Edward Sykes

Chief Engineer Interiors JCIM Engineering

Greater Detroit Area
  1. JCIM,
  2. Plastech
  1. Door-Man Ind.,
  2. Becker Group LLC,
  3. United Technologies Automotive
  1. Eastern Michigan University
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To work with a progressive team in the design and development of a total plastic vehicle, auto. interiors and or composite exteriors. Would strongly consider an overseas assignment.

Specialties: Over 30 years in design, product development , and launch of of automotive interiors. Expert knowledge in the area of exterior plastic fender development. Numerous overseas assignments including Russia, Phillipines, and Europe.
Established the first Off-Shore design and engineering organization in the Philippines, while at UTA. Expert in assembly and checking fixtures with strong background in sheet metal assembly and exterior painting of both metal and plastic components.
Historically have been tasked to create engineering teams quickly and while recruiting the best engineers and support staff.


Chief Engineer of Interior Engineering

– Present (6 years 3 months)

Plastech was purchased by JCI and formed the new company JCIM.
My current position includes full responsibility for the design, engineering and launch for all post launch interior trim product changes.
Duties include but not limited to budget development, staffing, product development and customer VA /VE support.

Executive Director of Engineering

– Present (11 years)

Manage day to day operations for design and engineering of automotive interiors for most major OEMS.
Extensive knowledge of plastic design and manufacturing, program management, quality control,metal stampings, paint and most assembly processes.

Director of Operations

Door-Man Ind.
(4 years)

Managed daily operations for the design ,construction and delivery of all products including large industrial doors , electrical control panels for door dock operations, and numerous plant safety equipment.
Responsible for global and US sales management along with staffing and tier one and two management.

V.P. of Engineering

Becker Group LLC
(1 year 4 months)

Directed day to day operations for all interior & extrerior product engineering including design to launch. Duties included budget forecasting, staffing and customer / quality relations with all customers and plants.

Executive Director of Engineering

United Technologies Automotive
(3 years)

Manged entire automotive department for the design and engineering of all OEM interior products including modular IP's, doors, overhead systems , trim and exterior mirrors. Staff of over 100 engineers and 75 + designers not including off-shore staffing. Responsible for P&L budget of $ 24 M.
Established first overseas Off-Shore" design and engineering organization, in the Phillipines, from ground floor.

Engineering Manager @ Overhead Systems

Textron Automotive
(3 years)

Managed engineering operations for the design, tool construction and quality launch for all OEM overhead headliner systems.
Responsible for all staffing, P&L, and product forecasting. Familar with most headliner composites and specialized in the "Tramivex" system for headliners substrates. During this period, Textron had close to 75% of all Ford Motor headliner systems.


  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Injection Molding
  • Machine Tools
  • Product Development
  • Plastics
  • GD&T
  • APQP
  • PPAP
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Program Management
  • Process Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • FMEA
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Vehicles
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Six Sigma
  • Interior Trim
  • Manufacturing...
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Sheet Metal
  • Kaizen
  • TS16949
  • Manufacturing...
  • Stamping
  • Check fixture design
  • Value Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Catia
  • Product Design
  • 5S
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Eastern Michigan University

B.S., Manufacturing

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