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Electrica Reliability Engineering Supervisor, Project Manger

Louisville, KY
April 16, 2020

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Kurt Penner

Senior Plant Process Electrical Engineering Supervisor, Project Manager

**** ******* **. **********, ** 40218 (270) 816 - 7855

Mr. Penner has +15 years of electrical engineering process and controls integration, manufacturing automation, and project management as follows: (A) parcel material handling, (B) automotive, (C) food and beverage, (D) aluminum rolling & processing, (E) consumer appliance, and (F) chemical industries. Extensive Project Management of manufacturing infrastructure and process equipment projects at a variety of nationwide ConAgra facilities. Engineering and Maintenance Management activities include systems design, programming, startup, and troubleshooting automation controls and robotics. Experience includes +10 years of nuclear power and uranium enrichment engineering, I&C, and quality assurance engineering.


B. S. Electrical Engineering, University of Nebraska at Lincoln - 1987 GPA: 3.2/4.0


Senior Electrical/Reliability Project Engineering Supervisor (9/18 – 1/20)

Reynolds Consumer Products (RCP), Reynolds Wrap – Louisville, Kentucky

Project Managing and designing various improvements and additions to the Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil plant.

Performing reliability and Root Cause Analysis (RCA) to prioritize maintenance repairs and modifications. Responsible for the safe operation, function, procurement (SAP), and production of manufacturing equipment throughout the metal products plant – systems include Foil Separation, Interfold, Coater/RTO (Non-Stick), and Embossing equipment.

Contract Project/Process Engineer (9/13 – 8/18) – 5 years as follows:

1)Material Handling Systems – Louisville, Kentucky (14m)

Designed and commissioned material handling and parcel sorting equipment using AutoCAD.

Customers include UPS, FedEx, Amazon, and DHL.

After Sales Engineer responsible for the design, implementation, troubleshooting, and resolving issues with new and retrofit automated parcel conveyance systems.

Direct customer contact and liaison for resolving technical and immediate parcel sorting issues.

2)FORD Kentucky Truck (KTP) & Louisville Assembly (LAP) Plants – Louisville, Kentucky (18m)

Responsible for the plant support of Automated Vehicle Scheduling System (AVS) for the new 2017 aluminum Super Duty line, Escape, Lincoln MKC, and new 2018 aluminum Lincoln Navigator and Expedition.

Highly integrated Rockwell FPTC systems engineering coupled with A-B ControlLogix5000.

3)InLine Engineers – Louisville, Kentucky (10m)

Upscale projects included relocating Kellogg’s CHEEZ-IT, Saltine, and Graham production lines from Columbus, Georgia to Jackson, TN (formerly P&G) and Kansas City, MO.

4)Intellect Controls Group, LLC – Louisville, Kentucky (5m)

Provide formal training with hands-on experience in the troubleshooting, programming, and maintenance of the Allen-Bradley (A-B) ControlLogix5000 Programmable Controllers.

5)APEX Engineering, Inc – Calvert City, Kentucky (9m)

Programmed ControlLogix5000 and Factory Talk View ME automation applications at Paducah Water Utility.

Experience and training for rock quarry automation controls engineering at Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel, Salem, KY.

Translated old GE9070 code into logic diagrams utilizing AutoCAD 2013 for Westlake Chemical Monomers.

Project Modification Manager/Systems Engineer (3/10-9/13) – 3 years

United States Enrichment Company / Department of Energy (USEC/DOE) – Paducah, Kentucky

Paducah Plant shut down June 2013 after 60 years of operation - position eliminated.

Responsible for analyzing, scoping, designing, engineering, and implementing electrical and I & C projects to maintain and upgrade the facility in compliance with the NRC Code of Federal Regulations (10CFR76).

American Centrifuge Facility RD&D Project (Piketon, Ohio) – 5 month project responsible for writing detailed test plans for new electrical switch gear to facilitate the pilot project and proof of concept for commercial operation.

DOE Security Clearance (Type L)

Project Manager (3/08-10/09) – 1 years

Jacobs Engineering Group – ConAgra Alliance ( – Omaha, Nebraska

Position eliminated due to alliance safety issues (Slim Jim Factory explosion, Garner, NC), alliance cancellation, and project layoff.

Responsibilities included scoping, implementing, and supervising the installation of multiple projects while maintaining capital expenditures for multiple electrical, controls, and facility infrastructure projects at ConAgra food manufacturing facilities in California, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, and Arkansas.

Saved ConAgra $725,000 with ValuePlus performance metric cost savings ideas by reducing unnecessary scope additions and identifying plant safety improvements.

Projects managed include:

oLake View, IA popcorn seed plant - maintenance shop infrastructure upgrades including roofing, floors, electrical, lighting, building access-egress, and seed bin remediation ($350,000).

oHamburg & Lake View, IA popcorn seed manufacturing plants - complete installation of 240V/480V ANSI Z244 lock-out tag-out disconnects and twist-lock receptacles for all facility motors ($275,000).

oLake View, IA plant - seed bin personnel fall protection per 29 CFR 17.1910 project ($289,000).

oRussellville, AR plant - researched, scoped, and submitted controls and electrical proposal for Healthy Choice/Marie Callender Tray Consolidation project ($785,000).

oLincoln, NE – completed Crunch’N Munch, Fiddle Faddle, and Poppycock kitchen proposal including complete infrastructure, process instrumentation, electrical, and control upgrades ($197,000).

Project/Process/Electrical Engineering Manager (5/05-3/08) – 3 years

Anchor Packaging ( – Paragould, Arkansas

Resigned to pursue Jacobs Engineering opportunity with exclusive project management responsibility.

Lead electrical/controls engineering manager responsible for electrical and process controls projects at three plastic manufacturing locations in northeast Arkansas.

Proposed and justified, maintained capital expenditures, designed, built, installed, and trouble shot for all plant modifications and new equipment including TSL single-screw thermoforming for GladWare products.

Design and execution included electrical-controls drawings, PLC programming, and startup for all projects.

Controls upgrades include:

oConverting blown film ingredient mixer controllers from old Square-D SY/MAX to economical Automation Direct PLC & Easy Touch HMI.

oReplacing blown film mixer batch operating stations from Wonderware to PanelViewPlus (Factory Talk View ME) with PLC-5 control.

o Pneumatic transport and controls to distribute regrinds for blown film batch processing.

Trouble shot thermoforming, production, and packaging equipment include TSL, Lyle, Gloucester, Columbia, Thiele, and Barry Mueller.

Controls Engineer (5/02-3/05) – 3 years

Innovative Controls Engineering (, DT&E ( - Lebanon, Missouri

Position was eliminated due to company bankruptcy and shut down.

Extensive machine control design and programming experience with Allen-Bradley ControlLogix 5000, RSLogix 500, Ethernet, DeviceNet, Flex I/O, and Remote I/O.

Programmed FANUC R-2000iA robots, ControlLogix, Bosch Rexroth hydraulics, Sercos servo drives, and PowerFlex40 variable frequency drives for NorthStar Battery Company in Springfield, MO.

Machine control programming experience with Allen-Bradley GML 1394 servo control and PLC-5 for Whirlpool refrigerator/freezer thermoforming application.

HMI experience includes Allen-Bradley PanelView 1000 & 600E.

Product Manager/Systems Engineer (10/97–1/02) – 5 years

Wenger Manufacturing (, Bachelor Controls Inc ( - Sabetha, Kansas

Position was eliminated due to Post 911 layoff.

Extensive process control programming experience with Allen-Bradley SLC 500 and Hardy scale heads.

HMI experience includes Allen-Bradley RSView32, PanelView 1400, 650, and 550.

Responsible for controls design, engineering, commissioning, trouble-shot Wenger OEM human and animal food extruders (single and twin screw), pelletizers, and dryer manufacturing equipment.

Saved $40,000 per sale developing prototype control system (PLC & HMI) for vertical cascade dryers.

Four week startup in France of prototype vertical cascade dryer included verifying equipment software application, translating PanelView applications, and training of operations personnel.

Developed prototype gravimetric weigh scale system and programming to maintain consistent ingredient dry feed rate to extruder pre-conditioning for complete cycle of feed bin.

Developed control schematics, MCC design, one-line diagrams, and control panel layout for high speed packaging systems, human food production, and drug batching wash stations.

Startup & trouble-shot OEM PLCs & HMIs – Continentale Nutrition (France), Sunshine Biscuits, Novartis, etc.

Project Electrical Engineering Supervisor (5/96 - 4/97)

Lauhoff Grain Company/Bunge Corp ( - Crete, Nebraska

Position eliminated due to project completion & low work load.

Programmed microprocessor-controlled equipment (Allen-Bradley PLC-5, Rice-Lake scale heads).

Developed computer program to compile motor loads (1/2 to 250hp) for feeder breakers and substations.

Designed, project managed, and supervised the installation of 1000 KVA substation for emergency fire system.

Application Engineer (1/94 - 2/96)

Johnson Controls Inc. ( - Omaha, Nebraska

Pursued a career with PLC experience.

Designed, engineered, and project managed standard pneumatic controls and proprietary JCI HVAC control systems (Metasys®) for commercial and industrial facilities.

Project managed Metasys® HVAC installation at new Air National Guard KC-135 refueling hanger in Lincoln, NE.

Construction/Electrical/Control Systems Engineer (1/91 - 9/93) – Contract Engineering

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) - Browns Ferry Nuclear, Athens, Alabama


Contracts with Bechtel and Stone & Webster ended.

Reviewed electrical design change packages for to identify problems that would preclude construction work plan writing activities for Unit 3 (1100 MW BWR) cycle 5 restart.

Performed the final review of Safety Related, Environmental Qualification (EQ), and ASME Section XI modification work plans to ensure completion of work activities for BFN Unit 2 cycle 6 outage.

BECHTEL CORPORATION (Electrical/Control I&C Systems Engineer):

Calculated cable voltage drops, power supply loading, ampacity and breaker/fuse protection configurations.

Panel Lead to the Control Room Design Review (CRDR) project team.

Coordinated all design requirements to assemble design change packages for control room panels.

I&C and QA Engineer, Cooperative Student Program (5/85 – 12/90)

Omaha Public Power District ( – Omaha, Nebraska

Resigned to pursue working at Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant opportunity in Alabama.

Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station - Engineered modification packages from conceptual design to final construction. Supported field engineering to implement the construction and start-up phases of the Electrical and I & C design change packages during refueling of the 500 MW PWR.

Quality Assurance engineer - performed audits and surveillances to verify compliance in accordance with nuclear power plant requirements defined in the facility Technical Specifications, Design Basis, and 10CFR50 Appendix B.

Cooperative Student Program (Distribution Engineering) - Researched, designed, engineered, and implemented the installation of 13.8kV overhead and underground distribution.


Nebraska Professional Engineers and Architects Engineer-In-Training (Certificate Number EIT-5671), UNL Dean's Honors List, Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout), Private Pilot.

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