*Assisted in the reorganization and modernization of the laboratory. The laboratory moved from a wet chemistry laboratory to and almost exclusively instrumental laboratory.
*Reduce sample testing turn-around time which was greatly appreciated by contractors. Sample test time went from 5 days to 2 days.
*Maintained laboratory equipment, reducing the number of service calls from the equipment vendors by 50% and decreasing equipment maintenance costs significantly.
Well-qualified and technically proficient Chemist with 20+ years' experience in state government.
Highly adaptable and trainable; able to quickly learn and apply complex technical concepts.
Proficient knowledge in conducting analytical tests and experiments
Strong awareness of the security and safety procedures, standard and regulations
Excellent analytical, problem solving and logic building skills
Highly capable of prioritizing work and multitasking
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Excellent knowledge of ASTM and AASHTO test methods. HIGHLIGHTS
Ability to translate technical specifications
Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry
Atomic Absorption Spectrometry
OEM Metal Analyzer
CHEMIST I - IIIAug 1989 to Current WEST VIRGINIA DEPT OF HIGHWAYS － Charleston, WV
Performs ASTM C114 chemical testing for cement certification by, Atomic Absorption, ICP, X-Ray Fluorescence, TGA701, and wet chemistry.
Performs chemical analysis of Fly Ash, Grounded Granulated Blast Furnace Slag, and Blended Cement by ASTM and AASHTO procedures using a combination of instrumental analysis, and wet chemistry.
Prepares reports on test results and unit activities; recommends major equipment acquisition, and develop operating priorities.
Manages laboratory inventory and the ordering of supplies and equipment.
Advise laboratory staff on proper procedures, problem resolution, complex test interpretation, and train personnel in the use of new equipment, and procedures.
Develop and maintain an effective maintenance program for laboratory equipment.
Analyze nuts, bolts, and washers to determine their chemical composition by ASTM test method using OES metal analyzer.
Performed analyses on concrete cores to determine their chloride ions composition.
Completed analyses of road salts such as Sodium and Calcium Chloride to determine their level of purity.
Prepared chemical solutions, calibrations, and QA standards.
Performed oversight, maintenance, and calibration on all the equipment and instruments in laboratory.
Tested Paints and Related Material such as varnishes, and enamels.
Prepared and analyzed water, soil samples, and Extracted leachates for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) analysis on HP Purge, and Trap Gas Chromatography by established EPA methods.
LABORATORY ANALYSTJun 1988 to Jun 1989 TESTING LABORATORIES － Charleston, WV
Prepared extracts from soil, and water samples according to EPA methods for metals determination by inductively-coupled plasma, and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometry.
Performed EPA Toxicity Extraction Procedure.
Determined total organic carbon content on soil, and water samples.
Reported and reviewed data, ensuring quality control criteria and completed all required Quality Assurance/Quality Control procedures, and Health & Safety policy reviews.
Performed routine maintenance, and troubleshooting on lab instruments.
LABORATORY ANALYSTJun 1987 to Jun 1988 KANAWHA ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES － Spring Hill, WV
Analyzed samples of streams, raw and treated wastewater, sludge, and other byproducts of wastewater treatment process to determine efficiency of plant processes and to ensure that plant effluent meets water pollution control requirements, using standard laboratory equipment: Conducts tests for settleable solids, suspended solids, total solids, volatile solids, volatile acids, alkalinity, pH, dissolved oxygen demand, turbidity, and other substances.
Daily documentation and record keeping.
Education and Training
M.S: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE1995Marshall University Graduate College － South Charleston, WV
B.S: CHEMISTRY1989West Virginia State University － Institute, WV
A.A.S, CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY1987West Virginia State University － Institute, WVCHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY
calibration, chemistry, Chemist, content, documentation, experiments, government, HP, interpretation, inventory, laboratory equipment, logic, MS Office, multitasking, personnel, problem solving, problem resolution, processes, Project management, QA, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, record keeping, Safety, troubleshooting, wastewater treatment, written communication skills, composition, X-Ray