Technology Today

2015 Issue 1

Chad Spalt

Engineering Profiles

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Peter Kampf
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Chad Spalt
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Amanda Rickman
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Jeff Shubrooks
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Aaron Shin
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Laura Vogt
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Craig Armiento
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Chris McCarroll
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Krista Gumiela
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Engineering Profile

Chad Spalt
Operations New Product Introduction (NPI) Manager,
Missile Systems (MS) Manufacturing and Test Engineering Center

With more than 28 years of experience in aerospace manufacturing, Chad Spalt is a senior principal engineer in the manufacturing and test engineering group of the Raytheon MS business. In his role as NPI manager, Spalt works with multiple development programs across all MS factories to ensure products are designed for manufacturability and to meet cost targets. His focus is on applying the NPI process to introduce quality products in a predictable manner, ensuring program and factory success. The ultimate goal is “to get quality products to the customer faster and for less cost.”

Prior to his current assignment, Spalt was corporate Technology Area Director (TAD) for manufacturing with emphasis on additive manufacturing (3D printing). In this position, he promoted the use of advanced manufacturing technologies and he facilitated collaboration across all the Raytheon businesses. Prior to that, Spalt served as operations program manager for the factory modernization project, “Fusion Factory of the Future,” where his team implemented a new multimillion dollar distributed electro-optical test system, structured a new process focused factory value stream, and created an electrooptics product center, co-locating design engineering, operations, quality and supply chain.

In previous assignments, Spalt was Operations lead for the quick-turn, low-cost design and fabrication of the mini-RF space electronics where he led a small, agile operations team to work up front with Engineering to influence design producibility and part selection for ease of assembly and test. He was also Operations lead for the Project Sheriff directed energy weapon system, taking the product from concept to delivery in nine months with an emphasis on using the right part for the application.

“There is a great deal of satisfaction when the team introduces a new product design that keeps Raytheon competitive and the supplier of choice,” Spalt notes.
“Our goal is to influence that product design for manufacturability and enable rapid, cost-effective production. Whether it is designing our products to take full advantage of existing factory capabilities or upgrading our factory processes to enable future product designs, the desired end result is the delivery of quality, cost competitive products to our customers.”

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