Dave O'Connell

David O’Connell

Manufacturing Specialist & OE Team Leader - Idaho State University College of Business - Pocatello

Idaho State University
921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, ID 83209-8020
Phone: 208-282-3928
Cell Phone: 208-589-5567
ocondavi@isu.edu

 

David O’Connell is TechHelp’s Manufacturing Specialist in Eastern Idaho at the Idaho State University College of Business in Pocatello.

Dave O’Connell Fun Fact: Dave is passionate about his horses and Border Collies. He is a working cowboy in his spare time. On any given weekend, you will find him riding and working his dogs on cattle and sheep ranches in Southeast Idaho and Wyoming.

Dave was introduced to advanced manufacturing practices early in his career at General Electric (GE). That initial exposure instilled a passion for process improvement that still burns in him today. He is eager to put his experience to use helping Idaho companies improve their processes so they can be more competitive.

Dave attended a Deming Four Day Seminar while working for GE where he learned Statistical Process Control and Continuous Improvement. He has applied these skills in every position that he has held since then. He has continued to increase his skills and knowledge in these areas by getting his Green Belt Certification while working at Heinz and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification while working at TechHelp.

Dave developed an interest in and received advanced training in Training Within Industry (TWI); a WWII vintage approach to worker training that was so good and so effective that it is being revived. TWI is a simple, yet effective, method for training employees, dealing with people problems, and effectively using resources in the workplace.

Dave’s career included several assignments with GE’s Aircraft Engine division as well as positions with RE/MAX International and Heinz in Pocatello where he was warehouse and production supervisor. At each stop along the way, he was able to save company time and money by introducing efficient practices to the workplace. The opportunity to improve the competitiveness of Idaho manufacturers and processors by sharing his knowledge and experience drew Dave to TechHelp.

Dave received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. He completed courses in Financial Management and Advanced Financial Management at General Electric.

Expertise

Lean Six Sigma
Operational Excellence
Executive Coaching
Training Within Industry
Materials Management
Distribution and Logistics

Activities

Lean Six Sigma training and implementation
Leadership development

Education

BS Business, Mesa State College
GE Financial Mgmt. & Advanced Financial Mgmt. Courses
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

Dave’s Blog Posts

New Tool Helps Companies Find Financing for Energy-Saving Measures

New Tool Helps Companies Find Financing for Energy-Saving Measures According to Manufacturing Specialist, Dave O’Connell, of TechHelp and Idaho State University, the two biggest objections to moving forward with an energy efficiency project are the upfront costs and simple payback periods that don’t meet an organization’s objectives. As the leader of TechHelp’s Operational Excellence Team, […]

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