Kurtis G. Knipp, CWI, ANSI N45.2.6 / ASME NQA-1
NDT.org Member Since: 2014
Last Updated: 10/21/2014
SC South Carolina
I am willing to Travel.
I am on a job and will finish soon.
CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES AMERICAN WELDING SOCIETY Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and CWI QC-1 2002, License Number: 12071581 Tested to AWS D1.1 and API 1104
AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE ANSI N45.2.6/ ASME NQA-1 – Special Process and Mechanical, 2014, License Number: 1334904
US NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Current Security Clearance: Unescorted Access
HOBART INSTITUTE OF WELDING TECHNOLOGY
Graduate of Combination/Pipe course, GTAW-Ti 1993 and 1997 respectively
CB&I V.C. SUMMER (Nuclear), Columbia, South Carolina, 2013 - Present
Nuclear Quality Control welding / mechanical for two AP 1000 units and their supporting infrastructure. Perform weld inspections on structure (AWS D1.1 / AWS D1.6) and piping (ASME B31.1 / ASME III piping) to ANSI N45.2.6 / NQA-1 criteria. These inspections are being performed on both carbon steel and duplex stainless steel. I am responsible for all Class I / C rated material and equipment, this includes everything connected to and the fuel containment area. Perform hydro testing on all types of pipe and piping systems (ASME sec. III, ASTM F1417, ASTM 2164, ANSI / ASME B31.1, NQA-1, NCSP 3-77, and NCSP 4-22). This includes HDPE, critical drain systems (radioactive waste water), cooling water systems, and all emergency shutdown systems. All parts and pieces must have 100% traceability per ASME and ANSI / NQA-1. Provide comprehensive training for all new department personnel.
K2 INSPECTION – SELF-EMPLOYED QA / QC Engineer 2003 -- 2013
Traveling independent contractor performing all aspects of QA/QC. I specialize in several areas and codes (AISC, AISI, API, AWS, ASME, ASTM, SSPC, etc.). All processes were performed to A.W.S., A.P.I., A.S.M.E., A.I.S.C., etc. The following is a partial list of major projects I contributed to as an independent contractor:
BIO-CHEMICAL / PHARMACEUTICAL
ITT-PURE FLO / COTTER, MARTEN-PETERSEN DIV. Various Locations
Performed VT both outside and inside (via borescope), recorded all findings, completed all appropriate documentation. High purity systems, all 316L S.S. mostly orbital welding, very few handwelds, mostly skid work and manifolds for direct injectable drugs. FDA 3A Standards. Subcontractors for Eli-Lilly, Gen-tech, Pfizer, Merck.
PROCTER & GAMBLE Lima and Toledo, Ohio
Replaced all C.S. with 316L S.S. high purity process lines. Performed VT on outside and inside (via borescope). Performed all documentation both written and video. Also performed slope verification and documented profilameter readings. All work was to BPE code.
POWERPLANTS (FOSSIL) HIGHLIGHTS
NIPSCO / SCHECK INDUSTRIES, Wheatfield and Michigan City, Indiana
Rebuilding of S.S. catalyst tanks 60’ tall, 15’ dia., all piping and nozzles associated with them. Worked with Scheck Industries. Completed several turnarounds at these plants.
POWERPLANTS (FOSSIL) HIGHLIGHTS CONTINUED
SIEMENS / WHEELABRATOR AIR POLLUTION CONTROL INC. – Georgetown, South Carolina
Consultant on 2 absorber projects with corresponding ductwork and structure. Brought all documentation up to current status. Improved failure rate from 65-70% RT to ZERO in 6-8 weeks. I made changes to the subcontractors W.P.S and QA/QC dept. and dropped that rate to 0% in 6-8 weeks. Rome, Georgia 2 bolt up absorbers with corresponding ductwork, piping, and structure.
IATAN - Kansas City, Missouri
Plant wide expansion, initial started on coal chutes, transferred over to 2 absorber’s being built by CBI (all hastelloy construction including framework).
The absorbers are made of 100% hastelloy, no carbon steel. I had to witness all NDE and performed audits on all material, documentation, etc. I also performed all weld testing and coordinated NDE.
REFINERIES / PETRO-CHEMICAL
MURPHY OIL-Katrina rebuild, Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana
Responsible for Cat-cracker and tank farm complete rebuild on entire plant from 7’ down. All process piping, valves (over 900), pumps, heat exchangers, and instrumentation. Performed weld inspection on piping projects, bolt up and flow verification on several different valve types, gasket verification, inspection of heat exchangers including bundles. Verified pump alignment and tank inspection. Performed all hydro’s and pneumatic testing. Coordinated all appropriate NDE for my areas. Turned in all reports in a timely manner to facilitate a smooth transition for turnover. Inspections were performed to API 510, API 570, API 650, and API 653.
CONOCO PHILLIPS (Alky and Coker Units), Wood River, Illinois
Responsible for Alky Unit on nights. Performed all aspects of QA/QC. Weld inspection, valve replacement and gasket verification, bolt torque on compressor and turbine, replacement of spool pieces, and various other minor projects. Coordinated all NDE and associated documentation.
Responsible for Coker Unit on nights. Maintenance of A & B barrels, repaired plates, removed and reinstallation. Witnessed removal and reinstallation of plates per spec. Coordinated all NDE and gave daily updates and reports. Finished on time and replaced 16 additional plates that were not in scope of work. Zero weld defects. Worked with equipment that supported the Coker, heaters, boilers, piping, valves, etc. Performed hydro’s and pneumatics.
FREEPORT LNG-Freeport, Texas and New Iberia, Louisiana
Ran 3-36” dual lined pipe 2400’ from dock to plant. Also performed inspection of fabrication in New Iberia. Also performed coating inspection (NACE specifications). Coordinated all NDE with Conoco Phillips. Performed RTI (radiographic interpretation) on all radiographic shots during fabrication.
DOMINION TRANSMISSION INC – Harrison Valley, Pennsylvania
Short term project-ran 2” N.G. pipe from substation to substation and some maintenance work.
WAL-MART SUPER CENTERS, Various Locations
I provided inspection services at 9 locations
VIRGINIA BEACH CONVENTION CENTER, Virginia Beach, Virginia
I established the QA/QC program for facility construction.
UOP LLC / HONEYWELL
Senior QA/QC Specialist – Quality Engineer. 2008 to 2009
Responsible for all aspects of QA/QC internationally for Process Technology and Equipment Division. My offices were worldwide. Worked with all codes including ASME, AWS, API, and international codes, as well as customer specifications. Responsible for the hiring and firing of inspectors and their companies. Reviewed all WPS’s and PQR’s for all projects. Performed inspection and company audits on all fabrication sites. Six Sigma trained.
Certified Welding Inspector, Indianapolis, Indiana 2002 to 2003
Inspector of bioprocessing equipment. In charge of testing and conformance of codes, B31.3/BPE, SP-VT1, Eli-Lilly 15100/15200, ASME/ASTM Standard A 450. Performed V.T., P.T., M.T. (wet), and U.T.-T. All processes were performed to A.W.S., A.P.I., A.S.M.E., or A.I.S.C.
Chief Fabricator, Centerville, Indiana 2001 to 2002
Fabrication of carbon, galvanized, and stainless steels for dairy equipment to FDA 3a standards.
CONTRACT INDUSTRIAL TOOLING
Fabrication/Prototype Supervisor, Richmond, Indiana 2000 to 2001
Supervisor in charge of prototype dept and production CNC machinery including high definition plasma, press brake, mill, shear, and production / prototype saws.
I took commercial concepts from print to prototype.
Production Welding, Dayton, Ohio, 1997 to 1999
Specialized in GTAW of high nickel alloy tubing (certified in carbon steel, stainless steel, hastelloy, Inconel, and titanium) for the G.E. 90 series engine (fuel system). All welds were x-ray quality and mil.-spec.
HENNY PENNY CORPORATION
Craftsman Welder, Eaton, Ohio, 1994 to 1997
GTAW of stainless steel food service equipment.
MAJOR TOOL AND MACHINE
Welder/Fabricator, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1993 to 1994
Manufacture of E.V. combustors for A.B.B. and Westinghouse.
Will be relocating to California after 02DEC2014.