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Engineer Quality Assurance

Williamsburg, VA
August 04, 2012

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James R. Talbert

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Williamsburg, VA 23188


Experienced Chemical Engineer with expertise in Process Engineering, including project management, new product development, continuous improvement, and quality engineering.


- Six years of experience in process engineering and process development.

- More than 4 years experience in polymer processing, specifically PTFE and HIPS.

- Two years of experience with inorganic materials processing.

- More than 3 years of experience in new product development and scale-up.

- Led a large scale capital equipment project, with budget exceeding $4 million.

- Developed sustained relationships with internal partners and external vendors.

- Proficient in various statistical techniques, including SPC and DoE.

- Adept understanding of manufacturing processes with a passion for quality.


- Software: MS Office, JMP, ADX, Minitab, AutoCAD

- Languages: Visual Basic, Fortran

- Other: DOS-based and Web-based MES (Manufacturing Execution System), Oracle



Canon Virginia, Inc.

Newport News, VA

June 2011 – Present

Canon Virginia, Inc. manufactures toner cartridges for laser-jet printers.

- Conducted product specification development for recycled High-Impact Polystyrene (HIPS).

- Supported manufacturing engineering with equipment design and testing for recycling toner cartridges.

- Managed QC lab construction and outfitting, including coordinating facilities work, cabinet design and installation, and test equipment procurement and development.

- Managed QC lab capital budget as well as expense budgets for equipment testing and specification development.

- Supported production by developing inspection process flow diagrams.


Sensorcon, Inc.

Amherst, NY

November 2009 – June 2011

Sensorcon specializes in toxic gas detectors for professional and industrial applications.

- Led development efforts for electrochemical sensors from initial prototyping through scale-up to manufacturing.

- Utilized knowledge of electrochemical catalytic reactions and materials selection to develop sensors for carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, chlorine, and nitrogen dioxide.

- Developed processes and procedures for manufacturing toxic gas sensors and finished devices in volumes of up to 1000 units per month.

- Managed vendor on-time delivery and cost for instrument cases and sensor components.

- Developed a process to produce sensors under original cost estimates, as well as a plan for scale-up to reduce cost of parts and processing.


W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

Elkton, MD

June 2006 – July 2009

Gore is a global corporation offering unique solutions using ePTFE, most notably Gore-Tex.

- Maintained current manufacturing processes for the manipulation of PTFE and ePTFE, including troubleshooting, root cause analysis, proper utilization, and process improvements/upgrades.

- Worked extensively with polymer processing techniques, including extrusion, calendering, drying, and drawing/expanding.

- Responsible for interaction with internal customers, including corrective action requests (CARs).

- Developed derivative PTFE and ePTFE products, including scale-up and commercialization.

- Assisted in transition of DOS based MES to Web based MES, specifically with data management.

- Led a project with a multi-functional team to design and build a new piece of processing equipment with budget exceeding $4 million.

- Led and assisted in a large scale cross-plant designed experiment which was able to reduce operating costs and variability caused by product changeover.

- Led supplier requalification efforts with internal customers.


E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.


Wilmington, DE; Richmond, VA; Seaford, DE

August 2003 – August 2005

- Experimental Station, Wilmington, DE: Modeled heat transfer and reaction kinetics using Visual Basic and Fortran.

- Spruance Plant, Richmond, VA: Worked in Tyvek Quality Assurance, evaluating current lab equipment and implementing new test equipment for the in-area production testing lab.

- Nylon Plant, Seaford, DE: Conducted experiments on the cut-strength of Nylon 6,6 in order to optimize staple fiber processing.

ITT Nightvision


Roanoke, VA

June – July 2004

- Performed MTF and other quality measurements on pre-packaged night-vision tubes.

PhelpsDodge Corp.


Morenci, AZ

May – July 2003

- Worked in a pilot plant and in the field, performing research and development of acid-leaching copper from various types of ore. Maintained oxygen sensors for determining the optimal conditions for extraction.


B.S. Chemical Engineering

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

GPA: 3.90/4.00

August 2001 – May 2006

Professional Licensing

- Passed all requirements for Fundamentals of Engineering examination, gaining certification as Engineer in Training (EIT).

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