Accomplished Chemical Engineer with over 14 years of relevant industrial experience including research, production, and process engineering activities. I am a motivated self-starter dedicated to optimizing plant operations through process improvements, cost reduction activities and development of capital projects. I am currently seeking a position as a Senior Buyer.
Operations Engineer November 2012 to CurrentBASF － Geismar, LA
Lead Engineer responsible for daily operations in Dinitrotoluene Plant.
Led effort to reduce Activated Protective Failure Devices by 50%
Led all incident investigations with a strong focus on root cause analysis.
Served as temporary shift supervisor while searching for replacement.
Executed small safety capital projects (<>
Co-led effort to upgrade Model Predictive Control System
Primary plant contact for Toluene acquisition strategy : Responsible for day to day operations & project management
Acetylene, N-Vinyl Pyrrolidone, 2-Pyrrolidone, Polyvinyl Pyrrolidone (PVP), PVP - Iodine. * Intermediates division contact for cooling tower contract issues. * Primary procurement contact on PVP raw material issues * Increased Acetylene reliability to 99.4% * Facilitated customer audits for active and non-active pharmaceutical customers. * Increased working capacity of NVP plant by 5% * Lead in record setting spray dryer performance 98% runtime * Production inspection of distillation towers and reactors during Acetylene T/A * Provided major input to plant supervisors performance reviews * Directed Engineer during PDP assignment. * Interviewed and hired numerous engineers and operators * Led project to ensure 100% reliability of Acetylene flare system. Avoided loss of over $5 million in lost sales. * Worked with customer care to investigate customer relations issues and investigate customer complaints in PVP.
Project/Production Engineer Air Products & Chemicals － Pace, Florida
Nitric Acid, Utilities, & Ammonia Nitrate Lead Engineer. * Lead in composing State required CAM (Compliance Assurance Monitoring) plan in both the Nitric Acid and Ammonia Nitrate Plant. Including acting as the prime contact between the production and Environmental Department. * Acted as Plant Superintendent when area leads were absent. * Executed an array of small (<$100k) capital="" projects.="" *="" provided="" technical="" support="" to="" the="" maintenance="" department="" in="" the="" replacement="" of="" primary="" pumps="" in="" nitric="" acid="" service="" accounting="" for="" a="" $10k/year="" savings.="" *="" led="" successful="" ammonia="" nitrate="" prill="" production="" test="" to="" increase="" daily="" production="" from="" 700="" ton/day="" to="" 900="">$100k)>
Process/Production Engineer Chad Henneke － Calvert City, Kentucky
Specialty chemicals (Acetylenics) area lead.
Distillation and KOH Areas Lead Engineer * Executed process improvement, reliability, and safety related projects in excess of $1.1MM and provided the business with $1.6MM in annual savings. * Improved distillation operation output by 67% from 1500 lb/hr to 2500 lb/hr. * Decreased waste on distillation operation by 21% from 0.094 lb/lb to 0.074 lb/lb. * Optimized the KOH recovery/concentration process by improving C-pot cycle times by 20%. * Increased overall plant production capabilities by 12.5% by increasing the amount of available slurry for the reaction process. * Provided plant shutdown coverage ♦ Issued safety permits, inspected work in progress, provided safety monitoring. ♦ Scheduled and coordinated daily work for safety device project which included planning for all crane moves and work assignments.
Weekend Supervisor - on assigned weekends * Trailer & railcar loading/unloading. Also responsible for trailer moves. * Operator overtime and vacation approvals * Lead on coordinating with maintenance * Managed additional roles such as Management of Change (MOC) coordinator, ISO Training Coordinator as well as a Plant Internal ISO Auditor.
Pilot Plant Manager/Technical Specialist Hexcel Corporation － Decatur, Alabama
Research and production pilot line lead.
Led all startups & shutdowns of a polyacrilonitrile extrusion and semi-batch process.
Coordinated all quality efforts including SPC calculations and initial data analysis.
Performed minor DCS programming and tuning of all process instrumentation.
Primary contact for all chemical, electrical, & mechanical trouble shooting efforts.
ISO 9000 and 5'S team leader.
BSE : Chemical Engineering, 1998-05-17The University of Alabama in Huntsville － Huntsville, Alabama, USBSE in Chemical Engineering Completed May 17, 1998 The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Huntsville, Alabama 35899
Master of Business Administration : Business Administration, 2004-07-24The University of Phoenix － Phoenix, Arizona, USMaster of Business Administration Completed July 24, 2004 The University of Phoenix (UOPHX) Phoenix, Arizona 85034
MLK Academy and Big Buddy Mentoring Program
Air Products & Chemicals PFD 2003 Silver Award
Engineer, Operations, Lead Engineer, Audits, Cooling, Customer Relations, Inspection, Million, Procurement, Project Management, Sales, Iso, Maintenance, Production Engineer, Hr, Process Improvement, Progress, Slurry, Training, Batch Process, Data Analysis, Extrusion, Instrumentation, Iso 9000, Iso Standards, Marketing Analysis, Process Instrumentation, Spc, Statistical Process Control, Root Cause Analysis, Accounting, Cam, Increase, Leads, Pumps, Technical Support, Award, Buyer, Buying/procurement, Cost Reduction, Mentoring, Metallurgy, Process Engineering, Process Improvements, Self-starter