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Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Asembly, Inspection, NDT Examinations

Wadsworth, Ohio, 44281, United States
October 21, 2016

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William Douglas Harper

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Wadsworth, Ohio 44281



To utilize my Mechanical Engineering knowledge, my industrial and manufacturing training, my boiler and pressure vessel inspection experience, my nondestructive examination experiences, as well as my natural skills to develop a responsible, challenging and rewarding position with an established, successful corporation.


Cleveland State University

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (BME), Aug. 1991


I Passed the (FE/EIT) Fundamentals of Engineering Test by Ohio Board of Engineers and Surveyors. I plan to test for my Professional Engineer’s License (P.E.).

I can use AutoCad-type drafting programs, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point.

I am competent with nearly all hand tools, and many machine tools.

I am a Mechanical Engineer (BME), and have therefore proven myself to be proficient in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, statics, dynamics, and machine design.

I have been certified as a National Board of Boiler Inspectors (NBBI) Authorized Boiler Inspector. Passed NBBI Certificate of Competency Examination.

I have been certified as a Level II NDT Technician in RT, UT, MT, PT and for the ultrasonic detection of IGSCC (Intra-granular Stress Corrosion Cracking) by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

My best skill, above all others, is that I can learn new things rather easily. I have always been curious about every new experience, and I am very adept at handling new situations, while simultaneously learning how things work best together. I have always been a very good puzzle solver and I love to be intellectually challenged.


Mechanical Engineer / NBBI Certified Boiler Inspector

Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NFESC), June 1992-May 2005

Energy and Utilities Department. Duties included; boiler inspection for various US Naval customers located worldwide, energy and utility related engineering projects for Naval, Marine Corps, and other uniformed service customers, within the US and worldwide. These included reporting inspection results to our customers and keeping files and data-base records of our reports, as well as directing maintenance and contractor personnel in the repair of boilers. I was also the departmental consultant for NDT methods of inspection, and was a small purchase (up to $25,000) contracting officer. Other significant responsibilities of my position were to edit our department’s assigned articles in the Construction Criteria Base, and to maintain and update the inventory of equipment belonging to my department (hundreds of pieces of equipment worth many thousands of dollars). I was also required to use Autocad computer drafting programs to produce working drawings for contractor and in-house personnel. I also took part in boiler seminars, was trained in technical writing, and had classes in boiler water chemistry, construction job estimating, and the NDT ultrasonic sizing of IGSCC defects in austenitic stainless steels, among others. One notable accomplishment was finding an inappropriately (not to ASME code) welded header in a boiler economizer unit, saving the government approximately

$2 million. This position required approximately 50 percent travel, with few jobs lasting longer than two-three weeks.

Electro-Mechanical Assembler

Schreck Industries, Medina/Strongsville, Ohio 1976-1977,

Duties included assembly of low lift electric pallet trucks from the empty hull transferred from the welding department. I installed all the working components into the lift trucks, motors, pumps, wiring and hoses, switches, control valves, etc. to take this lifeless hull and make it into a useful tool of industry. When I was done with my job, I took the now operational pallet jack to the inspection department for final inspection and then it went to the painting department, followed by shipping. Sometimes, when there was a need, I also worked in the machine shop at Schreck, operating drill presses, reamers, and band saws. This job required the use of many hand tools and machine tools, from hand drills, mechanics tools, welders, tap and dies, wiring tools, air operated tooling and grinders. I enjoyed this job, but moved on to a better paying position (I thought at the time) as sign installer.

NDE Technician

MQS Inspection, Inc., Cleveland Ohio Oct. 1980-Sept. 1987

ASNT-TC-1A Certified Level II NDE Inspection Technician in RT (Radiographic Testing), UT (Ultrasonic Testing), MT (Magnetic Particle Testing), and PT (Dye-Penetrant Testing). Also trained in Eddy current examination, and certified in Visual Examination, VT-1, and VT-4. Duties and responsibilities of this position included administering, interpreting and reporting the results of our NDT testing to our customers, and often to oversee the repairs and retesting of the tested items. I worked as a contractor NDT tech in many various industries, ranging from steel mills, power plants, paper mills, steel fabricators, auto parts manufacturers, aviation manufacturers and many other industries. This position required approximately 25-50 percent travel, with some jobs lasting up to 12 weeks.

NDE Technician

Industrial Inspection Industries, Inc., North Canton, Ohio Oct. 1978-Sept. 1980

Trained and certified to ASNT-TC-1A Level II in RT, UT, MT, and PT. Duties were similar to above described position. I also trained in Radiation Safety and Eddy Current Inspection. Trained and much work experience in Post-Weld Heat Treating (PWHT) and stress relief heat treatment of metals. I earned much field experience, as described in the above (MQS) work description, especially in UT and RT, as well as PWHT and Welding Preheat. The position required approximately 60-70 percent travel.

Tire and Lube Express Service Writer/Sales Associate

Wal-Mart Store #2966, 222 Smokerise Drive, Wadsworth, OH 44281

April, 2010 – March, 2013

Responsibilities included customer service, Tire and lube service writing, cash register sales, stocking and displaying merchandise onto shelving, area cleanliness, and other duties as assigned, in the local Wadsworth, Ohio Wal-Mart store. Also during my working time at Walmart, I worked as a greeter at the front of the store, and in the Lawn and Garden department, as a sales associate.

Owner/ President/Corporate Secretary

Sea Otter Sound Seafoods, Inc., Box 347, Naukati, Alaska 99950

Aug. 2005-Dec. 2009

Responsibilities included everything to do with the completion of construction, the maintenance, the operation and the marketing of every phase of the business of aquaculture of Pacific Oysters. Purchasing from suppliers, “planting” the oyster spat, tending and defouling the lantern grow-out nets, harvesting and cleaning the oysters to make them market-ready, maintaining the farm floats and equipment, and marketing the finished product were many of the duties required by myself at SOSSInc. Unfortunately, due to financial difficulties arising from the logistics of its remote Alaskan island location, and the partners’ limited resources, this business did not become as successful as I had hoped it would, and I sold my share of the company in 2009.


I’ve had many jobs throughout my life, starting as a morning newspaper carrier, at the age of 11. Besides working as a mechanical engineer, a certified boiler inspector, and as a nondestructive testing technician, I have worked as a car mechanic, electro-mechanical assembler of forklift trucks, sign installer, construction electrician, flooring and wall covering installer, as well as a few other jobs. I believe I have gathered many valuable experiences from each and every one of them.

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