Gabriel Ongpauco

Fast learning Waterloo Mechanical Engineering graduate seeking an entry level engineering position and to apply my skills and experience with 3D CAD, robotics, Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), rapid prototyping, and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Open to relocation and travel.

Centra Industries
Aerospace Manufacturing
Cambridge, ON, Sept. – Dec. 2014

Centra is a leader in manufacturing complex metallic aerostructures. Their customer base includes Bombardier, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Gulfstream, Cessna and many of their major Tier One suppliers.


  • CNC programming+machining
  • 3D CAD+CAM

Major Project – High Precision CNC Automation

  • Reduced scrap by automating new machining process, saving 0.05% of annual revenue.
  • Increased CNC accuracy by implementing machine probing, improving GD&T compliance.
  • Improved operator safety by adjusting CNC programs to break up heavy excess metal.

Employer Feedback

  • Gabriel researched independently and knew when to ask for help. He also recommended next steps.
  • Gabriel picks up technical skills quickly, and should continue developing these skills, and learning new ones.
  • Gabriel is very organized and has learned to report out on progress of his projects and obstacles encountered to all interested parties (colleagues, supervisors) – something he should continue to do.
– Peter Bender, Engineering Team Lead

Favourite Parts

  • Supportive and friendly team members.
  • Working with and learning from other co-op students.
  • Exposure to high-precision manufacturing!

Wearable Electronics
Redwood City, CA, Jan. – Apr. 2014

Athos makes smart workout clothes that monitor your exercise using the same technology in elite performance institutes. Their system tracks muscle effort, target zones, and fatigue, as well as heart rate and breathing via their mobile app.


  • Prototyping+laser cutting
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Electrical circuits
  • Arduino+Python programming
  • Chemistry

Major Project – Hardware Reliability Testing

  • Identified key issues in electrical connectors by designing and performing reliability tests.
  • Enabled same-day plastic part design and fabrication using laser cutters.
  • Saved the need to make costly prototypes by creating FEA simulations for custom parts.
  • Identified suitable materials for hardware enclosures by studying effects of chemical attack.

Favourite Parts

  • Working with a fun and diverse team.
  • The constantly changing conditions and sheer energy in the tech space.
  • Having fun in the Bay Area, of course!

Taymer Industries

Industrial Solutions
Markham, ON, Sept. – Dec. 2012

Taymer has been manufacturing cable marking machines for over 45 years. Other products include wire and cable length measurement and high-speed visual inspection.


  • Machining via hand mills and lathes
  • 3D CAD
  • Electromechanical testing+prototyping

Major Project – Automated Camera Slide

  • Improved accuracy of inspection machine cameras by developing an automated slide.
  • Reduced supervisor’s administrative workload by procuring sheet metal and components.
  • Gained machining experience by making aluminum, brass parts on milling machines, lathes.

Favourite Parts

  • Learning real, practical machining skills from friendly coworkers and supervisors who have decades of experience.

Hobart Canada

Commercial Appliances
Owen Sound, ON, Jan. – Apr. 2012

Hobart is the leading worldwide supplier of equipment, systems and service to the world’s food industry. The Owen Sound plant produces commercial utensil and dishwashers found in restaurant kitchens worldwide.


  • Lab experiments
  • Data analysis
  • Plumbing design
  • 3D CAD

Major Project – Utensil Washer Plumbing Replacement

  • I redesigned the plumbing system on a 7-foot tall utensil washer.
  • This plumbing system was to deliver heated water from a single commonly used heater instead of 2 outdated heaters.

Favourite Parts

  • Working with multiple departments including engineering, manufacturing, and assembly.
  • Strong mentoring from coworkers in all teams.
  • Exploring the town of Owen Sound!

University of Toronto Robotics Association

Mobile Robotics
Toronto, ON, May – Aug. 2012

UTRA is the University of Toronto’s robotics team. They have won numerous awards in several international competitions in categories such as combat robotics and autonomous rovers. Other projects include 3D printing and sumo robots.


  • Mechanical design
  • Electrical circuits
  • 3D CAD
  • Mobile robotics

Major Project – Autonomous Rover

  • Designed and built a belt transmission for a tank-drive rover.
  • Placed 3rd in drag race at the International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition 2011 in Vancouver, BC.
  • Rover was featured in the Discovery Channel TV show Prank Science; team won a $500 reward!

Favourite Parts

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