2017 Editorial Advisory Board: Gerardo Miranda (Jerry)
The 2017 installment of MoldMaking Technology's EAB features a new crew of 10 industry professionals. Jerry Miranda is one them.
Jerry is the global tooling manager for Oakley sunglasses, overseeing injection tooling for its frame and lens products. This includes communicating, sourcing, tracking and reviewing designs for new tooling and modifications, researching and pursuing innovative processes and solutions, working with multiple product and engineering teams to improve design for manufacturability, performing mold and process troubleshooting and qualification, and managing the yearly tooling budget.
Jerry started his career in manufacturing as a utility and maintenance man back in the mid-1980s, then moved on to machinist and toolmaker roles. He completed five years at Don Bosco Technical Institute, where he majored in manufacturing technology and tool design. He eventually got a job at Marman Industries, where he remained for 21 years. There, he started as a moldmaker and quickly became a project leader, which eventually landed him a senior design engineer/manager position.
His time at Marman equipped him with the experience and knowledge necessary for his move to Oakley. This included communicating engineering activities across departments, reviewing part prints and solids for coherence and DFM, coordinating and leading internal and customer design reviews, fielding any questions on tooling designs, troubleshooting tooling, and supervising and managing all tooling qualifications and trials. Jerry also served as an adjunct engineering and design professor at Mt. San Antonio College for the past six years.
It is easy to tell from his resume that he is self-motivated, willing to set goals and work to achieve them and always eager to learn new processes. His areas of interest and expertise include software, shop floor/process/workflow, education/workforce development, design for manufacturability, troubleshooting plastic injection mold design and build, as well as plastic part and processing issues, managing existing tooling, communicating and sourcing design needs for new tooling and repairs, and creating new or modifying existing parametric 3D CAD and full working drawings using Solidworks, Creo and Pro-E.
Jerry considers his work ethic, effective use of time and resources, and communication and leadership skills his primary strengths. He also always looks for opportunities to work with organizations that will strengthen and diversify his knowledge as well as those around him, which is a perfect fit for his role on MMT’s editorial advisory board.
In his free time, you can find Jerry riding a mountain bike or motorcycle, deep sea and fresh water kayak fishing, hiking, or water or snow skiing.
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