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Expert in Nondestructive Testing including Radiography, Ultrasonic, Liquid Penetrant, Magnetic Particle

Expert ID: 724893 Virginia, USA

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Expert is an ASNT (American Society for Nondestructive Testing) Level III certificate holder in UT (ultrasonic testing), RT (radiographic testing), MT (magnetic particle testing), and PT (liquid penetrant testing). He has held these certifications for 23 years and has recertified by examination 3 different times. He writes procedures for the qualification and certification of NDT technicians to meet SNT-TC-1A. He has audited personnel records to verify they meet the criteria of SNT-TC-1A. He has maintained inspection departments conducting the training, qualification, and certification to SNT-TC-1A

Expert spent five years as an NDT Level III for Intermet Foundries with NDT oversite for eight ductile iron foundries. He was responsible for the engineering of NDT test systems and performed research and development at the technical center for Intermet. Expert performed velocity testing to verify the relationship of the nodularity of ductile iron as it related to perlite, temperature, and nodule size. He assisted the plants in establishing the velocity limits for different ductile iron products. Expert also spent three additional years with Georgia Ductile/WesCast Foundries as a Laboratory manager / NDE Manager responsible for the material testing of ductile iron and NDT testing on ductile iron.

Expert has been performing NDT on metal products since 1972 using UT (ultrasonic testing), RT(radiography testing), PT (liquid penetrant testing), and MT (magnetic particle testing). These methods are used to detect and evaluate flaws within metallic and non-metallic products alike. The product forms he examined are forgings, castings, welds, piping, and composite material. The codes and standards that he has been associated with are ASME, API, ANSI, AWS, NAS-410, SNT-TC-1A, and EN-473. He had specialized training in IGSCC (intergranular stress corrosion cracking) detection and sizing.

Expert was the Quality Assurance Manager for Pullman Power Products for three years with responsibility for the maintenance of quality procedures, material quality and testing, and NDT within the plant.

He also spent about 6 1/2 years as a quality engineer for Anchor Darling Valve Company with responsibility for all military contracts and various nuclear contracts. This function involved the review of contracts for code and customer requirements and to ensure all of the quality testing and quality functions were performed at the correct time of manufacture. He was the Corporate NDT Level III with responsibility for all NDT Certification and qualification of technicians and to assist other quality engineers with NDT issues within their contracts.

As the quality manager for Pullman Power Products, the Quality Engineer for Anchor Darling Valve Co and NDT Level III for 37 years, he was responsible for the evaluation of different quality functions ranging from audits of a material/service supplier quality assurance manuals to auditing the individual procedures for qualification and certification of NDT technicians. He also performed numerous audits and tests to verify the quality of internal material and operations. Expert was responsible for writing and or approving quality standards for employers and approving supplier procedures for critical functions.

He provides all NDT qualification services and technique development for a company in Jamestown, NY area. They do not have the capability to perform these services and have been very appreciative of the services he provides to them. He provides services to Sikorsky Aircraft Inc in Bridgeport and Stratford Conn. Has provided a review of specs and performed training in all methods. He also did a complete survey of their testing facilities and reported to management. Provide training and level III support services to PQT of Greenville, SC which is a competitor of mine and they use his services often.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Richmond, Virginia - Newport News, Virginia - Alexandria, Virginia - Lynchburg, Virginia - Frederick, Maryland - Gaithersburg, Maryland - Bowie, Maryland

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Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2006 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: General Manager/ Owner Department: Owner Responsibilities: Provide training for NDT technicians, advice for NDT departments for other companies, develop techniques for various testing techniques, billing for his company and all other duties for his company.
Years: 2001 to 2004 Employer: Quility Inspection Services Inc Title: Corporate Level III Department: Corporate Level III Responsibilities: Responsible for the training and certification of all NDE personnel. Responsible for the NDE procedure approval and development.
Years: 2001 to 2004 Employer: WesCast Foundries Title: Laboratory / NDE Manager Department: Laboratory in Cordele, Georgia. currently out of business at this facility. Responsibilities: Provide training, direction and assistance to all NDE and materials testing laboratory in a foundry making ductile iron for the automotive industry.
Years: 1996 to 2001 Employer: Intermet Foundries Title: NDE Engineer Department: Technical Services Responsibilities: Provide NDE training and guidance to 9 plants for Intermet. Also did research and development of materials and test systems under Alan Druschitz and Bob Warrick
Years: 1989 to 1996 Employer: Anchor Darling Valve Co Title: Quality Engineer / NDT Level III Department: Quality Assurance Responsibilities: Quality Document reviews, Contract Reviews for NDT and quality requirements, handled all military orders, provided NDT oversight for the plant, review and approval of all NDT procedures.
Years: 1972 to 1989 Employer: Pullman Power Products Title: Quality Assurance Manager / NDT level III Department: Quality and NDT Responsibilities: Quality Assurance Manager and NDT level III for the plant. Maintained the quality manual and all quality documents. Facilitated audits by customers and provide all NDT oversight including all procedure development and approval. Radiation Safety Officer responsible for radiation safety in plant and reporting to the NRC.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to Present Country / Region: Germany Summary: Audited the NDT operation for information to report back to technical director for Intermet Foundries
Years: to Present Country / Region: Portugal Summary: Provided support and training for installation of Ultrasonic testing system in joint venture plant for Intermet Foundries
Years: 2005 to Present Country / Region: Mexico Summary: Provided training for Ultrasonic system for a company near Leon Mexico.
Years: 1978 to 1978 Country / Region: Mexico Summary: Provided NDT oversight and training for a plant in a joint venture with Pullman Power Products and Pemex

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
ASTM
ASNT
Licenses / Certifications
ASNT Level III in RT, UT, PT, MT

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Provided expert witness to Rust Engineering (Pullman Power Products) for a court case involving improper welding and testing performed on a stainless steel liner sold to Pullman's Chimney division for installation at the Idaho Energy installation near Idaho Falls, Idaho. This event took place in the 1980s and did not make court. He was asked to give the deposition in Birmingham, Alabama. The case was settled before it made court.
Training / Seminars
He has various training courses developed in NDT for Radiography testing, Ultrasonic Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, and Liquid Penetrant Testing. He is currently working on others. These courses run from 3 days to 5 days for completion of the course. They must meet national standards such as SNT-TC-1A and NAS-410.
Vendor Selection
This is a fairly close-knit and small society of technicians. Personnel contacts through association with ASNT and ASTM help in networking to find the proper contact/supplier for the individual needs.
Other Relevant Experience
He is a member of ASNT and ASTM societies. He has experience in a wide variety of areas of materials and products.

Fields of Expertise

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