James Keough
James J. Keough, Jr.
Manager
Vehicle Engineering
  • Phoenix

Mr. Keough specializes in the design, development, analysis, and testing of specialty vehicles such as recreational vehicles (including Class A, Class B, Class C, fifth wheels, travel trailers and truck campers), as well as ambulances, terminal trucks, and street sweepers. He has 27 years of experience in specialty vehicle engineering design, development, sustaining engineering, and quality support for low volume production, including 17 years of engineering management. He has led the development of RV chassis and terminal truck design from the ground up, with an emphasis on weight distribution, structural analysis, compliance, and testing. He implemented finite element analysis and accelerated durability testing at 5 manufacturers of specialty vehicles. He has experience with the development of slide out systems, including cable, hydraulic, and gear-driven systems including full body slides. He also has experience in FMVSS compliance and testing for specialty vehicle applications.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1989
  • Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Traffic Crash Reconstruction for the Forensic Engineer 2015

Publications

Keough J. A wider margin of safety. Mechanical Engineering 1995; p. 71.

Keough J. FEA design process. Computer Graphics World 1994; p. S20.

Keough J. Algor software helps coachmen industries make significant cost reductions – slideout bracket. Algor Design World 1994; p. 1.

Prior Experience

Director of Engineering, Capacity Trucks, 2012–2015

Chassis Development Leader, Thor Motor Coach, 2012

Engineering Manager, Norco Industries, 2010–2012

Engineering Manager, Navistar – Monaco, 2009–2010

Senior Director of Engineering – Monaco, 2003–2009

Engineering Manager, McCoy Miller, 2001–2003

Senior Engineer to Director of Engineering, Coachmen Industries 1989–2001 

Professional Affiliations

Purdue University Technical Assistance Program Advisory Council, 2000–2003

Member, Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), 1994–2001

  • Plumbing Technical Subcommittee
  • Fire and Life Safety Technical Subcommittee

Member, Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), 2016–Present

  • Plumbing Technical Subcommittee
  • Fire and Life Safety Technical Subcommittee
  • Vehicular Components Subcommittee

President, St. Joseph Valley Chapter of Indiana Society of Professional Engineers, 1992–1994

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1989
  • Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Traffic Crash Reconstruction for the Forensic Engineer 2015