electronics)                           8/83 to 7/86

Senior Design Engineer. Successfully designed and supported into volume production a first-generation thermal printhead chart recorder (Q3000). Project Manager on exercise Doppler ultrasound project from clinical trials to product introduction (ExerDop). Responsibilities included: managing the engineering project; designing and building ultrasound transducers; electronics packaging design concepts; clinical trial support; sales training; trade show support. Acted as Project Engineer in developing a second generation thermal printhead chart recorder.

Advanced Technology Laboratories - Bellevue, WA (medical electronics)       4/82 - 8/83

Mechanical Engineer III. Designed and prototyped a lowcost Polaroid video camera. Designed and tested electronics packaging for new ultrasound products. Designed and built test fixture for modeling of "tipover" safety tests. Cochaired a task force which revised corporate product environmental test procedures. Taught classes on computer programming and using several PC software packages.

MannessmannTally Corp. - Kent, WA (computer printers)                                6/79 - 4/82

Mechanical Engineer III. Worked in R&D group successfully completing feasibility work on paper feed system for a high speed impact printer (MT660). Transferred to development group to continue with the project to pre-production phase. Contributed to the mechanical design of the product and provided technical direction to other engineers. United States utility patent awarded for rotary to linear motion conversion mechanism.

Dataproducts Corp. - Woodland Hills, CA (computer printers)                            1/78 - 6/79

Mechanical Engineer I. Developed and implemented improvements in final design for two new impact printers (B-300 & B-600) during final proto/early production phases of programs including: improved print quality; increased print speed; reduced manufacturing costs. Contributed to the preliminary print band drive mechanism design of a new 1500 line per minute impact printer.

Last updated: June 29, 1997