Derek Bruce Young

#303-321 Railway Street • Vancouver, BC • V6A 1A4 • 604 299 0106 • •


Educational Background


Sept 1996-

Apr 2001

Simon Fraser University (SFU), Burnaby, BC

Bachelor of Applied Science (Honors) in Engineering Science, Systems Stream

Courses Topics Included: Mechanical and Electrical Design, Robotics, Embedded and Control Systems, Reliability and Materials Engineering, CAD/CAM/CAE, and Sensors and Actuators.




Mechanical Design/Fabrication

• Advanced SolidWorks user.  Experienced with AutoCAD and Pro/Engineer

• Excellent mechanical design skills with a very wide knowledge base of materials and technologies: Cutting edge plastics and metals, industrial hardware/fasteners, DC motors, power/motion transmission and compressed gas systems

• Skilled in mould and vacuum-forming plug design

• Working knowledge of GibbsCAM and ArtCAM

• Well versed in CNC machining processes, fixtures, and capable of designing scaleable production techniques

• Working experience with HAAS and Cincinnati CNC machines.

• Competent sculptor and model maker

• Skilled with manual machine shop and fabricating equipment such as MIG/TIG welding, metal lathes, and vertical mills




And Computing

• Skilled with micro-controllers, control systems, electro-mechanical integration and embedded system design.

• Experienced with PCB design, surface mount technology and soldering/assembly.

• High level of computing proficiency with the ability to quickly learn new software packages.




• Creative problem solver

• Advanced project management skills

• Excellent verbal and written communications skills

• Artistically inclined, good sense of aesthetics

• Rumoured to have a good sense of humour


Employment Experience


June 2003-Present

Contract Prop Builder

Various, Vancouver, BC

Currently building props for the Vancouver film and television industry.  Have worked on many high profile productions (Chronicles of Riddick, I, Robot, Battlestar Galactica, Fantastic 4) and have led large projects through to completion.  Areas of expertise include mechanical design using SolidWorks, modification of existing consumer products through integration of custom parts, and physical realization of designs using CNC machining technology.  Full I.A.T.S.E. local 891 member.  Production list and portfolio available on request. 



June 2002-

June 2003


Project Manager/Mechanical Designer

Prototyping Group

Pathway Design and Manufacturing, Burnaby, BC

Managed and oversaw low volume CNC production of mechanical components for local technology firms.  Duties include mechanical design of components and fixtures, CNC programming, sourcing and purchasing of material stock and tooling, and general project management.



April 2000-

May 2002

Prop Builder: Electronic and Mechanical Group

Milton Design Group, Vancouver, BC

Worked on the design and construction of props for the various television and movie productions done in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia. Worked with PIC micro-controller integration and mechanical design and assembly.  Designed and fabricated parts using SolidWorks and ArtCAM with a CNC router table.

Related Projects


Sept 2003-Present

Ultra-laminated Baltic Birch Furniture

Producing a line of high-end furniture pieces using laminated CNC router cut Baltic Birch plywood.  Developed specialized assembly fixtures for maximizing production efficiency.  Currently selling pieces through boutiques in Canada and the USA.



Jan 1998-

Jan 2003

Battlebots™ Robotic Combat Competitions

Top ranked Canadian competitor.  Created radio controlled fighting robots and competed in seven top-level competitions in the southwest United States.  Won first place in 1999 becoming the youngest Battlebots champion ever.  These robots developed many skills from digital control system development to TIG welding.  Appeared on twelve episodes of the television series based on the competition, as well as many media appearances in Canada and abroad. 



May 2000-

May 2001

Development of a Semi Automatic Transmission System

Undergraduate Thesis Project – Passed with Distinction

Developed a Formula One style control/actuation system that manipulate an automotive five-speed manual transmission based on user inputs.  This project involved actuator system design using pneumatics, mechanical linkage design, automotive system integration, digital/analog electronic system design involving multiple micro-controllers and various sensing elements.



Automobiles and Auto Racing

• Enjoy developing my 1972 Datsun 510

• Compete in Autocross, Rally and Hillclimb Racing Events



Art & Design

• Furniture and Product Design

• Robotic and Kinetic Sculpture




Available On Request