George M. Dinicu

George is an FTE Senior Advisor whose career spans over 35 years across manufacturing engineering, operations and program management in the automotive industry. He has extensive training and experience in the deployment of lean manufacturing principles and has been directly involved in several lean transformations with major automotive manufacturers. 

Notable Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Led a team of manufacturing engineers, tooling engineers and electrical engineers responsible for continuous improvement and uptime of the Penta star V6 engines manufacturing at FCA Mack Engine Plant. Improved operations throughput from 75% to 91%  and quality indicators for >95%.
  • Led the launch of 2 new Torque Converter manufacturing systems from project approval, through sourcing of equipment, delivery, installation and production start up / ramp up. Launched  all systems on-time,  with an improved machining operations from the typical  65% to 85% and assembly operations from 85%  to 94% within a 3 months ramp up.
  • Led Manufacturing Engineering efforts on an expedited vehicle drive axles launch program for a major internal automotive OEM (Chrysler Detroit Axle) that met or exceeded all cost and schedule targets. This included managing all facets of product engineering, purchasing, facilities engineering and plant operations in insourcing 3 major components machining lines and 3 major assembly systems to support over 100 direct labor workstations.
  • As Engineering and Maintenance Manager at Stellantis / DACM, George performed program management responsibilities for the launch of the General Assembly Plant, installed workstations supporting systems, established Preventive Maintenance systems, piloted satellite maintenance areas, managed launch open issues and ensured all the required training and documentation completion. 

Prior to consulting, George held various lean manufacturing, program management and engineering positions at Chrysler / FCA / Stellantis over a 30-year period. Before Chrysler, George worked six years for General Motors as a manufacturing engineer, where he learned manufacturing lean principles at NUMMI Assembly Plant.  After establishing a solid base and understanding in lean manufacturing and the Toyota Production System, George became a manufacturing engineering lead for the Chevy Lumina / Monte Carlo Doors Systems launch at Oshawa Assembly Plant.

George holds a Masters of Business Adm. in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University. George has also had training WCM Quality Systems – 7 Step process, served as SME Detroit Area Robotics Chapter Chairman  and has also taken several Product Design for Manufacturability Courses at Stanford University.