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Randell B. Drane, PE


Mechanical Engineer March 1997 - Present

Drane Engineering, Winchester, MA

Owner of sole proprietorship providing mechanical engineering services. 

  • Developed Visio heat balance application for systems modeling of mechanical systems (heat balances, network flow analysis).

  • Used Pro-E. to develop and release to manufacturing several fatigue testing rigs for local product design company.  Fatigue testing was part of a failure analysis on some product critical drive parts.

  • Designed process steam lines serving papermill near Syracuse, NY.  Work included main steam supply to desuperheating stations and back pressure turbine. Pressure drop calculations, network analysis and pipe stress analysis were performed.

  • Designed automation nest for local semiconductor wafer testing machinery company.

  • Designed tail gas process piping for local test lab processing carbon black.  Performed heat loss, pressure drop and pipe stress calculations.  Helped manage release of print package for construction and PE stamp.

  • Developed heat balance model for cost analysis and design point selection of local co-generation project using gas turbine and heat recovery steam generator to supply heat of evaporation to LNG operation.

  • Compiled cost estimate for boiler replacement at U. Mass. Amherst.  Used Richardson Rapid system to estimate plant and equipment purchase, installation and construction costs.

  •  Updated documentation of “Doser” product for local asthma product company.

  • Developed heat balance model to predict the value of new Fisonic feed water heater system to Astoria Power Station.  For same project also performed pipe layout, pipe stress, costing and supplier quote management.

  • Provided pipe stress and alternate routing design for temporary steam pipes in Atlantic Avenue for The Big Dig.

Mechanical Design Engineer January 1995 - February 1997

Asyst Automation, Inc., Wilmington, MA

Researched, designed and developed new transport system products for clean room automation.

  • Developed specifications, prototypes, tooling and documentation of new clean room transportation system.

  • Tested systems for cleanliness and acceleration values to SemaTech specifications utilizing statistical methods.

  • Responsible for system design and documentation of suspension and interconnection of automated conveyor system used for semiconductor fabrication in Class 1 clean rooms.

  • Assisted in overall layout and design of conveyor control system using centralized PLC and PC networked controllers in addition to localized hardware control.

  • Invented safety washer for clean room ceilings to prevent inadvertent dropping of hangers.

  • Designed and documented sensor mounts including special send/receive “smarttag”.

Design Engineer October 1993 - January 1995

Da’lan, Inc., Shirley, MA

  • Designed, tested, provided user documentation and built small car and light truck trailer hitches.

  • Designed and implemented federal standard test fixture for trailer hitches up to Class III.

  • Developed new production techniques and processes for improved quality and efficiency while working toward reduced lead time and inventory requirements.

Machinist August 1989 - August 1990

R.J. Moran Production Machining, Littleton, MA              

  • Programmed, set up and operated CNC and hand machines for small batch production.


CAD and numerical methods modeling (AutoCAD, Unigraphics, ProEngineer).  DOS, Windows, UNIX, Macintosh, and Main Frame platforms.  Pascal, FORTRAN, 68000 assembly, “G Code”, Visual Basic, MAS90, MANMAN.


Northeastern University, Boston, MA              1993

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering Magna Cum Laude


Northeastern University Solar Powered Electric Car,

  • Designed and built power side of three phase PWM motor controller, 4130 steel space-frame chassis, McPherson Strut type suspension, and aerodynamic front wheels.



Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).  Attended SemaTech course on “Failure Mode Effects Analysis” (FMEA).  Attended Motorola’s corporate quality course “Design for Manufacturability” (DFM).

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