Manufacturing & Engineering Process Development
Bell Helicopter / Textron
Fort Worth, Texas
Paul Oldroyd is a Technical Fellow for Manufacturing and Engineering Process Development at Bell Helicopter. He is responsible for competitive analysis, next-generation manufacturing strategy, and roadmapping. His responsibilities also include providing Bell and other Textron business units with intelligence regarding current state-of-the-art and future state process knowledge for fabrication, automation, and assembly & integration technologies.
During his 30 year career in aerospace, he has distinguished himself as expert in many areas of technology development and maturation, transition-to-production, and management in both engineering and operations – particularly in the areas of advanced composites and automation. In a previous role, he was on the plenary team that conceived, developed, and established the Composites Center of Excellence at Bell, and the Bell Xworx Development Center. Subsequently, he managed production composite rotor manufacturing at Bell. Paul was instrumental in defining the manufacturing processes for many of the primary composite components in the V-22 wing and rotor system as well as technologies for other platforms.
Paul has served on numerous advisory boards and councils for industry/government working groups, professional societies, on international consortia, and within the Textron enterprise,. He is on the executive steering committee for the SCRA-TCC. He holds patents and patents pending for many process and product inventions. He is a two-time recipient of the Textron Chairman’s Award for Innovation. He has been awarded the Donald C Burnham Manufacturing Management international award from SME. He is also a recipient of the Robert L. Pinkney award for Excellence in Manufacturing Innovation from the American Helicopter Society (AHS).
Paul received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham young University in 1984 before joining Bell Helicopter.