James A. Luke, M.E., P.E.
Yonkers, NY 10710
To provide a description of my accomplishments, experience and education obtained during my years of employment as an engineer and New York State licensed Professional Engineer. I am seeking a challenging position in the field of chemical, civil or sanitary engineering, water quality, project management, Public Health and Safety, as well as environmental engineering management, construction compliance, radiological health, and water supply program administration.
August 2017 – Present
Acting Commissioner/Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing & Buildings, City of Yonkers
Approve/Issue Building Permits for the construction of new buildings and renovation of existing buildings.
NY State Certified Code Enforcement Officer
Manage staff and implement policy and procedures for the improving efficiency/productivity of the department.
Plan review of construction plans for compliance with the International Construction Codes and NYS supplement
FEMA Incident Command Sector training (100, 200, 400, &700 courses)
May 2017 – August 2017
Ettinger Engineering Associates – Senior Utilities Specialist
Sewer Connection applications for new construction and major renovations.
Backflow prevention device applications for new water connections and code compliance.
Dec. 2016 – Feb. 2017
NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Civil Engineer for Division of Capital Projects
NYC Parks reconstruction and renovation.
Engineer’s Estimates for proposed projects.
Updating of regulations to align agency Rules w/ regulators requirements.
Nov. 2008- October 2016
NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Chief, Division of Permitting & Inspection, Bureau of Water & Sewer Protection
Supervise over 50 employees, and have supervised as many as 75 employees.
Oversee daily operation of approving permits for sewer connections, distribution and infrastructure; including over 200 plans per week for backflow prevention devices for protecting the NYC drinking water system
Approve plans for House Connection and Temporary Site Connection Proposals, Internal Water Mains, “Dewatering” and other permit issues. Supervise and Conduct Construction Compliance inspections
Worked with the Dept. of Transportation on street drainage and ground breaking permits for sewer repair.
Appeared in Educational Video: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/forms_and_permits/backflow.shtml
Provide reports to City Council regarding Local Law Compliance for Cross-Connection Control/Backflow
Manage Cross-Connection Control and Enforcement Section installation of backflow prevention devices
Provide “Safe Work Place” training for staff, and complete annual incident report details as required by law.
Inspect connections for issuance of Certificate of Inspection needed for a Certificate of Occupancy required by the NYC Department of Buildings for Construction Compliance with approved plans, as well as “Tap” letters.
Issue Violations, Orders and Notifications to non-compliant facilities. Follow-up with ECB, Cease & Desist.
Liaison with the NYC Department of Buildings on the “Get It Done” program and the web-based “Hub” link
Managed and supervised an awarded contract for $595,250 to inspect and review over 10,000 backflow plans
Remediation Plan review, approval and compliance inspections for underground storage tanks, and site work.
Developed and Implemented new policies for fire sprinkler supply systems and protection requirements.
Discharge Permits and Dewatering approvals for Brown Fields remediation, and site clean-up for development.
Appeared at City Council Hearings and Town House Forums to discuss environmental issues of concern.
Oct. 1992-Nov. 2008
NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Chief Engineer/Acting Director, Bureau of Public Health Engineering
Managed the Bureau’s Water Quality Protection Operations for drinking water and pool & beach water
Health & Safety Plan reviews and inspecting of public swimming pools and beaches, and provide training
Enforcement action for safety plan violations and Health Orders issued for Health Code non-compliance
Developed, improved and updated NYC Health Code, policies and procedures, Construction Compliance
Worked with Communicable Disease Unit and State Health regarding Legionella Investigations.
Reviewed and Approved remediation procedures for Environmental Clean-ups, Brown Fields, Water, underground bulk storage tanks, equipment/large vehicle cleaning stations containment and maintenance, plus water re-use.
Nov. 1984-Oct. 1992
Putnam County Department of Health
Public Health Engineer, Division of Environmental Health Services
Performed inspections, reviewed plans, generated reports and collected water samples for analysis
Managed the Public Water Supply Protection Program, Construction Compliance inspections
Issued violations for non-compliance with the New York State Sanitary Code
Reviewed and approved RFPs, Environmental Impact Statements and SEQR reviews for brown fields, etc.
Secured a $5,000 grant for Radon detectors for home testing and research study, created & implemented
June 1983-Jan. 1984
NYS Power Authority, Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, Computer and Reactor Analyst
Automated operational, programming and maintenance procedures, assisted the Site’s Chief Nuclear Engineer
HIGHLIGHTS & COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS:
2012-2016: NYC DEP Chapter President, NYC Managerial Employees Association, two terms
2015: NYS Health Department approved IIA water plant operator’s certification courses I & II from Sacramento
2011 - 2014: NYC Buildings Department Plumbing Code Revision Committee and Rules Alignment
2011-2014: NYC Plumbing Code Revision Sub-Committee for Septic System and Dry Well Design Improvements
2011-2014: Instructed on Backflow Prevention to NYC Plumbers Association for Continuing Education Courses
2013: “Build-it-Back” Committee to develop resilience standards for shore-line reconstruction after Hurricane Sandy
2011-2013: Plumbing Code Revision Committee for the NYC Department of Buildings
2011: Provided & Conducted Training Module for Water Treatment Plant Operators Refresher Course
2008: Building Code Sustainability Committee for the NYC Department of Buildings, Water Re-Use Sub-Committee
2008: Developed and Co-Authored Paper on Water Supply Protection presented at the 2008 USEPA Symposium
2008: 8 Hour LEED Certification Training Course
2003-2008: Watershed Protection & Community Coordination Committee, Technical Advisory Committee (MS4)
2000-2017: NYSDEC Certified Dry Cleaners Third-Party Inspector, NYS Education Department
1996-2008: Conducted investigations of Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Prisons for remediation of Legionella.
1998-2008: Appointed Department’s Representative to the Environmental Control Board, now at OATH
1998: DCAS, Leadership Institute’s Management Academy completion
1998: NYC Hurricane Relief Effort in the Dominican Republic after Hurricane George
1997-1998: Hurricane/Coastal Storm Preparedness Committee & Exercise, NYC Department of Health for the NYC Office of Emergency Management
1994-2008: NYC Window Fall Prevention Board, Engineer assigned to the Board for Code Revision and Guard Approval
1990: NYS Licensed Professional Engineer, NYS Education Department
1985-2016: American Water Works Association member, AWWA
1985-1993: Westchester Water Works Conference Member
2005-Present: Engineering Continuing Education and Training, 12 credits minimum per year
Baccalaureate in Chemical Engineering, Manhattan College, Bronx, NY
Master of Engineering (Chemical Engineering), Manhattan College, Bronx NY