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Resume -- Systems Engineer

Richard M. Wheeler
2O9 586 - 2674 (message)
richard.m.wheeler AT gmail.com

Experienced Systems Engineer
  • Adaptable, detail- and constant improvement-oriented engineer who will produce coherently designed, verifiable solutions for human or technical systems, within cost and on schedule
  • Team player who will support and motivate coworkers with respect, knowledge sharing, attention to ethics, and lifelong self-improvement

Core Competencies
  • Define, allocate, and trace performance requirements
  • Document and control interface requirements
  • Assign verification methods and track results
  • Document process requirements and guidance
  • Facilitate process improvement & corrective actions
  • Lead cross-discipline teams through projects and kaizens
  • Estimate/plan/track cost, earned value, and schedule
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project, Visio, DOORS

Experience
  • Performed functional design and created system specifications, flowing requirements down to configuration item specifications, interface control, and verification, ensuring coherent design of Air Force Satellite Control Network ground communications
  • Upgraded performance specifications for Minuteman subsystems and tracked verification test results, leading to successful missile launches
  • Authored Deployment and Software Control Board processes, administered the Engineering Integrated Process Group and the Engineering Corrective Action Board, leading to process standardization and improvement, improved design quality, and winning CMMI Level 3 Certification
  • Reduced costs and raised quality by leading cross-functional teams to identify and improve process requirements using LM21 (Lean/Six Sigma) methods
  • Demonstrated teamwork and initiative by guiding subject matter experts through process creation and by creating database tools that reduced task time and errors by up to 90%
  • Managed on-schedule accomplishment of Central Engineering initiatives by documenting and tracking status of plans, activities, and certifications across fifteen directorates
  • Coordinated designs throughout the community by creating Notices of Revision and Specification Change Notices for a library of over 100 configuration item specifications
  • Maintained physical- through application-layer compatibility by authoring Interface Specifications and Interface Control Documents for satellite control ground stations
  • Improved reliability by creating a parts control database and by monitoring diminishing sources, safety, reliability, and GIDEP reports and discrepancy notices
  • Upgraded capabilities of Air Force Satellite Control Network, leading modification projects from preliminary design through successful delivery, including system design, cost estimating, scheduling, trade studies, cable and equipment design, verification testing

Employment

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Senior Systems Engineer
June 2001 to Nov. 2009
  • Process Excellence / Process Sustainment (2003 – 2009)
  • Theater High Altitude Area Defense (2002 – 2003)
  • National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (2002)
  • Payload Launch Vehicle (PLV), PLV-Plus, Advanced Boost Vehicle (2001 – 2002)
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems
Senior R&D Engineer
Oct. 1984 to June 2001

  • Range Communications Development Contract (1997 – 2001)
  • Satellite Control Network Engineering Services and Modifications Contract (1989 – 1997)
  • Automated Remote Tracking Station (1984 – 1989)

Clearance
  • SECRET, COMSEC (DoD/DISCO, expires 6 November 2011)
Education
  • BS, Engineering Technology/Electronics Technology
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Miscellaneous
  • LM21 (Lean/Six Sigma) Greenbelt Certified
  • FCC General Radiotelephone License
  • FCC Amateur Extra Class License