Robert W. Scheltema

Scheltema at yahoo dot com



Advanced degreed engineer with 22 years experience specializing in project management, quality assurance and reliability & maintainability analysis.  Qualified ISO-9001 and ISO-14001 (EMS) auditor and trainer.  Expertise with 8D, 7 Step, 5 Why, Corrective and Preventive Action, Nonconformance Analysis, Lean, Kaizen, Six Sigma, FMEAs, FTA, DOE, Green Belt and Black Belt disciplines.




KUKA Flexible Production Systems Corporation                                     June 1997 to Present

Sterling Heights, MI

Reliability &Maintainability (R&M) Engineer / Acting Quality Manager

(KUKA Flexible Production Systems is a leading worldwide supplier of assembly and welding systems and other related machinery, servicing the automobile, truck and manufacturing industry with facilities in Sterling Hts, MI, Clinton Township, MI, and Toluca, Mexico.  www.kukausa.com).

Reports to Director of Quality.  Acts as Quality Manager for Sterling Heights facility.  Manages the Quality System and Environmental Management System (EMS) programs for 3 facilities and 350 employees.  Spearheads company-wide improvement initiatives involving Project Management, Engineering, Purchasing and Manufacturing.  Coordinates downtime analysis of all installed automation, welding and pressroom systems.   Conducts mathematical analysis of all company and tooling system measurables. Facilitates Failure Mode & Effects Analyses (FMEAs) and performs Life Cycle Cost (LCC) analysis.  Writes and conducts in-house R&M and Quality System training.  Leads ISO-9001 and ISO-14001 internal audits. 


United States Air Force                                                                             June 1992 – June 1997

Ramstein Air Base, Germany

Chief, Engineering Liaison Office

Validating authority for compatibility between US special weapons and the German/Italian PA-200 (Tornado) and the Dutch/Belgium F-16.  Plans, executes and evaluates NATO flight and separations tests.  Coordinates operations of five European Air Forces.


United States Air Force                                                                             June 1988 – June 1992

McConnell Air Force Base, KS

Chief, Engineering Branch

Responsible for the management of programs, field testing new components and materials for use in the B-1B bomber and KC-135R tanker fleets, and for the coordination of these programs with responsible headquarters or agencies.


United States Air Force                                                                             July 1987 – June 1988

Kirtland Air Force Base, NM

Aeronautical Engineer

Test weapons support manager for numerous special weapons systems field tests and aircraft/weapon certification efforts.  Aeronautical support engineer for all special weapon capable aircraft systems.


United States Air Force                                                                             April 1984 – July 1987

Kirtland Air Force Base, NM

Laser Optical Systems Engineer

Responsible for theoretical calculations, optics research, and instrumentation to support the Rocketdyne Air Force Chemical Laser in support of Strategic Defense Initiative and US Army high intensity laser effects and vulnerability test programs.




Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - 1995

Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan – 1983

Lead Auditor Training, ISO-9001:2000, ISO-14001:2004

R&M Training (Ford, DaimlerChrysler, GM)




Hardware:                   IBM PCs and compatibles

Operating Systems:     Microsoft Windows (all versions)

Software:                    Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook)

                                    MicroShop, MS Project, Visio, AutoCAD, MS Front Page




Honorable Discharge, United States Air Force, 1996 (Separated as O-3 with 13 years of service)

Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, second Edition, 1994/1995




American Society for Quality (ASQ)

Society for Automotive Engineering (SAE)

American Institute for Aeronautical and Astronautics (AIAA), Senior Member


Military Awards / Decorations:


USAF Meritorious Service Medal with one device

USAF Commendation Medal

USAF Outstanding Unit Award

USAF Organizational Excellence Award

National Defense Service Medal

USAF Overseas Long Tour Ribbon

USAF Longevity Service Award Ribbon with two devices

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

USAF Training Ribbon