Robin Sutton


QA/QC Client Representative Inspector

Corpus Christi, TX

Robin A. Sutton
2826 Saint Felicity
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
361-726-8974 (cell)

Thirty-plus years related industry experience in welding, fabrication, field erection, inspection and testing of piping, pressure vessels, structural steel and civil. This includes more than 20 years work as a craft helper, welder/fabricator and craft supervisor, plus 16 years as contractor QC, client QA/QC representative, QC manager and field engineer.

API 510 #21742
API 570 #22836
AWS-CWI #15022261
ISO 9001: 2008/ ISO 19011 Auditor Training #16812
OSHA 30 Construction Safety and Health
SNT-TC-1A Level II: U.T.T./ M.T./P.T. (expired)

Work Experience

Walter Oil (Walzel Technical Services)
August 2014- Present
Position: QA/QC Client Representative Inspector
Assignment: Gulf Marine Fabricators Coelacanth Jacket Project
Third party inspection representative for prefabrication and field erection of structural steel. This consisted of dimensional and orientation verification of the various components of mud mats, legs, skirt pile sleeve assemblies and skirt piles, as well as inspection of welds, random audits to assure compliance with prescribed welding procedures and periodic audits of consumable storage. Additional assignments included inspection of flooding system tubing and chamber installation. This involved witnessing pressure testing and verifying test gauge calibration, as well as review of test charts, liaison with contractors to coordinate logistics for anticipated scaffolds, hole watch, man lift, etc. and finally, to provide client with daily quality /progress update.

Exxon Mobil (Walzel Technical Services)
February 2014- June 2014
Position: Client Vendor Surveillance Inspector
Assignment: Bay Ltd. Fabrication Facility
Function as third party inspection representative for all prefabrication of structural steel (AWS D-1.1) and piping (ASME B-31.3). This was a repair/replace project on The King Ranch Gas Plant. Activities included: Review all structural steel and piping MTRs to assure that all materials meet or exceed minimum industry standards. Perform dimensional and orientation check of all piping spools and structural steel fabrication, as well as verify material with BOM. Perform visual inspection of all welds. Perform visual inspection of all coatings. Review all RT film. Provide client with daily quality /progress update. Review and sign off turnover books.

Hess Petroleum (IV-AGA, LLC)
June 2012- January 2014
Position: Senior Hull Inspector/Site Rep [Spar Floating Production System] Primary objective is to monitor construction activities and progress by all relevant parties. These included Client/Third Party, Fabrication Contractor, NDE Contractor, Certified Verification Assurance, American Bureau of Shipping and U.S. Coast Guard. Witness/participate in Third Party Audits with Client QA Manager. Confer with Hess onsite personnel, including Coating Inspector, I&E Inspector, Sub-sea Inspector, EHS Representative and Quantity Surveyor, reporting to mid-management.
Concurrent with this assignment was oversight of a Production Holdback Suction Piles fabrication project. This involved material and consumable control verification, NDE audits, field fabrication audits, approval of all FAT testing and review of all FAT paperwork.

CFS Inspection Ponca City, OK
August 2011- April 2012
Position: Field Engineer [Benzene Reduction Unit] Assignment: Suncor Refinery Denver, CO
Provide technical engineering information and interpretation of plans, detail sheets and specifications for contractors. Participate in monitoring and reviewing scope changes. Conduct field audits to ensure that construction work complies with all engineering standards, codes (ASME B-31.3, ASME B-31.1), specifications and design instruction. Approve all contractor welding procedures and welder qualifications. Perform final walk downs on piping systems and authorize turnover of systems to Operations. Serve as liaison between Construction Department and Engineering Department.

CFS Inspection Ponca City, OK
October 2010-April 2011
Position: API 510/ Authorized Inspector [Fractionator Tower] Assignment: Suncor Refinery Denver, CO
Oversee code vessel alteration as client representative. This project entailed installation of several nozzles associated with piping between fractionator tower and high pressure exchangers per API 510. Approve repair plan. Establish hold points. Coordinate all NDE. Review final code package.

Spectrum Inspection Los Angeles, CA
April 2010- August 2010
Position: Piping QA/QC Lead [Refinery, All Units] Assignment: Tesoro Refinery Oahu, HI
Oversee quality control for pre-fabrication and field installation of all piping projects involved in plant wide turnaround per ASME B-31.3 and ASME B-31.1. Review all piping packages to ensure that listed NDE requirements meet owner-user specification. Approve all contractor welding procedures and welder qualifications. Coordinate NDE and PWHT. Manage inspection activities for three piping inspectors and six NDE technicians. Review all reports including RT, UT, PT, PMI, and hydro test. Audit QC personnel activities for all piping contractor companies.

Walzel Technical Services
January 2010-March 2010
Position: Structural Inspector [Modular Skids for Isomerization Process Unit] Assignment: Keiwit Marine Yard Ingleside, TX
Monitor fabrication, welding and erection of modular piping and pressure vessel skids. Visual inspection of all structural welds per AWS D1.1. Visual inspection of all bolted structural steel connections including verification of proper fastener engagement and compression of direct tension indicators. Witness all bolt lot pretension verification (Skidmore testing). Perform random dimensional audits. Provide client with all pertinent documentation including bolting maps, visual inspection reports, weld maps and pretension verification reports.

William Jacobs Management/G.A.S. Unlimited Houston, TX
June 2009- October 2009
Position: Piping Inspector [Drilling Floor, Topsides] Assignment: Keiwit Marine Yard Ingleside, TX
Third party inspection representative for Statoil Hydro on Peregrino Offshore Drilling Rig Refurbishment Project. Insure that all systems are mechanically complete prior to release to commissioning team.

Spectrum Inspection Los Angeles, CA
February 2009 -May 2009
Position: API 510/570 Inspector [Refinery, All Units] Assignment: Tesoro Refinery Oahu, HI
Assisted unit inspectors in gathering and evaluation of data for upcoming turnaround in 2010. Primary responsibilities included functioning as R.T. coordinator and on-site safety representative for local X-ray companies. Evaluated piping profile R.T. for film quality and determined actual wall thickness using ratio derived from nominal size versus ”blow-up factor”. Based on this information, determinations were then made regarding corrosion rates and remaining life, as well as recommendations to create new TML’s or delete existing ones. Also performed extensive API-570 external piping inspections.

All Tech Inspection Corpus Christi, TX
September 2004- January 2009
Position: API 510/570 Inspector [Coker, Cat Cracker, Hydrogen Unit] Assignment: Various refineries throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Inspection of process piping (ASME B-31.3), power piping (ASME B-31.1) and code pressure vessels (API 510) in turnaround
environment. Make repair recommendations and follow repair process.

Koch Specialty Plant Services Corpus Christi, TX
May 2002- August 2004
Position: Quality Control Manager
Assignment: Flint Hills – Corpus Christi, TX
Oversee all aspects of quality control on piping, structural, and civil projects. Oversee repair of code pressure vessels.

Petro Chem Inspection Corpus Christi TX
June 2000- May 2002
Position: Inspector/Draftsman
Assignment: Flint Hills – Corpus Christi, TX
Perform API 570 visual inspection of on-stream piping. Perform U.T. thickness readings. Field sketches of piping circuits.

July 1972-May 2000
Position: Pipe Welder/Fabricator/Supervisor [Fab Shop, Ship Yard, Refinery, Pipeline, Offshore] Assignment: Various Contractors
Certification in SMAW, FCAW, GMAW and GTAW on carbon steel and various alloys, including exotics. Extensive experience troubleshooting problems inherent in these various welding processes. Started as entry level helper, then journeyman level welder/ fabricator and piping supervisor.


-Larry Stubbs
Site Manager Coelacanth Jacket Project
Walter Oil and Gas

-Mike Fitzpatrick
Hull Manager Gulf Star 1 Production Spar Project
Hess Petroleum

-Mark Ingle
Engineering Manager
Suncor Energy

-Dick Southers
General Manager
Walzel Technical Services

-Walter Horton
Inspection Services Manager

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