My Resume

Kenneth E. Carlton

107 Tamiami Tr. ∙ West Lafayette ∙ IN ∙ 47906 ∙ 765-416-3142 ∙ ∙ photos of my work at:


BSME, Mechanical Engineer with expertise in planetary gearing, transmissions, winches, electronic component packaging, rotating equipment, axles. Expert with 3D CAD (SolidWorks) and FEA. Spanish speaker (advanced). Computer programming.

Core Competencies

∙ Mech./Design Engineer
∙ Project Management
∙ SolidWorks/3D CAD
∙ Research
∙ BOM Management
∙ Powertrain design
∙ Rotating machinery
∙ Transmissions
∙ Agriculture machinery
∙ Mining machinery
∙ Railroad machinery
∙ Manufacturing machinery
∙ Gears
∙ Clutches
∙ Brakes
∙ Bearings
∙ Casting design
∙ Weldment design
∙ GD&T

Professional Experience

MTI Welding, Inc., South Bend, IN

Manufacturer of large manufacturing equipment used by the Aerospace and Automotive industries
Mechanical Engineer, 2016

  • Designed a chuck fixture resistant to 90 tons; used on a 30 foot long machine that manufactures parts for the aerospace and automotive industry.
  • Designed a guard system with automatic doors used on same machine providing greater accessibility for machine maintenance and better compactness allowing easier shipping of the machine.
  • Designed a cable track system allowing electrical cables/hydraulic hoses to move alongside and feed moving components.

Oerlikon Fairfield, Lafayette, IN

OEM Manufacturer of transmissions and gear drives for agriculture, oil, and mining industries
Sr. Design Engineer, 1996-2015

  • I traveled to China where I represented Fairfield’s engineering expertise and met with a large group engineers to discuss the introduction of a gear transmission for their company’s railroad maintenance vehicle. This promoted confidence that Fairfield would support them in the future. As a result, Fairfield obtained a new and profitable product line that continues today.
  • When presented with the challenge of designing a more compact, high capacity, planetary gearbox than had been done in the past, I rose to the challenge. The product is now mass produced and soled to companies like John Deere and Hagie.
  • A company in Ireland had a novel idea for the way a ship yard crane could be more easily maneuvered. but they didn’t know how to implement that idea into a design. My company sent me to Ireland to discuss the project with their team. I returned to the U.S. and was able to design a unique, gearbox that incorporated a spur gear differential. It fit their needs perfectly.
  • I did the design proposal for a 6.5 foot tall gearbox for the oil field. As a result, Oerlikon Fairfield was awarded a multimillion dollar contract. Nine of these gearboxes are used to raise an oil drilling rig off the ocean floor in order to stabilize the rig for drilling.
  • My company, Fairfield, designed and developed a new, high capacity multi-disk type clutch that was having field failures in China. A flaw in the design was causing a bearing to overheat. After unsuccessful attempts by others to find a solution, I was asked to help. I found the solution to the problem. Lab tests verified the solution.
  • A very large, 7 foot tall gear reduction box that I designed which is used on a shipping vessel was required to be very reliable. To avoid a failure mode, no lubrication pump was allowed to be incorporated within the gearbox. This presented a dilemma. How could it operate properly without adequate lubrication? Several engineers were asked to try to find a solution. I found that solution: A device that captured a sufficient amount of nearby splashing oil which then channeled that oil to troubled locations.

Prior to 1996

Braden Winch, Tulsa, OK
Borg Warner, Muncie, IN


BSME degree, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, 3.4 GPA.
1 year towards MSME at Lamar.
Winner of Ernest Holdrege Award (an award for excellence at Lamary Univ.)

Strong Points

I enjoy originating new ideas in order to achieve design goals. This has been done to derive new, multi part machines that are cost effective, reliable, and designed for manufacturability. I am very adept at working SolidWorks, FEA, and am even able to write computer programs to solve problems when the need arises. I have the ability to work and cooperated with customers and vendors, and to interact with other departments (manufacturing, marketing, purchasing, sales) within my company.