simpleQuE Consulting Team Member

Jim Prasch

Consultant

Jim Prasch is a simpleQuE consultant with over 30 years of experience in quality, manufacturing, research and development.  His areas of proficiency include: quality management, regulation compliance, production, testing, performance evaluation and training. Jim also performed third party assessments for an accredited registrar.

Work Experience

For more than 16 years, Jim has provided consulting support to various companies in implementing and maintaining quality management systems certifications through his own consulting company.  He is a certified lead auditor for ISO/TS 16949:2009, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 standards. Over the last 20 years Jim has performed more than 4,000 3rd party audit days for Smithers Quality Assessments in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

While Operations Manager at Smithers he also directed all assessment related operations and developed various measurable and management tools used to improve the operation and comply with accreditation body requirements.

Additionally Jim developed training programs for ISO/TS16949 lead auditor classes and facilitated training sessions for employees of supplier companies.

Automotive

Although Jim began his career in the marine industry as Product Manager and Plant Manager at S2 Yachts, Pursuit Division, and then as Project Manager at Mercury Powerboat, his focus began to shift when he joined Smithers Scientific-Services. At the Marine Research and Testing Laboratories he directed all research, development and product testing for automotive and marine clients.  He designed and implemented a variety of testing programs, primarily:

  • Fuel cell durability test programs developed for the Dept. of the Navy, US Marine Corp.
  • Automotive power plants in marine applications.
  • Hot weather fleet durability testing of automotive components and assemblies including tires, suspension and air-conditioning systems.

Jim also assisted in evaluating and implementing test programs at the cold weather automotive testing site, Smithers’ Winter Test Station. These test series include:

  • Anti-lock braking systems
  • Snow intrusion testing in medium duty trucks
  • Traction test programs

Certificates and Training

  • ISO/TS 16949:2009, ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 140012015 Certified Lead Auditor

Education

Jim earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Oceanographic Technology from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.  He served as Department Head – Marine Propulsion Sciences at FIT’s School of Marine and Environmental Technology.