Senior Supervising Engineer

Philip John Knowles

Summary of Qualifications:

  • ·        18+ years of experience as a Quality Manager in the Aerospace/Defense industries
  • ·        35+ years Technical Manager across 12 customers’ and 10 companies (See Cover Letter)
  • §  Conducted 3 Kaizen events for ULA; reduced process steps and maximized productivity.
  • §  Introduced ULA to 6S Value Stream Mapping for mature quality teams and saved $20M
  • §  Trained 8 IPTs: AS9100/NADCAP, saved $, removed MUDA, Established ownership.  

Professional Experience:                                                                                                                  Orbital Sciences Corporation WA-DC (AS9100 only)                               Sept 2013 - Dec 2013

Sr Aerospace Manager

  • ·        Provided/Reviewed Cryo Propulsion Design/Test/Manf/Engr. for the Strato Cruiser Pgm 
  • ·        Saved Program costs, reduced schedule times and improved Propulsion Performance.
  • ·        Conducted Value Stream Mapping mentoring for newly formed Quality Assurance Staff

CDS2/Ketema - Elizabeth City/NC & El Cajon, CA                                 Jan 2011 - Aug 2013      Aerospace Quality Manager, and on-call Corrosion and Valve Consultant

  • ·        Provided Quality  Control and corrosion mitigation expertise for staff & the USCG fleet Provided ULA customer support and consultations for Ketema aerospace valve products
  • ·        Managed customer on-site meetings/testing and Acceptance & Qualification Test Reports
  • ·        Provided Vibration Test Qualifications with customer presence(USAF/NASA/Suppliers)  

Analex/United Launch Alliance (AS9100& NADCAP) Denver CO         Feb 2002 - Dec 2010

Quality-Mission Assurance Manager;    Mission Assurance Team (USAF/NASA)

  • ·        Developed NROL Certifications for Launch (Obtained Program Concurrence from 100% of suppliers/customers thru Program Management Meetings)
  • ·        Atlas V/Delta IV; Trained and conducted DMAIC (6 sigma) for 3 Analex IPTs & ULA.
  • ·        Completed 3 yr. for IPT/ streamlined activity to definable goals with charters and metrics; built excellent team Reporte for NASA,USAF and Analex customers
  • ·        Provided USAF certs for: Prop/Ord/Str./Composites/LSS/ Mech. Parts(Valves/Pumps/ Engines/Thrusters/Heat Exchangers/Thermal Controls/ Compressors/ Filters/Sensors)                                   


Boeing Aerospace Corporation, USA/USSR/Europe (AS9100& NADCAP)   Jan 1975 – Feb 2001  

 Sea Launch Quality Assurance Manager(QAM) Moscow/Scotland /Long Beach CA/Seattle, WA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

  • ·        Dev ISSP Plans: Quality Assurance/Rel/Maint/Safety 6 Launches to ISSP           (to 2001)
  • ·        ISSP QAM - Facilitated International Customer meetings           Moscow, USSR (to 1996)
  • ·        Risk Mgr.(AFX, ISSP ALS ) Mitigated Tech. Risk for Navy and NASA     Seattle, WA (to1993)
  • ·        Risk Manager 12 IPTs/3 R&D Pgms (150 staff) & GBFEL Cryo System     Seattle, WA (to 1989)



Developed Supplier CERTS in ISO-9000/9001(AS9100-USA) & NADCAP for ASQ compliance

Completed both Boeing and Villanova University PMP Certifications.1978

Completed Boeing certifications for 6 Sigma and Lean Manufacturing 1987

Passed ASQ Certification for 6 Sigma Black Belt (No. 4403) 4/2004

Passed ASQ Certifications for Quality Auditor (4/2004) and 6 Sigma Master Black Belt (2008)


University of Washington, Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering

San Diego State, Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering 1968

Rice University/Pacific Western University Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering 1978


Publications: Patents (5), Tech papers (22) + 100s of technical Reports 

  • ID#: 80872
  • Location: Mesa, AZ , 85204

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