Danny Gallant
Engineering Technologist 3/Senior Mechanical Designer
Journeyman Precision Prototype Machinist
Tool and Die Maker
SME Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT)


I am a senior-level engineering technologist and mechanical designer with the unique background of also being a certified journeyman precision prototype machinist and tool and die maker. I have earned a reputation for being an “idea man” with a demonstrated track record of providing innovative, practical, and successful solutions applied to a wide variety of complex design challenges.


I have 30 years experience as a skilled technician including 26 years (22 years as a mechanical designer) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). At LANL the scope of my work encompasses the duties of a design engineer including responsibility for key design concepts and decisions that have a direct impact on project outcomes. I interact with customers, conduct design reviews, collaborate with team members across diverse disciplines, interface closely with machine shops for part fabrication, specify and procure components, and work in the lab/shop to assemble, test, and qualify designed systems.


For the last 14 years I have also worked as a design consultant outside of LANL through my company Gallant Innovations, LLC. Projects have included providing mechanical design and drafting services for complex linear particle accelerator systems and associated high-power RF systems. More information on these projects and a portfolio of my work can be found at www.gallantinnovations.com.

Professional Experience


08/87 to present

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
TA-55 Plutonium Facility
Engineering Technologist 3/Senior Mechanical Designer

·  Graduate (1990) of the LANL Machinist Apprenticeship Program; Nationally Certified Journeyman Precision Prototype Machinist. First four years at LANL as a skilled Machinist fabricating highly precise components for numerous R&D projects.

·  Progressed to a career as a mechanical designer. Primary areas of design include robotic and automated systems, custom high-precision machinery, ultra-precision metrology machines, and special tools, jigs, and fixtures. All of these projects involve processing and handling of nuclear materials and components in a glove box environment.

·  Currently an Engineering Technologist 3/Senior Mechanical Designer. Duties include; serving as project leader, interacting with customers and potential customers, design conceptualization and development, creating presentations, conducting design reviews, drafting/detailing of engineering drawings, vendor/fabrication liaison, machining, machine assembly, calibration, qualification, installation, procedural documentation, directing the work of team members, providing technical expertise and advice on fabrication and design issues for team members, mentoring less experienced designers and engineers, and serving as the SolidWorks CAD administrator.

·  Selected, purchased, and set up a product data management (PDM) system for centralized storage/control of project CAD documents, developed a custom user interface for management of drawing title block data, established standard working procedures, developed templates and drawing formats, set-up and trained new users, and provided technical support.


01/99 to present

Gallant Innovations, LLC, Santa Fe, NM
Owner, Consulting Business

·  Mechanical design consulting services and invention development.

·  Provide mechanical design and drafting services on an off-site consulting basis primarily in the field of linear particle accelerators and high-power RF systems. Examples can be viewed at client web sites: www.linac.com and www.jpaw.com.

·  Initiated the use of internet tools such as GoToMeeting for conducting on-line design review meetings with clients from anywhere in the world. This reduces or eliminates costs associated with design meetings while the enhanced convenience increases the frequency of meetings.

·  Own shop with CNC mill and complete set of woodworking equipment.


01/86 to 07/87

Nelic Engineering, Albuquerque, NM
Tool and Die Maker

Largest tool and die contractor in New Mexico. Some clients were defense contractors, G.E. Aircraft Engines Div., surgical equipment companies, and a bus manufacturing company. Work included machining, heat treating, form and surface grinding, die assembling, die problem solving, die repair, fixture manufacturing, and prototype work.


09/84 to 01/86

Thompson Machine, Albuquerque, NM
Tool and Die Maker

Primary clients were Sandia National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the jewelry manufacturing industry. Involved in all aspects of tool and die making including: quoting, die design and research, machining, heat treating, grinding, die try-out, die problem solving, inspection, and prototype work.


01/83 to 09/84

Power Industries, Albuquerque, NM

Set-up short production runs on milling machines, lathes, and screw machines. Made specialty items, fixtures and prototypes.


06/80 to 06/82

Gallant Enterprises, Albuquerque, NM

Performed contract jewelry manufacturing work.

Education and Training


University of New Mexico

63 credit hours completed towards a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering

3.98/4.0 GPA


Nationally certified journeyman precision prototype machinist.

Four year prototype machinist apprenticeship program at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Graduated in two and one half years (the fastest in the program’s history) due to credit given for previous experience and excellent performance evaluations.

Trade School

Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute Machine Trades Program. 4.0/4.0 GPA.

Professional Certification

Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT) with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

Training and Skills

  • Basic and Advanced courses in Solidworks and Pro/ENGINEER.
  • Currently fourteen years experience using Solidworks and previously eight years using Pro/ENGINEER for the design of complex and precise large assemblies.
  • Extensive experience with Solidworks 3D Solid Modeling.
  • Basic and Advanced courses in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.
  • Proficient with office software products, such as: Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Proficient with using computer graphics equipment for creation of web pages, Power Point presentations, and posters.
  • Proficient with SolidWorks animation.
  • Web site authoring.
  • Qualified to operate all machine shop equipment.





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