Our Team

 Our Crean & Associates team is comprised of nearly 200 highly-experienced and dedicated engineers, managers, and scientists each typically with 20+ years of hands-on experience before joining C&A.  Our client support teams are typically small, quick, & highly effective.  They are commited to applying their career lessons to creating success for your projects and business.

Crean & Associates is a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) for government contracting purposes.  We add depth, experience, and skills that help you win and deliver on your government projects.  We are a true value-added partner.

Operations Team

C&A Operations Improvement team coupled with our methods & technologies deliver rapid transformations that improve lead times, reduce cost, and improve quality.  Our success stories are significant - cycle time reductions of over 80%, doubling capacity while eliminating overtime, improving operating margins by double digits. We can do a rapid assessment for you and develop an improvement roadmap.

Operations Expertise

Our operations team includes highly experienced operations executives, project planners, production managers, and highly skilled technicians & operators.


  • Operating efficiency & margin improvements
  • Capacity analysis, modelling, and expansion
  • Industrial engineering analysts
  • Lean Six Sigma Gen4 Specialists
  • Table Top Production Simulations
  • Lean Product, Production, Preparation (3P) and dozens of other customized methods & tools
  • New Operations Design
  • Operations expansion or M&A integration planning
  • Lead time & cost reductions
  • Kaizens to implement new methods, improve quality, reduce cycle time or reduce cost
  • Six Sigma quality improvement methods
  • Quality systems & certification preparation
  • Factory automation & information systems
  • Real-time locating systems
  • Industrial Internet of Things implementations
  • Factory management & priority systems
  • Integrated Critical Path Scheduling systems
  • Critical Chain Project Management methods
  • MRP / ERP / MES implementation preparation
  • Operations experience in US, Europe, and Asia
  • Hands-on Technicians for short-term support

Hands-on  Help

C&A uses decades of experience & hundreds of hands-on implementations to deliver the best available approaches to operations.


We use physical simulation and hands-on training methods to aid in managing the challenges of change.



Program & Supplier Management

Our international program & supplier managers each have at least 25 years of aerospace experience successfully delivering complex systems, some in excess of $1B.  Our Project Engineering Managers and our supplier managers each have decades of experience managing projects and vendor contracts, cost, schedule, and performance.  We use  proprietary methods to ensure peak supplier performance or to turn around challenging projects.

Experienced Managers

Technically Trained Leaders

Managing challenging projects to a successful conclusion begins with managers that are comfortable with the complexities they face.  Before holding the leadership positions they achieved in their careers, they grew their technical backgrounds in their respective areas of expertise. Experienced managers see around corners, avoid pitfalls and have learned from the successes and challenges from the past.  Our management team brings broad skills to support you:

  • Strategic Management
  • Worldwide Management Experience
  • Organizational Structures
  • Mergers & Acquistitions Planning & Support
  • Program Managers $100M to $1B+ projects
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Supplier Program Managers
  • Proposals / Business Development
  • Process-based Management Systems
  • Risk, Cost, Schedule, & Performance Management


Subject Matter Expertise

Space Systems, Launch Systems, and Aviation Subject Matter Experts (SME) are a phone call away.  Let us support you in delivering systems engineering reports and reviews, designing and analyzing complex new systems, mentoring developing engineers, or filling gaps in your technical team.  Every one of our SMEs has over 20 years of specialized technical experience, are easy to work with and will aid in your success.  Quick answers, periodic support, or extended engagement with your team, we give you the flexibility to meet your needs either onsite or offsite.  Cleared specialists also available.

Space, Launch & Aviation Experts

We have specialists from both manned and unmanned space & launch systems development.

  • Constellation / End-to-End System Architectures
  • Simulations & Communications Link Budgets
  • Optical, Comm, Nav, Radar, & Imaging Payloads
  • Antenna RF & Mechanical Systems
  • Space & Ground Phased Arrays
  • RF & Digital Payload Systems & Components
  • Mechanical Systems & Deployments
  • Power / Batttery Systems & Components
  • Attitude Control, Ranging, Navigation & Timing
  • Telemetry & Command RF & Digital
  • Propulsion - Chemical, Green, & Electric
  • Electro-Magnetic Compatibility & Interference
  • Reliability, Maintainability, & Survivability
  • Structural Dynamics & Stress Analysis
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Parts, Materials, & Processes
  • International Space Stations Systems
  • Independent Review Team Leadership
  • Failure Modes & Effects
  • Root Cause Corrective Action
  • Ground Systems Design & Implementation
  • Mission Planning & Orbital Dynamics
  • Launch Vehicle / Payload Integration
  • Launch Propulsion Systems Design
  • Coupled Loads Analysis
  • Integrated Pogo Analysis & Suppression
  • Liquid & Solid Rocket Engines & Systems
  • Launch Operations & Range Safety
  • Production Planning & Tooling Systems
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Hypersonics, Air Drop & Missile Systems
  • On-board Environmental Control Systems
  • Jet engine ducting systems
  • Avionics Systems
  • Aircraft Interiors, Lavs, Galleys, Seating
  • Aircraft Leasing industry
  • FAA & International Certification


And more.  If you don't see the specialty you need, give us a call or drop us a note and ask. We are always finding new outstanding experts to grow our breadth of capabilities.


C&A Is a Strong Partner for Growth


C&A regularly supports clients that range from the Fortune 100 to small businesses.  Here are just a few of the companies our associates have supported.  We look forward to working together with your company.

Voice of Our Clients:

“The investment in Crean and Associates significantly elevated our capabilities as a space products company and contributed to future success in the execution of complex programs.


C&A’s approach cut our lead time from kitting to delivery by 43%.  With shorter lead times we can bring in more business and fill the excess capacity that C&A’s improvements created.”


"Several difficult issues arose and C&A quickly brought in additional personnel on an ad-hoc basis with the expertise to define a solution and the technical gravitas to convince the customer it was the right approach."

“The engagement with Crean and Associates wasn’t seen as an expense, it was an investment with recurring dividends.  James and his team invested their time, attention and most importantly their extensive talents and experiences into our young but capable team.”
"We needed a person with very specific and specialized experience.  I couldn't believe it but C&A had that purple unicorn that was a perfect fit."

Here's an Idea...

One of our clients wanted to enter a new adjacent market.  They had us stand up one of our highly experienced A+ teams (Program Manager, Supplier Manager, Subject Matter Expert, Operations Specialist) to start working with potential customers and write killer proposals.  As the opportunities started building up, they replaced our team one by one while we mentored our replacements.  They now have a thriving new multi-million dollar market!  Pretty smart, huh!

They are a partner for life as we continue to innovate together.


We really love our incrediblly innovative and forward-thinking clients!

Another Idea...

Clients regularly partner one of our Subject Matter Experts (SME) with a young engineer that needs a back stop now and again.  Our SME is someone who they can call or email to check work or answer questions, or kick around possible solutions.  No need to hire a full-time expert when we can support a few hours a week and you get all the needed value.


Our associates enjoy helping the next generation of engineers and it keeps our clients' costs down

One More Idea...

Clients looking to win a new project will team with us to support the proposal not just in writing it, but to show deep expert support as needed on the project.  Also our experts likely worked with your customers in the past, know them and can help win a new project.


C&A is a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) for government contracts that not only brings incredible depth to your team, but also we help clients win new business!


Once you win the project, there are usually numerous systems engineering plans, reports, and analyses needed in the first few months and around design reviews.  We can augment your team with quick response experts to get through the peak times.  Also our design review leaders have proven methods to get through customer design reviews with few or no action items.


That was more than one idea, and there are many more...  Call, us.  Let's strategize.

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