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Electroplating Engineer

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
October 08, 2016

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Xinfeng Liu

****-**** ********* **** **, Calgary, AB, Canada T3H 4Z1

H:403-***-**** C:403-***-****

SPECIALIZATION: A Chemist – Electroplating – Automotive industry

(Canadian Citizen)


20+ years of electroplating work experience of providing extensive technical support while working for international recognized plating companies, Atotech (8 years) and Coventya (3 years); performed DOEs to continuously improve plating processes

Analytical skills in identifying plating / coatings performance; implemented environment friendly technologies; researched corrosion behaviors by mechanical, optical and electrochemical measurement

Expertise in ENP (electroless nickel plating) formulating of recipe; applied ENP on aluminum, copper, inconel, plastics, nylon, carbon nanotubes, and composite with ceramic or PTFE

MBA and Bachelor in electrochemical engineering, and NACE certificate of corrosion technician and certificate of lab and chemical hazards safety

Well versed in ASTM and ISO, and skilled in multi-method testing, such as Coulometric tester, NSST and CASS; proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Prezi and AutoCAD


Coating Specialist / Chemistry Supervisor Mar 2013 – Oct 2015

Harber Coatings Inc. Calgary, Canada

Improved the ENP (electroless nickel plating) formulation and curing procedures; optimized the catalyst, chemical ingredients and working parameters; performed process continuous developing to meet yield and manufacturing throughput targets. The ENP reached 20 MTO

Made up chemical conversion solutions, such as zinc film on aluminum and strike nickel on stainless steels; designed experiments for plating on many kinds of substrates

Oversaw on-part and in-process inspecting protocols; made recommendations to QC to improve overall systems quality

Identified production issues and managed quick resolution while ensuring ISO 9001 documentation of production changes; maintained documenting operation data by providing “job planning” and “shop traveler”;

Designed plating fixtures and manufacturing hardware, and troubleshot equipment problems; prepared coupons or sample parts to customers for their evaluation

Reengineered the ENP waste solution into effective and very useful Ni/P alloy electroplating solution, and dealt with the other wastes in compliance with environmental regulations

Plated a variety of parts such as pumps, cylinders, valves, spools, and 45 feet long pipes and 7000 pound a piece in oil & gas industry

Electroplating Engineer 2006 – 2009

Shanghai Sunstone Surface Tech Co. Ltd. Shanghai, China

(Distributor of Coventya, globe supplier of coating chemicals to the metal finishing industry)

Provided technical support to hard-chrome plating; researched anti-corrosion performance by adjusting electrode potential of multi-layer nickel (Cathodic) used for shock-absorbers, piston-rings and cylinders, and obtained current efficiency of 25%, which is etch-free both on anode and in low current district of the plated parts

Troubleshot problems associated with high anti-corrosion plating (Anodic), such as zinc and zinc/nickel with trivalent chrome passivation and organic silicon top-coat for automotive industry. NSST reached white rust 500 hours and red rust over 1000 hours

Applied ENP on plastics, nylon, copper, carbon nanotubes (non-Pd activator), and composite with ceramic or PTFE

Prepared proposals, quotes and supported customer’s processes design; participated and designed many plating projects, including automated production lines and related facilities installation, and worked with multi-disciplinary teams, including mechanical, electrical, R&D and business development, to select the formulations and processes for each project; trained production personnel and published professional articles

Developed the technology of silver satin and gold imitating plating, and fixed the color with electro-chromic solutions or silicone gel

Plating Process Engineer 1998 – 2006

Atotech (China) Chemicals Ltd. Nanjing, China

(Globe supplier of plating chemicals to the metal finishing industry)

Applied advanced plating technologies, such as decorative copper/nickel/chrome, zinc, zinc/nickel alloy; functional hard chrome, tin, gold, silver and platinum; electroless nickel and copper; E-coat and FEC (functional electronic coating)

Provided technique support to POP (plating on plastics) and plating on aluminum; researched corrosion behaviors such as sulfur content in multiple nickel layers, and micro-corrosion current dispersed by sealed particles or micro cracks

Plating Technician, Assistant Engineer, Engineer and Senior Engineer 1982 – 1998

Engineering Dept. of Jiangsu Province Bicycle Corp. Wuxi, China

Developed more efficient protection processes for light alloy bicycle and motorcycle parts; applied electrophoretic (cathodic and anodic) paint and electrostatic powder paint; optimized aluminum anode-oxidizing and electro-polishing processes

Designed and re-engineered over 20 automatic plating production lines applied copper (acid or alkaline or pyrophosphate or cyanide-free) /multi-layer nickel /chrome, and zinc/passivation


Master of Business Administration 1998 – 2000

Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Bachelor of Electrochemical Engineering 1978 – 1982

Tianjin University, Tianjin, China

Certificate of Corrosion Technician Nov 2012

NACE International, Calgary


Corporate Readiness Training Program (CRTP) Jan 2013 – Apr 2013

Bow Valley College, Calgary

EAP & EAC Program Jan 2010 – Dec 2011

Mount Royal University, Calgary

Certificate of Laboratory and Chemical Hazards Safety 2004

Chemcare Asia Consultants, Guangzhou, China


“Application of Plating on Magnesium Alloy”, Journal of Electroplating & Pollution Control, ISSN : 1000-4742 (200*-**-****-**.

“Development of Trivalent Chromium Passivation Process for Zinc and Zinc Alloy Coating”, Journal of Electroplating & Pollution Control, ISSN : 1000-4742(2008)05-0008-03.

“Superiority Analyses of Tri-chrome Passivation for Zinc and Zinc Alloy Plating”, Journal of Plating & Finishing, ISSN : 1001-3849 (200*-**-****-**.

“Comments on River’s Pollution Protection in Shanghai”, Journal of Electronics Plating of Shanghai, (2007) 12-04-09.


"Certificate of Appreciation” for helping newcomers to complete their tax returns

Centre for Newcomers, Calgary. 2010, 2011

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