- Master of Science in Project Management, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
- Master of Science in Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
As a Product Development Engineer for Greenheck Fan, Thomas was responsible for leading a cross-functional team through the development process for seven new product lines, including a new series of products that became a lean focus factory. Thomas has also had experience as a Procurement Engineer where he worked on a number of projects including global sourcing, cost reductions, capital projects, supplier quality, and commodity strategy. As part of this role, he was a core team member of the Value Engineering program, whose efforts were responsible for multi-million-dollar cost savings every fiscal year.
Over several years, Thomas trained engineers, designers, and change leaders in Design for Excellence, an applied training program. The program covered topics of Creativity and Innovation, Design for Assembly, Design for Manufacturing, Value Engineering, Component Design and Material Selection, Concurrent Engineering and Supplier Integration, and Lean Stage-Gate Product Development processes.
Thomas worked at Clover Industries as a Senior Engineer, leading an engineering team on a Department of Defense R&D project. The team researched, tested, and prototyped numerous ruggedized cylinder designs, control systems, and rod coatings for aggressive marine environments. The research effort resulted in a patent pending rod coating for marine conditions using laser weld overlay of a new Metal Matrix Composite material. The innovative new rod coating provided corrosion resistance, toughness, and wear resistance far exceeding any existing coating material technology.
Thomas has taught courses for the University of Wisconsin-Stout and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.