Design Experience


Joel Kolodziej

Mechanical Engineer with experience in design for manufacturing, and design to support manufacturing processes.

(803) 917-1865


Sensor Array Record hydraulic pressure over time

Utilizing two hydraulic pressure sensors and an arduino shield attached to a raspberry pi, I designed and programmed a sensor array with a mixture of C++ on the arduino and Python on the Pi.  The array would detect a change in hydraulic pressure, record the pressure change over time, determine, the maximum and minimum pressures, and output all of that data to a network location to be analyzed by other industry software.  The sensor array helped verify that a manufacturing press fit operation was producing good parts.

Micro-ITX CaseUltra compact case with room for full sized GPUs ran a design contest for an ultra-compact Micro-ITX form factor computer case.  The design I submitted was ultimately chosen as the winner.  The final design had a displacement of 7.3 liters, and utilized an SFX power supply and GTX 1080 GPU.  Case is made from sheet aluminum, and design was done in Solidworks 2016.

Manufacturing Fixtures and GaugesPlant-wide Designer

Throughout my career at FN America, I designed many hundreds of fixtures, from simple drill jigs to complex hydraulically actuated mill fixtures for horizontal and vertical mills.  I also designed all the plants custom in process and final inspection gauges.


Manufacturing Engineer:

                      Designed workflow for PDM data release and revision.

                      Managed manufacturing BOMs in various ERP systems for a wide range of rapidly changing products.

                      Developed new assembly process sheets and set requirements for numerous new products simultaneously.

                      Maintained several other products assembly processes.

                      Helped implement lean processes.

                      Assisted Quality with shop floor communication and implementation of new procedures and processes

Elesienna LLC, Batesburg SC — Manufacturing Engineer

November 2015 - June 2016

FN America, Columbia, SC — Manufacturing Engineer II

November 2005 - November 2015.


Pro/Engineer and Creo





Design for Manufacturing

Lean Principles

Programming in VBA, C#, and Python

MS Office

Ubuntu Linux Server Administration

MS Windows

PC Repair and Assembly

Small Home/Office Networking


University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC — BSME Mechanical Engineering

August 2000 - May 2004


EIT in the State of South Carolina -Certification #15994