John Duffy - versatile and experienced Engineering Process Technologist with Managerial experience

Training Coordinator / Technical Tutor at Congress Information & Development Centre



Current location


Work category

IT and Technology



A versatile and experienced Engineering/ Process Technologist with 30 years Industrial experience. Widely travelled and have a successful background in Process management, IT systems support, Research and Development and Quality Assurance. Held a variety of positions from Technical Process Manager to Deputy Production Manager, Senior R&D Technologist and QA Technician.

John Duffy's Professional Experience

2012 - Present

Wilker Auto Conversions - Quality & Process Development Engineer

Training - Quality and Processs Development Engineer

Key Skills
Development Engineer Engineer engineering project engineer
2010 - Present

Congress Information & Development Centre - Training Coordinator / Technical Tutor

Coordinating groups in lessons/lectures and workshops. Promoting adult education. Aiding, designing and marketing of courses. Liaising with external course providers and examining bodies. Updating the Training Centres Web site and giving IT problem solving support as required. Organising the distribution of information hand outs and advertising materials. Lecturing and Training in the area of IT subjects (IT skills , digital photography,ECDL core,basic web design) to adult classes including autistic adults.Liaising with external bodies such as Aontas,FETAC,Ideas Institute and ICS Skills.Setting up and carrying out statistical surveys on adult education in the community for Aontas.

Qualified FETAC level 6 Trainer / Instructor
Certified Manual Handling Instructor and Assessor
Certified ECDL Tester by ICS Skills on Automated on line Testing Systems

Key Skills
ECDL FETAC IT support Marketing photography Trainer web design
1999 - 2009

Stonefacings Ltd. - CNC Engineering Process Manager

Stonefacings Ltd is a manufacturer of Stone products –kitchen/vanity/contract, employing at its peak 42 employees. Turnover bracket €5 million annually. I reported directly to the MD and worked closely with all departments.

- Set up and supervised CAD / CAM / digitising / drawing office
- Employed draughtsmen and professional templaters as team members
- Played a key role in sourcing and commissioning state of the art CNC & PLC production machines
- Trained production operators
- Programmed and supervised the daily running of advanced production machining systems
- Optimised machine utilisation achieving machine up times of 80% + and minimised scrap levels
- Developed new products and processes as required ,set up Excel based pricing and quotations system paralell to stock control systems
- Increased finished product volume throughput by ~260% over five years by implementing technology and best practice
- Managed machine databases and was liaison engineer with machine and system suppliers

Key Skills
CAM cnc Databases Diploma Comprehensive Mechanical Engineering engineering EXCEL Heavy Plant and Process comissioning experience IT support troubleshooting Manager Proficient in AutoCAD Proficient in Microsoft Excel
1995 - 1998

Tarkett Ireland Ltd. - Process Methods Technologist / Deputy Production Manager

Tarkett Irl. Ltd. manufactured PVC sheet vinyl (lino) for export to the domestic and contract markets worldwide. They employed 320 personnel at full strength producing 15 million M² of product with a turnover of ~ €190 million annually. I reported directly to the Technical Operations Manager

- Supervised and managed three Production lines and two blending areas as required (22 operators)
- Interpreted and implemented daily production schedules for processing ~ 30,000 M² per shift
- Produced detailed yield, material usage and shift reports for senior Management
- Documented and reviewed operational procedures in accordance with ISO quality requirements
- Presented performance figures and facilitated meetings with shift crews on quality issues and solutions
- Promoted World Class Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement ethos throughout the plant
- Monitored and optimised material usages and plant performance
- Increased volume throughput on finishing line by ~ 120% using engineering modifications

Key Skills
engineering Management Manager Operations Manager Reports Senior Management Technical
1985 - 1994

Tarkett Ireland Ltd. - Research & Development Technologist

Reported directly to the Technical Manager

- Played a key role in procurement and commissioning of Pilot plant and lab equipment for R&D labs
- Played a key role in setting up a Research and Development department
- Evaluated and validated new and alternative raw materials
- Developed and Project managed Pilot and Plant Trials of new products
- Supervised and allotted research work to third level college students seasonally
- Played a key role in PVC formulation developments
- Held responsibility for balancing and optimizing oven curing and pollution control systems plant wide
- Held responsibility for dynamic tuning of computer process control systems on all production lines
- Developed recycling technology for PVC and fibreglass

Key Skills
development Manager PILOT Technical Technical Manager

John Duffy's Education and Qualifications


Diploma - Comprehensive Mechanical Engineering

ICS Glasgow


second level/high school education -

St. Marys CBS Mullingar

John Duffy's Additional Information



Flightsimulation: Home Cockpit building with full avionics and digital projection of flightsimulation in high definition

Orienteering in the Reserve Defence Forces at Brigade and All Army competition level

Digital Photography and dark room processing

Computer technology and IT support


Diploma in Comprehensive Mechanical Engineering

FETAC level 6 certified Trainer / Instructor

CMSE Certified Manual Handling Instructor and Assessor

Adobe certified in Dreamweaver CS4 Web design and maintenance

Passed the Aer Lingus Trainee Pilot entrance exam.
Have 7500 hours flying time on home built cockpits mixed type and have successfully flown Simtechs 737 x FBD jet in Dublin.
I am the author of many articles and reviews in both domestic and international flight simulation magazines .

I am the author of many articles and reviews in both domestic and international flight simulation magazines .

Certified by Measurex UK in advanced control software tuning (DDC machine control)

State commission in the Reserve Defence Forces current rank Captain in HQ 54 Reserve Artillery Regiment appointment in Logisticss.

John Duffy's Recommendations

2nd June 2011

Sinead Hanley said

as you wish Sinead : thanks so much