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Resume of Aaron Rhodes 



Experienced in many aspects of Mechanical Engineering: design, research and development roles, working in CAD, in the lab, and in manufacturing environments in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. Has developed and cultivated relationships and collaborations with colleagues, vendors, and customers to help with projects, and developed the ability to understand and utilize core technologies to keep products at the leading edge of technology and customer needs.

A history of success in product and equipment development, design validation, prototyping, and preparation for manufacturing, dedicated to making accuracy, timeliness, and communication top priorities in every project. Has a consistent record of bringing projects through all phases of development and responding to customer needs for customization and troubleshooting.

Work Experience

Mechanical Engineer, Owner

Rivet3D Design LLC

Corvallis, MT

September 2015 to Present

  • Providing engineering services for product design and development.

  • Managing a wide variety of product types from concept to manufacture. 

  • Providing structural and computational fluid dynamic modeling. 

  • Operating 3D printing technologies for development, prototyping, and fabrication.


Mechanical Engineer, R&D

GT Advanced Technologies

Missoula, MT

January 2008 to August 2015

  • Designed industrial-scale chemical process and ancillary equipment for international clients in the polysilicon industry.

  • Managed projects, including managing outsourced work and analyses. 

  • Communicated in the "language of engineering" in multi-cultural, multi-lingual environments. 

  • Performed fabrication oversight, site testing and troubleshooting of prototype equipment. 

  • Used Solidworks-based Computer Aided Design software to perform solid modeling, computational fluid dynamics modeling, heat transfer modeling, electrical simulation, and generate drawings.


Student Researcher

Montana State University

Bozeman, MT

June 2007 to December 2007

  • Set-up and operated research lab equipment focusing on new material development.

  • Performed experimental procedure set-up, operation, and post-processing of data. 

  • Developed Excel VBS and spreadsheets for analyzing and presenting data in a usable format.


Research Assistant

Arcomac Surface Engineering 

Bozeman, MT

February 2007 to December 2007

  • Performed characterization of plasma vapor deposition coatings.

  • Designed and built testing equipment and fixtures using Solidworks CAD. 

  • Acquired data from test runs which was used to direct coating development.


Mechanical Engineering Intern


Bozeman, MT

June 2006 to February 2007

  • Generated parts, assemblies and drawings for a variety of product development projects using Solidworks CAD. 

  • Sourced parts and supplies and built prototypes. 

  • Operated a binder jetting type 3D printer.

Bindery Machine Operator

Colorworld Printers

Bozeman, MT

August 2002 to February 2007

  • Operated, set-up and repaired bindery machinery.

  • Excelled in performing quality control while maximizing production.



Artcraft Printers

Missoula, MT

May 2002 to July 2002

  • Operated, maintained, and set-up multi-color printing presses.

  • Worked with customers and colleagues to attain production goals. 

  • Made quality control decisions and adjusted project operation based on these decisions.


Production Manager, Pressman

Ideas Unlimited Printing 

Missoula, MT

April 2000 to April 2002

  • Responsible for production management, developing tools to aid in work flow, inventory, and maintenance schedules.

  • Operated, set-up and repaired printing presses and bindery equipment.



Allegra Print & Imaging 

Missoula, MT

September 1998 to March 2000

  • Performed management tasks such as organizing production flow, quality control, and supply ordering. 

  • Operated, maintained, and set-up printing presses and bindery equipment. 

  • Trained bindery employees on machinery and quality control methods.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Montana State University Bozeman


  • Product Development

  • CAD Modeling

  • Technical Communication

  • Design Optimization

  • CAD Drafting

  • Technical Research

  • Engineering Analysis

  • Design for Manufacture

  • Troubleshooting

  • Prototyping

  • Managing Fabrication

  • Image Rendering

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