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Analytical Chemist

Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Posted:
October 21, 2018

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JOHN S. SHEPHARD

**** ****** *** #***

Henderson, NV 89014

702-***-****

OBJECTIVE

A challenging, growth-oriented position where ability, academic, and professional experience, and a long consistent history of dependable accomplishments will be utilized.

BACKGROUND SUMMARY

More than 20 years analytical chemistry experience: Analyzed environmental samples using methods published in the EPA CLP, SW-846, AFCEE, and other published method manuals. Authored numerous Standard Operating Procedures.

High Performance Liquid Chromatography

Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry

XRF-Wave Dispersive and Energy Dispersive

Ion Chromatography

Numerous Wet Chemistry Methods Total Alkalinity, Conductivity, Formaldehyde, TDS/TSS and Fluoride

ICP-AES

Radiation Safety Training and Hazardous Waste Training including air sampling techniques

Completed a Waters HPLC course in troubleshooting

Completed a Restek Capillary course in Chromatography for GCs

Successfully completed a 3-day course in Good Manufacturing Practices

Computer Experience

I.MS-Office Suite

Highly proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access.

II.Lean Six Sigma Certification

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Effectively analyzed thousands of environmental samples by organic and inorganic techniques. Many samples analyzed contained radioactive isotopes. Wrote and edited many standard operating procedures for an environmental laboratory. Wrote macros in excel, thus improving productivity and cost reduction. Developed an electronic and hard copy data archive and retrieval system for various departments. Trained in the proper storage and disposal of hazardous and radioactive wastes.

EXPERIENCE

Aerotek (Tronox) July 2018 to Present

Laboratory Control Analyst

Analyze in-process and final product samples using numerous instrumentation including an IC, ICP, GC XRD and UV-VIS. Prepare QA Samples and Standards for analysis. Following all safety protocols and record results in data base for review.

Silver State Analytical Labs November 2017 to July 2018

Senior Laboratory Analyst / Chemist

Apply scientific and technical knowledge and skills to process client samples through various laboratory testing methods for chemical and microbiological characteristics. Perform analytical chemistry analysis on all types of Municipal Water, Wastewater, and Storm water using ICP-OES (200.7), Mas Spec., (200.8) IC (300), GC (801*-****-***), and Mercury (245.1). Leads and participates in method development and new equipment startup. Develop and follow SOP’s, QC verifications, troubleshoot and maintain laboratory equipment. Review data and final reports, and assist with client consultations, review and sign final reports.

Tetra Tech (weekends part-time) January 2018 to August 2018

Analytical Lab Senior Staff Scientist

Analyze water samples using an ion chromatograph in support of the Weir Dewatering Treatment Plant. Prepare calibration solutions, sample spike solutions, sample dilutions, and samples for analysis. Adjust guard cartridges based on sample chemistry. Conduct standard maintenance on all laboratory equipment and coordinate with equipment manufacturer for additional maintenance needs. Maintain laboratory inventory and coordinate purchasing for consumable materials. Evaluate and quality check data, summarize results, and transmit data to operations staff daily. Conduct laboratory general housekeeping including but not limited to washing glassware, tidying chemical solutions, and monitoring instrument waste accumulation.

Cardinal Health P.E. T December 2016 to November 2017

Laboratory Technician/ Chemist

Utilize existing methodology to characterize materials, monitor chemical reactions and assure quality of final products as per SOP. Operate the following equipment: gas chromatograph, dose calibrator, multi-channel analyzer, TLC plate scanner, high pressure liquid chromatograph, heating block, hot plate, pyrogen oven, incubator, and analytical balance. Maintain all analytical instrumentation, supplies, reagents and necessary reference/standards. Strong record keeping, oral communication, and writing skills. Follow cGMP practices and procedures.

GE Nuclear ReNuke September 2015 to May 2016

Decontamination Chemist

Traveled to Mexico for decommission work at Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Plant as a contractor for General Electric. Analysis performed to support chemical decontamination at the Laboratory for both reactor units. Surveyed equipment for levels of radiation. Using an Ion Chromatography to analyze radioactive samples, perform general maintenance/troubleshooting on the Ion Chromatography and calibrated as needed. Prepared numerous radiological samples for instrument and wet chemistry techniques, including titrations in support of Decontamination process. Maintained analytical data results, reporting and recorded retention times for instruments.

Molycorp, Inc April 2010 to September 2015

QA/QC Lab Analyst

Analyze samples in support of operations of the mine, using numerous analytical techniques; this includes Analytical methods used in the laboratory specific to the Rare Earth analyses include X-Ray fluorescence, (wave dispersive and energy dispersive), UV-Vis, ICP-MS, ICP-AES, AA, ion chromatography, gross alpha-beta radiation, particle size analysis, and various titration and gravimetric methods. Performing analysis in a safe conscious manner. Analysis was performed on water samples, pond water and waste discharge samples, including all in-process and finished lots for our products. Test and inspect products at various stages of the production process and then compile and evaluate statistical data to determine and maintain the quality and reliability of our products.

Presented data daily to plant managers to show trends to support plant personnel to make decisions on corrective actions. Educated team members about plant quality control, assurance and awareness. Ensure tests and procedures are properly understood, carried out and evaluated.

Was a member of the audit team, that assures laboratory wide compliance for ISO 9000 certification and customer audits. Trained all new employees for the analytical laboratory including cross training of current personnel.

Documented all analysis performed in a clean and accurate notebook including the preparation of final reports.

Nevada Power Company

(Reid Gardner) June 2002 to April 2005

Laboratory Tech

Responsible for collecting all samples, (boilers, cooling tower, reservoirs) at the different sample sites for analysis. Directly responsible for implementing proper treatment to control corrosion or scale formation in all water pipe systems and to insure steam purity. Take monthly inventory of all chemicals and chemical supplies throughout the plant and laboratory. Make analysis standards and plot graphs for control limits.

Southern Petroleum Laboratory/ LAS.

(Formerly Lockheed Environmental Systems & Technologies Co.) August 1989 to February 1998

Associate Scientist

Assisted in the start up the GC/HPLC laboratory. Responsible for supporting the LAS organic/inorganic section as an Associate Scientist in the analytical laboratory. Responsible for the characterization of environmental samples using classical wet chemistry techniques and numerous analytical instruments. Analyzed environmental samples using high performance liquid chromatography and gas chromatography. Followed the CWA, SW-846, and the Safe drinking water act protocol from the EPA methods. Performed air sampling in the laboratory and areas through-out the office areas. Also worked on the Ion-Chromatography. Performed air sampling in laboratory when needed. Wrote and troubleshoot macros, created spreadsheets, and numerous other computer related tasks in support of the department. Used LIMS to report most data for report generation to customers and numerous state and local government agencies around the country. Belonged to safety committee and participated in weekly meeting and inspections of different labs.

EDUCATION AND SPECIALIZED TRAINING

Moorpark College, Moorpark, Ca., Chemistry, 1986

Restek Capillary Chromatography

Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) Two-Day Course

AIB Course

Waters HPLC Troubleshooting Course



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