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Richard Blanchette
Professional Problem Solver
Email: [email protected]
Cell: 757-268-9937

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Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Concentration in Mechanical Systems/Design                                                  

Skills and Computer Experience

PLC Programming Experience: Codesys, Omron, Allen Bradley, Parker, Copley, Yaskawa

Experience with Industrial Protocols: EtherCAT, ProfiNET, Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP, IO-Link, Powerlink

Programming Experience: IEC 61131-3, C++, Python, Node-Red (JavaScript), Docker

Modeling Software Experience: Inventor by Autodesk and Solid Works

Hobbies: Arduino, raspberry pi, 3D printing, Home Server builds, Wood Working, Hunting

Certs: Passed my Fundamental of Engineering test as of May 2014

Work Experience

Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Disputanta, VA
June 2020 – Present

Systems Engineer – Intelligent Factory

  • Support ongoing research & development projects from a systems-of-systems design perspective
  • Development of system architectures, communication interfaces, query & API services, stand-alone applications, and data management systems.
  • Develop standards and common practices for implementing an intelligent factory

Hartfiel Automation, Richmond, VA
January 2019 – March 2020

Motion Application Engineer / Controls Specialist

  • Assist sales team in selecting automation solutions based on customer’s specified and refined requirements
  • Develop value-added solutions to solve customer applications
  • Research up-and-coming technologies and be an industry expert and educator

Reason for Transition: Reduction in labor force due to covid-19 pandemic.

Robinson Engineering Inc, Yorktown, VA
June 2018 – January 2019

Electro-Mechanical Motion Application Engineer

  • Develop custom automated solutions per customer’s specified and refined requirements
  • Assist with project proposal development and documentation creation
  • Offer on-site troubleshooting and consultation of customer’s automation machines

Reason for Transition: Long commute and Hartfiel reached out and offered a great local opportunity.

Cross Company Motion Solutions Division, Richmond, VA
August 2014 – June 2018

Electro-Mechanical Motion Application Engineer

  • Assist customer and area Account Managers with sizing of complex motion systems
  • Conducted value-add support on motion systems focused on solution-based selling
  • Provide training and support to customers as it relates to electro-mechanical solutions

Reason for Transition: position moved from Richmond, VA to Charlotte, NC.

Electro-Mechanical Motion Account Manager

  • Responsible for the development of profitable new and existing business to achieve annual gross profit objectives in Central, VA territory. Achieved greater than 100% GP goal for 2015, 2016, and 2017.
  • Identifying, sizing, selecting, and quoting electro-mechanical solutions from the Cross Automation line card to solve applications for customers.
  • Extensive factory and in-house training in electro-mechanical Motion Control, Mechatronics, PLC’s, Collaborative Robotics, Industrial Robotics, and Mobile Robotics.

Reason for Transition: Role change in line with career goals.

The Kennedy Company of Virginia, Chesapeake, VA
December 2013 – July 2014

Project Engineer’s Assistant – Internship

  • Create technical drawings for fabrication that aid in company’s operations
  • Research and order mechanical parts and sensors for all company machinery
  • Survey job sites and aid in the creation of solutions, schedules, safety plans, and bids for company projects