David Newill

David Newill

Aerospace Consultant


Newill Research Group,LLC

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Military pilot.
General Motors Construction division building new automotive plants.
GM Powerhouse supervisor, production shift supervisor. Had a mentor - tough boss - who knew I needed Detroit time to understand the bigger company.
Detroit - Long Range Planning for production plants - got to be a "bag man" for GM VP - traveled to 22 plants to evaluate them for future use - or sale!
New Mentor said - only stay in Detroit 3 years - then move on. Went to Indianapolis - Allison Gas Turbine - Used What color is my parachute" book technique to get what I wanted.
Worked as many different departments as I could - Manufacturing, Engineering, Production Manager, Program Manager, Future Planning task force, Marketing, Strategy, and Finance.
Tried to learn nearly every program we produced, background, who were the experts, what succeeded and what did not.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Mechanical Engineering
United States Air Force Academy
graduate
Graduate
Systems Engineering
University of Southern California
certification
Certification/License
Planner
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Career

Career

Aerospace Consultant

Evaluate companies for their manufacturing capability, advise on changes in processes, market forecasting, & marketing.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Engineering
Engineering
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Was an Aerospace Executive with Rolls-Royce, Allison, General Motors before that. Now, focused on what I find most interesting for the future, provide experience to Aerospace companies that are Tier III suppliers to larger firms. Write editorials and papers for my clients and industry. Travel to companies, walk their shop floors, ask a set of standard questions, assess their position - look for best practices and weak spots - document same with recommendations for their future.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Uniquely being in the Military for six years had me working on projects well beyond my peers at an early age. Learning as a young officer to trust your enlisted men - especially the senior ones - to get the job done was key. Also learned to listen to as many positions as practical before making a decision.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Really understand your target company. How do they make money? It is not always what you think. Read "What Color is your Parachute!"

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Mechanical Engineering
graduate
Graduate
Systems Engineering
certification
Certification/License
Planner
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

"Never any real discouragement - but some really tough bosses at times. "