Frank Vails

Development Liaison Engineer at Daimler

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Area
  1. Daimler (Mercedes Benz)
  1. Toyota Motors Manufacturing, Kentucky,
  2. Sverdrup Technology, Inc. AEDC Group,
  3. General Motors-Saginaw Division
  1. University of Tennessee Space Institute

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Engineer with 18 years of experience within the Automotive Industry.

Specialties:Corrosion Prevention,
Auditing corrosion prevention counter measures (utilizing lean man. techniques)
Manufacturing Process Control (PFMEA, APQP)
Extensive Engineering Project Management
Manual Color Evaluation and Rating
Process Engineering support in Sealer, Primer, Recoating, Spot Repair and Cavity Wax
Catia V 5.0
German Language Skills Goethe-Zertifikat A1 (Start in Deutsch 1)


Development Liaison Engineer

Daimler (Mercedes Benz)
– Present (18 years 5 months)

Liaison function with Daimler M, R, and GL Class development for corrosion prevention to the manufacturing facility in Alabama.

Paint Specialist

Toyota Motors Manufacturing, Kentucky
(1 year 7 months)

Responsible for Production Engineering in the areas of Special Coatings Underbody, Primer Application, Wet Sanding, and In-line Repair.

Industrial Engineer

Sverdrup Technology, Inc. AEDC Group
(1 year 10 months)

Formulated and maintained Standard Cost Books
Operations analysis
Designed layouts test engine build-up
Designed organizational proposals for the US Air Force
Creaated Reports for target Results to the US Air Force Monthly

Co-operative Education Engineering

General Motors-Saginaw Division
(4 years)

Production Supervision, Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering


  • APQP
  • PPAP
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Automotive
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Process Engineering
  • Catia
  • Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing...
  • Kaizen
  • Continuous Improvement
  • 5S
  • Process Improvement
  • Engineering Management
  • FMEA
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Kanban
  • Supplier Quality
  • Toyota Production System
  • Manufacturing...
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Quality Management
  • TS16949
  • 5 Why
  • SPC
  • TQM
  • Poka Yoke
  • Automotive Engineering
  • JIT
  • Vehicles
  • Six Sigma
  • ISO
  • TPM
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University of Tennessee Space Institute

Incomplete M. S., Engineering Management

Activities and Societies: Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

University of Alabama

B.S. I. E., Industrial Engineering

Activities and Societies: Student Chapter of Alabama Society of Professional Engineers President Engineering Executive Council Institute of Industrial Engineers

Pickens Academy

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