Rick Mizer

Rick Mizer

Vehicle Operations Manufacturing Engineer - Body Construction Engineering at Ford Motor Company

Greater Detroit Area

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Rick Mizer's Overview

  • Lead Engineer at Fisher Dynamics
  • Senior Product Development Engineer at Teleflex Automotive
  • Application Engineer at Branson Ultrasonics
  • Sales Engineer at Dixon Engineering Sales International Inc.
  • Assistant Manager at Toyota Tsusho America, Inc.

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Rick Mizer's Summary

Automotive engineering professional with a background in vehicle body closure systems, electronic throttle control (ETC), seat recliner mechanisms, engine compartment polymer components, interior trim and exterior lighting applications, materials and plastic joining technology.


• Understanding of design and development tools including Design for Six Sigma, FEA, APQP, DFMEA and DVP&R

• Working knowledge of plastic parts and materials, injection molding, plastic welding technology and steel stampings

• CATIA v5, Teamcenter C3P software

Rick Mizer's Experience

Vehicle Operations Manufacturing Engineer - Body Construction Engineering

Ford Motor Company

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; F; Automotive industry

June 2013Present (1 year 4 months) Dearborn, MI

Design and Release Engineer, Body Structures

Ford Motor Company

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; F; Automotive industry

August 2011Present (3 years 2 months) Dearborn, MI

Design and release of underbody sheet metal and stampings

Design and Release Engineer, Body Closures

Ford Motor Company

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; F; Automotive industry

September 2010August 2011 (1 year) Dearborn, MI

Manages material cost reduction from idea creation through production incorporation

Council Member

Gerson Lehrman Group

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Internet industry

September 2009September 2010 (1 year 1 month)

Independent consultant on such topics as plastic welding and automotive gas spring closure applications.

Sales Engineer

Stabilus, Inc.

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Automotive industry

December 2003October 2007 (3 years 11 months)

• Sales Engineer for gas spring applications on closures (hood, deck lid, lift gate and moveable glass)

• Worked directly with customer engineering as well as interfaced with other tier 1 engineers on mating components/assemblies

• Design responsible to meet customer’s specified closure operating efforts by designing, building and evaluating prototype gas springs on vehicles or bucks

• Managed programs through the APQP elements and vehicle program milestones

• Supported and performed vehicle PV testing at customer’s test labs

• Provided on-site plant support during vehicle launch and ongoing support during regular production

Lead Engineer

Fisher Dynamics

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Biotechnology industry

December 2001December 2003 (2 years 1 month)

• Lead engineer for automotive seat recliner mechanisms supporting tier 1 seating customers

• Responsible for core product design adapted to tier 1 and OEM specifications

• Implement design improvements and cost reductions through value analysis / value engineering

Senior Product Development Engineer

Teleflex Automotive

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; TFX; Automotive industry

October 1999October 2001 (2 years 1 month)

Senior product development engineer for OEM and tier supplier driver control systems

• Overall system design responsibility as a full service supplier and resident engineer

• Responsible for complete electronic and mechanical accelerator pedal mechanisms, and support the interface to adjacent systems

• Extensive customer interface with Ford design and release engineers

• Direct designers to implement product design concepts for prototype development

• Oversee product testing set into motion by DFMEA and DVP&R engineering disciplines

• Present periodic program status / design reviews to Chief Engineers and other senior level Ford engineering

•Support customer prototype builds at New Model Product Development Center

Application Engineer

Branson Ultrasonics

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; emr; Industrial Automation industry

August 1995October 1999 (4 years 3 months)

• Responsible for concepts, proposals and project engineering of $2M+ in plastic joining programs

• Results oriented engineering professional with automotive OEM and tier-1 experience

• Direct designers and engineers of client base, providing technical assistance for their product to incorporate the Branson product into their manufacturing process

• Well-developed organizational, project management, troubleshooting and problem solving abilities

Sales Engineer

Dixon Engineering Sales International Inc.

October 1993August 1995 (1 year 11 months)

• Implemented program for high current electrical connectors and high voltage-high current relays

• Designed electrical connectors for customer applications, provided technical support of other sales staff and customers, created product drawings in AutoCAD, authored technical documents for product application

• Worked closely with several battery manufacturers including Energy Conversion Devices (Ovonic) and Electrosource, Inc. (Horizon lead-acid battery) for EV applications

• Supported Chrysler Corporation with the development of their electric minivan

• Contributing SAE committee member tasked to draft and publish standards for EV electrical systems

Assistant Manager

Toyota Tsusho America, Inc.

August 1989October 1993 (4 years 3 months)

• Marketing and sales of auxiliary automation equipment for plastic injection mold machines and metal stamping presses

• Project manager for technical center of Japanese automotive manufacturer, coordinating procurement and installation of machinery from overseas

• Served as liaison between major Japanese manufacturer and machinery suppliers to establish prototype facility in Detroit area for Japanese manufacturer

Rick Mizer's Skills & Expertise

  1. Automotive

Rick Mizer's Education

Lawrence Technological University

BSEE, Electrical Engineering


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