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Objective Full Time Employment
Employment February ,
Finney County Sheriff
N. th Street
Garden City, KS
Released from training
, – January ,
Bonanza BioEnergy, LLC
Garden City, KS
Ethanol Plant Operations Technician
Operations Lead Operator
include: Supervise operations personnel to maintain continuous operation
of the plant, and to operate the plant by operating the DCS. I am also
responsible for lock out tag out procedures, and authorizing hot work
permits when they are needed during my shift.
February , – June ,
Trenton Agri Products, L.L.C.
Ethanol Plant Operations Technician
Rover October , – June ,
I have the ability
to take over any operations position and in the absence of shift supervisor
fill in as shift supervisor.
weighing in and out semi trucks and supervising the loading or unloading
coordinating with the maintenance department to insure the safety of
all personnel through proper lockout tagout of equipment in a timely
and Evaporation operator September
, – October ,
My area of responsibility
was the distillation and evaporation systems and the tank farm.
Cook Operator March ,
– September ,
My duties included
monitoring the cook area of this plant and doing Laboratory monitoring
of the cook and fermentation process.
I was also very
helpful during the startup of this plant. For example, I discovered
that the cooling tower fans were running backwards and argued this with
the start up team until they listened. A vacuum pump in the distillation
area made a really terrible
after a tear down and rebuild sounded the same. I looked the system
over and found that the line that was being pumped to was obstructed
with debris and simply deadheaded.
A severe leak developed
on the top of the boiler on day of operation and the order was given
to shut it off. Before the control room people could get the boiler
shut down, I stopped the leak by tightening a pipe plug that was apparently
I assisted Dan Petersen,
production superintendent, with the development of the Anhydrous
Ammonia safety procedure based on my years of experience working
with the chemical .
During start up
there was a leak on top of the Anhydrous Ammonia storage tank and I
was called on and asked if I could advise as to how to stop the leak.
I got an extension ladder, leaned it against the upwind side of the
tank, and ascended to the area of the leak. I then tightened the
bleed nut on the relief valve that had been leaking and returned the
original relief to service.
I assisted Dan Petersen
in writing the safety procedure on changing the slurry strainers and
many others, based on my strong and effective safe plant practices.
One time shortly
after initial start up there was a problem with the vacuum in the distillation
process, which was not my area of training or responsibility, but as
I listened to a group discussion of the problem I realized and announced
that there was a cooling water issue and that I would like permission
to mess with things and try to solve the issue. I wondered around
for a bit and discovered that the condenser had no vacuum on it.
My solution was to pinch on the return water to the cooling tower to
force a higher water flow to the vessel that had a problem. This
step caused the vacuum to come up, and proved that we had a cooling
water issue. The solution was provided by ICM by advising us to restrict
the cooling water on two vessels and this returned us to good operating
During initial startup
of the cooling water system a high amperage draw alarm came on, this
caused great concern to the ICM startup team, Phil Gruenbacher and Brandon
Autrey. I told them that I knew of three cooling water pumps that
had run for over years with their discharge block valves pinched
to control the amperage draw on them. I then explained that by throttling
the water flow through each pump that they did less work. The three
of us went to the cooling tower, and under their supervision I demonstrated
that by closing the discharge block valve and watching the panel in
the motor control center the amperage draw would be lowered. When we
left the area both pumps were running with their discharge block valves
pinched, and there were no active alarms.
I was also commended
several times for small things such as fixing leaks myself instead of
calling for help and being helpful to others in safely learning how
to do their jobs.
May – October
Dodge City, Kansas
Anhydrous Ammonia Plant Operations
Duties – See below
Dodge City, Kansas
Ammonia Plant Operations Technician
I worked years
at the Dodge City Anhydrous Ammonia plant owned by Farmland Industries,
Inc. I was qualified to fill any position in their operations
department for over years. Some of the processes I was responsible
for operation and monitoring included water treatment, the outside of
control room operation of the Urea Ammonia Nitrate Plant, Control Board
Operator of the Ammonia Nitrate Plant, the outside of control room operations
of the Anhydrous Ammonia Plant and control board operator.
My duties also involved
Lock Out Tag Out of equipment for safe repairs of equipment by our maintenance
department and when the plants were not operating, securing and monitoring
vessels for safe confined space entry.
This was a hour
continuous operation and required its employees to be outside for extended
periods of time on occasion. We were never “on call” but overtime
was used to cover sick leave and vacation. Any time the plant
was shut down for any reason we worked daily until the plant was operating
again. My normal hours were a hour rotating shift, days on
and days off. I was always easy to get a hold of and almost
always responded to calls for overtime.
During my time of
employment the plant grew from a ton per day unit to a facility
that could regularly produce ton per day.
Education High School Diploma
Many hours of safety
training as part of my past employment
I was an active
member of a team that rewrote the startup procedure for the plant
shortly after starting my employment there. We were able to reduce
the startup time from a hour procedure to an hour procedure, saving
the company millions of dollars in natural gas that was vented instead
of going into the process. This procedure was copyrighted by Farmland
Industries and sold to companies through out the world.
I read in a chemical
engineer’s magazine about a new membrane being developed that Hydrogen
could pass through and almost no known use for this membrane.
Through personal correspondence with the developer of the membrane,
I suggested that his material could be very useful in the process of
manufacturing Anhydrous Ammonia. Now, almost every plant in the
world passes the purge out of their continuous loop through a unit that
was developed for this purpose and they return the pure Hydrogen back
to their process, saving money.
After my employment
started, a ton per day Urea Ammonium Nitrate Plant was built as
part of our complex and I spent many long, hard hours of overtime during
the first months of startup and initial operation. It was a very
rewarding feeling to see this become a reliable operating unit.
When I was hired
for employment, the control systems were totally pneumatic. All
the controllers are now digitally controlled through a Bailey Control
System. This was a challenge to implement, but I greatly increased
our operating efficiency and our ability to analyze the well being of
the plant and backstep through errors that led to accidents and undesired
shutdowns. It took a great team effort to iron out the problems.
a lost time accident.
Member of Auxiliary
Police Department at Dodge City KS
Upon moving to
Trenton, NE, I became a member of the Trenton Volunteer Fire Department.
Trenton Agri Products LLC.
Former Production Supervisor and immediate