Tim Leopold


Controls Engineer/Boiler

Garfield Heights, OH

Garfield Heights, OH 44125

EDUCATION: Cleveland State University – BSChE – 1988

MILITARY: Honorable discharge from U.S. Army – 1975
(Vietnam era veteran)


Nov 2010 – Present Universal Resources (consulting as a boiler tuner for Southern Co.)

Jan 2006 – Oct 2010 ABB

Sep. 2004 – Jan 2006: MERRIMAC ASSOC.

1988 – Sep. 2004: BAILEY CONTROLS / ABB

Responsible for the design of hardware and software for control systems based on customer specifications. Primary expertise in combustion control. Also involved with burner management systems and ILS controls (motors, valves, pumps, etc.). Familiar with SAMA conventions and conversant with the N.F.P.A. As a primary system engineer was responsible for all aspects of control system design and the training of newer engineers in the above systems.


Major experiences as follows:

2 years as Lead site engineer for Beilun Power Plant, Ningbo China. 3 600 MW Foster-Wheeler design drum boilers. Including tuning and commissioning of combustion control, burner management, and ILS controls.

2 months as lead engineer for KEPCO, Tanjin, Korea Power Plant 3 540 MW CE once-through boilers. Including tuning and commissioning of combustion control, burner management, and ILS controls.

Lead site engineer for Weyerhaeuser Co. (Alabama) paper mill industrial multi-fuel boiler start-up of two units. Combustion control tuning, on site re-design, and team co-ordination.

Implemented SH and RH controls for First Energy Corp. (Ashtabula Plant).

Startups for West Kentucky Power in charge of on-site configurations and tuning for the following:
Green Units 1 & 2, 250 MW B&W coal fired units.

Startup of Wilson Plant, 500 MW Foster Wheeler coal fired unit.
Implementation of Coleman 3 front end controls. 150 MW Riley coal fired unit, with ball mils.

Ongoing relationship with East Kentucky Power Cooper station. 125 MW and 250 MW B&W coal fired units.

Startup of Unit 6 for Dubai Power and Electric Authority (DEWA), Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 400 T/H steam flow B&W gas and oil fired units.

On site finalization of boiler simulators for Omaha Public Service, Arizona Public Service, and DEWA..

Startup of Detroit Ed. Belle River Unit 2. 650 MW B&W reconfigured compartmentalized coal fired boiler.

Finalization of startup of Unit 2 PSE&G Mercer County plant. 450 MW coal fired B&W unit with Ball mills. Startup of Unit 1. Successful re-design of SCR controls.

Completed startup of Deerhaven Generating Plant for GRU (Gainesville Regional Utilities) Gas/Oil Utility Boiler in three days. Ongoing tuning, including the startup of their back-end technologies.

Finalization of combustion controls, ILS motor controls, and frequency correction controls at Ayoun Mosa Generating Station, Suez, Egypt.

Finalization of startup of Unit 1, 2, 3 & 4 at PPL Colstrip plant. 850 MW coal fired DE units, including Valve wide Open mode of operation.

Finalization of startup of Unit 1 at OG&E Sooner plant. 550 MW coal fired unit.

Successful startup of unit 5, a sub-critical once through unit at Colbert station, TVA.

Nov 2010 – Present Universal Resources (consulting as a boiler tuner for Southern Co.)

Acted as a boiler tuner and design engineer for Southern Co. Responsible for implementing boiler front end controls utilizing ABB standard approaches for the following plants:
Miller Plant, all four units, Alabama
Gorgas plant, unit 10, Alabama
Barry plant, unit 4, Alabama
Yates plant, units 6&7, Georgia
Plant Mcintosh, unit 1, Georgia
Plant Red hills, units 1&2, Mississippi.

In addition to these tasks I was responsible for boiler tuning and correcting improper logic, resulting in allowing the unts to go onto AGC and correcting many other problems at the above plants and Plant Davis, units 1&2, Mississippi

Contacts at the various above sites happily available.

Publications include articles in the march and may issues of Power magazine about boiler tuning basics, as well as an upcoming article in the January issue of Power Magazine on the control of NH3 flow in SCR’s.

The book, “You Can Tune A Boiler, But You Can’t Tune A Fish” which is going to be used as a textbook at Youngstown State university starting spring semester, 2010.

  • Updated 2 years ago

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