Results-oriented engineering graduate and analytical chemist eager to apply skills and knowledge developed over a decade at a NELAC-accredited laboratory to a position that combines with engineering education to improve the environment.
Gas Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry analysis of EPA methods for SW-846 & 600 series for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Trained in organic chemistry
GC analysis to calculate pesticides, PCB, OPP, NDMA, DRO, & alcohols in soil & water
Safety inspection authority with completion of radioactive projects
Safety Control Committee Member
Mass Spectrometry Chemist07/2008 to CurrentTest America LaboratoriesArvada, CO
Conduct both qualitative and quantitative analysis of EPA Method 8260 VOCs by GC/MS.
Trouble-shoot/ maintain instrumentation and evaluate data analyzed on two MS instruments per day including two sets of QC samples and 40 samples with over 100 compounds per sample.
Document anomalies and QC concerns/ interpretations for project managers.
Use of PPE to prepare samples and clean syringes and other tasks within the laboratory.
Prepare department's standards for use in QC samples.
Maintain special safety requirements to ensure no contamination from setup and take down radioactive zones for client projects.
Develop a new method procedure SOP for process of extracting & analyzing VOCs in Alaska soils.
Environmental Gas Chromatography Chemist02/2004 to 07/2008Test America LaboratoriesArvada, CO
Calibrated, maintained, and trouble shot GC instrumentation with ECD, FID, and NPD detectors.
Reviewed the quality, calculations, and format of the analytical runs and associated paperwork for hundreds of client samples per month.
Prepared chemical standards for use as quality assurance measures in analytical procedures. Maintained up-to-date records of product technical data sheet and certificate of analysis.
Organic Preparations Supervisor09/2001 to 02/2004Test America LaboratoriesArvada, CO
Planned and prioritized the production of 13 member staff.
Developed and implemented new procedures and training staff on new equipment.
Trained personnel on SOPs, safety, quality assurance, EPA methods, and production issues.
Audited employee performance.
Organic Preparation Chemist11/1999 to 09/2001Test America LaboratoriesArvada, CO
Followed methods and quality guidelines as set in SOPs.
Trouble shot process malfunctions.
Completed management reports and prioritized work for department.
Bachelor of Science: Chemical EngineeringThe Pennsylvania State UniversityState College, PA, USAMinor in Environmental Engineering