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November President’s Award Recipient

Another month means another award is going to one of our amazing inspectors, and we’re happy to announce the recipient of the November President’s Award: Tim Craddock!

During November, Tim completed a total of 112 visits: 101 regular and 11 CO2. He issued 49 violations and cleared another 16, and he also managed his territory very efficiently, averaging around 2.0 hours per visit and providing same-day reports for his inspections. 

“It’s a great privilege to receive this award knowing there are so many Most Valuable Inspectors working for BPC,” Tim said. “I couldn’t have done it without the great support staff that I work with.”

BPC President Venus Newton is grateful for Tim’s work ethic: “Tim performs at a high level each and every month, and in November he went above and beyond in his delivery of service to our customers. For his continuous example on how to effectively manage a territory, his contribution to BPC’s ongoing success, and his dedication to providing our customers with the highest quality of inspection services, I want to personally thank Tim for a job well done.”

Congratulations, Tim! We’re glad you’re a part of our team!

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Meet our newest inspectors!

We’re happy to see BPC growing more and more. Recently, we’ve brought on two new members to our team; read on to learn a little more about them.

Give a warm welcome to Jason Ware! 

Jason joins Del Schirmer’s Central region team as a Jurisdictional Inspector. He’s based out of Cleveland, Ohio. He comes to BPC with over nine years of experience working as a boilermaker for Cleaver Brooks in California and Tennessee. 

Jason notes, “I’m looking forward to the freedom and flexibility that BPC can offer.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife of fourteen years, traveling and photography. 

BPC is grateful to have you come on board, Jason! 

 

Meet Skylar Cossaboon!

Skylar is joining our east coast team as a boiler inspector apprentice. Based out of Richmond, Virginia, she’ll work with Tom Kiernan’s team. 

Skylar shares, “I am eager to learn all things inspecting and gather as much information as possible. I am excited to work alongside some very impressive inspectors.” 

In her spare time, Skylar enjoys spending time with her husband and family and being a mom to her two dachshunds, Remington and Rubeus. A self-proclaimed foodie, she also loves trying new restaurants and food. Be sure to ask Skylar about her pastime of bodybuilding and weightlifting.

We’re so glad to have you with us, Skylar!

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An inspector’s perspective: severe boiler damage

Curious what a boiler inspector inspects on a given day? Today we’re looking at a high-pressure boiler that was in serious need of help. 

First up – the feedwater inlet piping for this high-pressure boiler. Not only did the water chemistry at this location need to be adjusted, but the feedwater piping was also so corroded that it had to be replaced.

Here you can see the build-up of scale on the internal surfaces of the boiler. In some cases, the scale is greater than 1/4″, which resulted in the overheating of the furnace and/or tubes. 

Due to the overheating of the firetube boiler, several tubes have “blown”. 

Catching these issues before they worsen any further helps avoid potential danger. We’re grateful to be able to provide quality inspections that create safer working environments for our customers. 

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October President’s Award Recipient

It’s no secret that BPC has the best employees, and we love to recognize them for their hard work and attention to detail. One way we do that? Our monthly President’s Award. Each month we award an inspector $1,000 and they receive acknowledgment of a job well done from our president. We’re glad to give credit where it’s due!

David Bullen, a jurisdictional inspector in the northeastern region, took home the September 2021 President’s Award. David recently obtained a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission. He not only passed the exam the first time he stood before the commissioning panel, but also received a strong endorsement from that team. We are proud of him and his hard work! 

BPC President Venus Newton noted, “For passing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Commissioning Oral Board with flying colors and representing BPC in such a positive light, David is being awarded the $1,000 President’s Award for the month of September. His preparation and knowledge is what BPC is known for and what we strive to keep in mind as we go about our regular activities.”

On receiving the award, Dave shared, “I feel really honored to be selected for the President’s Award in recognition for passing the Massachusetts board exam.

“It felt really great to pass the exam the first time. It made all the time spent preparing for the exam feel worthwhile, and I would like to thank Tom Kiernan and Dan Couch for helping prepare me for the exam.”

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A piece of history – the world’s largest still-active steam locomotive

Here’s something you don’t get to see every day: the world’s largest still-active steam locomotive, the Union Pacific Big Boy 4014. Though there are many non-operational locomotives you can observe, being able to see and hear the movement, steam and whistle in action are a unique and exciting experience for a boiler inspector. 

Our Western Regional Supervisor, Brian Mallynn, recently took his kids to visit this amazing piece of equipment, and explains why it’s so important to men in his line of work. 

“My kids (Evan, 11 and Emma, 9) have had the opportunity to see many stationary, non-operational locomotives, but seeing this locomotive in action – moving, making noises, leaking steam out of different parts, and feeling the tone of the whistle in their chest – was a whole new experience. The conductor told me that the superheated whistle is much louder than the saturated steam whistle we heard. He also said that the bottom blow, at pressure, shoots between 75 and 100 feet from the boiler. 

“As a boiler inspector, I can’t take my kids to work – it’s just too dangerous. Even if I could, all they would really see is a machine and a room full of equipment, not the way it all works. They would see the flame of the burner, but not what its steam does. A locomotive, however, is like a manufacturing facility on the go, and one that my kids can understand. It shows how steam is made and how it’s used. They can hear the whine of the steam turbine generator and the whistle, see the fire, the steam, and the power of the movement of the train. 

“Getting to see this train in action is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence! I hope that someday my kids will show their kids the pictures and videos of this day, realize why we went, and want their kids to experience it too.”

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Inspecting a water tube boiler

Ever wondered what a boiler inspector gets to see on the job? An average day for our team is anything but average. 

On the docket for inspection today? A rental water tube boiler. Come take a look!

This water tube boiler requires feed water, natural gas and electricity to be piped to it. It is mounted on a Lowboy trailer, which allows the boiler to be lowered to the ground to assist the operators and mechanics. The grey box (towards the center of the photo) is where 480 volt 3 phase power is applied to the boiler, and the large square-shaped box stores and protects all of the electrical controls for the boiler and burner controls.

From another angle, you can see the gauges across the top of the board that show gas, feed water, steam, pressure and temperature. The silver cylinder in this picture is the air cleaner for the blower for the burner, the yellow pipe is the gas fuel train for the boiler and the black pipe is the gas piping made on-site. The left hand side of the boiler has the electronic controls with the switches and indicator lights. This boiler receives 20 psi natural gas and lowers it down to 15 psi for the burner to operate properly.

From the top of the boiler, you can see the relief valves, which are shipped separately from the boiler. They can be disassembled to be sent for testing and cleaning and will have certification paperwork and seals that prove their maintenance. You can see this boiler has the ability to add a third relief valve. 

See the thick vertical silver cylinder with the sight glass attached to it? It’s the primary water level controller. The sight glass shows the operator the boiler’s water level through visual indication and uses a series of different lengths of metal rods (through conductivity to the water) to tell the computer what the water level of the boiler is. These rods control specific functions of the boiler controls, such as opening the boiler feed water valves, allowing the burner to operate and sounding alarms if the water is too high or too low. All the other piping on this side of the boiler is for a low volume, low pressure steam reducing station. This would be used for steam tracing to prevent freezing in the winter.

If you find this interesting, take a look at our careers page. We are always looking for great people to add to our team! 

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Meet John Kopetz

Meet John Kopetz! John joined the Florida BPC team in March 2021 as a jurisdictional inspector, with commissions in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. He brings over 40 years of field experience as a boiler and machinery inspector and claim specialist. John recently retired from Travelers Insurance Company as a senior risk control consultant, and he previously operated high pressure boilers for the US Navy and for a hospital.

Outside of work, John loves spending time with his two grandchildren, and enjoys hunting, target shooting and boating.

Welcome to the team, John! 

 

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Meet Joe Ambrose

 

Help us welcome Joe to the team as our new Marketing and Sales Manager! 

Joe joins us with a background in market-facing primary and reinsurance underwriting, including equipment breakdown and technical property risks. His market knowledge includes both direct and wholesale brokers, reinsurance brokers and MGU/MGA management programs. 

He resides in a Philadelphia suburb with his Lab/Great Dane ‘twins,’ Brody and MacKenzie. His ‘non-twins’ are son Connor, a construction company operations manager, and daughter Riley, a nurse practitioner. Joe’s interests include the care and fielding of an old house and nearly anything outdoors.

We’re so glad to have you with us, Joe! 

 

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Meet Ashley Moore

Meet Ashley Moore! She’s our newest addition to BPC, joining our finance team. We’re so glad to have you on board, Ashley! 

 

BPC: Tell us about your new role and how you heard about BPC. I am the accounting manager and just started this month. I am excited to be a part of the team at BPC! I have known BPC and the Cox family (BPC’s owners) for about 10 years. I used to work for the public accounting firm that serves BPC.  

BPC: Tell us about your day-to-day role. I’m still training right now, but spend most of my day on the computer. I will be communicating with the field staff, customers and vendors. 

BPC: What do you enjoy most about working here? I like the people! They have been very welcoming and seem to enjoy their jobs, which makes it a great working environment. I also like that I will be able to interact with the customers, clients and other employees, as I am an accountant who also likes people! 

BPC: What did you do career-wise prior to coming on to BPC?  Before joining the BPC team, I was in public accounting for over 10 years and also worked for a company that provides trust and financial administration.

BPC: Tell us about your life outside of work.  My husband Charlie and I have two daughters, Sage and Eliza, who are six and four. They keep us very busy. As a family, we like to be outside, hike, go to the beach and spend time with our extended families and friends.

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Meet Thomas Danielson

Meet Thomas Danielson!

Beginning his boiler and pressure vessel career in the United States Navy, Thomas served as a boiler technician, operating, maintaining, and repairing M and D type propulsion plant boilers, auxiliary equipment, and the administration of oil lab activities. 

Upon leaving the Navy, Thomas worked for Nashville Thermal Transfer Corp. as an assistant boiler operator and maintenance mechanic. He then served the state of Tennessee as a Deputy Boiler Inspector – where he achieved a National Board Commission – and later the state of Nevada as a Safety Specialist III, inspecting boilers, pressure vessels, elevators, and escalators. 

We’re grateful that in September of 2020, he came to work with BPC as a Senior Jurisdictional Inspector in the Nevada region, where he lives with his wife and spends time with his three grown children and seven grandkids. Thank you for all you do, Thomas!

 

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