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Engineer Chemical Engineering

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
May 24, 2018

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Ross Garbett, P.E.


Service-oriented Process Engineer with 13+ years of experience in implementation of complex and nation-wide smart water solutions to ensure decrease in water consumption and improve usage efficiency. Adept at program management, cost estimations, and team leadership. Strong background in development and review of pilot study protocols. Solid expertise in sales. Academically founded in Chemical Engineering with core competencies in:

Process Control Narratives Project Management Conceptual Design

Equipment Selection Risk Management Detailed Design

P&ID Development MS Office Suite Customer Service


OPERATIONS ENGINEER, ThermoChem Recovery International, Durham, NC 01/2018 – Present

Operative role of a pilot plant owned by ThermoChem Recovery International. Process involves producing Synthetic Gas (Syngas) from wood chips and cleaning the gas before being utilized by a second company (Velocys) to produce Jet Fuel and other fuels with their pilot plant.

Operate and maintain all process equipment. This includes drag conveyors, screw conveyors, hydraulic piston pumps, Syngas treatment scrubbers and ceramic filters, solvent treatment systems, Syngas compressor, wood chip dust collector, and nitrogen inerting system.

PROCESS GROUP MANAGER, Veolia Water Technologies, Inc., Cary, NC 06/2013 – 12/2017

Managerial position focused on enhancement of group’s processes through opportunities identification and team assistance to ensure quality work performance. Delegated responsibilities to overall Process Group.

Managed 2 Process Engineers.

Led procurement process of dried product pelletization and sizing system worth $8.5 million.

Assisted in process of design, construction, and commissioning of company's first Thermal Hydrolysis Pilot Unit system including progressive cavity pumps, centrifugal pumps, piping, rupture discs, sludge/water heat exchanger, off-gas/water heat exchanger, electric steam boiler, dynamic steam mixer, and various instruments and valves.

Evaluated designs and proposals prior to customer release.

Provided engineering assistance to ensure product improvements.

Prepared proposals, work scopes, and cost estimations.

PROCESS ENGINEER (Biosolids and Bioenergy), Veolia Water Technologies, Inc., Cary, NC 06/2009 – 06/2013

Operative role oriented on design of thermal belt dryers, solar dryers, thermal hydrolysis systems, pellet mills, and nutrient harvesting systems.

Commissioned 3 Bio Con thermal belt dryer systems in 2009, 2011, and 2013.

Conducted price estimations of equipment worth between $1 million and $5 million.

Facilitated in sales endeavors through presentation of product capabilities and sales calls.

Ensured system optimization and efficient work of instruments in coordination with programming engineers.

Sized company’s equipment including air/air heat exchangers, thermal fluid heat exchangers, packed bed condensers, shell and tube condensers, progressive cavity pumps, centrifugal pumps, peristaltic pumps, diaphragm pumps, steam boilers, CHP, and flue gas treatment systems.

PILOT PROGRAM MANAGER, Veolia Water Technologies, Inc., Cary, NC 04/2007 – 06/2009

Managerial role oriented on development of protocols and reports to facilitate process improvements and set-up of complex and quality water technology systems.

Supervised 3 to 5 Pilot Engineers.

Developed dozens of pilot study protocols incorporating sampling, flow rates, chemical doses, mixing energy, etc.

Assessed country-wide pilot study reports including reading and editing.

Ensured production of high-quality pilot systems and studies by providing assistance to Pilot Engineers.

PILOT ENGINEER, Veolia Water Technologies, Inc., Cary, NC 09/2004 – 04/2007

Operative position focused on development of highly optimized water pilot units including equipment maintenance, analysis of incoming water characteristics and on-site customer presentations. Technologies demonstrated at pilot scale include ACTIFLO high rate clarification system, DISC FILTER water filtration system, MBBR fixed-film biological reactor.

Facilitated technology sales process through management of dozens of nation-wide pilot studies and systems.

Ensured fully functional units through execution of chemicals acquiring process, local analytical lab account set up and troubleshooting and maintenance of overall pilot unit mechanical equipment.

Developed 6 pilot reports on average per year submitted to dozens of customers.

Performed 10 water treatment technology demonstrations on average, per year.


Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2003


Professional Engineering License, North Carolina (#036171), Since December 2009

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