High level Electronic PLC / Field Service Engineer installing and commissioning offshore and other heavy duty cranes that operates in harsh, corrosive environments globally for Hydralift AmClyde Inc. in Saint Paul, Minnesota. While working in the field with crane capacities as high as 5000 metric tons (11 million pounds), complicated engineering situations were troubleshot on site, over the phone, thru email, and via remote access in Africa, Asia, Gulf of Mexico, Middle East, and South America.
Exposed to engineering practices and design standards in the United States and throughout the world.
Gained strong practical engineering experience from working multiple large & small scale projects through the design, manufacturing, assembly, and testing phases.
Adapted to a variety of roles across multiple disciplines as required for project completion.
Supervised and interacted with different personalities and nationalities while working abroad year round.
Ensured that environmental, safety, and quality standards were met while meeting production goals.
December 2018 – Current
Worldwide innovator in specialized material handling, automation, and robotic solutions for demanding environments requiring quality & productivity with safety driven solutions.
Used classification codes including National Electrical Code (NEC) & CMAA 70
Engineering a drive modernization for Omaha Public Power District – Nuclear Cask Handling facility
Engineering a replacement Control system for three overhead cranes & three overhead manipulator systems for Oak Ridge National Lab
Electronic PLC Engineer
November 2010 – December 2018
Hydralift AmClyde Inc., a Division of National Oilwell Varco
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Worldwide leader in heavy lift cranes, mooring systems, and other equipment using electrical and hydraulic controls operating in extremely harsh & corrosive environments.
Installed, configured, and troubleshot Allen Bradley, Beckhoff, Parker, & Siemens I/O Modules
Installed, configured, troubleshot communication systems including Ethernet, Profibus, Modbus, CAN, J1939, Data Highway, Data Highway Plus, RS485, & RS232
Worked with subcontractor’s Quality Assurance department to ensure all continuity, electrical torque specifications, megger testing, commissioning, and load testing was properly documented in a timely fashion
Used shipping and other classification codes including National Electrical Code (NEC), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), China Classification Society (CCS), Germanischer Lloyd (GL), and Lloyd’s Register
Assisted subcontractor with proper installation of 6.6 KV switchgear including helping complete the collector ring cable termination, configuring the switchgear controls, and troubleshooting operational control issues.
Verified and corrected HMI, including Factorytalk View and GE Proficy, during installation and commissioning
Identified issues, developed solutions, and worked closely with engineering to ensure that solutions met our specifications while maintaining “as built” drawings
Monitored and documented quality issues such as wrong cable pulled, not enough cable sent, and missing & incorrect parts while ensuring appropriate corrective actions were taken to meet or exceed our specification
Maintained control of inventory while reporting to management of any variations prior to requiring items
Played a key role in the verification of the PLC program, VFD drive tuning, I/O testing, and control system wiring during commissioning of new equipment
Acted as technical liaison between subcontractors, project management, engineering, and vendors
Developed and implemented WIFI communication upgrades between distance WIFI communication points
Assisted subcontractor with pulling cables and terminating wires while completing electrical termination of multiple large control panels
Provided electrical troubleshooting expertise during equipment start-up, testing, and calibration of electrical systems including current loops, encoders, limit switches, proximity switches, remote I/O, and solenoids.
Programmed and tuned PID loops to synchronization hoist drums by controlling the speed of hydraulic motors
Verified and corrected the load monitoring system to ensure proper data was displayed for the hook load and working capacity based on encoder counts, load cell feedback, and boom angle
Monitored and reported progress daily with phone calls to the project managers and engineers
June 2008 – June 2009
Viracon, a division of Apogee Enterprises Inc.
National leader in the manufacture of single source high performance architectural glass products
Designed an automated replacement for an obsolete, non-operating spectrophotometer measurement system
Installed, configured, troubleshot communication systems including ControlNet, DeviceNet, Ethernet, & RS232
Troubleshot complex electrical systems including current loops, encoders, limit switches, proximity switches, remote I/O, vacuum gages, thermocouples, and pneumatic & hydraulic solenoids.
Drafted accurate electrical schematics for a number of complex pieces of equipment
Assisted during equipment upgrades to allow a single production line to produced greater variety of goods including a complete rewiring of a control panel
Designed and built an amplifier for an obsolete, non-operating light transmission measuring system
BS, Electronic Engineering Technology
Minnesota State University – Mankato, MN
Dean’s List – Overall GPA: 3.03 Major GPA: 3.70
AAS, Electronic Technology
Saint Paul College – St. Paul, MN
Summa Cum Laude – Dean’s List – GPA: 4.00
Selected Specialized Training
RS View 32
SST Profibus Config. Tool