Don J. Wilson

Don J. Wilson

Lead Product Designer, CAD Team Lead - Global VA Washers. Whirlpool Corp.

Location
Benton Harbor, Michigan Area
Industry
Consumer Goods

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Don J. Wilson's Summary

Specialties: CAD Software Experience:
Unigraphics » 5 years
Solidworks » 10 years
COSMOS (FEA) » 6 years
ProEngineer (Creo2) » 9 years
ANSYS (FEA) » 7 years

Don J. Wilson's Experience

Lead Product Designer

Whirlpool Corporation

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; WHR; Consumer Goods industry

March 2012Present (2 years 7 months)

Coaching to ensure robust design principles and OPEX related tools are applied appropriately in completing tasks. Coaching and provide guidance to design staff on CAD utilization and model integrity. Recommends and participates with training others. Conducts reviews and provides feedback on design progress to individuals and leadership. Assumes leadership role for design related aspects of major projects. Participates in planning and coordination of project activities to ensure project objectives are met. Provides leadership with establishing design objectives and approach for others. Audits utilization of robust design techniques with meaningful metrics.
Provides technical direction to designers. Mentors peers and design staff both within and across regions. Contributes to development plans for others.
Knowledgeable & familiar with new design technologies and their application. Experienced with all product development and manufacturing activities. Lead consultant in multiple areas of expertise. CAD experience with managing large and complex assemblies. CAD experience with managing large and complex assemblies.
Can be called upon by manager to access performance of drafters and designers.
Currently managing a small team of designers/drafters within the department. Responsible for professional growth, yearly performance objectives, long term career development planning.

Senior Product Designer

Whirlpool Corporation

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; WHR; Consumer Goods industry

June 2005March 2012 (6 years 10 months)

Assume a Leadership role for design related aspects of projects with limited scope. Participation in establishing of the design objectives. Establishes design approach for myself and others. Coordinates design activities to ensure that timing is met. Assists in the coordination of project activities to ensure project objectives are met. Applies robust design principals and OPEX related tools in completing tasks. Mentoring peers. Demonstrating exceptional design and/or project planning ability by putting into production numerous broad and complex projects. Deliver innovative, novel design solutions. Acts as a consultant in my field of expertise. Recommends creative and innovative ideas to my peers. Expected to select and manage work tasks independently. Can be called upon by manager to accurately estimate time required to deliver projects for self and others.

Mechanical Engineer

Utilimaster Corporation

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; Transportation/Trucking/Railroad industry

19952005 (10 years)

Senior Product Designer

Navistar Inc

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; NAV; Transportation/Trucking/Railroad industry

19901995 (5 years)

Product Designer

Utilimaster Corporation

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; Transportation/Trucking/Railroad industry

19841990 (6 years)

Product Designer

Crown International

Public Company; 201-500 employees; HAR; Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing industry

19821984 (2 years)

Don J. Wilson's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Volunteer

      Habitat for Humanity International
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      June 2005 present (9 years 4 months)

      I have worked on several Harbor Habitat for Humanity builds here within the local community.

    • Security

      PGA TOUR
      March 2011 present (3 years 7 months)

      Security volunteer for the the 2012 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid at Harbor Shores Golf Course in Benton Harbor, MI.

    • Finish Line Security

      Whirlpool Ironman 70.3 Steelhead Triathlon
      • Health
      August 2009 present (5 years 2 months)

      Start/finish line security volunteer the last two years to ensure safety for the athletes.

    • Volunteer

      EFCA TouchGlobal Crisis Response
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      October 2010 present (4 years)

      Short term mission trip volunteer to aide victims in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina (2005). Provide skilled labor to rebuild homes with the partnership of local churches in Louisiana.

    • Triathlete

      Ironman
      • Health
      August 2012 present (2 years 2 months)

      Entered and complete my first Half Ironman race after a year of training. Looking forward to many more in the future.

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Organizations I support:

      • Habitat for Humanity International

Don J. Wilson's Skills & Expertise

  1. Pro/Engineer
  2. Solidworks
  3. ANSYS
  4. Unigraphics
  5. COSMOS
  6. Microsoft Office
  7. Windows 7
  8. Six Sigma
  9. Microsoft Office 2010
  10. Lotus Notes
  11. Sametime
  12. Adobe Acrobat
  13. CAD
  14. Finite Element Analysis
  15. GD&T
  16. Sheet Metal
  17. Product Design
  18. FMEA
  19. Engineering
  20. Assembly
  21. Manufacturing
  22. Pro Engineer
  23. Continuous Improvement
  24. DFMEA
  25. Design for Manufacturing
  26. Design for Assembly
  27. Injection Molding
  28. Plastics
  29. Product Development
  30. Windchill
  31. Tolerance Analysis
  32. Rapid Prototyping
  33. Industrial Design
  34. Teamcenter
  35. Design Engineering
  36. Solid Modeling
  37. Lean Manufacturing
  38. PPAP
  39. Stamping
  40. Kaizen
  41. Surface Modeling
  42. Design Thinking
  43. Concept Development
  44. Fixtures
  45. Consumer Products
  46. Sketching
  47. Manufacturing Operations Management

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Don J. Wilson's Patents

  • Hood Hinge

    • United States Patent D336,841
    • Issued April 24, 1989
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson
  • Door Hinge

    • United States Patent D330,499
    • Issued April 6, 1989
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson
  • Vehicle Interior Door Panel

    • United States Patent D319,812
    • Issued April 11, 1989
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson
  • Vehicle Door Panel Exterior Surface

    • United States Patent D315,329
    • Issued April 7, 1989
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson
  • Vehicle Hood

    • United States Patent D315,327
    • Issued April 18, 1989
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson
  • Van

    • United States Patent D309,281
    • Issued October 25, 1989
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson
  • DISHWASHER WITH TARGETED SENSING AND WASHING

    • United States Patent US 7,959,744 B2
    • Issued June 14, 2011
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson
  • DISHWASHER WITH SEQUENCING CORNER NOZZLES

    • United States Patent US 7,896,977 B2
    • Issued March 1, 2011
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson
  • SEQUENCING SPRAY ARM ASSEMBLY FOR A DISHWASHER

    • United States Patent US 8,282,741 B2
    • Issued October 9, 2012
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson
  • SEQUENCING DIVERTER VALVE SYSTEM FOR AN APPLIANCE

    • United States Patent US 7,914,625 B2
    • Issued March 29, 2011
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson
  • SEQUENCING DIVERTER VALVE WITH EPICYCLICAL GEAR REDUCTION TRAIN

    • United States Patent Application SUB-US20060148
    • Filed August 19, 2008
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson
  • LINEAR SCANNING SPRAY ARM

    • United States Patent Application SUB-US20060250
    • Filed September 19, 2007
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson
  • MULTIPLE SEQUENCING LOWER SPRAY ARMS

    • United States Patent Application SUB-US20060348
    • Filed August 19, 2008
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson
  • UPPER SPRAY ARM WATER DEFLECTOR

    • United States Patent US 8,287,660 B2
    • Issued October 16, 2012
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson
  • Dishwasher with Multi-Piece Tub

    • United States Patent Application SUB-01343-US-NP
    • Filed September 21, 2012
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson
  • Dishwasher with Multi-Piece Tub

    • United States Patent Application SUB-01707-US-NP
    • Filed September 21, 2012
    Inventors: Don J. Wilson

Don J. Wilson's Education

Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne

ASMET, Mechanical Engineering Technology

19901995

ITT Technical Institute - Fort Wayne

ASMET, Tool & Die Design

19801982

Elkhart Area Career Center

Certificate, Mechanical Drafting

19781980

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