Polaris MEP Project Manager, Phil Ward, has 35 years of manufacturing experience in the semiconductor industry (including 30 at Intel), with wafer fabrication, assembly and test. He has held staff level positions within Operations, Engineering, Planning and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). He is a recognized, hands on innovative LEAN leader, educator, facilitator and coach with global experience and is a certified Job Instruction Trainer. As the Director of Manufacturing he led a 591,000 Sq. Ft. Assembly/Test facility with > 500 pieces of equipment and 1100 people. As a TPM Manager, he developed an innovative Maintenance Bootcamp that helped improve the average availability of > 400 machines 7% in 9 months at a wafer fabrication facility and lowered the average product cycle time by 25% by reducing the variability of preventative maintenance scheduling at an assembly/test facility. He has demonstrated routine reductions of 30 -70% in equipment maintenance times while improving product quality through machine stability. He also has experience in machine design, process change management, waste elimination, inventory control, structured problem solving, process and value stream mapping, facilitating Kaizen events, 5S workshops and other lean initiatives. Phil has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University Institute of Technology.