David Krantz, EIT, LEED AP

Back in Nuclear Power! E/FIN (Fix It Now) Mechanical Engineer. How may I help you?

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Has your production line shutdown? Is your project behind or getting buried under higher priorities?

Has your nuclear plant scrammed? Are you suffering from lost equipment reliability or systemic failures?

Has your submarine had a plant casualty at test depth or your fire team under attack while on night patrol?

Well... for the last question please contact your boat's on watch and casualty assistance teams or your Navy SEAL/Marine Infantry support depending on your strategic/tactical situation.

As for the other questions, these are the environments in which I have found myself since busting my knuckles on machinery while hanging upside down on a submarine in the Navy. The plant was the best indicator of our success. As long as the plant made the submarine go faster when torpedoes were in the water and we made it back to tell the tale, we must have been doing something right. If the teams (especially my watch team) did not respond as required to the needs of the boat and the casualty in progress, I took that as my fault.

Since leaving the USS La Jolla, the Navy provided the means for me to complete a college degree in mechanical engineering. Concurrently (as shown in my job history), I was working in the semiconductor industry.

Being from the Nuclear Navy, I now have in depth experience not only in the operation and maintenance of turbines, valves, heat exchanges, chillers, boilers, HVAC, and complex system operations and reactions, I understood the theory of design behind them as well.

Do you need help?

Stop making me salivate here!

Allow me to find, quantify, and isolate your problem. I will give you options and recommendations. Let me lead you from the bottom by providing a "boots in the field" perspective, work with YOUR team, and recommend how to prioritize and execute solutions.

Let us systematically destroy any systematic failures you are experiencing!

How may I help you?

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E/FIN (Engineering Fix It NOW!) Engineer

Energy Northwest

May 2013 - Present

E/FIN (Engineering Fix It NOW!) Engineer

Energy Northwest

May 2013 - Present

We in EFIN are the linchpins in the process of troubleshooting and leading teams in the actions to repair or modify the only nuclear power plant in the Pacific Northwest.

The problems we deal with range from a diesel engine not operating as it should, the cooling of the reactor recirculation pump is suddenly inadequate, to a 24 inch reactor feed water valve disc breaking from its stem with the valve shut.

When we aren't saving the world from equipment problems, we are hip deep in collaborating as a multidisciplinary team to complete modifications to the plant. I am currently leading a project to upgrade HVAC systems to our Cooling Tower electrical buildings and making our General Services Building cooling system automatic again.

My previous nuclear experience comes from being in the Navy (as seen further down). There are probably as many differences between a civilian boiling water reactor (BWR) and a Navy pressurized water reactor (PWR) as there are between the motors of a sports car and a train.

My mind still boggles in seeing how water is not only allowed to boil in a BWR but encouraged. For another thing, we pressurize the electrical generators with HYDROGEN for cooling! (I thought we were crazy in the Navy!)

Concurrently, I am also studying up and getting ready to finally pass that pesky PE test.

Now is while we are heading into my third refueling outage. Don't mind me on the night shift for the next month and a half.