Eric Burknap


Engineering Project Manager

Plainfield, IL

Eric J. Burknap
21962 West Lakeland Trail
Plainfield, Illinois 60544-6013
(815) 531-2105 (Cell)

Engineering Project Manager March 2015 – Present
International-Matex Tank Terminals Lemont, IL
• Managing multiple capital projects simultaneously
o Controls upgrade to PLCs for packaging line
o Tank repairs per API-653 and API-570 inspections
o New truck scales to replace outdated scales
o Upgraded inaccurate steam meters with improved meters with necessary piping modifications
o Pond protection, relocate pipes over the road, tear out old bridge and fill in to seal off, with new road paved over the fill in
o Electrical building rehabilitation to satisfy NFPA 70E
• Supervising contractors on site
• Issuing safe work permits involving the following, hot work, elevated work, excavating and shoring, confined space, hoisting and rigging, lock out / tag out, and line break permitting for contractors
• Managing project budgets upwards of $250,000 per project
• Procuring of parts and services
• Assisting in development of cost estimates for potential projects
• Developing project specifications
• Designing new pipe routing
• Managing maintenance and commissioning of instrumentation
• Configuring of TankMaster System

Process Engineer August 2014 – March 2015
Valent BioSciences Corporation Osage, IA
• Supporting start-up activities for various pieces of process equipment
o Thin Film Evaporator
o Disc Centrifuge
o Ceramic Micro Filter
• Control loop tuning
• DeltaV code modifications for process needs
• Troubleshooting and investigating process issues
• Specifying replacement pumps
• Developing training overview for DeltaV control recipes
• Managing process improvements
• Determining replacement trim cV for control valves
• Developing training aids for DCS functions
• DeltaV recipe modifications for improving process efficiency
• Reducing excessive water waste
• Modifying early plant water balance to actual numbers from design estimates
• Assist in safety review prior to the start up of two major hazards

Manufacturing Engineer July 2010 – October 2014
Valent BioSciences Corporation Libertyville, IL
• Lead process engineer for fermentation facility design project
• Managed manufacturing direction development for fermentation facility
• Organized and maintained equipment database and cost tracking of equipment compared to budget values
• Identified process improvement opportunities
• Managed and developed functional control specification documents for the DCS system
• Worked with and managed a team of engineers during the design phase
• Contributed to the development of distributed control system software and performed factory acceptance testing of the software
• Managed equipment fabrication and shipment timelines with vendors (Spring/Summer 2012 start)
• Provided cost cutting ideas throughout the design process
• Saved $400,000 throughout the design project
• Worked with a design team to develop potential contingency plans due to budget constraints
• Supported the development of facility start-up procedures
• Analyzed costs of various options to determine best back-up fit
• Assisted with the development of Process Flow Diagrams
• Managed updates to Process and Instrumentation Diagrams
• Assisted with management of construction of the fermentation facility

The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering May 2010
GPA: 3.23/4.00

• Matlab
• Delta V
• Provox
• ChemCAD
• LabView
• AutoCAD P&ID
• Microsoft Office

• Safety and Chemical Engineering Education (SAChE) through AIChE
• OSHA-10 Certified
• Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC)

Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity Fall 2008 – Spring 2010
Officer Position: Scribe
• Volunteered for environmental cleanup projects and assisted in career fair setup
• Prepared and organized meeting minutes
• Completed and filed required forms and vital paperwork for the national office
American Institute of Chemical Engineers – ChemE Car Team Member Spring 2008 – Spring 2010
• Worked on a team to build a car designed to run on a chemical reaction
Ready Set Ride Therapeutic Riding Center Summer 2008 – present
• Assistant Manager of volunteers
• Lead and Retrain horses
• Side walking and interacting with disabled children
• Maintaining horses – grooming, tacking up and feeding

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