Maki - Illustrator - Utica, MI, USA

Leneda Maki

Utica, MI, USA




Detailed line drawings of parts from photos, blueprints, sketches and other available information. Highly skilled at mechanical exploded parts drawings and patent drawings.

Work History

BAE Systems "Great Place to Work"

From July 2009

At BAE Systems for 5 years, assigned to assigned to the TACOM Operations Department, Land & Electronic Systems, Support Solutions (S2) sector. I play a vital role on the Technical Publications team. Provide support while contributing to the culture of the Warren office with event organization, and new ideas for making BAE Systems a better place to work. I have supported many projects, including the CBPS, M4K and M10A Forklifts, M58 Smoke Generator, TWPS and M870 Trailers under the TLM contract. In this capacity, I do an excellent job of providing high quality illustrations and providing support to the technical writing and provisioning teams. I have been developing MIL-STD illustrations for several years understands customer expectations, and have expertise in using the software tools.
My contributions to BAE Systems "Great Place to Work" initiative have been very tangible. I coordinate and organizes nearly every event, often creating fun posters and sign in sheets. I try to contribute to the relaxed environment that has been mentioned by so many employees throughout the years. My efforts in this area appear to be appreciated by all.

DRS Technologies

January 2006 - May 2009

Here, I illustrated NMRW and RPSTL manuals in AI CS4 and InDesign. I was familiar with all CS4 applications in relationship to projects. I adhered to Military Standards of publishing and requirements, created vector drawings from photographs, existing raster and vector art CAD data, paper sketches and verbal instructions. Used Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS2 and 4 extensively. Also created presentation displays for open house and visiting parent company executives.


Barnes and Reinecke Inc

March 2002 - March 2003

Troy Michigan, March 2002-March 2003 and July 1993- September 1994
Twice worked for BRI doing similar work as with DRS and BAE. I brought experience from previous employment with UniGraphics CAD from MSX/GM.

Outsource layout artist

MSX International

Auburn Hills MI 1994-1999
With MSX, I outsourced manual illustration on sight at GM Truck and Bus PAD group, prototype concept art and current production manuals. I was the sole illustrator from builds in mock-up areas and layouts to create orthographic and isometric views as well as some unconventional views for accurate visualization in assembly manual drawings. I was thoroughly trained in UniGraphics V16, used extensively for exploded parts views from math data. I worked directly with designers and engineers to create accurate illustrations. Also completed programs for Processor Development, assembly and PAD, DCS and Drafting.
Pioneer Engineering, Madison Heights, MI July 1993 - October 1993
Outsource layout artist for Ford Motor Company for orthographic drawings from prints and layouts with designers and engineer concepts to develop installation for parts in light truck and luxury models, mostly heating and cooling systems.
Examined part drawings available for use in completing illustrations from prints and drawings with designer and engineer conceptual sketches.

Head of illustration department

Utica Products Inc

February 1991 - July 1993

Position required the ability to read and see blueprints in 3-D to create isometric and orthographic illustrations in pen and ink on Mylar.
Assisted designers and the inventor of an innovative form and pierce units for body preparation assembly (Purchased by Daimler-Chrysler), Aided in the development of electrical car assembly line conceptual art as it pertained to Utica Products.
Illustrated directly from visual observation of completed assembly line tools and robots for presentation packages.
Organized print parts and kept files of all illustration and part drawings used in assembly and repair manuals for the from and pierce products unique to Utica Products Inc.

Security Clearance:
Government security clearance; Industry (contractor), medium. Expires 2019.

Qualifications & Certifications


Wayne State University

Fine Arts/Photography

Wayne State University

Commercial Art

Macomb County Community College

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