Consultant, Kevin Kennedy Associates Inc.
Providing expertise in technical welding, construction management, QA/QC management and NDT consulting, welding, fabrication and QC inspection, safety standards and code compliance expert testimony, and related expertise to a wide variety of clients.
Principal Consultant, Vice President, welding consulting firm
Provided technical services to major oil companies as Welding Engineer and Quality consultant responsible for shop, sub-vendor welding procedure qualification reviews, welding program audit and establishing liaison for supply chain management and assuring vendor meets customer and end user requirements. ITP and project specification reviews. Served as a primary riser welding engineer to direct vertical access group for API 1004 and BS 7910and ECA based welding qualifications and project requirements based upon based design requirements. Supervised and provided contract inspection/surveillance services to various organizations with typically up to (8) full-time CWI-Specialized Technical Specialists. Provided contract/consulting, training and inspection services to contractors, chemical and oil companies, major structural fabricators, pressure vessel/piping manufacturers and engineering/inspection organizations. Prepared, implemented and monitored Quality Manuals/Systems, ITP's to API, NBIC, AWS, ASME, DNV, EN, ABS, NQA-1, AS 9000/9100 and ISO standards. Conducted vendor surveillance, audits and inspection as per ITP's and customer requirements. Conducted supply chain vendor audits and project consulting to Bp-Technip-/NDE quality systems for welding and NDT critical service sub sea equipment and compliance to API 6A, 17D, 2A, NACE MR-0175-ISO 15156-2 and 3 for deepwater GOM projects. Consultant to new 1 million+ SF manufacturing facility. Set up all AC square wave SAW single and Tandem systems and over 150 miller Access FCAW units and established in-house welder training programs and procedures.
QC/Welding Manager, Stupp Bridge Company, Division Of Stupp Bros. Inc., Bowling Green, KY
Established from the ground breaking of a 400K sq. Ft. fabrication facility, the complete QA/QC, Welding support department complying with AISC, AWS, Ohio DOT 863 and the AASHTO. Developed welder-training programs for structural steel/bridge welding adopted by the Kentucky Department of Education and the Bowling Green Technical College. Established all welding parameters for all single and TANDEM SAW automated Ogden/Lincoln welding gantries and semi-automatic equipment during installation and PQR testing. Supervised and trained all visual and NDE inspection personnel. Coordinated all NDE and pre-fabrication conferences for with departments of transportation and outside auditing, 3rd party inspection agencies for major steel bridge fabrication. Prepare all WPS's and PQR's to include HPS 70W Q&T and TMCP per AWS D1.5, AREMA and AWS D1.1.
Sales/Welding Engineer, A Major Welding Distributor
Managed over 1.8 million in welding equipment and consumable sales in the southeast USA while providing technical support and automatic welding equipment troubleshooting as well as equipment (Miller, Esab, Hobart) recommendations to the Dana Corporation, Rockwell, Tower Automotive, Volvo Heavy Construction, Hayes-Lemmerz, Tenneco Automotive and other QS 9000 manufacturing- OEM facilities.
Sales/Welding Applications Engineer, Cloos Robotic Welding Systems, Schaumburg, IL/Haiger, Germany
Responsible for effectively communicating with client welding engineering/manufacturing engineering departments throughout the southeast U.S. and assisting in the L/O and design of the most economical and productive GMAW and TANDEM robotic arc welding/automated systems for the welding application involved. This included tooling/fixtures and positioner's, cycle time analyses, proposal development and weldment justification review. Worked with John Deere, Caterpillar and Volvo Heavy Construction, Heil Co., Merritor Automotive. Sold and supported Twin-Pulsed Arc GMAW tandem welding systems to Kamatsu, Heil and Volvo-Heavy Construction Equipment division.
Manager-Welding Engineering, Union Tank Car Company, Houston-Sheldon, TX
Established from start-up of a 500K sq. ft. rail tank car manufacturing facility, the complete plant welding engineering department to include automated circumference and longitudinal SAW manipulators and fixtures with seam tracking; FCAW boom packages; plasma system and table layout; PQR's, WPS, WPQR's in PC data base format; R&D for improvement of weld deposition rates/efficiencies while reducing labor cost, improving operational processes; Prepared WPS's for all welding and hard facing, clad/overlay utilizing SMAW, SAW, GMAW on austenitic and martensitic stainless steels; Maintained machine calibrations, drawing logs, engineering specifications, PWHT furnace calibrations, production test plates per AAR Appendix W; to include mechanical/metallurgical testing results and vessel qualification records per AAR and ASME; Supervised and directed welding technicians; Responsible for annual department budget.
Engineering Technician, Corporate CWI/CWE, Modjeski & Masters Consulting Engineers, New Orleans, LA
Prepared structural welding and NDE engineering project specifications and review of contractor procedures per AWS D1.5 & AWS D1.1, D1.4, and D1.2. Presented training seminars in NDE and structural bridge welding to DOT agencies, universities, and in- house EIT's and P.E.'s. Performed in depth shop and field inspection/NDT of both FCM & non-FC- fatigue sensitive details utilizing NDT. Structural bridge inspection NDE team leader for fracture critical structural-cantilever-suspended bridges in the state of Louisiana. Developed procedures and conducted bridge hanger pin UT inspection for LADOTD, NYDOT, and AMTRAK. Supervised cement plant batch mix inspection and QC in field. Verified quantity and quality for all work by GC and reporting to owner.
Project QA Specialist, Under Contract To BP Alliance Refinery, Walk Haydel & Associates, Inc., New Orleans, LA
Responsible for the daily construction/quality control of the vapor recovery station project at the Alliance Refinery, LA; Inspection of piping systems per ANSI B31.3, rotating equipment and related supports; Approved and maintained ASME IX, PQRs, WPSs, WPTRs, Hydro-testing and radiography records for project; Review and submittal of all client engineering change orders and design modifications for compliance with ANSI B31.3; Maintained hours (billable & non-billable) and force account work for general and all sub-contractors assigned to project.