Bradley N. Plank, PE

Bradley N. Plank, P.E.
Mechanical & Metallurgical Engineer

Curriculum Vitae

Using his combination of mechanical and materials (metals and plastics) experience and education, Mr. Plank provides forensic and consulting engineering services to attorneys, insurance professionals, and industrial clients. A registered engineer in Texas and 23 other states, his experience includes 32 years in manufacturing in the metals processing industries, 27 years performing failure analyses, and 25 years investigating claims for insurance firms and attorneys. Mr. Plank has testified in a wide variety of matters including personal injury and property damage, in both state and federal court, and his testimony has never been excluded. Assignments have involved mechanical equipment, appliances, oil and gas transmission equipment, plumbing, HVAC, heavy equipment, machine tools, cranes and wire cables, manufacturing processes, and thermal processes, among many others.

Professional Experience

UNIFIED INVESTIGATIONS & SCIENCES, INC., 2008 to June 2018
Senior Engineer, Mechanical and Metallurgical

Responsibilities included the evaluation of failures of mechanical equipment, appliances, and systems that resulted in loss or injury. Experience in large losses included oilfield rig collapses, gas compression failures, crane and wire cable failures, manufacturing processes, machine tools, and heavy equipment used in industrial settings. Experience also included gas fired and electrical appliances, a wide variety of plumbing components, materials selection, failure analysis, and thermal processing, fire and water damage losses, as well as personal injury claims.

A. O. SMITH WATER PRODUCTS COMPANY, 1993 to 2007
Product Safety Manager

Responsibilities included overall product safety of residential and commercial water heaters and boilers. Reviewed and wrote warnings and instructions, oversaw product recalls and retrofits and made sure that A. O. Smith water heaters were safe for their intended purposes. Resolved customer complaints and performed field inspections on products involved in property damage and personal injury for claims and litigation.

THE STANLEY WORKS, 1982 to 1993
Manager of Product Development

Responsibilities included managing the product engineering department for the Industrial Tools Division. Duties included development of new product concepts through direct customer contact, performing product feasibility and design, project planning, existing product modification and maintenance, competitive analysis, vendor qualification, field failure analysis, and lab testing. Also served as division metallurgist, performing materials selection and specifying metallurgical processes. Represented the company on industry standards committees and drafted three ANSI standards for hand tools.

DRESSER INDUSTRIES, INC., 1975 to 1981
Metallurgist and Heat Treating Supervisor

Responsibilities included plant metallurgist and managing the Heat Treating Department for an engineered chain manufacturer. Processes included hardening, carburizing, and induction hardening. Materials included carbon, alloy and stainless steels, cast and malleable irons. Performed materials selection, failure analysis, and specified metallurgical processes.

Education

  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    Bachelor of Science, Metallurgical Engineering, 1975
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
    Master of Business Administration, 1981

Specialized Training

  • PDH Engineer.com, Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, Live Webinar, May 23, 2018, 4 hours tested.
  • PDH Engineer.com, Engineering Triumphs – Sports Projectiles, Live Webinar, February 28, 2018, 4 hours tested.
  • PDH Engineer.com, How Things Break: Thermal Effects, Live Webinar, January 30, 2018, 4 hours tested.
  • PDH Engineer.com, Engineering Triumphs – Cement Manufacture, Live Webinar, January 22, 2018, 4 hours tested.
  • Unified Investigations & Sciences, In-Service Webinar Series, Essentials of NFPA 1033, June 2016-January 2017, 8 hours tested.
  • CPE Solutions, LLC, Lubrication Principles, January 2, 2017, 2 hours tested.
  • CPE Solutions, LLC, Fluid Power—Hydraulic Principles, January 2, 2017, 4 hours tested.
  • PDHNow.com, Florida Ethics 2017-2019, June 18, 2018, 1 hour tested.
  • PDHNow.com, Florida Laws and Rules for Professional Engineers, Biennium Cycle 2017-2019, June 16, 2018, 1 hour tested.
  • CPE Solutions, LLC, Accident and Injury Protection Part 2, June 14, 2016, Live Webinar, taught by Derek Finger, PE, 2 hours tested.
  • CPE Solutions, LLC, Cathodic Protection Systems for Civil Works Structures, May 30, 2016, 5 hours tested.
  • CPE Solutions, LLC, An Introduction to Inspection of Boilers and Unfired Pressure Vessels, May 30, 2016, 3 hours tested.
  • OSHA Asbestos Awareness Training, Safety Compliance Management, Inc., March 5, 2016, 2 hours tested.
  • Hazwoper Refresher Course in Compliance with 29 CFR 1910.120 Standard, Dallas, Texas, February 13, 2016, 8 hours tested.
  • Engineering Ethics 2016, Rossiter & Associates, Grapevine, Texas, February 9, 2016, 2 hours.
  • Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Sea Grant, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Provider No. 0409, Course Code 923, Web-Based Soil and Site Evaluation Basic Introduction, August 27, 2015, 8 hours tested.
  • International Association of Arson Investigators, CFITrainer.net, Explosion Dynamics, August 8, 2014, 4 hours tested.
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), CFITrainer.net, NFPA 921 and 1033 2014 Editions: Important Revisions, May 20, 2014, 3 hours (tested).
  • CPE Solutions, LLC, An Introduction to Steam Boilers and Turbines for Power Plants, April 13, 2014, 4 hours tested.
  • Unified Investigations and Sciences, Inc., OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200-Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, February 3, 2014, 1 hour, tested.
  • Genco Associates in cooperation with the University of North Texas, Asbestos 16 Hour O&M Worker, February 28, 2012, 16 hours tested.
  • Society for Plastics Engineers, multiple webinars including Introduction to Failure Analysis, Prevention of Plastic Product Failures, Polymer Failure Analysis, Polymer Degradation, Environmental Stress Cracking, Lifetime Prediction of Plastic Parts-Creep Failure, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy in Failure & Compositional Analysis, Rubber Technology, etc. Since November 2009, 11 hours.
  • International Association of Arson Investigators, Fire Investigator Scene Safety, November 14, 2011, 3 hours tested.
  • American Society of Plumbing Engineers, Radiant Cooling Webinar, May 25, 2011, 1 hour.
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc., Ground Source Heat Pump Systems, April 21, 2011, 4 hours.
  • Rossiter & Associates, Reported Violations of the Texas Engineering Practice Act and Board Rules, March 27, 2011, 1 hour tested.
  • American Society of Plumbing Engineers, 55 continuing education self-study short courses since 2003, 55 hours tested.
  • American Society of Plumbing Engineers, webinars on Gray Water Systems, Natural Gas and LP Sizing, LEED Point Strategies, all taken in 2010, 3 hours.
  • Buehler LTD, Mr. George Vander Voort Summer Lecture Series on Micro- Indentation Hardness Testing, Advances in Metallography, World Trade Center, How to Conduct Failure Examination, August 13, 2009, 4 hours.
  • Hazwoper Course in Compliance with 29 CFR 1910.120 Standard, Dallas, Texas, July 2, 2009, 40 hours tested.
  • Advanced Testifying Skills for Experts, SEAK, Inc., Naples, Florida, November 2007, 14 hours.
  • Investigations of Electrical & Appliance Related Fires, IAAI/AHAM, Arlington, TX, June 2007, 22.5 hours tested.
  • Communication Skills and Ethics, Rossiter & Associates, Dallas, Texas, March 2006, 4 hours.
  • In Search of Professional Excellence, Rossiter & Associates, Dallas, Texas, March 2005, 4 hours.
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, University of Wisconsin Extension, Madison, Wisconsin, September 2000, 20 hours.
  • Hydronic Heating Systems, A. O. Smith Water Products Company, Irving, Texas, August 1998, 24 hours tested.
  • Managing Continuous Improvement, A. O. Smith Water Products Company, Irving, Texas, March 1998, 24 hours.
  • Training the Engineering Expert, University of Wisconsin Extension, Madison, Wisconsin, October 1995, 24 hours.
  • Role of Warnings and Instructions, University of Wisconsin Extension, Madison, Wisconsin, March 1994, 24 hours.
  • Commercial Water Heater Sizing School, A. O. Smith Water Products Company, Irving, Texas, January 1994, 24 hours tested.

Professional Organizations

  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
  • American Society of Plumbing Engineers
  • ASM International (former Executive Committee local chapter)
  • Society of Plastics Engineers
  • NACE International

Licenses and Registrations

Professional Engineer State Registrations (Licensed to practice as both Mechanical & Metallurgical except where noted):

  • Alabama (Mechanical)
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California (Mechanical)
  • Colorado
  • Florida (Mechanical)
  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana (Mechanical)
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada (Mechanical)
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Certified Fire amd Explosion Investigator, NAFI 4925-1142

Patents

U.S. Patent 5,797,358 Control System for a Water Heater issued August 25, 1998

U.S. Patent RE 37,745 Control System for a Water Heater issued June 18, 2002

 

06/29/18