Samuel L. Watkins

Freelance CAD Freelancer & Drafting Freelancer

Location:Ladson, South Carolina, United States
2 Skills
Highly motivated and creative drafting/designing professional with 20+ years of experience looking for an opportunity that will allow me to apply my creativity, skills, and desire to “make a difference” and the opportunity to continue growing within a progressive manufacturing environment.

Summary of Qualifications

• Ability to conceptualize a concept from start to finish independently as well as within a team.
• Highly creative and intuitive problem solver with the ability to redesign quality issues related to fit and function using AutoCAD (23 years of experience) and Autodesk Inventor (6 years of experience) independently or while working with engineers.
• Strength in organizing, coordinating, and improving efficiencies, and machine set-up with operators.
• Proven self-starter, ability to work independently, or within a team to ultimately achieve success.
• Passion to learn new types of work involving software and equipment. Learn quickly using new software and setting up and operating machines.

Professional Experience

Confidential at this time April 08 – Present
Custom Metal Manufacturing Shop South Carolina

• Drafting, design, print interpretation, quoting, sourcing, nesting, and document control.
• Sheet metal and plate fabrication including generating flat patterns, programming CNC cutting machines, and generating bend layouts for press brake operators.
• Work closely with a team of draftsmen and coordinate daily with manufacturing and quality control.
• Required to meet ISO objectives, policies, and procedures to meet D.O.D. requirements.

Designer/Drafter, Cost Estimator, Machine Operator (promotion to Shop Manager) May 04 –Jan 08 Grayson Blu, LLC Louisville, MS

• Responsible for running different types of sheet metal manufacturing equipment, quality control, drafting and design, cost estimating, and support shop foreman to ensure completion of work orders.
• Continuous improvement of manufacturing, assembly and quality control processes.
• Set up fabrication machines for production and supported assembly production to complete orders for shipment.

Supplier Parts Inspection Technologist Sept. 03 – May 04 Nissan (North America) Canton, MS

• Supported assembly line to resolve quality related issues.
• Responsible to determine quality issues and proper actions to prevent assembly line down time.

Additional Experience

• November 1999 to August 2003 – Sylvester’s Incorporated. Louisville, MS 39339
Position: Draftsman, Designer, and Production Supervisor of Aeration Equipment
• January 1998 to November 1999 – Louisville Tool and Die. Louisville, MS 39339
Position: Draftsman and Tool Designer
• July 1992 to December 1997 Sylvester’s Incorporated. Louisville, MS 3933
Position: Draftsman / Designer and Supervisor.

Education and Training

Associate Of Applied Science (Drafting and Design)
East Central Community College Decatur, MS

Skills USA-V.I.C.A. Participant
First Place in AutoCAD Mechanical Drafting Mississippi 1992


Autodesk Inventor 2010 Associate (00072220) and Professional (00072222) Certifications
(Autodesk University, Las Vegas, NV) Dec. 2009

Autodesk Inventor 2011 Associate (00117210) and Professional (00097394) Certifications
(Autodesk University, Las Vegas, NV) Dec. 2010

AutoCAD 2011 Associate (00117138) and Professional (00116567) Certifications
(Autodesk University, Las Vegas, NV) Dec. 2010


• AutoCAD
• Autodesk Inventor
• SigmaNest
• Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook)
• Windows Operating Systems
• ERP Systems
• Experience in using different of types equipment such as grinders, polishing equipment, shears, press brakes, cut off saws, assembly machines, and turret punches machines.
• Completed forklift training and capable of operating rigging and moving equipment as well as material handling
• Knowledge in press brake forming, machining, pneumatics, sheet metal fabrication, CNC programming, injection molding and mold making, operating machines and general maintenance of machines.
• Ran quality control tests on manufactured products and equipment, including setting up test equipment, collecting test data, and calculating test results.
• Design custom conveyor equipment including plant layout designs, made shop drawings for fabrication, ordered materials, and provided direction and aid of equipment installations at job sites.
• Design custom assembly tooling for production equipment using customer automotive part prints.
• Set up equipment, including positioning, anchoring, and helped prepare and setup machines for initial operation.


Available upon request
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