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Nuclear Engineer Construction Worker

Loganville, GA
October 18, 2022

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Vernon Zimmerman Jr.

**** ******** **** ******

Loganville, GA 30052

Primary Phone: 757-***-****


Objective Find a position that fully promotes the engineering skills obtained from education and previous engineering tasks experienced throughout my career. Also, provide a positive impact on company and co-workers by constantly displaying a strong work ethic, performing as a team member and efficiently organizing tasks for timely completion.

Education 12/2013 Old Dominion University; Norfolk, VA Master of Engineering Management

05/1996 North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University; Greensboro, NC Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering

06/1991 Charles B. Aycock High School; Pikeville, NC Diploma

Experience Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding Newport News, VA

Department: Nuclear Propulsion – Overhaul Engineering (Onboard Discharge Tanks)

Job Title: Nuclear Engineer IV

Start/End Date: January 2014 – January 2022

Familiar with the elements associated with quality program design and configuration management in support of overhaul engineering.

Served as the project group leader and mentor with the primary responsibility of ensuring that the engineering products meet nuclear propulsion program principles, safety, quality, cost and schedule commitments for the upcoming refurbishment of Onboard Discharge Tanks (ODTs) for USS John C. Stennis planning for CVN 74. Investigate equipment failures to identify root causes. Implement corrective and preventative actions.

Performed problem solving, root cause investigation, corrective actions, effectiveness evaluations, and creating and/or interpreting quality related documentation. Performed process capability and process performance analysis. Lead Engineer responsible for incorporating new processes and lessons learned from previous ODT refurbishments to mitigate significant delays and radiological insult. Lead Engineer responsible for the evaluation and improvement of processes associated with ODTs via risk analysis and mock-up testing to promote first time quality during ODT refurbishment.

Lead Engineer responsible for the redesign and mock-up testing of ODT support equipment and radiological systems.

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Experience Applied strategic tools to improve process capability, eliminate defects, along with implementing/maintaining the QMS (Quality Management System). Assisted in process audits.

Took the lead role in ISO certifications.

Lead Engineer responsible for various technology options, processes and facility/program improvements with respect to safety, performance, efficiency and costs.

Maintained calibration records on measurement tools. Performed Charpy testing along with lab testing backup. Developed technical project procedures that supported maintenance, check-out, training and execution of work for complex procedures related to design control and other engineering operations.

Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding Newport News, VA

Department: Nuclear Propulsion – Overhaul Engineering (Technical Work Definition & Contractual Support)

Job Title: Nuclear Engineer IV

Start/End Date: March 2019 – October 2019 (on loan) Transitioned into the E81 Technical Work Definition & Contractual Support group on an “on-loan” basis as the Lead Nuclear Planning Engineer for CVN 74 RCOH. Assisted in Cost Data Sheet Availability Work Package-Functional Area Planner (CDS AWP-FAP) reviews for 114N Nuclear Scopes.

Became an active member of the biweekly Nuclear Integrated Planning Team (IPT) meeting.

Developed a CVN 74 RCOH A3 Sheet to track the status of deliverables throughout the entire department.

Developed a deeper understanding of the planning process, contract requirements and how that these requirements impact overhaul engineering as a whole. Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding Newport News, VA

Department: Reactor Services Engineering

Job Title: Nuclear Engineer IV

Start/End Date: December 2013 – January 2014

Lead Engineer responsible for mentoring new and less experienced engineers with regards to day-to-day operations concerning spent fuel disassembly and shipout. Lead Engineer that developed, analyzed, researched, and designed sound engineering techniques to improve M140 and M290 operations. Lead Engineer responsible to create new or modified fuel disassembly and shipout methods, radiological control schemes, techniques, and procedures in order to substantiate engineering theories.

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Experience Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding Newport News, VA

Department: Reactor Services Engineering

Job Title: Nuclear Engineer III

Start/End Date: January 2005 – December 2013

Managed a team of less experienced Project Engineers to ensure all task were completed as scheduled.

Lead Engineer that managed the initiative to eliminate the use of REFS piping outer shielding for SNM removal from reactor compartment (A4W core types) and future ships which will result in significant man-rem and man-hour savings. Lead Engineer that developed instructions to establish and disestablish an exclusion area in reactor compartment to compensate for not using the REFS piping outer shielding.

Lead Engineer that managed the initiative to install radiation probes to collect unshielded radiation data in reactor compartment during SNM removal. Favorable data shall be used to support the requested removal of REFS piping inner shielding for future ships.

Served as Lead Engineer for rotating shield deck (RSD) and standpipe preparations for translating gate refueling machine (TGRM) operations. Generated scopes of executable tasks that are used in contract price negotiations with the Navy for refuelings.

Prepared procedures that test equipment, simplify complex operations, provide technical guidance and allow maximum parallel operations. Provided radiological control plans, policies and procedures to ensure the safe handling of nuclear materials and protection of personnel. Familiar with radiological control considerations and their impact on reactor servicing processes and procedures.

Naval Reactor Services

Idaho Falls, ID

Job Title: Senior Nuclear Engineer

Start/End Date: March 2003 – December 2004

Lead Engineer at the Expended Core Facility that managed incorporating radiological control instructions into reactor servicing procedures. This team designed and tested all containments used to control loose surface contamination. Lead Engineer that provided guidance in the development of the radiological control containment schemes.

Performed core examinations on spent fuel cells to record wear patterns and collected data regarding the corrosion of fuel cells.

Newport News Shipbuilding

4101 Washington Ave. Newport News, VA 23607

Department: Reactor Services Engineering

Job Title: Nuclear Engineer

Start/End Date: June 1996 – March 2003

Served on team of engineers that prepared technical documents for the first refueling performed on Nimitz class aircraft carriers (A4W core types). Developed more efficient refueling process to eliminate unnecessary radiation exposure to personnel.

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Experience Developed radiological control schemes to safely perform nuclear refuelings. Prepared field change procedures to modify existing refueling equipment for improved performance.

Prepared procedures to perform checkout instructions on new or modified equipment to ensure satisfactory use before using on controlling time. Provided radiological control plans, policies and procedures to ensure the safe handling of nuclear materials and protection of personnel. AMP/TYCO

Greensboro, NC

Job Title: Inspector

Start/End Date: June 1993 – May 1996

Monitored process for plastic injection molding ensuring it was free of defects. Monitored production and inspected components used in automotive, electronics, communication equipment, appliance, industrial machinery, and instrumentation markets.

Zimmerman’s Construction

Eastern, NC

Job Title: Construction Worker

Start/End Date: June 1988 – May 1991

Assisted the general contractor with residential construction, remodeling and rip out at jobsite locations.

Performed operations ranging from blueprint interpretation, foundation layout, framing, carpentry, masonry, insulation installation, sheet rock installation, window installation, fencing installation, deck installation, flooring, roofing, painting, landscaping and debris removal.

Assisted subcontractors with electrical wiring and plumbing. Qualifications Qualified to prepare radiological technical work documents per Article 112 of NAVSEA 389-0288; Qualified in Radiological Training for Nuclear Engineers

(RTNE); Qualified as a Radiation Worker to Article 106.5a of NAVSEA 389-0288; U.S. Department of Defense Confidential Security Clearance since 1996 Interests American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) NC A&T Alumni Association, Aggie Club

Honors Dean’s List, Who’s Who Among College Students Amoco Academic Scholarship, Achievement Award (College of Engineering) Certificate of Appreciation - Engineering Support Services Contract at Naval Reactors Facility

Skills Strong interpersonal skills; Great written and verbal communication skills; Great analytical and organizational skills; Mentor; Trainer; Business Case; Directing; Documentation; Manufacturing; Process Engineering; Systems Engineering; Production; Program Management; Project Management; Quality; Supervisory Skills; Research and Development; Financial Analysis; ISO 9001 Quality Standards; Instrumentation and Control; Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, Python, AutoCAD

References Available upon request

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